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

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. 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 gatto dumbing us down pdf download individual contributions.

John Taylor Gatto is an internationally renowned speaker who lectures widely on school reform. He was gleeful again.

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John Gatto is an award-winning public school teacher who doqnload hones in on the invisible lessons the public educational system is teaching the children of this country: Let me start dowwn by saying that I am a public school teacher, gatto dumbing us down pdf download I may have some bias and will admit that I could feel defensive as Gatto derides public education, even though he was in public education for almost 30 years.

Bells inoculate each undertaking with indifference. No strategies for improvement or even ideas for it.

Lists with This Book. He realized himself, and knows children need to learn the same lesson, that we need something to do that is meaningful, that isn’t dumbiny, that results in more than “a new abstract number in my bankbook” One thing I do notice is how learning becomes departmentalized.

Must read for school librarians. He repeatedly throws out his ” hours” theorem: Nov 25, Debbie “DJ” rated it really liked it Shelves: The 7 lessons taught cracked me up because they are gatto dumbing us down pdf download spot on and obvious yet no one else has spoken up like Mr.

Students never have a complete experience except on the installment plan. Surely not so a few of them can get rich? Our type of schooling has deliberately concealed the fact that such a question must be framed and not taken for granted dumbkng anything beyond a mockery of democracy is to be nurtured.

The content was definitely thought provoking and worthy of consideration. He makes several digs at the theory of evolution gatto dumbing us down pdf download this tract, so I can only assume his hours includes zero time spent on any hard science. There is no excuse to remaining ignorant about our public school system in America.

While written over two and 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. Don’t read this if you have gatto dumbing us down pdf download plan on having children that you won’t be able to home-school, but a must read for everyone els. Give complete control over gatto these industries. This book gets a big “meh” from me.

How, then, does my life where both husband and wife work but kiddo spends all day with grandma and grandpa fit into that equation? Although there were a few good points brought up in this book it really misses the mark as far as fixing things.

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His real thrust, though, comes out beautifully on page When I finally found time, I read this in one sitting. On the contrary, they are spectacularly successful in doing precisely what they are intended to do, and what they have been intended to do since their gatto dumbing us down pdf download. Gatto decries the loss of community which has been replaced by networksthe separation of young from old, the removal of children from families, the idea of the “professionalization of teaching which preempts the teaching function which belongs to everyone” 16the lack of free time for children to think, explore, and learn to serve.

Sure to cause riots once more people realize that twelve to thirteen years of their lives were utterly wasted. Nearly everything this author has to say gets said gatto dumbing us down pdf download the first chapter; the rest is just other speeches in which he expounds the virtues of small-town life or goes into anecdotes or repeats “school sucks” with different words.

Gatto believes one reason kids are taught indifference in school, is that teachers hope to encourage enthusiasm for the subject and yet when the bell rings, they must stop whatever they’re working on and proceed quickly to the next work station. Additional buttons to the right allow changes to the style of the image shading.

ALL his students watch too gatt TV and it’s ruining them. Individuals are stones subordinated to built the mighty pyramid. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

One of the problems the author singles out as an issue in the public schools is that He states that “No one survives these places [schools] with their humanity intact, not kids, not teachers, not administrators, and not parents.

While I agree with the content, that’s sort of the thing. The children I gatto dumbing us down pdf download are uneasy with intimacy or candour. I am very suspicious that the public educational system, is in part responsible for this, especially when I gatto dumbing us down pdf download a kid who is the exception to the rule and learn they were homeschooled.

I don’t know what his definition of humanity is, but it’s obviously not the same as mine. And I had to laugh when I opened the book and the print was freaking 18 point. The non compulsory areas had lower rates than Mass. Feb 16, Dennis D. He just asserts it will. Not a good start and it hasn’t improved much. But it is much more than that.