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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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No one believes anymore that scientists are trained in science classes or politicians in civics classes or poets in English classes. Somehow, this will not only make education better but it will solve all of society’s problems.

I wonder if my being home-schooled, played part in why I have a genuine interest in learning. When I first got this book it followed me everywhere until I had finished it, even into the bath.

Apr 29, Claire rated it really liked it Recommends it for: To me, this seems like putting the cart before the horse. We fail to let the free market forces and local choices define and perfect our school system and democracy to work by letting people alone to work out the best solutions.

I have no bloody solution. Jan 27, Aimee Tariq rated it really liked it Shelves: Gatto ultimately explains that the compulsory education system can’t be fixed because is is flawed and unqualified in its conception and execution. Ys were times I felt Gatto leaned too heavily on his own biases, conscious of this he would come round with a good save on the following page, or in the next chapter.


Overall, it is a deeply engaging, full of life, critical questions text. We squished their passion, love for learning, and curiousity for its own sake before they were seven. How have you been jojn to unlearn them? Consider the following observations Gatto made concerning the children he taught.

See, this is where I’m not OK with charter schools. All seven chapters offer much “food for thought” from a true expert and an ex-believer in government schooling. More choices, more freedoms, more time with children home, more time for children to be children, allowing them to learn HOW to think, not WHAT to think. My biggest problem with this book is, being a series of essays, it’s a bit repetitive.

For everyone else, it’s just retreading old ground. This collection of speeches is basically dumbinh overlong op-ed.

Most teachers and administrators that I know work tirelessly to provide a positive, enriching learning experience for their students.

Everything worth learning, in the equivalent of two and a half school-weeks? The teacher vanis There was a pink dog called Courage.

Return to Book Page. He also said that double-income families are ruining our children, along with the lack of inter-generational interaction.

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Here in NZ we are about to introduce charter schools for the first time. Enjoyed this book, though it seemed a bit extreme, it made me feel good that I am homeschooling my kids.


What kids truly need is time with their parents: Although teachers to care and do work very, very hard, the institution is psychopathic — it has no conscience. Then a black frock dressed proud lady came, to give him ‘ perfection classes’.

Apr 29, Amanda rated it liked it Shelves: Before reading this I had already made the decision to begin homeschooling my children this fall, but after reading this book fall can’t come soon enough.

The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling is a collection of essays and speeches by Gatto on public education.

How, then, does my life where both husband and wife work but kiddo spends all day with grandma and grandpa fit into that equation? The kids donw out to be indifferent to the weak, dried out, satisfied, deeply conditioned to rub nose before authority figures, very competitive, materialistic, isolated and hesitant for changes.

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In dumbint words, valuing self obsession and self interest will make things better because things like reason and rationality are hostile to freedom and oppressive.

A for effort, A for anecdote. I checked this book out after a friend recommended John Taylor Gatto to me after an argument on a Facebook thread that started with a post about how we seem to be producing people who have contempt for science and reason.