We Are Voyagers Recommends: Books

Dumbing Us Down by John Taylor Gatto
Genre Educational Philosophy
Why Read? In 7 succint chapters, John Taylor Gatto, a 30 year veteran of NYC classrooms, presents a comprehensive analysis of why America’s compulsory school system, constantly under attack and criticized for its constant failures, is actually succeeding exactly as planned.
Quote “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 as if someone had set out to prevent children from learning how to think and act, to coax them into addiction and dependent behavior.”
Target Audience If you have an interest in educational reform, teaching, or understanding the origins of America’s compulsory school system, then Dumbing Us Down will provide you with a lot to consider.
Highlight The chapter entitled “The Seven-lesson Schoolteacher” is a must read. The seven lessons that a schoolteacher teaches, according to Mr. Gatto, include boredom, class position, indifference, emotional dependency, intellectual dependency, provisional self-esteem, and one can’t hide.