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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For such a short book, there’s a hell of a lot of repetition in it. Not bad, but not great, either.

Feb 16, Dennis D. Jul 26, Mel rated it really liked it.

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 inception. Surely not so a few of them can get rich? Don’t read this if you have or plan on having children that you won’t be able to home-school, but a must read for everyone els.

Gatto, a former school teacher, paints a picture of what really happens in the public school system, where “schooling” and “educating” are two different things and teachers have seven things they really teaches, none of which are dmubing.

Kept on dumbijg for two hours or so over the issues in the book. Bells are the secret logic of school time; their logic is inexorable. Is the Right to Education a blessing or a curse? 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 dumbihg new abstract number in my bankbook” To me, this seems like putting the cart before the horse.


Gatto clearly states the seven ingredients of a national curriculum. I decided that normal people can home school their children after having don this book. The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling. Most teachers and administrators that I know work tirelessly to provide a positive, enriching learning experience for udmbing students.

The 7 lessons taught cracked me up because they are so spot on and obvious yet no one else has spoken up like Mr.

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Not a good start and it hasn’t improved much. Gatto seemed to me at first, a bit to polemical and unbalanced, but I still thought he made some excellent observations. Individuals are stones subordinated to built the mighty pyramid. So, one can’t form true friendships within school, and clubs, and various organizations? The purpose for creating these public schools wasn’t the welfare of the kids.

Macmillan – forthcoming – Philosophy of Education: The Compulsory Curriculum and Beyond: It is a must read for anyone who wishes their children to be educated, not just “schooled”. Oct 17, Ben rated it liked it Recommends it for: Lists with This Book. I can’t think dumbihg OK for the kids who attend this charter school to learn this, with no balancing opinion offered, even if this means other children at a different charter school would get a vastly better education than they do now. School subjects are learned, if they can be learned, like children learn the catechism or memorize the Thirty-nine Articles of Anglicanism.

John Taylor Gatto, Dumbing Us Down the Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling – PhilPapers

No acknowledgement that our school system is part of a bigger culture and cannot be radically changed by itself, because it’s too connected. A for effort, A for anecdote. taypor


This article has no associated abstract. Gatto is really a brilliant writer. He mentions things that had happened in the past, as far back as the time of Plato. It was resisted — sometimes with guns — by an estimated eighty percent of the Massachusetts population, the last outpost in Barnstable on Cape Cod not surrendering its children until the s, when the area was seized by militia and children marched to school under guard.

While worth reading as an wake up call to all who think the only problem with our educational system is that it needs more money it should be taken with a grain of salt, or rather a slat block.

Dumbing Us Down the Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling

Henderson – – Educational Philosophy and Theory 42 2: I hope I still have that kind of passion in my eighties. View all 11 comments. Sep 01, Mark rated it did not like it Shelves: When I finally found time, I read this in one sitting. No strategies for improvement or even ideas for it. I would recommend this book to every parent that is interested in the best way to help their children grow and learn. doqn

Overall, it is a deeply engaging, full of life, critical questions text.