Dumbing Us Down

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by PotterWatch, Sep 8, 2009.

  1. PotterWatch

    PotterWatch My Patronus is a Chicken

    Apr 22, 2008
    I am currently reading Dumbing Us Down; The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling by John Taylor Gatto. I would love to hear from other people who have read it, especially some teachers. What do you think of the book and how it portrays traditional school? What do you think is accurate and what do you think is inaccurate? Have you read any of his other books and what did you think of them?
    Last edited: Sep 8, 2009
  2. onthespot

    onthespot Deluxe Dozens

    Mar 29, 2008
    Riverside/Norco, CA
    Everybody's too dumb to answer! [​IMG]
  3. tdgill

    tdgill Chillin' With My Peeps

    havent read it
  4. Q9

    Q9 General Headache

    Hmmm... Haven't read it, but it sounds great! I might have to see if that's at our library. I'm homeschooled, myself. It's stupid that you have to pay tax dollars to support a method and message that you don't support. I have, while being homeschooled, discovered that economics is fun, made tons of friends, and learned a whole lot about, well, a whole lot! Still am. Being homeschooled with the Classical method, I have also learned to educate myself. I routinely read history and economics for fun. In my four years of public school, I had three (3) good friends, and two were from church. I felt the way most kids do, that learning, especially history, is boring. EVERY Thanksgiving we heard the SAME FREAKING story of the Mayflower, made as boring as possible. I thought all history was like that.

    Okay, sorry, didn't mean to go on a rant. [​IMG] That's just my experience.

    I'll finish off with this: Benjamin Franklin dropped out of school at ten and educated himself.
  5. PotterWatch

    PotterWatch My Patronus is a Chicken

    Apr 22, 2008
    Well, it was initially published in 1991 so it's not the hot new book on the subject anymore. I'm finding it very interesting if not somewhat harsh. Anyone else read it?
  6. chickens4me

    chickens4me Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 1, 2008
    South Carolina
    I have read it. I have discussed it with my two older children & they said that they found much~~if not all~~of what he points out is true. One of my children begged me to homeschool her this year for 9th grade. (She was a "charter school student" in a "top" public school here.) She says she is shocked how much she is able to learn now without having to wait for other students to "catch up" or having to wait for a teacher to decide how much and when she is "allowed" to learn. She does not miss ps whatsoever. She feels like she has freedom now in so many ways. And I am thrilled to teach her.

    I personally believe it is a shocking and eye-opening book. My daughter did have some good teachers at times, but often their "hands were tied" by exactly what Mr. Gatto points out.

    This is just from our own family's personal experience.
    Last edited: Sep 8, 2009
  7. LA~Poulet

    LA~Poulet Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 27, 2009
    near Lake Charles, LA
    I think we see a lot of what he warned about in society today.
  8. StupidBird

    StupidBird Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 8, 2009
    the movie "Idiocracy" was scary enough, do I have to read the book too?

    I'm just being sarcastic about people, not trying to make fun of this topic. I really am concerned about the future...
  9. deb1

    deb1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 26, 2008
    I've wanted to read this book. Maybe I will finally order it.
  10. warmfuzzies

    warmfuzzies Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 15, 2009
    Boondocks, Colorado
    I am reading he book The Underground History of American Education, By the same author. It is somewhat deep, and a little difficult to get into. If you stick it out past the prologe it is very interesting.

    Highly recommended, and here is a link to a free on-line version!


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