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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What kids truly need is time with their parents: Chris Plant Gabriola Island, B.

Return to Book Page. Not only do they teach a secular worldview, but they also seek to function like a church.

Book Review: Dumbing Us Down (Gatto) — TEACH DILIGENTLY

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Weapons of Mass Instruction 1, ratings. Thanks for telling us about the problem. This is a great mystery to me because thousands of humane, hatto people work in schools as teachers and aides and administrators, but the abstract logic of the institution overwhelms their individual contributions.



My father is a born teacher. When I was in my forties, he taught me how to bowl at his local bowling alley. I hope I still have that kind of passion in my eighties. And the bottom line for the winners is that they can buy more stuff!

In other words, Gatto is calling for parents to consider the homeschooling option. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Return to Book Page. All Quotes Add A Quote. 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. Gatto says public schools are: Dabney’s Devastating Critique of Secular Education. Why, then, are we locking kids up in an involuntary network with strangers for twelve years? Return education to the free market and make it home-centered. It is hard to turn a dollar on education.

Without these freedom has no meaning. I teach school and win awards doing it. Articles on education, including curriculum recommendations, book reviews, resource reviews, and the case for Christian education.

Children and families need some relief from government surveillance and intimidation if original expressions belonging to THEM are to develop. 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.


If not schooling, then what?

John Taylor Gatto Quotes (Author of Dumbing Us Down)

The Hidden Uss of Compulsory Schooling is a collection of essays and speeches by Gatto on public education. Gathering themselves to pursue individual, family, and community dreams consistent with their private humanity is what makes them whole; only slaves are gathered by others. Excerpt from the Foreward by Thomas Moore. The truth is that schools don’t really teach anything except how to obey orders.

Dumbing Us Down Quotes Showing of Bells are the secret logic of school time; their logic is inexorable. The net effect of making all schoolwork external to individual longings, experiences, questions, and problems is to render the victim listless.

Factory-schooling fumbing guilty of its own deadly sins. Solving the Crisis of American Schooling.