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A for effort, A for anecdote I found much relatable to my own experience and ideas Although undoubtedly Libertarian in thesis I think there is something for everyone within the pages of this book if you give it a chance, regardless of your political affiliations While written over two and a half decades ago it s not hard to draw parallels with the culture and dysfunction Gatto describes in his book with that of today.The essays contained are the reflections of the author s time spent in and f A for effort, A for anecdote I found much relatable to my own experience and ideas Although undoubtedly Libertarian in thesis I think there is something for everyone within the pages of this book if you give it a chance, regardless of your political affiliations While written over two and a half decades ago it s not hard to draw parallels with the culture and dysfunction Gatto describes in his book with that of today.The essays contained are the reflections of the author s time spent in and fighting with the system over 30 years of teaching in New York City Public schools as of 1990 for the sake of all it has failed, but evenso whose future it denies He is humble enough to admit not having all the answers, encouraging us to participate in the dialog as we are all accountable part of a network , links in the chains of institution we ve created and become complacent with.There were times I felt Gatto leaned too heavily on his own biases, conscious of this he would come round with a good save on the following page, or in the next chapter None the less beyond any inferences based on his beliefs, background, and observations I am confident that John is truly passionate about reforming education for the better Why trouble oneself writing radical books on the subject otherwise The book does come in light to some extent, on solution Although Gatto provides enough discourse on what s wrong the overall gist is to get us thinking outside the box rather than keep locked into the insanity of add or subtract mentality as the Federal debate begins over education spending.Gatto makes reference to theologians and philosophers, and revolutionaries, some of which he is critical of, others not so much, and provides some very interesting, but un cited claims, throughout which also show up in the forward by Thomas Moore a living Thomas Moore that is There are some choice lines you will find, which I won t spoil here.I thought about giving a review on each of Gatto s essays in the book, which are arranged as chapters, but without having source citations which he did not provide to cross reference I ll be simply be agreeing with what sounds good to me based on Gatto s years of teaching and wisdom at that time in six New York schools of vastly differing social strata and that of my Public schooling.I do intend to read Gatto srecent books on this subject of compulsory institutionalized learning better put schooling I just hope it s not a continuation ofanecdote reorganized, although no doubt a tempered one at that.Another fault I felt Gatto fell into was his focus entirely on the negative, leaving no redemption for any aspect of the current structure or those successful models within, which there must be But that is his premise that we need to tear down to reform.Interestingly and although I haven t read very many philosophers, theologians, or politicians in great detail to spot Gatto s actual inspirations other than his fondness for Ben Franklin, I have read Patrick Pearse s Murder Machine from which many bells appeared to be ringing as I read this Wow, this read really had me questioning our educational system Informative and fast read @FREE E-PUB º Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling Î A highly praised best seller for over a decade, this is a radical treatise on public education that concludes that compulsory government schooling does little but teach young people to follow orders like cogs in a machine This Special Collector s Edition celebrates , copies or the book in print, and the book s on going importance and popularity While worth reading as an wake up call to all who think the only problem with our educational system is that it needsmoney it should be taken with a grain of salt, or rather a slat block Gatto is correct that schools act as mainly propaganda for the elite class and he may even be correct that compulsory education should not be the law of the land At least at the high school level What he is not not good at is showing the whole picture He says that he wants a fair discussion about the While worth reading as an wake up call to all who think the only problem with our educational system is that it needsmoney it should be taken with a grain of salt, or rather a slat block Gatto is correct that schools act as mainly propaganda for the elite class and he may even be correct that compulsory education should not be the law of the land At least at the high school level What he is not not good at is showing the whole picture He says that he wants a fair discussion about the subject but then engages in the same type of propganda he says he is against For instance he hold Mass in the early 1700 s up as a model of how good life was before the socialization of schools, he claims that some studies show literacy was as high as 98% However he leaves a few key facts out, the first is that there was compulsory education in that time, in the 1640 s starting in 1642 Mass passed laws that made every town larger than 50 people higher a town educator, and every town over 100 families build a school, a few years later 48 laws were passed that made compulsory the teaching of reading, laws, the Catechism and some honest lawful calling, labour or employment by either the parent or some sort of master If he is against schools as a socializing force then it would seem that he should be against the system he is praising that socialized children to the laws of the Catholic church The second fact he leaves out is context He states that the lack of schooling and childrens curiosity led to these high literacy rates He leaves out that most other countries and colonies for that matter did not have compulsory education England is an example of one of these countries and their literacy rates have been shown in studies to be somewhere around 40 60% It appears that a closer look at his argument shows the opposite to be true in the case of literacy The non compulsory areas had lower rates than Mass this leads me to think that it is not compulsory education that is the problem, but rather the state of the current education system in America The third problem seems to be fairly obvious As far as I could tell looking around, the studies show the literacy rates for citizens in a time when black people and women were not considered citizens, not to mention the study takes place in Mass which was one of the most affluent colonies Since this is getting long I will not get into some of the other problems I see in his arguments, including a misrepresentation of Deweys ideas, and instead leave it with a note on his motives If you go to his website you will see a link to a group he started called the Odysseus group who s primary goal is for government schools to forced to compete and that Free market choice will improve government schools, too it seems fairly contradictory to me that someone who speaks against schools as a tool of the elite class would want to turn education over to the free market that has created so many problems Enron, Water wars in Bolivia, Jail privitazions, Iraq, Health care industry in America, privitazion of the military in Iraq that has led to Blackwater, Halliburton, etc To sum up his argument it seems to be this Industry has taken a hold of our schools and acts as a propaganda tool to socialize children to work in various industries unquestiongly, the short term solution Give complete control over to these industries Again, this is not coming from some right winger trying to attack new ideas, I agree with most of what Gatto says about schools being a propaganda tool I just disagree with his solutions and his propaganda as well If you don t believe me look at my other book selections Don t read this if you have or plan on having children that you won t be able to home school, but a must read for everyone els This is a damning indictment against the public school system written by none other than a teacher who lived it Sure to cause riots oncepeople realize that twelve to thirteen years of their lives were utterly wasted. Ugh, this book may have brought on my mid life crisis Not because Gatto is wrong, but because he s right The education system isn t just broken, it s taking completely the wrong approach It s designed to kill the spirit of enquiry I ve attended several hearings addressing formal student complaints where the student is alleging the college level education they received was substandard because they were 1 asked to read a text book, and not given a teacher written summary of all material that Ugh, this book may have brought on my mid life crisis Not because Gatto is wrong, but because he s right The education system isn t just broken, it s taking completely the wrong approach It s designed to kill the spirit of enquiry I ve attended several hearings addressing formal student complaints where the student is alleging the college level education they received was substandard because they were 1 asked to read a text book, and not given a teacher written summary of all material that will expressly be covered in the final exam or 2 asked to select a research topic from a list of options, research it, and write on it, and were not told what to write about, what to include, and exactly how to structure it there are complaints about this cruelly unfair practice every semester This is not the student s fault this is what the education system has done to them We squished their passion, love for learning, and curiousity for its own sake before they were seven.So, I agree with everything Gatto says about the problem, but I don t share the same enthusiasm for his solution basically, charter schools Here in NZ we are about to introduce charter schools for the first time One of the most enthusiastic proponants for charter schools is self proclaimed Bishop Brian Tamaki, a religious leader who exhorts parishoners to tithe generously, while driving a NZ 75,000 car, arguably leading to the rapid shrinking of his congregation, as well as some very unhappy former church members Mr Tamaki would like to run a charter school in a greenfields town development for church members, to teach children classes framed around his core fundamentalist Christian beliefs including that women belong at home raising children and homosexuality is a sin against God.See, this is where I m not OK with charter schools I can t think it s OK for the kids who attend this charter school to learn this, with no balancing opinion offered, even if this means other children at a different charter school would get a vastly better education than they do now That price seems too high for me.I have no bloody solution Home schooling Rargh It s unsolvable I think instead I should buy a little cafe and make people happy with caffeine all day nods EDIT Oh, also, 30 years after this book was first published, nothing is better It s worse Also, exams ridiculous Rewarding memory over application of principles, deep appreciation, and creative problem solving, and unlike any real world scenario Dumbing us down is a short book by John Taylor Gatto There have only been two books this year that upon finishing I was so impressed and blown away by that I felt the desire to reopen immediately and read again The first was mere Christianity by C.S Lewis and now this here little gem dumbing us down I ve read plenty of great books this year already however when it comes to identifying certain books as essential and must reads for everyone, that israre Some qualifiers for this year are Dumbing us down is a short book by John Taylor Gatto There have only been two books this year that upon finishing I was so impressed and blown away by that I felt the desire to reopen immediately and read again The first was mere Christianity by C.S Lewis and now this here little gem dumbing us down I ve read plenty of great books this year already however when it comes to identifying certain books as essential and must reads for everyone, that israre Some qualifiers for this year are as follows, there are three When it comes to thinking deeply about Christianity, Mere Christianity is a must read for every single Christian on the planet, in my opinion War and Peace absolutely blew my mind when it came to how epic a book could be and the philosophy of history located at the end of the book mind blowing And now when it comes to education dumbing us down is a certified masterpiece, the type of book you recommend without hesitation, the type you buy a few copies of and find people to give them to Certain books just catch you off guard, you open the first page unprepared as to what you will find hidden within What I found within the pages ofDumbing us down was truth, flat out truth, the truth about education and what a racket it is Who can blow a whistle better than a public school teacher from New York that s been doing it for over 3 decades Dumbing us down is priceless Sixty five years ago Bertrand Russell saw that mass schooling in the United States had a profoundly anti democratic intent, that it was a scheme to artificially deliver national unity by eliminating human variation and by eliminating the forge that produces variation the family According to Lord Russell, mass schooling produce a recognizably American student anti intellectual, superstitious, lacking self confidence, and having less of what Russell called inner freedom than his or her counterpart in any other nation he knew of, past or present They held excellence and aesthetics equally in contempt were inadequate to the personal crises in their lives 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 It is an eye opener that what is needed is less money, notMore choices,freedoms,time with children home,time for children to be children, allowing them to learn HOW to think, not WHAT to think Interesting to learn that the literacy rate in colonial America was close to total, and hasnt been that high since just before the Civil Wa 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 It is an eye opener that what is needed is less money, notMore choices,freedoms,time with children home,time for children to be children, allowing them to learn HOW to think, not WHAT to think Interesting to learn that the literacy rate in colonial America was close to total, and hasnt been that high since just before the Civil War when compulsory schooling government monopoly schooling began An 1850 s 5th grade math textbook would today be considered college level The 7 lessons kids are learning that he talks about in the first chapter were a definate eye opener I would dare say they are lessons no parent would wish their children to learn This book gets a big meh from me First of all, it s not so much a book as a group of essays And I had to laugh when I opened the book and the print was freaking 18 point Like maybe we re not bright enough to follow along with typical 12 point print I also have a problem with someone who spent his whole career in New York school systems making broad sweeping statements about public education in general I have a hard time believing that a New York City educator understands ANYTHING about t This book gets a big meh from me First of all, it s not so much a book as a group of essays And I had to laugh when I opened the book and the print was freaking 18 point Like maybe we re not bright enough to follow along with typical 12 point print I also have a problem with someone who spent his whole career in New York school systems making broad sweeping statements about public education in general I have a hard time believing that a New York City educator understands ANYTHING about the kind of education I had in rural Montana, where we had one school district for our entire town and the ranch and reservation kids were bused in and I graduated with 83 people Those are two completely different worlds And there are as many different school environments are there are different schools in the country.It also bothered me that he made such generalized, sensational statements ALL his students watch too much TV and it s ruining them Really Every single one of your students How do you know that He also said that double income families are ruining our children, along with the lack of inter generational interaction How, then, does my life where both husband and wife work but kiddo spends all day with grandma and grandpa fit into that equation He has a few good points within the book, but I m disappointed that what is supposed to be an intellectual argument relies so heavily on sensational, fact less claims and overgeneralizations I checked this book out after a friend recommended John Taylor Gatto to me after an argument on a Facebook thread that started with a post about how we seem to be producing people who have contempt for science and reason.Gatto spent a few decades as a NYC public school teacher, so in theory he should have interesting ideas about what s wrong with education and how to address the problems, but in practice, he doesn t.In a nutshell his thesis is the public school system produces conformist non thi I checked this book out after a friend recommended John Taylor Gatto to me after an argument on a Facebook thread that started with a post about how we seem to be producing people who have contempt for science and reason.Gatto spent a few decades as a NYC public school teacher, so in theory he should have interesting ideas about what s wrong with education and how to address the problems, but in practice, he doesn t.In a nutshell his thesis is the public school system produces conformist non thinkers And it s part of an implied conspiracy, which started after the Civil War, with the purpose of indoctrinating children by separating them from their communities and families and imposing systems of networks in place of community, with the ultimate goal of imposing centralized societal control Things were so much better for education in 17th colonial Massachusetts where people had their own relationship with God and had to find their own truths And we can only solve the problems we face and improve society by dismantling the educational system and everything that supports it and return to that never never land of colonial Massachusetts by allowing the free market to take over and give people freedom of choice Somehow, this will not only make education better but it will solve all of society s problems.I found his argument lacking in many respects He denigrates the education system as a whole but only ever worked in one district He constantly emphasizes his experience as a teacher and status as one time New York State teacher of the year but dismisses other people who work in the field He idealizes the past, especially 17th century Massachusetts and his own childhood to contrast with everything he hates about modern life, but rather than address what changed in American life and why he implies it s some grand conspiracy to destroy society as a whole and produce sheep reliant on centralized authority.His magic solution to go back to olden times by dismantling education as we know it, including any kind of structure in the lives of students, allow people to chose their own truths, or realities, and over time the free market will correct all of the flaws and society will change on its own for the better In other words, valuing self obsession and self interest will make things better because things like reason and rationality are hostile to freedom and oppressive.How a system that he claims worked in a small community almost 400 years ago will work in a massive and complex country that is the modern United States he doesn t explain in any detail He just asserts it will And he clearly has contempt for industry but is willing to sell things through the free market where only a massive industry could replace the function currently filled by the schools he wants to destroy Simplistic, self deceptive, sophist thinking at its best