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Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling
Dumbing Us Down The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling Author:John Taylor Gatto 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 celebr... more »ation 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.« less
This collection of essays by John Taylor Gatto should be required reading for all parents of young children before they are first enrolled in school. Failing that, parents of kids still in school should read it too, so they can pull their kids out before there is any further damage done to them!
I have this book listed because I had lost my first printing copy and repurchased the book. To say: this is a must have for anyone with any interest in the public school system. I am the product of private schools, former public school teacher and now a homeschooling mommy of nine. My first four have been ready for college at 16. Public schools are the lowest common way to educate our children, please be involved whatever choice you choose.