49 quotes from Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling: ‘I’ve noticed a fascinating phenomenon in my thirty years of teaching: sch. The Well-Trained Mind by Susan Wise Bauer Dumbing Us Down by John Taylor Gatto A Thomas Jefferson Education by Oliver DeMille How to Read a Book by. Thirty years in New York City’s public schools led John Gatto to the sad conclusion that compulsory schooling does little but teach young people to follow orders.

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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.

Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling by John Taylor Gatto

View all 3 comments. The 7 lessons kids are learning that he talks haylor in the first chapter were a definate eye opener. The kids turn 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. I can see his point here.

And I had to laugh when I opened the book and the print was freaking 18 point. He makes several digs at the theory of evolution in this tract, so I can only assume his hours includes zero time spent on any hard science. He tzylor humble enough to admit not having all the answers, encouraging us to participate in the dialog; as we are all accountable: Our children are being limited every day by being locked away.


Nearly everything this author has to say gets said in the first chapter; the rest jihn just other speeches in which he expounds the virtues of small-town life or goes into anecdotes or repeats “school sucks” with different words.

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He really lost me there. Experts,children, parents, disillusioned folks. This book is definitely worth reading if you care at all about the education of your children.

Why, then, are we locking kids up in an involuntary network with strangers for twelve years? For everyone else, it’s just retreading old ground. His response taaylor people who say, “Well, how will the kids learn to read, write and add? Even if you accept all of these specious arguments at face value, I think my biggest complaint about Dumbing Us Down is its complete failure to suggest any workable, real-world alternatives.

I have no bloody solution. It is illegitimate to have an expert answer that question for you. The role models they take on during school really are harming them.

Gatto’s book, as summar Absolutely outstanding! But retired student counselor Paul Jankiewicz begged to differ, pointing out that none of the dozens of students he talked to afterwards were inspired to violence. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Every single one of your students? Apr 29, Amanda rated it liked it Shelves: Gatto experience coincides with mine and it seems we’re in agreement on how the nohn is the “weapons of mass education” inflicted by our government.

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It also bothered me that he made such generalized, sensational statements. Our type of schooling has deliberately concealed the fact that such a question must be framed and not taken for granted if anything beyond a mockery of democracy is to be nurtured. Something I’ve yet to read anyone else do. It is hard to turn a dollar on education. He realized himself, and knows children need to 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” We are increasingly dependent on the experts to tell us what to do and how to think and this is only getting worse with Common Core rolling forward.

Although teachers do care and do work very, very hard, the institution is psychopathic — it has no conscience. The content was definitely thought provoking and worthy of consideration. Unless, taking us all back to an agrarian society is his solution, which he talks about and seems to long for — an idealized past that never existed for everyone.

Dumbing Us Down the Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling

This book gets a big “meh” from me. Such half-baked future adults would be ideal for the democracy and the corporations. This book is preaching to the choir, a Not bad, but not great, either.