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

Weapons of Mass Instruction: A Schoolteacher's Journey Through the Dark World of Compulsory Schooling [Kindle Edition]

John Taylor Gatto
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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.

About the Author

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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 547 KB
  • Print Length: 241 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0865716315
  • Publisher: New Society Publishers; Paperback Edition edition (1 April 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0097DE6XI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A condensed version of "Underground History" 7 April 2009
Format:Hardcover
I disagree with the other reviewer; this book has much of the historical references found in Gatto's previous book, "The Underground History of American Education," in a condensed version - that book is near 300,000 words I think. In that respect, it is more useful than Gatto's first book on schooling, "Dumbing Us Down," well over 15 years old now. All his books are excellent, and numerous websites contain many other essays and recordings of speeches he has made over his long retirement from school teaching. I loved this book!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Gatto 26 Aug 2010
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This was the first time I had read anything by this author and it will go down as one of those seminal moments in my life. We all have books we come across which challenge our views and ideas in a way we had not considered previously - and this was one of them.

I'm aware other reviews revere other works by Gatto, but this book for me was excellent. Clearly an intelligent man with a real passion for what he is writing about, his challenge to the dogmatic, bland and conformist stance of education is loud and impressive.

Essential reading if you're involved in education in any way.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Into Your Head 6 July 2011
Format:Hardcover
John Taylor Gatto has written a book that would seep readily into any educated person's head. It questions formal schooling while reminding the reader of what an education should look like. It challenges the reader to look back at their own schooling. I believe that I was quite lucky in having a liberal education but now feel locked-out of the labour market because I'm not wholly obedient. Who else feels the same way I do? Thank you Mr John Taylor Gatto. Keep fighting them!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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If you've ever thought that something was not quite right about your education that you experienced in your childhood, you should read this book!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blown away once again by Taylor Gatto 20 Mar 2012
Format:Paperback
Once again a fantastic read by John Taylor Gatto. He cuts right to the heart of the waste of time and damage done every day right across the world - the biggest social engineering project on the planet - school. Had I not already taken my children out of school I would have gone down there after reading this book and removed them promptly. I don't recommend this to teachers or anyone making a 'career' from the school system as you might wonder why you wasted so many years...give it up.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommend it for all 17 Jun 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Recommend this book for everyone who has been to school themselves, considering school for their own children, or if you work in a school. Whilst the author is American, there are a good many parallels with UK schooling.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME !!!!!!!! 24 Feb 2011
By Maggie
Format:Hardcover
One of the best books I have read ever!!! Wonderfully written! Reveals so much about the dark sides of contemporary schooling. It challenges, inspires, gives you wings and makes you want to scream in the face of the system. Or worse, roll up your sleeves and defy it! A MUST READ for EVERYONE!
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