Weapons of Mass Instruction: A Schoolteacher's Journey Through the Dark World of Compulsory Schooling

Weapons of Mass Instruction: A Schoolteacher's Journey Through the Dark World of Compulsory Schooling

John Taylor Gatto


John Taylor Gatto’s Weapons of Mass Instruction, now to be had in paperback, specializes in mechanisms of conventional schooling that cripple mind's eye, discourage serious pondering, and create a fake view of studying as a byproduct of rote-memorization drills. Gatto’s past publication, Dumbing Us Down, brought the now-famous expression of the identify into the typical vernacular. Weapons of Mass Instruction provides one other chilling metaphor to the short opposed to traditional schooling.

Gatto demonstrates that the damage college inflicts is rational and planned. the true functionality of pedagogy, he argues, is to render the typical inhabitants doable. as a consequence, teens has to be conditioned to depend upon specialists, to stay divided from average alliances, and to just accept disconnections from their very own lived stories. they have to in any respect charges be discouraged from constructing self-reliance and independence.

Escaping this capture calls for process Gatto calls “open resource studying” which imposes no synthetic divisions among studying and lifestyles. via this substitute method, our kids can steer clear of being indoctrinated—only then which can they in attaining self-knowledge, judgment, and courage.

John Taylor Gatto is an across the world popular speaker who lectures broadly on university reform. He taught for thirty years in public faculties earlier than resigning at the op-ed pages of The Wall road magazine during the yr he used to be named New York’s authentic “Teacher of the Year.” On April three, 2008, the Kennedy tuition of presidency at Harvard credited Gatto with including the expression “dumbing us down” to the varsity debate worldwide.

 

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