Dumbing Us Down - 25Th Anniversary Edition: The Hidden Curriculum Of Compulsory Schooling

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Dumbing Us Down - 25Th Anniversary Edition: The Hidden Curriculum Of Compulsory Schooling

Dumbing Us Down - 25Th Anniversary Edition: The Hidden Curriculum Of Compulsory Schooling

Product Description Throw off the shackles of formal schooling and embark upon a rich journey of self-directed, life-long learning After over 100 years of mandatory schooling in the U.S., literacy rates have dropped, families are fragmented, learning disabilities are skyrocketing, and children and youth are increasingly disaffected. Thirty years of teaching in the public school system led John Taylor Gatto to the sad conclusion that compulsory governmental schooling is to blame, accomplishing little but to teach young people to follow orders like cogs in an industrial machine. He became a fierce advocate of families and young people taking back education and learning, arguing that genius is as common as dirt, but that conventional schooling is driving out the natural curiosity and problem-solving skills were born with, replacing it with rule-following, fragmented time, and disillusionment. Gattos radical treatise on public education, a New Society Publishers bestseller for 25 years, continues to bang the drum for an unshackling of children and learning from formal schooling. Now, in an ever-more-rapidly changing world with an explosion of alternative routes to learning, its poised to continue to shake the world of institutional education for many more years. Featuring a new foreword from Zachary Slayback, an Ivy League dropout and cofounder of tech start-up career foundry Praxis, this 25th anniversary edition will inspire new generations of parents and students to take control of learning and kickstart an empowered society of self-directed lifetime-learners. Review A remarkable achievement. I cant remember ever reading such a profound analysis of modern education. Howard Zinn, on The Underground History of American Education Educations most original thinker. Daniel H. Pink, author of Free Agent Nation Ive loved John Gattos work ever since I first encountered his astounding essays. Christiane Northrup, M.D., author of Womens Bodies, Womens Wisdom I count John Gatto among my heroes. Robert Bly Gatto is a singular antidote to stale convention. David Guterson, author of Snow Falling On Cedars Brilliant Work. Laissez Faire Books I agree with damn near every semi-colon and comma that Mr. Gatto has written. Tom Peters, author of In Search of Excellence Gattos voice is strong and unique, a Socrates of the educational world. Thomas Moore, author of Care of the Soul Any student would be lucky to have a teacher like Gatto. Editorial in Commonweal Im still baffled by how someone so forthright would have been named Teacher of the Year. Jeanne Allen, Editor, Education Update, Washington DC One of the worlds most controversial education reformists. The Western Australian ...inspirational and chillingly on the money. Bruce Bebb, The Hollywood Reporter, Hollywood CA Youve got guts. DArcy Rickard, British Columbia School Trustees Association, Canada Easily the most brilliant and arresting salvo on education that Ive seen. Graham Betts, Madison WI I read what you had to say with the greatest of delight and shared it with friends, one of whom said it brought tears to her eyes. We both thank you for writing. Edward M. Jones, Editor, A Voice for Children, Santa Fe NM Professor Kenneth E. Boulding saw your writing and got it to me. I so fully agreed with everything you said that you have re-excited me about the similar mission I am on. Ed Lyell, Colorado State Board of Education, Denver CO A very important and passionate book - a reawakening of the penetrating critique of schooling made in the 1960s by John Holt, Jonathan Kozol, and James Herndon...it deserves top be in every bookstore in the country. Yours is a voice of humanity, community and love. Bravo. Ron Miller, Editor, Holistic Education Review My daughter, a smart, dedicated 14-year-old who just dropped out of high school and is successfully pursuing independent studies

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