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Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling by John Taylor Gatto, ISBN-13: 978-0865718548



  • Format: PDF
  • Publisher: ‎ New Society Publishers; 25th Anniversary edition (May 19, 2017)
  • Language: ‎ English
  • 144 pages
  • ISBN-10: ‎ 0865718547
  • ISBN-13: ‎ 978-0865718548

From the Back Cover

A bestseller for 25 years, John Taylor Gatto’s radical treatise on public education continues to advocate for the unshackling of children and learning from formal schooling

We don’t need school reform. Schools are working exactly as their designers intended. We need more choices and options outside of school. At the end of the day, the person who creates those is you. Stop waiting for permission from others and create opportunities to learn. – ZACHARY SLAYBACK, from the Foreword

Education’s most original thinker. – DANIEL H. PINK, author, Free Agent Nation

          A one-man intellectual insurgency. – The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


“A remarkable achievement. I can’t remember ever reading such a profound analysis of modern education.”
― Howard Zinn, on The Underground History of American Education

“Education’s most original thinker.”
― Daniel H. Pink, author of Free Agent Nation

“I’ve loved John Gatto’s work ever since I first encountered his astounding essays.”
― Christiane Northrup, M.D., author of Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom

“I count John Gatto among my heroes.”
― Robert Bly

“Gatto is a singular antidote to stale convention.”
― David Guterson, author of Snow Falling On Cedars

“Brilliant Work.”
― Laissez Faire Books

“I agree with damn near every semi-colon and comma that Mr. Gatto has written.”
― Tom Peters, author of In Search of Excellence

“Gatto’s voice is strong and unique, a Socrates of the educational world.”
― Thomas Moore, author of Care of the Soul

“Any student would be lucky to have a teacher like Gatto.”
― Editorial in Commonweal

About the Author

John Gatto was a schoolteacher for 30 years. He resigned in the Op-Ed pages of The New York Times upon receiving the New York State Teacher of the Year award. He has been a fierce advocate for self-directed “guerrilla” education for decades, and is also the author of Weapons of Mass Instruction and The Underground History of American Education. John Gatto lived in New York State.


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