- Paperback: 412 pages
- Publisher: Odysseus Group (November 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0945700040
- ISBN-13: 978-0945700043
- Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 8.8 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 62 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #302,785 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Underground History of American Education: A School Teacher's Intimate Investigation Into the Problem of Modern Schooling Paperback – November, 2000
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Until I read this book, I was at a loss as to why so many easy and obvious improvements in education were never made. Gatto's explanation is that the purpose of schooling is to impede learning and create a class of unthinking producer-consumers and that the inability of teaching professionals to teach is wilful.
While his explanation seems eminently plausible - it simply is not possible that the teaching profession can be so useless without some good reason - his references are few and it is difficult to establish how influential the people he holds responsible really were/are. I would like to ask if anyone can suggest other material providing evidence for or against this hypothesis or evaluating the importance of those individuals and movements Gatto cites as being active in creating a system which represses learning and retards maturity.
Whether it be public or private, you need to take more interest in you childrens
education. Make sure they are learning the truth, not political propaganda.
Just because someone is getting paid, doesn't mean they care.Many people have been
swayed to another way of thinking,just look what large corporations have done to
our government and the environment.
What you always felt could be true of the system that raised you, Mr. Gatto lays open with the precision of a brain surgeon, connecting the dots from the juggernaut of "compulsory education" to so many of today's problems .
If you are concerned with what is happening to your child within the prison like walls of presumed intelligence, pick up a copy of this book written by this dual NY state, NY City "teacher of the year".
No stone is left unturned in pursuit of the truth leaving us to finally understand where our culture acquired the anger within.
Just the revelation that the average intellect was much superior prior to established public education should blow our minds
I recommend this work to the parent of a struggling child, so that they may understand how corrupt this system is, and get their child out.
To the preconditioned adult who still has that false, warped, warm feeling about a system of indoctrination, and assimilation, who when asked to pass a school levy, jumps for the master like a boot camp Marine.
But mostly, I recommend this work to the professional educator who has been given the undeserved responsibility, and trust of the parents of this country for 190 years, to care for our Nation`s children, that they may know that they are responsible for where we are as a nation.
If knowledge is power, Mr. Gatto's Opus, should be read by every person who has had, or will have contact with the over funded leviathan called "Public School".