Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling

Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling

This book by John Gatto is a great resource for truth about the Public School system (all of its iterations and all other systems patterned after that one).

“Independent study, community service, adventures and experience, large doses of privacy and solitude, a thousand different apprenticeships (the one day variety are longer). These are all powerful, cheap and effective ways to start a large reform of schooling.

But no large scale reform is ever going to work to repair a damaged children and our damaged society until we force open the idea of school to include the family as the main engine of education.

If we use schooling to break children away from parents, and make no mistake that has been the central function of schools since John Cotton announced it as the purpose of the Bay Colony schools in 1615, Horace Mann announced it in 1850, we’re going to have to continue the horror show we have right now.”

So looking at this, that we have control, that we can help our children that they can help themselves all of these different things that we can do, we can actually create a very different thing. And when I say we don’t mean going and voting, to create this big thing to go and give our power to somebody else, I mean, we individually can create something very entirely different from what has been going on in America for the past 150 years.

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