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In this tenth-anniversary edition, Gatto updates his theories on how the U.S. educational system cranks out students the way Detroit cranks out Buicks. He contends that students are more programmed to conform to economic and social norms rather than really taught to think.
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This radical treatise on public education has been a New Society Publishers' bestseller 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, we are renewing the cover art, adding new material about John and the impact of the book, and a new Foreword.See all Editorial Reviews
Excellent book. The author, who is quite the skilled wordsmith, offers such an incredible perspective of the impact of the U.S. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Louis Bailey
An excellent critique on the current American system of education. Highly recommended for anyone studying education or parents who want a more critical perspective.Published 4 days ago by Critical
I keep this book to read again feom time to time. Excellent book by someone who has been there.Published 1 month ago by Illtakepink
Here is a writer who truly understands our school system. Further, he likes and respects children and parents--it's hard to understand how he could keep a job with his kind regard... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Bookloving Gal
This is a whopper of a book by a whopper of a man - it confirms all those things you surmised through the years when you were younger being schooled. Read morePublished 2 months ago by John McConnell
I have already removed my children from the government institutional schools many years prior to reading this book, so I didn't think I'd find much of Gatto's editorializing... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Lyn
I loved this book! It makes me so glad that we homeschool. Highly recommend to everyone! Quick and easy read.Published 2 months ago by Kindle Customer