Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling

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New Society Publishers, 2005 - Education - 106 pages
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This radical treatise on public education has been a best-seller for 10 years! Thirty years of award-winning teaching in New York City's public schools led John Gatto to the sad conclusion that compulsory governmental schooling does little but teach young people to follow orders as cogs in the industrial machine. In celebration of the ten-year anniversary of 'Dumbing Us Down' and to keep this classic current, the publisher has renewed the cover art, added new material about John and the impact of the book, and a new Foreword.

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User Review  - SueinCyprus - LibraryThing

‘Dumbing us down’ is subtitled, ‘The hidden curriculum of compulsory schooling’, and consists of the text of five speeches that the author has made. One of them, was somewhat ironically his acceptance ... Read full review

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User Review  - pjskimin - LibraryThing

Although there were a few good points brought up in this book it really misses the mark as far as fixing things. One of the problems the author singles out as an issue in the public schools is that ... Read full review

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About the author (2005)

John Taylor Gatto is an internationally renowned speaker who lectures widely on school reform. He taught for 30 years in public schools before resigning on the op-ed pages of the Wall Street Journal during the year he was named New York State's official "Teacher of the Year." On April 3, 2008, the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard credited Mr. Gatto with adding the expression "dumbing us down" to the school debate worldwide.

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