Dumbing Us Down

The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling

John Taylor Gatto



This book first appeared as a landmark statement about the realities of much of the schooling most children in our society receive – and about the very nature of the society we have ourselves created. John Taylor Gatto taught in Manhattan’s public schools for 26 years and tendered his resignation with his speech accepting New York State’s “Teacher of the Year” award. His experience allowed him to discover how children learn, not only academic subjects, but about the world itself. All too often, it allowed him to observe how children do not learn, how the premises of standard education block precisely the stated goals of our schools. This is an extremely significant book, well worth reading, thinking about, and acting upon.

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