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John Taylor Gatto's Weapons of Mass Instruction, now available in paperback, focuses on mechanisms of traditional education which cripple imagination, discourage critical thinking, and create a false view of learning as a byproduct of rote-memorization drills. Gatto's earlier book, Dumbing Us Down, introduced the now-famous expression of the title into the common vernacular. Weapons of Mass Instruction adds another chilling metaphor to the brief against conventional schooling.
Gatto demonstrates that the harm school inflicts is rational and deliberate. The real function of pedagogy, he argues, is to render the common population manageable. To that end, young people must be conditioned to rely upon experts, to remain divided from natural alliances and to accept disconnections from their own lived experiences. They must at all costs be discouraged from developing self-reliance and independence.
Escaping this trap requires a strategy Gatto calls .open source learning. which imposes no artificial divisions between learning and life. Through this alternative approach our children can avoid being indoctrinated-only then can they achieve self-knowledge, good judgment, and courage.
This is a must read.When i was young and going to school i always felt that the school system was holding me back. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Amazon Customer
Read only half the book. Didn't find his argument convincing. It came across more as a personal rant rather than a convincing argument. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Tamara
This book began to turn my world upside down with regard to my understanding of the history of public education in the US. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Fluffo
John Taylor Gatto is one of my heroes. I was very fortunate to reach him on a long distance telephone call in his New York home. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Ramon Thomas
This book is another masterpiece by John Taylor Gatto. A longer version of Dumbing Us Down with updated information, and a better organized structure. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Suleiman
Selection bias is the story of this book along with unsupported assertions. I immediately looked for a reference section when he started to make some of his more outlandish claims... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Otis James Allen
Though only 1/3rd the way thru this book, it's incredibly interesting and insightful, while laying a path for turning education into something that can once again inspire and... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Thaddeus Rex
I don't always wright a review but when I do...... One of the best books ever written. I am so grateful for this book. Read morePublished 4 months ago by howell
The book is wonderful, if you have doubts and concerns about the public education system then you aren't alone. Read morePublished 5 months ago by JSneed22