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Book Title: Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling|
Date of issue: June 13th 2014
ISBN 13: 9781282463912
The author of the book: John Taylor Gatto
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 36.41 MB
Edition: New Society Publishers
Read full description of the books Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling:This book gets a big "meh" from me. First of all, it's not so much a book as a group of essays. And I had to laugh when I opened the book and the print was freaking 18 point. (Like maybe we're not bright enough to follow along with typical 12 point print?)
I also have a problem with someone who spent his whole career in New York school systems making broad sweeping statements about public education in general. I have a hard time believing that a New York City educator understands ANYTHING about the kind of education I had -- in rural Montana, where we had one school district for our entire town (and the ranch and reservation kids were bused in) and I graduated with 83 people. Those are two completely different worlds. And there are as many different school environments are there are different schools in the country.
It also bothered me that he made such generalized, sensational statements. ALL his students watch too much TV and it's ruining them. Really? Every single one of your students? How do you know that? He also said that double-income families are ruining our children, along with the lack of inter-generational interaction. How, then, does my life where both husband and wife work but kiddo spends all day with grandma and grandpa fit into that equation?
He has a few good points within the book, but I'm disappointed that what is supposed to be an intellectual argument relies so heavily on sensational, fact less claims and overgeneralizations.
Read information about the authorJohn Taylor Gatto is an American retired school teacher of 29 years and 8 months and author of several books on education. He is an activist critical of compulsory schooling and of what he characterizes as the hegemonic nature of discourse on education and the education professions.
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