ERIC Number: ED368717
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
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Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling.
Gatto, John Taylor
The five essays in this book criticize the "deadening heart" of compulsory state schooling, described as a series of assumptions and structures that stamp out the self-knowledge, curiosity, concentration and solitude essential to learning--a system wherein education and schooling are mutually exclusive terms. The book argues that between schooling and television, children have little time to learn for themselves--about the community they live in, or the lives they might lead; instead, they are schooled to obey orders and become smoothly functioning cogs in the industrial machine. It is suggested that independent study, community service, large doses of solitude, and a variety of different apprenticeships with adults in all walks of life are keys to helping children break the thrall of a conforming society. Some form of free market system in public schooling is proposed as the likeliest place to look for answers--a free market where family schools, entrepreneurial schools, religious schools, crafts schools, and farm schools, would exist in profusion to compete with compulsory government monopoly mass-schooling. (LL)
Descriptors: Change Agents, Change Strategies, Compulsory Education, Conformity, Conservatism, Criticism, Educational Change, Educational Practices, Elementary Secondary Education, Futures (of Society), Government School Relationship, Hidden Curriculum, Privatization, Public Schools, Teaching Methods
New Society Publishers, 4527 Springfield Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19143 (paperback, ISBN-0-86571-231-X: $9.95 each plus $2.50 postage and handling for the first copy and $0.75 for each additional copy; hardcover, ISBN-0-86571-230-1).
Publication Type: Books; Opinion Papers
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