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Dumbing Us Down by John Taylor Gatto

Title Dumbing Us Down
Author John Taylor Gatto
Publisher New Society Publishers
Release Date 2002-02-01
Category Education
Total Pages 144
ISBN 9781550923018
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

With over 70,000 copies of the first edition in print, this radical treatise on public education has been a New Society Publishers’ bestseller for 10 years! Thirty years in New York City’s public schools led John Gatto to the sad conclusion that compulsory schooling does little but teach young people to follow orders like cogs in an industrial machine. This second edition describes the wide-spread impact of the book and Gatto’s "guerrilla teaching." John Gatto has been a teacher for 30 years and is a recipient of the New York State Teacher of the Year award. His other titles include A Different Kind of Teacher (Berkeley Hills Books, 2001) and The Underground History of American Education (Oxford Village Press, 2000).

Dumbing Us Down by John Taylor Gatto

Title Dumbing Us Down
Author John Taylor Gatto
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2017-05-19
Category FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS
Total Pages 121
ISBN 0865718547
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

John Taylor Gatto's radical treatise on public education, a bestseller for 25 years, continues to advocate for the unshackling of children and learning from formal schooling. Now, in a 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.

Dumbing Us Down by John Taylor Gatto

Title Dumbing Us Down
Author John Taylor Gatto
Publisher New Society Publishers
Release Date 2002-02-01
Category Education
Total Pages 144
ISBN 0865714487
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

This radical treatise on public education has been a New Society Publishers' bestseller for 10 years! Thirty years of award-winning teaching in New York City's public schools led John Gatto to the sad conclusion that compulsory governmental schooling does little but teach young people to follow orders as cogs in the industrial machine. In celebration of the ten-year anniversary of Dumbing Us Down and to keep this classic current, we are renewing the cover art, adding new material about John and the impact of the book, and a new Foreword.

Title Dumbing Us Down 25th Anniversary Edition
Author John Taylor Gatto
Publisher New Society Publishers
Release Date 2017-05-19
Category Education
Total Pages 144
ISBN 9781771422444
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

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 youth 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.

Weapons Of Mass Instruction by John Taylor Gatto

Title Weapons of Mass Instruction
Author John Taylor Gatto
Publisher New Society Publishers
Release Date 2010-04-01
Category Education
Total Pages 240
ISBN 9781550924244
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The transformation of schooling from a twelve-year jail sentence to freedom to learn. John Taylor Gatto's Weapons of Mass Instruction , now available in paperback, focuses on mechanisms of traditional education which 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 a 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 can they achieve self-knowledge, good judgment, and courage.

The Deliberate Dumbing Down Of America by Charlotte Thomson Iserbyt

Title The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America
Author Charlotte Thomson Iserbyt
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 1999
Category Education
Total Pages 5
ISBN 0945019734
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

In this book you will discover "how good teachers across America have been forced to use controversial, non-academic methodology in their classrooms; how "school choice" is being used to further dangerous reform goals, and how home schooling and private education are especially vulnerable; how workforce training (school-to-work) is an essential part of an overall plan for a global economy, and how this plan will shortcircuit your child's future career plans and opportunities; [and] how the international, national, regional, state and local agendas for education reform are all interconnected and have been for decades. The deliberate dumbing down of America is a chronological history of the past 100+ years of education reform. Each chapter takes a period of history and recounts the significant events, including important geopolitical and societal contextual information. Citations from government plans, policy documents, and key writings by leading reformers record the rise of the modern education reform movement"--Website: http://www.deliberatedumbingdown.com/book.htm.

Dumbing Down Our Kids by Charles J. Sykes

Title Dumbing Down Our Kids
Author Charles J. Sykes
Publisher Macmillan
Release Date 1996-09-15
Category Education
Total Pages 341
ISBN 0312148232
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Offers an expose of American public education, charging that faddish educational theories and the drive to inflate students' self-esteem are causing standards to decline

Dumbing Down by Ivo Mosley

Title Dumbing Down
Author Ivo Mosley
Publisher Imprint Academic
Release Date 2000
Category Social Science
Total Pages 328
ISBN 0907845657
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Never before in human history has so much cleverness been used to such stupid ends. The cleverness is in the creation and manipulation of markets, media and power; the stupid ends are in the destruction of community, responsibility, morality, art, religion and the natural world. Dumbing Down collects essays on this new phenomenon. It is an indispensable handbook for understanding the modern age.

Title The Underground History of American Education
Author John Taylor Gatto
Publisher Odysseus Group
Release Date 2001
Category Education
Total Pages 412
ISBN 0945700040
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

The underground history of the American education will take you on a journey into the background, philosophy, psychology, politics, and purposes of compulsion schooling.

No Dumbing Down by Karen Walker

Title No Dumbing Down
Author Karen Walker
Publisher Business Expert Press
Release Date 2018-10-03
Category Business & Economics
Total Pages 112
ISBN 9781947441811
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

No Dumbing Down: A No-Nonsense Guide for CEOs on Organization Growth is a book for a company’s senior-most leaders looking to make improvements when aligning the organization’s internal and external strategies for fast, profitable, and sustainable growth. This book combines the author’s impactful and formative experience with leadership and strategy best practices, helping the reader master the counterintuitive art of actually delivering on the promise made to customers. Readers will learn how and why to put these strategies to work—taking direct aim at pitfalls that can trip up even the most stellar companies.

A Different Kind Of Teacher by John Taylor Gatto

Title A Different Kind of Teacher
Author John Taylor Gatto
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2002-04-01
Category Education
Total Pages 230
ISBN 1893163407
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

"In A Different Kind of Teacher, John Gatto opens readers' eyes to what the American system of education really is, what it ought to be, and what steps can be taken to reach that goal."--BOOK JACKET.

Dumbing Down by Katharine Washburn

Title Dumbing Down
Author Katharine Washburn
Publisher W. W. Norton & Company
Release Date 1997
Category Social Science
Total Pages 329
ISBN 0393317234
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Twenty essays consider the impact of the declining American cultural standard

Title The Call of the Wild and Free
Author Ainsley Arment
Publisher HarperCollins
Release Date 2019-09-03
Category Education
Total Pages 336
ISBN 9780062916532
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Allow your children to experience the adventure, freedom, and wonder of childhood with this practical guide that provides all the information, inspiration, and advice you need for creating a modern, quality homeschool education. Inspired by the spirit of Henry David Thoreau—”All good things are wild and free”—mother of five Ainsley Arment founded Wild + Free. This growing online community of mothers and families want their children to receive a quality education at home by challenging their intellectual abilities and nurturing their sense of curiosity, joy and awe—the essence of a positive childhood. The homeschool approach of past generations is gone—including the stigma of socially awkward kids, conservative clothes, and a classroom setting replicated in the home. The Wild + Free movement is focused on a love of nature, reading great books, pursuing interests and hobbies, making the entire world a classroom, and prolonging the wonder of childhood, an appealing philosophy that is unpacked in the pages of this book The Call of the Wild and Free offers advice, information, and positive encouragement for parents considering homeschooling, those currently in the trenches looking for inspiration, as well as parents, educators, and caregivers who want supplementary resources to enhance their kids’ traditional educations.

Title Instead of Education
Author John Holt
Publisher Sentient Publications
Release Date 2004
Category Education
Total Pages 250
ISBN 9781591810094
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Holt's most direct and radical challenge to the educational status quo and a clarion call to parents to save their children from schools of all kinds.

Title Homeschooling for Excellence
Author David Colfax
Publisher Grand Central Publishing
Release Date 2009-05-30
Category Education
Total Pages 176
ISBN 0446561401
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

THE COLFAXES DIDN'T START TEACHING THEIR BOYS AT HOME TO GET THEM INTO HARVARD - BUT THAT'S WHAT HOMESCHOOLING ACCOMPLISHED! For over fifteen years, David and Micki Colfax educated their children at home. They don't think of themselves as pioneers, though that's what they became. Unhappy with the public schools, the Colfaxes wanted the best education possible for their four sons: a program for learning that met the evolving needs of each child and gave them complete control of how and what their children learned. The results? A prescription for excellence-Harvard educations for their sons Grant, Drew, and Reed. (Their fourth son is still too young for college.) Now the Colfaxes tell how all parents can become involved in homeschooling. In a straight-talking book that reads like a frank conversation among friends, they tell what they did and how they did it: their educational approaches, the lessons they learned, and what materials-books, equipment, educational aids-proved most useful over the years. Best of all, they show you how you can take charge of your children's education-in an invaluable sourcebook that will help you find a rewarding and successful alternative to our failing schools.

Free Range Learning by Laura Weldon

Title Free Range Learning
Author Laura Weldon
Publisher SCB Distributors
Release Date 2012-07-23
Category Education
Total Pages 312
ISBN 9781935387329
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

With more kids at home now . . . here is a book for parents, family members and friends who want to maximize this time for a deeper learning experience for their children and themselves. Free Range Learning will encourage and excite those who want their children to reap important benefits from this period of “sheltering in place,” learning at home. This is a book for anyone simply wanting some fresh ideas at this time, or those who wonder if a commitment to ongoing homeschooling might actually result in longer term benefits! The material in this book is backed by scientific and educational studies, along with the testimonies of scores of parents and kids from around the world. The work here is applicable for young people from pre-school through high school. Studies indicate that adults who were homeschooled are: * More likely to vote, volunteer and be involved in their communities than graduates of conventional schools. * Read more books than average. * More likely to have taken college level courses than the population as a whole. * Tend to be independent and self-reliant. Children are naturally “free range” learners. They build knowledge and skills naturally, within the full spectrum of their daily lives, while observing, exploring and pursuing their interests. This book guides any parent or educator in assisting that process.

Too Dumb To Fail by Matt K. Lewis

Title Too Dumb to Fail
Author Matt K. Lewis
Publisher Hachette Books
Release Date 2016-01-26
Category Political Science
Total Pages 240
ISBN 9780316383912
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

From a leading voice among young conservatives, an impassioned argument that to stay relevant the Republican Party must look beyond short-term electoral gains and re-commit to historic conservative values. In 1963 Richard Hofstadter published his landmark book Anti-Intellectualism in American Life. Today, Matt Lewis argues, America's inclination toward simplicity and stupidity is stronger than ever, and its greatest victim is the Republican Party. Lewis, a respected conservative columnist and frequent guest on MSNBC's Morning Joe, eviscerates the phenomenon of candidates with a "no experience required" mentality and tea party "patriots" who possess bluster but few core beliefs. Lewis traces the conservative movement's roots, from Edmund Burke to William F. Buckley, and from Goldwater's loss to Reagan's landslide victory. He highlights visionary thinkers who understood nuance and deep ideology and changed the course of the nation. As we approach the 2016 presidential election, Lewis has an urgent message for fellow conservatives: embrace wisdom, humility, qualifications, and inclusion -- or face extinction.

Title Why Are You Still Sending Your Kids to School
Author Blake Boles
Publisher Tells Peak Press
Release Date 2020-05-19
Category Education
Total Pages 266
ISBN 9780986011986
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

For some kids, school offers a positive and engaging experience. For others, it's a boring, stressful, and frustrating waste of time. If your child is in the second category, why keep tormenting them? Instead, why not help them find an educational environment where they feel genuinely motivated, excited, and empowered? In this eye-opening book, Blake Boles makes the case for leaving conventional school and taking one of the many alternative paths through K-12 that exist today. He addresses parents' major concerns about unconventional education -- Can my kids still go to college? Will they still be employable? How will they learn to work hard? -- while highlighting the hidden benefits of self-directed learning, such as improved parent-child relationships, a more balanced decision-making process regarding college, and a heightened sense of autonomy and connection. Drawing upon 15 years of work as a mentor and guide for adolescents in alternative and experiential learning environments -- as well as his own unconventional life path -- Boles weaves together narrative, theory, and research to build a powerful argument for granting children unusual levels of freedom and responsibility.

Homeschooling For Success by Rebecca Kochenderfer

Title Homeschooling for Success
Author Rebecca Kochenderfer
Publisher Grand Central Publishing
Release Date 2009-02-28
Category Education
Total Pages 304
ISBN 0446556955
Language English, Spanish, and French
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This practical, hands-on guide from the No. 1 homeschooling Web site gives readers everything they need to create a customized education plan that works with children's unique intelligence and learning style. Veteran homeschoolers and interested newcomers alike can benefit. (July)

Title Everything Bad is Good for You
Author Steven Johnson
Publisher Penguin
Release Date 2006-05-02
Category Social Science
Total Pages 272
ISBN 9781101158012
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

From the New York Times bestselling author of How We Got To Now and Farsighted Forget everything you’ve ever read about the age of dumbed-down, instant-gratification culture. In this provocative, unfailingly intelligent, thoroughly researched, and surprisingly convincing big idea book, Steven Johnson draws from fields as diverse as neuroscience, economics, and media theory to argue that the pop culture we soak in every day—from Lord of the Rings to Grand Theft Auto to The Simpsons—has been growing more sophisticated with each passing year, and, far from rotting our brains, is actually posing new cognitive challenges that are actually making our minds measurably sharper. After reading Everything Bad is Good for You, you will never regard the glow of the video game or television screen the same way again. With a new afterword by the author.