- Paperback: 144 pages
- Publisher: New Society Publishers; 2nd edition (February 1, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0865714487
- ISBN-13: 978-0865714489
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 8.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 373 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #180,380 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling, 10th Anniversary Edition Paperback – February 1, 2002
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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.
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Gatto urges readers to read him critically, so to honor him I'll raise a couple of issues. First, while I share his disgust with the redefinition of citizens as consumers, Gatto seems to give short shrift to the fact that true liberty is assured only by economic liberty.
Second, his differentiation between the construction of the pyramid and the Cathedral of Rheims seems strained. Large-scale projects need top-down direction, whether they involve exploring the oceans or performing a symphony, and it's not clear that every big undertaking requires the singling out of a certain segment of the population for dumbing down.
But Mr. Gatto seems like the kind of guy who would like to talk about things like that, so I'm giving him an A-plus.
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Long time classroom teacher and NY City and State Teacher of the Year Gatto is prophetic in the true sense...Read more