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

By John Taylor Gatto

John Taylor Gatto’s Weapons of Mass Instruction, now on hand in paperback, makes a speciality of mechanisms of conventional schooling that cripple mind's eye, discourage serious considering, and create a fake view of studying as a byproduct of rote-memorization drills. Gatto’s previous e-book, Dumbing Us Down, brought the now-famous expression of the name 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 institution inflicts is rational and planned. the true functionality of pedagogy, he argues, is to render the typical inhabitants plausible. hence, teens needs to be conditioned to rely on specialists, to stay divided from traditional alliances, and to simply accept disconnections from their very own lived reviews. they have to in any respect bills be discouraged from constructing self-reliance and independence.

Escaping this seize calls for approach Gatto calls “open resource studying” which imposes no synthetic divisions among studying and existence. via this replacement strategy, our kids can keep away from being indoctrinated—only then which can they in attaining self-knowledge, judgment, and courage.

John Taylor Gatto is an across the world well known speaker who lectures commonly 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 12 months he was once 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 college debate worldwide.


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