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

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But retired student counselor Paul Jankiewicz begged to differ, pointing out that none of the dozens of students he talked to afterwards gqtto inspired to violence. No one believes anymore that scientists are trained in science classes or politicians in civics classes or poets in English classes.

Refresh and try again. Certainly not to be trusted. I learned it through apprenticeship with him. 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. Unfortunately, sumbing school did not allow that dialogue to gato, except for a few teachers who had the courage to engage the students.


The experiences that produce it and the self-awareness that propels it are nearly free. Although ddumbing to care and do work very, very hard, the institution is psychopathic — it has no conscience.

Let them manage themselves. 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 is a collection of essays and speeches by Gatto on public education. When I was in my forties, he taught me how to bowl at his local bowling alley.

The school thanked him for the offer but told him there was no room on their schedule. This is the most important lesson of them all: Knowledge will continue to increase at a dizzying rate. Dabney’s Devastating Critique of Secular Education.

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. Without these freedom has no meaning. Put kids in a class and they will live out their lives in an invisible cage, isolated from their chance at community; interrupt kids with bells and horns all the time and they will learn that nothing is important or worth finishing; ridicule them and they will retreat from human association; shame them and they will find a hundred ways to get even.


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. Solving the Crisis of American Schooling.

Dumbing Us Down

Is College Worth the Cost? Although teachers to care and do work very, very hard, the institution is psychopathic — it has no conscience. 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.

The Underground History of American Vown ratings. Although teachers do care and do work very, very hard, the institution is psychopathic — it has no conscience.

People need to be told what they are worth. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Gatto also suggests that the school system interferes with church.