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Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling

Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling (Trade Paperback / Paperback, 2nd edition)

By Gatto, John Taylor
Foreword by Slayback, Zachary

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Throw off the shackles of formal schooling and embark upon a rich journey of self-directed, life-long learning.After over 100 years of mandatory schooling in the U.S., literacy rates have dropped, families are fragmented, learning disabilities are skyrocketing, and children and y...outh are increasingly disaffected. Thirty years of teaching in the public school system led John Taylor Gatto to the sad conclusion that compulsory governmental schooling is to blame, accomplishing little but to teach young people to follow orders like cogs in an industrial machine.He became a fierce advocate of families and young people taking back education and learning, arguing that genius is as common as dirt, but that conventional schooling is driving out the natural curiosity and problem-solving skills we re born with, replacing it with rule-following, fragmented time, and disillusionment.Gatto s radical treatise on public education, a New Society Publishers bestseller for 25 years, continues to bang the drum for an unshackling of children and learning from formal schooling. Now, in an ever-more-rapidly changing world with an explosion of alternative routes to learning, it s poised to continue to shake the world of institutional education for many more years.Featuring a new foreword from Zachary Slayback, an Ivy League dropout and cofounder of tech start-up career foundry Praxis, this 25th anniversary edition will inspire new generations of parents and students to take control of learning and kickstart an empowered society of self-directed lifetime-learners.John Taylor Gatto has been a fierce advocate for self-directed guerrilla education for decades. He is also the author of Weapons of Mass Instruction and The Underground History of American Education.
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ISBN 9780865718548
Released NZ 23 May 2017
Publisher New Society Publishers
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback, 2nd edition
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ISBN-13 9780865718548
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced (OOS locally); ships 6-12 working days
Publisher New Society Publishers
Imprint New Society Publishers
Released 23 May 2017
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback, 2nd edition
Edition 2nd edition
Author(s) By Gatto, John Taylor
Foreword by Slayback, Zachary
Category Social Institutions
Philosophy Of Education
Open Learning & Distance Education
Central Government Policies
Family & Other Relationships: General
Number of Pages 144
Dimensions Width: 153mm
Height: 229mm
Dewey Code 370.973
Weight Not specified - defaults to 600g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Education - Aims and objectives - United States, Educational sociology - United States, Education, Compulsory - United States
NBS Text Education & Teaching
ONIX Text General/trade