Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling
A Paperback edition by John Taylor Gatto in English (May 23, 2017)
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Short Description: After over 100 years of mandatory schooling in the U.S., literacy rates have dropped, families are fragmented, learning "disabilities" are skyrocketing, and children and youth are... Read more
After over 100 years of mandatory schooling in the U.S., literacy rates have dropped, families are fragmented, learning "disabilities" are skyrocketing, and children and youth are increasingly disaffected. Thirty years of teaching in the public school system led John Taylor Gatto to the sad conclusion that compulsory governmental schooling is to blame, accomplishing little but to teach young people to follow orders like cogs in an industrial machine.
He became a fierce advocate of families and young people taking back education and learning, arguing that "genius is as common as dirt," but that conventional schooling is driving out the natural curiosity and problem-solving skills we're born with, replacing it with rule-following, fragmented time, and disillusionment.
Gatto's radical treatise on public education, a New Society Publishers bestseller for 25 years, continues to bang the drum for an unshackling of children and learning from formal schooling. Now, in an ever-more-rapidly changing world with an explosion of alternative routes to learning, it's poised to continue to shake the world of institutional education for many more years.
Featuring a new foreword from Zachary Slayback, an Ivy League dropout and cofounder of tech start-up career foundry Praxis, this 25th anniversary edition will inspire new generations of parents and students to take control of learning and kickstart an empowered society of self-directed lifetime-learners.
Dumbing Us Down Paperback edition by John Taylor Gatto
- John Taylor Gatto
- Foreword by
- Zachary Slayback
- New Society Publishers
- Publication date
- May 23, 2017
- Edition Number 2; 2nd edition
- Product dimensions
- 159 x 228 x 9mm
Foreword, by Zachary Slayback
1. THE SEVEN-LESSON SCHOOLTEACHER
2. THE PSYCHOPATHIC SCHOOL
3. THE GREEN MONONGAHELA
4. WE NEED LESS SCHOOL, NOT MORE
5. THE CONGREGATIONAL PRINCIPLE
Foreword to the First Edition, by Thomas Moore
About the Author
A Note About the Publisher