By John Taylor Gatto
With over 70,000 copies of the 1st variation in print, this radical treatise on public schooling has been a brand new Society Publishers’ bestseller for 10 years! Thirty years in manhattan City’s public faculties led John Gatto to the sorrowful end that obligatory education does little yet educate children to stick to orders like cogs in an business computer. This moment version describes the widespread influence of the e-book and Gatto’s "guerrilla teaching."
John Gatto has been a instructor for 30 years and is a recipient of the recent York country instructor of the yr award. His different titles comprise A assorted type of Teacher (Berkeley Hills Books, 2001) and The Underground historical past of yank Education (Oxford Village Press, 2000).
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Success in my practice involves a large component of automatic trust, categorical trust, not the kind conditional on performance. People have to be allowed to make their own mistakes and to try again, or they will never master themselves, although they may well seem to be competent when they have in fact only memorized or imitated someone else’s performance. Success in my practice also involves challenging many comfortable assumptions about what is worth learning and out of what material a good life is fashioned.
It was an altogether wonderful place to grow up, even to grow up poor. ” Indeed, the larger world hardly extended beyond Pittsburgh, a wonderful dark steel city worth a trip to see once or twice a year. Nobody in my memory felt confined by Monongahela or dwelled, within my earshot, on the possibility they were missing something important by not being elsewhere. My grandfather was the town printer and had been for a time the publisher of the town newspaper, The Daily Republican — a name that attracted some attention because the town was a stronghold of the Democratic Party.
The ecology of “good” schooling depends on perpetuating dissatisfaction, just as the commercial economy depends on the same fertilizer. Although some people might be surprised how little time or reflection goes into making up these mathematical Anna Kelly (order #3483) 6 10 DUMBING US DOWN: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling records, the cumulative weight of these objective-seeming documents establishes a profile that compels children to arrive at certain decisions about themselves and their futures based on the casual judgment of strangers.
Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling (10th Anniversary Edition) by John Taylor Gatto