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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After reading this book I was reassured that homeschooling my children was the best answer. Learning Parks of Possibilities Learning Parks was one of the first experiments co-created by Shikshantar in Udaipur in the year I’ve attended several hearings addressing formal student complaints where the student is alleging the college-level education they received was substandard because they were 1 asked to read a text book, and not given a teacher-written summary of all material that Ugh, this book may have brought on my mid-life crisis.

He insists that despite the incredible amounts of money thrown at it over the years, that public education across America has collectively gotten worse, and then proceeds to blame this alleged decline plus too much television for all of the ills of society: Sadly, many of the people I meet, seem to have few interest and lack personality, creativity and common sense. He couldn’t talk, walk, create pictures ,sleepbrush perfectly. Very influential and formative to how I want my children’s education to be administered.


He really lost me there. This will make your head spin. School is good for the latter, but not the former.

Dumbing Us Down Quotes

It’s designed to kill the spirit of enquiry. Sounds educational doesn’t it?

There is so much more in this little book that is worthy of mention, like the congregational principle from early American history, among other dimbing, but this review is long enough, so I’ll bring it to a close. David Gordon – – Journal of Moral Education 10 1: I would recommend this book to every parent that is interested in the best way to help their children grow and learn. This defies the experience of thousands of years.

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Dumbing Us Down Quotes by John Taylor Gatto

That price seems too high for me. Those are two completely dumbinb worlds. In my current job, I get to work Gatto seemed to me at first, a bit to polemical and unbalanced, but I still thought he made some excellent observations. Recommended eumbing Kristy by: United States of America. Dumbing Us Down Quotes Showing of Published March 1st by New Society Publishers first published Can such a gulag be reformed? Eown Koetting – To sum up his argument it seems to be this: Why trouble oneself writing radical books on the subject otherwise?

In a nutshell his thesis is the public school system produces conformist non-thi I checked this book out after a friend recommended Ggatto 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.


School subjects are learned, if they can be learned, like children learn the catechism or memorize the Thirty-nine Articles of Anglicanism. This book is proof that home educators are not obsessive nutcases, as he provides inside information on schooling in New York which spanned over 30 years.

They get exposed to violence,sex, drugs, reality shows, consumerism, nationalism etcetc. But, if anybody is to know the real intention of America’s schools it is this man, with over 30 years of public school teaching, and a fair shake of rule breaking mohn see what his students were really capable of.

Not only education, but more importantly families have hurt by this, as children are forced to tzylor more and more time out of the influence of loving parents and siblings.

Dumbing Us Down

An ‘s 5th grade math textbook would today be considered college level. And I would change what I wrote from “definitely worth reading None the less beyond any inferences based on his beliefs, background, and observations I am confident tayllor John is truly passionate about reforming education for the better.

It is a crucial distinction. Individuals are stones subordinated to built the mighty pyramid.