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Gatto, John Taylor – SKOLE: The Journal of Alternative Education, 1997
A historical review of antidemocratic social thinking since 1885 and its educational consequences: compulsory education managed by a central bureaucracy rather than by individuals in local communities, and a gradual "narrowing" of the definition of democracy through state-regulated mind control by schools. (SAS)
Descriptors: Anti Intellectualism, Centralization, Compulsory Education, Democracy
Gatto, John Taylor – Skole: The Journal of Alternative Education, 1995
The national socialization of children through public schooling involves "dumbing children down" so they are unable to use democratic machinery and traditions to defend themselves against a managed society. This practice also eliminates local control of educational goals and practices, allowing families to be replaced by the hired voices…
Descriptors: Centralization, Conformity, Democracy, Educational Objectives
Gatto, John Taylor – SKOLE: The Journal of Alternative Education, 1997
Suggests that modern schooling was founded on elitist principles and has resulted in making people dumber, weakening families, replacing religion, lowering incomes, reproducing the class structure by dividing children into classes that correlate closely with family income, and concentrating wealth and power in the hands of a small fraction of the…
Descriptors: Compulsory Education, Conformity, Educational Malpractice, Educational Principles
Gatto, John Taylor – SKOLE: The Journal of Alternative Education, 1996
Traces current educational philosophy and practices to 19th-century philosophers who proposed the "mudsill theory," the notion that ordinary children could not be intellectually successful and must be coerced and prepared for work by compulsory schooling. Points to the success of relatively underschooled self-sufficient Lancaster Amish…
Descriptors: Anti Intellectualism, Compulsory Education, Education Work Relationship, Educational Change