Buy Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling 2nd by John Taylor Gatto, Thomas Moore (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s. John Gatto was a schoolteacher for 30 years. He resigned in the Op-Ed pages of The New York Times upon receiving the New York State Teacher of the Year. Dumbing Us Down. John Taylor Gatto. My father is a born teacher. He’s the kind of man who can spot a potential learner from a distance and go into action.

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Get dumbiing, free shipping with Amazon Prime. I’m not going to pretend I have a solution to all the problems with education in America, but I don’t believe this guy really has any good suggestions either.

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He is humble enough to admit not having all the answers, encouraging us to participate in the dialog; as we are all accountable: Apr 29, Amanda rated it liked it Shelves: This book is preaching to the choir, a Not bad, but not great, either. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. Learning All The Time. Sep 01, Mark rated it did not like it Shelves: Things were so much better for education in 17th colonial Massachusetts where people had their own relationship with God and had to find their own truths.

Cheers to the personalities that survive this horrible dumbing down process and still came out individuals, with their passions and curiosities. I also have a problem with someone who spent his whole career in New York school systems making broad sweeping statements about public education in general.

The philosophy for setting schools is itself against life,humane,freedom of the child. It’s designed to kill the spirit of enquiry. Throughout the length of the book, Gatto fiercely touches upon the many different factors that have helped cause this growing dilemma.

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So, I agree with everything Gatto says about the problem, but I don’t share the same enthusiasm for his solution: No strategies for improvement or even ideas for it. Gatto basically told them that they were not serving kids well and that students needed to be told the truth, be given real-life learning experiences, and be responsible for their own education. While written over two cumbing a half decades ago it’s not hard to draw parallels with the culture and dysfunction Gatto describes in his book with that of today.


He further states that “the feeding frenzy of formal schooling has already wounded us seriously in our ability to form families and communities by bleeding away time we need with our children and our children need with us. Learn more about Amazon Prime.

In my current job, I get to work Gatto seemed to me at first, a bit to gwtto and unbalanced, but I still thought he made some excellent observations. He realized himself, and knows children need joohn learn the same lesson, that we need something to do that is meaningful, that isn’t absurd, that results in more than “a new abstract number in my bankbook” Surely not so a few of them can get rich?

Just think, if not for our educational system, maybe we could live in a world full of individuals, with their unique personalities, passions, quirks, skills, humor and strong opinions, undiluted, unashamed and on full display!

Bells inoculate each undertaking with significance. Gatto spent a su decades as a NYC public school teacher, so in theory he should have interesting ideas about what’s wrong with education and how to address the problems, but in practice, he doesn’t.

Here in NZ we are about to introduce charter schools for the first time. If you go to his website you will see a link to a group he started called the Odysseus group http: Colleges had to adjust their material to the watered down curriculum that gets passed on to it from high schools.

It’s funny because I was thinking to myself, “it sounds like this guy is blaming public education for all the problems in this world. As with all my favourite books, I have lent it out and it is still out there! Seven Deadly Sins of Schooling Factory-schooling is guilty of its own deadly sins. In a nutshell his thesis is the public school system produces conformist non-thinkers.

When I was in my forties, he taught me how to bowl at his local bowling alley. Plus, there’s an overwhelming sense “well back in my day” going on. Since this is getting long I will not get into some of the other problems I see in his arguments, including a misrepresentation of Deweys ideas, and instead leave it with a note on his motives.


I do think there are problems with the school system, some of which he mentioned in this book. No trivia or quizzes yet.

While I agree with the content, that’s sort of the thing. Gatto says public schools are:. Kindle Cloud Reader Read instantly in your browser.

Why, then, are we locking kids up dumbign an involuntary network with strangers for twelve years? They are more oriented to social indoctrination than education.

Book Review: Dumbing Us Down (Gatto) — TEACH DILIGENTLY

Highly individualisticthey are useless for the society. If you dislike that advertising permeates everything you read and watch and are amazed at how much crap people think they need then this book is for you. Like maybe we’re not bright enough to follow along with typical 12 point print? Thus, a highly specialised but dependent society. View all 4 comments. That will make everyone self motivated learners who will observe the world around them and become brilliant scholars like Ben Franklin, Plato and Aristotle.

And under the guise that it is the same thing as education, it has been picking our pockets just as Socrates predicted it would thousands of years ago. Read more Read less. The children I teach have almost no curiosity and what they do have is transitory; they cannot concentrate for very long, even on things they choose to do. My biggest problem with this book is, being a series of essays, it’s a bit repetitive.

Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. Gatto clearly states the seven ingredients of a national curriculum. Skip to main content. In his opinion, few people opposing Gatto had seen the video presentation.