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Weapons of Mass Instruction: A Schoolteacher's Journey Through the Dark World of Compulsory Schooling
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher New Society Pub
Publication date April 1, 2010
Pages 215
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780865716698
ISBN-10 0865716692
Dimensions 0.75 by 5.75 by 8.75 in.
Weight 0.80 lbs.
Published in Canada
Original list price $16.95
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John Taylor Gatto’s Weapons of Mass Instruction, now available in paperback, focuses on mechanisms of traditional education that cripple imagination, discourage critical thinking, and create a false view of learning as a byproduct of rote-memorization drills. Gatto’s earlier book, Dumbing Us Down, introduced the now-famous expression of the title into the common vernacular. Weapons of Mass Instruction adds another chilling metaphor to the brief against conventional schooling.

Gatto demonstrates that the harm school inflicts is rational and deliberate. The real function of pedagogy, he argues, is to render the common population manageable. To that end, young people must be conditioned to rely upon experts, to remain divided from natural alliances, and to accept disconnections from their own lived experiences. They must at all costs be discouraged from developing self-reliance and independence.

Escaping this trap requires strategy Gatto calls “open source learning” which imposes no artificial divisions between learning and life. Through this alternative approach, our children can avoid being indoctrinated—only then that can they achieve self-knowledge, judgment, and courage.

John Taylor Gatto is an internationally renowned speaker who lectures widely on school reform. He taught for thirty years in public schools before resigning on the op-ed pages of The Wall Street Journal during the year he was named New York’s official “Teacher of the Year.” On April 3, 2008, the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard credited Gatto with adding the expression “dumbing us down” to the school debate worldwide.

 



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Hardcover
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from New Society Pub (January 1, 2009); titled "Weapons of Mass Instruction: A Schoolteacher's Journey Through the Dark World of Compulsory Schooling"
9780865716315 | details & prices | 215 pages | 6.25 × 9.25 × 0.75 in. | 1.15 lbs | List price $24.95
About: “Gatto draws on thirty years in the classroom and many years of research as a school reformer.
Paperback
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Reprint edition from New Society Pub (April 1, 2010); titled "Weapons of Mass Instruction: A Schoolteacher's Journey Through the Dark World of Compulsory Schooling"
9780865716698 | details & prices | 215 pages | 5.75 × 8.75 × 0.75 in. | 0.80 lbs | List price $16.95
About: John Taylor Gatto’s Weapons of Mass Instruction, now available in paperback, focuses on mechanisms of traditional education that cripple imagination, discourage critical thinking, and create a false view of learning as a byproduct of rote-memorization drills.

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