Weapons of Mass Instruction

Weapons of Mass Instruction

A Schoolteacher's Journey Through the Dark World of Compulsory Schooling

Book - 2009
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The author accuses compulsory education methods of stifling imaginations and critical thinking skills, and discusses individuals such as Thomas Edison, John D. Rockefeller, Andrew Carnegie, who are considered to have exceptional minds, even though they but did not follow traditional education paths.
Publisher: Gabriola Island, B.C. : New Society Publishers, c2009
ISBN: 9780865716315
0865716315
9780865716698
0865716692
Branch Call Number: 379.2 Gatto 2009
Characteristics: 215 p. : port. ; 24 cm

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ninigirl
Nov 27, 2016

WOW! this was eye opening. It should be required reading for all parents putting their kids into public schools. Definitively shines a bright light on the education "business" in the USA.

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naturalist
Oct 21, 2016

reference:
“The Philosophy of Anti-Education – How Conservative Anti-Intellectualism Suppresses Free Thought and Critical Thinking to Maintain the Status Quo”
by Johnny Reb,
http://www.skeptic.ca/Conservative_Anti-Intellectualism.htm

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erinsnest
Jun 03, 2012

check out the videos to see John Gatto in an interview. June 14, picked it up today at the library....already into it. Gatto really gets me thinking! Did up our wills at the lawyers yesterday. She is even disillusioned about the economy. Hopefully we'll have something left to give to our kids.....and if we don't, I hope we get to spend it, and it all doesn't go up into the ethereal somewhere! Mattress stuffing is looking pretty good right now!
June 18, only a couple of chapters left. I really think this should be required reading for all teachers, and parents......but that'll never happen! Go John go! Maybe, I'll send a copy to our Minister of Education?.......do you think he'll/she'll read it? Just a thought! (and maybe an action!) Finished it up June 20, (summer is here!) I have ordered my own copy, and an extra one to pass along. Gatto is passionate, and has been for a long time. I remember when my kids were in school, how the teacher's hated teaching for those standardized tests. It was always a thorn in their sides. I have to agree with Mr. Gatto, the tests are only for the good of the managers, they do nothing for the students taking them.....June 25, I highly recommend reading Diane Ravitch's "The Death and Life of the Great American School System" after this book. It has opened my eyes to how the politics of schooling meddles and experiments with the lives of parents, children and teachers, principals!

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MaLoCle
Feb 12, 2011

Gatto's book may seem radical, but that does not change the fact that he argues a fair point. An education cannot be delivered on a plate to empty vassals (i.e. students). Standardized testing is just one example of methods that, intentionally or not, supress creativity and label children as 'smart' and 'dumb'. Children deserve a chance to learn and aim for their own dreams. In North America, there are accessible alternatives that are gaining some momentum.

benjaminc, I suggest you read Blake's _College Without High School_ for a different (more concillatory) presentation of unschooling.

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benjaminc
Feb 08, 2011

Without a compulsory public school system, we would have nothing in common in this country. It seems that fighting standardized testing is the issue, not abolishing compulsory schooling. Not to mention we would mostly be ignorant : I don't know too many kids who would choose to go to school.

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