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Weapons of Mass Instruction: A SchoolTeacher's Journey Through The Dark World of Compulsory Schooling

New Society Publishers / 2010 / Paperback

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Taking on forced, compulsory education with a firm stare, unschooling champion John Taylor Gatto lists out example after example of homeschooled, unschooled, and independent-learners who managed to not only not end up outside of society and poor, but brilliant, innovative, and drawing upon their experiences that they found early on in life...and had the opportunity to devote time and energy to developing.

A book that will whip up your enthusiasm for homeschooling when you're down, or provides a high-energy case for those considering homeschooling, Gatto examines the extension of adolescence, the boredom of forced learning, the benefits of open-source learning, and the problems in the Prussian-German system of education. 214 pages, softcover.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 215
Vendor: New Society Publishers
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 9 X 6 (inches)
ISBN-13: 9780865716698
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John Taylor Gatto’s Weapons of Mass Instruction, now available in paperback, focuses on mechanisms of traditional education that cripple imagination, discourage critical thinking, and create a false view of learning as a byproduct of rote-memorization drills. Gatto’s earlier book, Dumbing Us Down, introduced the now-famous expression of the title into the common vernacular. Weapons of Mass Instruction adds another chilling metaphor to the brief against conventional schooling.

Gatto demonstrates that the harm school inflicts is rational and deliberate. The real function of pedagogy, he argues, is to render the common population manageable. To that end, young people must be conditioned to rely upon experts, to remain divided from natural alliances, and to accept disconnections from their own lived experiences. They must at all costs be discouraged from developing self-reliance and independence.

Escaping this trap requires strategy Gatto calls "open source learning" which imposes no artificial divisions between learning and life. Through this alternative approach, our children can avoid being indoctrinated—only then that can they achieve self-knowledge, judgment, and courage.

John Taylor Gatto is an internationally renowned speaker who lectures widely on school reform. He taught for thirty years in public schools before resigning on the op-ed pages of The Wall Street Journal during the year he was named New York’s official "Teacher of the Year." On April 3, 2008, the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard credited Gatto with adding the expression "dumbing us down" to the school debate worldwide.

 

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John Gatto was a teacher in New York City's public schools for over 30 years and is a recipient of the New York State Teacher of the Year award. A much-sought after speaker on education throughout the United States, his other books include A Different Kind of Teacher (Berkeley Hills Books, 2001) and The Underground History of American Education (Oxford Village Press, 2000).

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