[ExI] "Dumbing Us Down" by John Taylor Gatto
William Flynn Wallace
foozler83 at gmail.com
Mon Jul 9 14:48:44 UTC 2018
Ballard wrote:the radical reduction of structured schooling
to only include "The Three R's" so to speak, after a child shows an
interest in learning them.
This is outright laughable. It puts all the motivation on the kids. Think
that will work? And after having gone through 26 years of education, the
idea that there are a lot more geniuses out there is also ridiculous. If a
kid is a genius he will find out for himself and go where his mind tells
him to go irrespective of school.
There may be some really good points in the book, which I will not read,
but these two aren't.
On Mon, Jul 9, 2018 at 7:39 AM, SR Ballard <sen.otaku at gmail.com> wrote:
> Perhaps somewhat tangential to many of the things currently discussed
> on the list, but has anyone ready the book "Dumbing Us Down" by John
> Taylor Gatto?
> An overly abbreviated premise of the book is that compulsory K-12
> education basically removes humanity from people, destroys the family,
> and obliterates all meaningful community. The solution is
> homeschooling (?) and/or the radical reduction of structured schooling
> to only include "The Three R's" so to speak, after a child shows an
> interest in learning them.
> Does anyone have any thoughts of this book? As much as Mr. Gatto
> claims that schools instill anti-intellectualism in children, his
> repeated digs at evolution, and his seeming worship of a horrifically
> polluted river he grew up near, combined with his theories that public
> schooling is the only reason we need modern medicine, seem to me to be
> equally anti-intellectual.
> It's a short book which I found while house-sitting for my cousin.
> It's the first book in quite a few years which has made me feel
> irrationally angry. Perhaps I have just misunderstood some central
> argument or opinion which would make the whole thing more tolerable.
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