As I have been saying for some time now, the education system ultimately serves to program and brainwash young people to fit into the corporate employment agenda, treating kids like cogs in the wheels rather than as individuals with individual needs. (Like maybe we're not bright enough to follow along with typical 12 point print?). This was an excellent book written by a NY teacher of the year who taught for 26 years in the "government controlled monopoly school system". In his book, Dumbing us Down, John Gatto urged parents to control the education of their children. I am a secondary teacher, and it is a shame to have students learning something and getting into it, only to have the bell ring and to usher them off to their next class. The modern education system is yet another dumbing-down agenda. Like it happens sometimes, he also fell in a day of mistakes. One sees and hears something, only to forget it again. What a great read. Posted in Effortless English Show, Reading, Uncategorized. The process is described in John Taylor Gatto's classic book, "Dumbing Us Down, The Hidden Curriculum" While the schools claim to be educating, the seven lessons teach quite the opposite. Sampling many of his best personal essays, Dumbing Us Down features the true reasons why education in our modern day system is failing: because it’s meant to be that way. He has capture many sentiments that I would have never be able to materialize into words. And that's his prerogative, considering how long he was a teacher, and this is his book. 5. Smartphones are changing the way we think and dumbing down our intellectual abilities in frightening ways. (At least at the high school level) What he is not not good at is showing the whole picture. I see why this one gets lots of bad reviews. A for effort, A for anecdote. If it wasn't for that, then I would have given this book 5 stars. The truth is that schools don't really teach anything except how to obey orders. 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.”. And that's his prerogative, considering how long he was a teacher, and this is his book. An article in Time Magazine confirmed that over the last 10 years, increased environmental toxicity has contributed to lowering the average IQ and doubling incidences of developmental disorders, causing steep rises in disorders such as (for example) autism and dyslexia in children. Before reading this book I really thought I was 100% sure about my reasons to homeschool. Hardcover. AJ teaches you chapter 1. After reading this book I was reassured that homeschooling my children was the best answer. It has sold over 200,000 copies[1] and consists of a multitude of speeches given by the author. Iserbyt takes the reader behind the scenes to reveal the true nature of many popular classroom curricula. Save this story for later. He is an activist critical of compulsory schooling and of what he characterizes as the hegemonic nature of discourse on education and the education professions. Over the winter holiday break, I read John Taylor Gatto's Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling. His books include: Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling (1992); The Exhausted School (1993); A Different Kind of Teacher (2000); and The Underground History Of American Education (2001) of which the special author's Pre-Publication Edition (2000) is for sale at this Web site. The book proposes that radical change is needed to the American educational system to turn around the negative socialization that children receive. In his 26 years of award-winning teaching in New York City's public schools, Gatto has found that independent … Informative and fast read! Charlotte Iserbyt has put her great exposé, The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America, on the Internet so that anyone can now read it and download it free of charge. NOOK Book. It presents an incoherent ensemble of information that the child needs to memorize to stay in school. More choices, more freedoms, more time with children home, more time for children to be children, allowing them to learn HOW to think, not WHAT to think. In this Effortless English Show, we start the book “Dumbing Us Down” by John Taylor Gatto. Sampling many of his best personal essays, Dumbing Us Down features the true reasons why education in our modern day system is failing: because it’s meant to be that way. 2 likes. Do not read this book unless you are prepared to feel extremely uncomfortable with the statues quo of the educational system in this country. The essay "Dumbing Us Down: Weapons of Mass Instruction" attempts to address issues in the modern education system that, according to the author, are placing constraints on the minds of students. The writer describes her own personal experiences as a school board director and as senior policy advisor in the US Department of Education’s Office of Educational Research and Improvement—form which emanated most of the dumbing down programs described in this book. It opens your eyes to how the school system is failing our children. Do not read this book unless you are prepared to feel extremely uncomfortable with the statues quo of the educational system in this country. This is a damning indictment against the public school system written by none other than a teacher who lived it. What a great read. A book published in 1992. First of all, it's not so much a book as a group of essays. Refresh and try again. Dumbing Us Down – The Hidden Curriculum Of Compulsory Schooling by John Taylor Gatto is a masterly an in-depth view into how public schooling really works. He is very big on interacting as a community rather than a network. Dumbing Us Down Summary. 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.”, “Whatever an education is, it should make you a unique individual, not a conformist; it should furnish you with an original spirit with which to tackle the big challenges; it should allow you to find values which will be your roadmap through life; it should make you spiritually rich, a person who loves whatever you are doing, wherever you are, whomever you are with; it should teach you what is important, how to live and how to die.”, A Speculative Fiction Expert’s Year of Escapist Reading. March 1st 2005 Posted in Effortless English Show, Reading, Uncategorized. Such a policy would help us to maintain standards against dumbing down, whatever its origin. AJ teaches you chapter 1. Interesting ideas, if a bit idealistic. Twenty years ago, a … This book isn't a 400-page long reasoned argument explaining, point by point in a level tone, why public schools are corrupt and what system we need instead. It has sold over 200, 000 copies Hall from Save this story for later. I will say there were things I agreed with, such as the idea that schools are built like factories. 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. “The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America — A Chronological Paper Trail”, will change forever the way you look at your child’s education. He was gleeful again. Before reading this I had already made the decision to begin homeschooling my children this fall, but after reading this book fall can't come soon enough. Save this story for later. Then a black frock dressed proud lady came, to give him ' perfection classes'. He couldn't talk, walk, create pictures ,sleep , brush perfectly. Written by a man that taught in the monopoly called public school system, won awards for it, and lists what he taught; Excellent. By ordering the course I hereby agree to your terms and conditions. The teacher vanis. Dumbing down is the oversimplification of information and information environments. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published Everything is out of context, disconnected and unrelated to real life. John Taylor Gatto's Weapons of Mass Instruction focuses on mechanisms of traditional education which cripple imagination, discourage critical thinking, and create a false view of learning as a byproduct of rote-memorization drills. 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