Weapons of Mass Instruction A Schoolteacher's Journey Through the Dark World of Compulsory Schooling

ISBN-10: 0865716315
ISBN-13: 9780865716315
Edition: 2009
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Description: John Taylor Gatto's Weapons of Mass Instruction focuses on mechanisms of familiar schooling that cripple imagination, discourage critical thinking, and create a false view of learning as a by-product of rote-memorization drills. Gatto's earlier  More...

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List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: New Society Publishers, Limited
Publication date: 10/1/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 192
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

John Taylor Gatto's Weapons of Mass Instruction focuses on mechanisms of familiar schooling that cripple imagination, discourage critical thinking, and create a false view of learning as a by-product of rote-memorization drills. Gatto's earlier book, Dumbing Us Down, put that now-famous expression of the title into common use worldwide. Weapons of Mass Instruction promises to add another chilling metaphor to the brief against schooling. Here is a demonstration that the harm school inflicts is quite rational and deliberate, following high-level political theories constructed by Plato, Calvin, Spinoza, Fichte, Darwin, Wundt, and others, which contend the term "education" is meaningless because humanity is strictly limited by necessities of biology, psychology, and theology. The real function of pedagogy is to render the common population manageable. Realizing that goal demands that the young be conditioned to rely upon experts, remain divided from natural alliances, and accept disconnections from the experiences that create self-reliance and independence. Escaping this trap requires a different way of growing up, one Gatto calls "open source learning." In chapters such as "A Letter to Kristina, my Granddaughter"; "Fat Stanley"; and "Walkabout:London," this different reality is illustrated. John Taylor Gatto taught for thirty years in public schools before resigning from school-teaching in the op-ed pages of The Wall Street Journal during the year he was named New York State's official Teacher of the Year. Since then, he has traveled three million miles lecturing on school reform.

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.

Dedication
Prologue: Against School
Everything You Know about Schools is Wrong
Walkabout: London
Fat Stanley and the Lancaster Amish
David Sarnoff's Classroom
Hector Isn't the Problem
The Camino de Santiago
Weapons of Mass Instruction
What is Education?
A Letter to my Granddaughter about Dartmouth
Incident at Highland High
Afterword: Invitation to an Open Conspiracy: The Bartleby Project
Index
About the Author

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