Weapons of Mass Instruction: A Schoolteacher's Journey by John Taylor Gatto

By John Taylor Gatto

John Taylor Gatto’s Weapons of Mass Instruction, now on hand in paperback, specializes in mechanisms of conventional schooling that cripple mind's eye, discourage serious pondering, and create a fake view of studying as a byproduct of rote-memorization drills. Gatto’s past booklet, Dumbing Us Down, brought the now-famous expression of the identify into the typical vernacular. Weapons of Mass Instruction provides one other chilling metaphor to the short opposed to traditional schooling.

Gatto demonstrates that the damage university inflicts is rational and planned. the genuine functionality of pedagogy, he argues, is to render the typical inhabitants attainable. consequently, youngsters needs to be conditioned to rely on specialists, to stay divided from usual alliances, and to simply accept disconnections from their very own lived studies. they have to in any respect expenditures be discouraged from constructing self-reliance and independence.

Escaping this catch calls for approach Gatto calls “open resource studying” which imposes no man made divisions among studying and existence. via this replacement technique, our youngsters can steer clear of being indoctrinated—only then which can they in achieving self-knowledge, judgment, and courage.

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