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Weapons of Mass Instruction By John Taylor Gatto

Weapons of Mass Instruction by John Taylor Gatto

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Focuses on mechanisms of familiar schooling that cripple imagination, discourage critical thinking, and create a false view of learning as a by-product of rote-memorisation drills.

Weapons of Mass Instruction Summary

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

This book focuses on mechanisms of familiar schooling that cripple imagination, discourage critical thinking, and create a false view of learning as a by-product of rote-memorisation drills. Gatto's earlier book, Dumbing Us Down, put that now-famous expression of the title into common use worldwide. This book promises to add another chilling metaphor to the brief against schooling. Here is a demonstration that the harm school inflicts is quite rational and deliberate, following high-level political theories constructed by Plato, Calvin, Spinoza, Fichte, Darwin, Wundt, and others, which contend the term 'education' is meaningless because humanity is strictly limited by necessities of biology, psychology, and theology. The real function of pedagogy is to render the common population manageable. Realising that goal demands that the young be conditioned to rely upon experts, remain divided from natural alliances, and accept disconnections from the experiences that create self-reliance and independence. Escaping this trap requires a different way of growing up, one Gatto calls 'open source learning'. In chapters such as 'A Letter to Kristina, my Granddaughter'; 'Fat Stanley'; and, 'Walkabout: London', this different reality is illustrated.

Table of Contents

Everything you've heard about school is wrong; Stanley and the old order Amish; Hector isn't the problem; Speech before Senate Committee; Against school; What is an education?; Weapons of mass instruction; Walkabout London; The awful fate of being nobody; A letter to Kristina; A letter to Murray; A letter from Eric; A letter from an Australian lady; Lewis Lapham asks me some questions; A composite of the interviews by Fast Company magazine, the Working Stiffs Review, the Journal of Family Life, Skole, the Christian Science Monitor, National Public Radio, and Mary Pride; Afterword: The Empire Strikes Back.

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GOR005871334
9780865716315
0865716315
Weapons of Mass Instruction: A Schoolteacher's Journey Through the Dark World of Compulsory Schooling by John Taylor Gatto
Used - Very Good
Paperback
New Society Publishers
20090122
214
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