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. 95 quotes from John Taylor Gatto: ‘When you take the free will out of education, that turns it into schooling.’, ‘I’ve noticed a fascinating phenomenon in my thirty. For that reason alone, Dumbing Us Down is an intriguing book. Having seen things firsthand, Gatto is in a position to understand just how bad.

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Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. This is a great mystery to me because thousands of humane, caring people work in schools as teachers and aides and administrators, but the abstract logic of the institution overwhelms their individual contributions. Is College Worth the Cost? The habits taught in large-scale organizations are deadly.

Gatto also suggests that the school system interferes with church. Solving the Crisis of American Schooling.

Want to Read saving…. Years of bells will condition all but the strongest to a world that no longer offer important work to do.

They have locked kids away, separated them from community and parents, destroyed individualism, and sought to conform them to how the state sees fit p. The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling.

John Taylor Gatto Quotes (Author of Dumbing Us Down)

And the bottom line for the winners is that they can buy more stuff! Factory-schooling is guilty of its own deadly sins. Thanks for telling sumbing about the problem.

I hope I still have that kind of passion in my eighties. Gatto is quite critical of the public schools as a system. In other words, Gatto is calling for parents to consider the homeschooling option. The experiences that produce it and the self-awareness that propels it are nearly doqn.


For that reason alone, Dumbing Uus Down is an fumbing book. It is hard to turn a dollar on education. This is a great mystery to me because thousands of humane, caring people work in schools as teachers and aides and administrators, but the abstract logic of the institution overwhelms their individual contributions.

But my father has also run up against the hardheaded dumbinh John Gatto criticizes so explosively. And how to submit with a show of enthusiasm to the judgment of strangers, even if they are wrong, even if your enthusiasm is phony.

A Different Kind of Teacher ratings. It is important for those working in the field of education to understand the serious damage that factory-schooling does to our children and to our wider species.

Knowledge will continue to increase at a dizzying rate. No one believes anymore that scientists are trained in science classes or vatto in civics classes or dumbjng in English classes. Online Videos and the Future of My father is a born teacher. Originally published inDumbing Us Down: 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. Bells destroy the past and future, rendering every interval the same as any other, as the abstraction of a map renders ks living mountain and river the same, even though they are not.

Return to Book Page. I teach school and win awards doing it. It is illegitimate to have an expert answer that question for you. The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling. Excerpt from the Foreward by Thomas Moore. The expert makes all vumbing important choices; only I, the teacher, can determine what my kids must study, or rather, only the people who pay me can make those decisions, which I then enforce.

Even then, philosophers saw clearly the inevitable direction the professionalization of teaching would take, that of pre-empting the teaching function, which, in a healthy community, belongs to everyone. Be the first to learn about new releases!


Why, then, are we locking kids up in an involuntary network with strangers for twelve years?

Dumbing Us Down

This means that a content-based curriculum, with a set body of information to be imparted to students, is entirely inappropriate as a means of preparing children for their adult roles. The school thanked him for the offer but told him there was no room on their schedule. This pamphlet seeks to open a debate on the Right to Education Campaign.

Although teachers to care and do work very, very hard, the institution is psychopathic — it has no conscience. Chris Plant Gabriola Island, B. The solution, I think, is simple and glorious. Children and families need some relief from government surveillance and intimidation if original expressions belonging to THEM are to develop.

It rings a bell and the young man in the middle of writing a poem must close his notebook and move to a different cell where he must memorize that humans and monkeys derive from a common ancestor.

At eighty-eight, having retired from teaching plumbing in a trade school, he taught courses in a local school to adults who wanted to learn how to use computers.

In his opinion, few people opposing Gatto had seen the video presentation. Dumbing Us Down Quotes Showing of Seven Deadly Sins of Schooling Factory-schooling is guilty of its own deadly sins. But schooling is a wonderful hustle, getting sharper all the time.