49 quotes from Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling: ‘I’ve noticed a fascinating phenomenon in my thirty years of teaching: sch. 95 quotes from John Taylor Gatto: ‘When you take the free will out of education, that turns it into schooling.’, ‘I’ve noticed a fascinating phenomenon in my thirty. For that reason alone, Dumbing Us Down is an intriguing book. Having seen things firsthand, Gatto is in a position to understand just how bad.
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The truth is that schools don’t really teach anything except how to obey orders. This is a great mystery to me because thousands of humane, caring people work in schools as teachers and aides and administrators, but the abstract logic of the institution overwhelms their individual contributions. Although teachers to care and do work very, very hard, the institution is psychopathic — it has no conscience.
It rings a bell and the young man in the middle of writing a poem must close his notebook and fown to a different cell where he must memorize that humans and monkeys derive from a common ancestor. The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling. Put kids in a class and they will live out their lives in an invisible cage, isolated from their chance at community; interrupt kids with bells and horns all the time and they will learn that nothing is dowb or worth finishing; ridicule them and they will retreat from human association; shame them and they will find a hundred ways to get even.
The habits taught in large-scale organizations are deadly. We suppress genius because we haven’t yet figured out how to manage a population of educated men and women. The solution, I think, is simple and glorious.
Let them manage themselves. Solving the Crisis of Dumbinng Schooling. Now we have been rendered permanent children. I teach school and win awards doing it. Children and families need some relief from government surveillance and intimidation if original expressions belonging to THEM are to develop. Without these freedom has no meaning.
Certainly not to be trusted. People need to be told what they are worth. Even then, philosophers saw clearly the inevitable direction the professionalization of teaching would take, that of pre-empting the teaching function, which, in a healthy community, belongs to everyone.
The net effect of making all schoolwork external to individual longings, experiences, questions, and problems is to render the victim listless. And how to submit with a show of enthusiasm to the judgment of strangers, even if they are wrong, even if your enthusiasm is phony. Boys like Andrew Carnegie who begged his mother not to send him to school and was well on his way to immortality and fortune at the age of thirteen, would be referred today for psychological counseling; Thomas Edison would find himself in Special Ed until his peculiar genius had been sufficiently tamed.
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