Thirty years of teaching in the public school system led John Taylor Gatto to the sad conclusion that compulsory governmental schooling is to blame. 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.

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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. Thanks for telling us about the problem. This is the most important lesson of them all: History of Western Philosophy. The Underground History of American Education ratings.

The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling. John Kleinig – – Journal of Philosophy of Education 15 2: Factory-schooling is guilty of its own deadly sins. Macmillan – forthcoming – Philosophy of Education: Bells destroy the past and future, rendering every interval the same as any other, as the abstraction of a map renders every living mountain and river the same, even though they are not.

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Dumbing Us Down Quotes by John Taylor Gatto

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. 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.

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.


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. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Learning Parks was one of the first experiments co-created by Shikshantar in Udaipur in the year People need to be told what they are worth. John Taylor Gatto – forthcoming – Nexus. Bruce Haynes – – Educational Philosophy and Theory 37 3: 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.

Excerpt from the Foreward by Thomas Moore.

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

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.

Find it on Scholar. Why the Hidden Curriculum is Hidden. The truth is that schools don’t really teach anything except how to obey orders.

Seven Deadly Sins of Schooling Factory-schooling is guilty of its own deadly sins. Boys like Andrew Carnegie who begged his mother not to send him to school and was well on his gatto to immortality and fortune at the age of thirteen, would be referred today for hatto counseling; Thomas Edison would find himself in Special Ed until his peculiar genius had been sufficiently tamed.


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Dumbing Us Down the Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. And the bottom line for the winners is that they can buy more stuff! The expert makes all the important choices; only I, the teacher, can determine what my kids must study, or rather, only the people who pay me can make those decisions, which I then enforce.

At eighty-eight, having retired from teaching plumbing in a trade school, he taught courses in a local school to adults who wanted to learn how to use computers. Bells inoculate each undertaking with indifference. In his opinion, few people opposing Gatto had seen the video presentation.

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It was resisted — sometimes with guns uss 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.

Now we have been rendered permanent children. If not schooling, then what? Science Logic and Mathematics. 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.