Dumbing Us Down

  • by John Taylor Gatto
  • Narrated by Michael Puttonen
  • 3 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Thirty years in New York City's public schools led John Gatto to the sad conclusion that compulsory schooling does little but teach young people to follow orders like cogs in an industrial machine. With over 100,000 copies in print since its original publication in 2002, this book is collection of essays and speeches and contains a description of the wide-spread impact of the book and Gatto's "guerrilla teaching".
About the author: John Gatto was a teacher in New York City's public schools for over 30 years and is a recipient of the New York State Teacher of the Year award. A much sought after speaker on education throughout North America, his other books include Weapons of Mass Instruction: A Schoolteacher’s Journey through the Dark World of Compulsory Schooling, A Different Kind of Teacher, and The Underground History of American Education.


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He speaks the truth because he was a cog

what we all thought about our school-experience but were afraid to say outloud. Tremendously moving.
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- Cathy D. Schouten


To listen to this book and recognize denied thoughts about formal schooling is astonishing. In the age of the computer it is hard to imagine institutionalized compulsory schooling still exists.
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- Fleming

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-09-2012
  • Publisher: Post Hypnotic Press, Inc.