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Dumbing Us Down: the Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling

Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 27 March 2002



Dumbing Us Down: the Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling
WeblogGurteen Knowledge Log
Posted DateWednesday 27 March 2002 19:07 GMT
Posted ByDavid Gurteen
CategoriesEducation; Children

If you think that schools get in the way of learning ... read this article I found By John Taylor Gatto ... here's a quote ...

"The trouble was that the unlikeliest kids kept demonstrating to me at random moments so many of the hallmarks of human excellence -- insight, wisdom, justice, resourcefulness, courage, originality -- that I became confused. They didn’t do this often enough to make my teaching easy, but they did it often enough that I began to wonder, reluctantly, whether it was possible that being in school itself, was what was dumbing them down. Was it possible I had been hired not to enlarge children’s power, but to diminish it? That seemed crazy on the face of it, but slowly I began to realize that the bells and confinement, the crazy sequences, the age-segregation, the lack of privacy, the constant surveillance, and all the rest of the national curriculum of schooling were designed exactly as if someone had set out to prevent children from learning how to think, and act, to coax them into addiction and dependent behavior."

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