Dumbing Us Down : The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling

ISBN-10: 086571231X

ISBN-13: 9780865712317

Edition: N/A

Authors: John T. Gatto

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Gatto reveals the deadening heart of compulsory state schooling: assumptions and structures that stamp out the self-knowledge, curiosity, concentration, and solitude essential to learning. In his 26 years of award-winning teaching in New York City's public schools, Gatto has found that independent study, community service, large doses of solitude, and apprenticeships with adults of all walks of life are the keys to helping children break the thrall of our conforming society. Gatto urges all of us to find ways to reengage children and families in actively controlling our culture, economy, and society.
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Book details

List price: $9.95
Publisher: New Society Publishers, Limited
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 128
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.39" tall
Weight: 0.374
Language: English

John Gatto is one of the most vocal proponents of the "free school" movement. A retired New York State public school teacher, Gatto has been named "Teacher of the Year" in both New York City and New York State. In books such as Tyranny of Government Schooling and Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling, Gatto exposes the hidden agendas of public schooling. He advocates a restructuring of learning to better prepare students for life and to foster creativity and intelligence over rote memorization. A frequent lecturer, Gatto has also written many articles outlining his opinions of bureaucratic schools and bureaucratic society, often contrasting contemporary America with 19th century American ideals. Many people use Gatto's philosophies as a basis for the increasingly popular trend toward home schooling.

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