Weapons of Mass Instruction: A Schoolteacher's Journey Through the Dark World of Compulsory Schooling [NOOK Book]

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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.

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Weapons of Mass Instruction: A Schoolteacher's Journey Through the Dark World of Compulsory Schooling

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Overview


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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781550924244
  • Publisher: New Society Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/1/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 211,053
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet 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 the United States, his other books include A Different Kind of Teacher (Berkeley Hills Books, 2001) and The Underground History of American Education (Oxford Village Press, 2000).
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Table of Contents

Dedication XI

Prologue: Against School XIII

1 Everything You Know About Schools is Wrong 1

2 Walkabout: London 27

3 Fat Stanley and the Lancaster Amish 61

4 David Sarnoff's Classroom 71

5 Hector isn't the Problem 83

6 The Camino de Santiago 91

7 Weapons of Mass Instruction 99

8 What is Education? 145

9 A Letter to my Granddaughter about Dartmouth 157

10 Incident at Highland High 175

Afterword: Invitation to an Open Conspiracy: The Bartleby Project 193

Index 207

About the Author 215

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  • Posted July 18, 2009

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    This is one hell of a book

    Have you ever heard of ShardTaboo? This teacher has a long history of teaching kids from a compulsory school system that doesn't work.
    I'm speechless on how great this book really is. I wish that all the teachers would think outside the box and see what teaching is from a different point of view.
    The simple fact of a compulsory school system is that after WWII we were number #1 in education. We were the leaders of the world. Nowadays we are in the mid twenties in both science & math, and yet teachers think that nothing is wrong. HAVE YOU HEARD OF "DUMBING DOWN AMERICA?..."

    Seriously if your a teacher in a public school settings, please purchase this book. Nonetheless, every parent should read this book along with "Common Sense" by Thomas Paine.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2014

    Hollowrues

    Name- Hollowrues (hollow-rue) Michal Brown.<br>
    Nicknames- blaze, cra cra, shu..t up rose, no max you sh.ut up sorry that was my brother max.<br>
    Age- 17<br>
    Looks- black hair with purple hilights, eyes are like a pixie's they are blue with rings of seagreen and gold, her hair is down. Weares a black t and red pants, has a howling wolf necklace and a wolf hanging from a coal of metal in her hair and silver/ gold headphones. And a neon blue hat and neon yellow/blue/orange/green adidus shoes.<br>
    Family- Alive- Max Luren Brown.<br>
    Likes- drawing, music, onedirection, country and austin mahone.<br>
    Theme song- Banga banga by austin mahone and or let her go by the passanger.<p>
    Max luren brow. Age- 17. Looks- black hair with blue strecks. Personality- meet him. Anything else meet me

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2014

    Renees bio

    Name renee whistler. Age 16. Personality: slutty, diva and partu animal. Lives: wherever u want me t live baby ;). Likes to wear revealing clothing. Anythig else just ask.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2014

    Cleo's bio

    Name: Cleopatra Thorne. Prefers Cleo. Age: 17 appearance: auburn curly shoulder leingth hair. Golden brown eyes and medium skin. Usually wears eyeliner and vanilla perfume. Light blush and pink lipstick. Skinny jeans and loose shirts and converse or black boots. Likes: Lorde, Cher Lloyd, The Neighbourhood, traveling, music, movies, and Ancient Egypt. Powers: is the current demon overlord. Has the ability to teleport through time and space. Can create fire, speak many languages, not all human languages, knows magic. Anything else just ask!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2014

    Gemma Lythorne Crumbee

    "So this is gonna be a long bio. Xp." Name- "I'm enjoying this already! ^_^ Look up." Age-"I is 2,908 just kidding I'm 16. Birthday- "You really want to know?. Well it is March 7." Looks- "Ooh my favorite part!" "I have sun-kissed skin, brown eyes. Shoulder length golden brown hair. I'm 5'4 ^_^ and I weigh haha I'm not telling." Likes- "The LOTR trilogy. DOCTOR WHO, LOST. Boone Carlyle. (( From LOST)). Being hot which isn't hard ^~^. Shopping. Dislikes- Bullies. Creepy crawlies. Sl<_>uts. People who use other people. Um people who think their cooler than me. Kin- I'm an only child. Pets- Tabby a orange kitten. Duke- Alyx a German Shepard. Transportation- A sleek black Mustang. Crush- Erm... I'm new here so... what do you think. Relationship- SINGLE!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2013

    Zyxel's bio

    •••Name: Zyxel ( if you were wondering how the name came to be, it was a wifi abbreviation, but it sounded like a good character name )
    •••Age: 14
    •••Gender: girl
    •••Personality: Funny and friendly, but when in a bad mood, watch out!
    •••Other: likes chocolate, dislikes oatmeal, can shapeshift into a midnight black cat with emerald green eyes, and likes to hangs out at a candy shop after school

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2014

    Keshan

    NAME Keshan .. ((not revealing full name))
    <p>
    AGE looks 18 but is many many decades old
    <p>
    GENDER welllllll how stupid are you
    <p>
    DESCRIPTION he has black hair that curls at the nape of his neck his eyes are golden colored he is tall and muscular
    <p>
    SECRETS he is a tiger/human shifter because of a curse placed on him
    <p>
    LIKES being tiger, ground, trees, and food, and drawing
    <p>
    DISLIKES people who take away food, annoyingness, math, science, english, social studies ((mainly because he doesnt know english ...he can talk it but cant read it ))
    <p>
    CRUSH .......maybe........
    <p>
    GF noooope
    <p>
    OTHER his tiger form is a black tiger with golden eyes

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2014

    Shay

    ••••••••••••••••••••••••My name. Shay. As far as you know.•I am FEMALE•I have long curly black hair and blue eyes.•Personality is nice friendly weird funny and a lloosseer. For the most part•my buds are elise and casey. Connor your friend request is pending...•alright i likes...music people john green and uh yea. •dislikes listing things so yea you get the point.•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2013

    Samanthas bio

    Nickname:Sam
    Age:Fifteen
    Gender:Femaile
    Acts: Scared and shy, but real fun when she gets to know you
    Looks:Long blond hair, sparkling brown eyes, and cute glasses
    Fave subjects: Reading, singing, and writing

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2013

    Maggie's bio

    Girl. Short. Dirty blonde hair. Green eyes. Outspoken. Sarcastic. Muscular...i guess. Single. Thats it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2013

    Shelbys bio

    Name ... shelby ann smith soon sturzen
    Looks ... long brown hair with natrill blond and red hilights grey eyes tabish skinny short country and sportsy
    Likes havin fun animals sports ... softball dance running hunting fishing ya i have a farm
    I am singel

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2013

    Tessa's bio

    NAME: Tessa Admiranda Talonport••• AGE: Nearly 17•••• GENDER: &female •••• NICK-NAMES: Tess, Tat, T•••• LOOKS: Tessa is a very petite person, with an almost fox-like apperance. She has light-red hair that's always in a ponytail and blue eyes. Her face is elegant-looking with high cheekbones and a sprinkle of red freckles. Tessa is very lean, almost skinny.•••• PERSONALITY: Tessa seems to always be watching alertly from up in a tree or nearby. She usually hides or stays away from large groups, as they make her nervous and shy. She's sweet and friendly to most, and can be funny. Tessa is very good ag sneaking around others without being caught. She's very mischevious at times.•••• CRUSH: Nobody yet.•••• BOYFRIEND: No.•••• FRIENDS: Not many. Shay and Casey pretty much.•••• LIKES: places with many hiding places and few people, cats, the color Hunter Green, her combat boots, and her bow and arrows.•••• DISLIKES: Butterflies, spiders, crowds, desperate people.•••• OTHER: Come meet her!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2013

    Carrie's bio

    Hi im carrie malvert.....im 15 im 4"11......black hair snake bites...band tees and jeanshas cuts on wrist. Personalty . Nice suicidal...sweet quit....single

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2014

    Connor and Casey's Bios

    Name: Connor........looks: 6 ft 11 in shaggy black hair blue eyes....... Type: Human (but really vampire) <br> Name: Casey.... looks: 6 ft 8 in blonde hair blue yes.....type: human......likes: hockey <br> note: they are brothers but connor is older.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2013

    James

    Name: James griffen Status: single Looks:long black hair that flips to the right and brown eyes Other:ask

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2013

    Erik d Erik Destler

    Name: Erik Destler <br> <br>
    Age: Eighteen <br> <br>
    Gender: In case there was any confusion on this, I am male. <br> <br>
    Personality: Intelligent, quick-witted, sarcastic, musical.
    Appearance: <br>
    Height: 5'11" <br>
    Weight: 130 <br>
    Build: Slim build, but muscular to a degree. <br>
    Skin tone: Just a few shades darker than normal, as if he spends some time outside. <br>
    Eyes: Sharp grey-blue eyes <br>
    Hair: Straight golden blonde hair that falls to his shoulders, though it's usually tied back. <br>
    Voice: A rumbling bass.
    Style of dress: Classy. Dress shirts and vests, leisure suits, and the like. <br>
    Appearance other: Can usually be seen carrying his cello case, or at least with it near-at-hand. <br> <br>
    Likes: Music, reading, philosophy, singing, cello, violin, piano, martial arts, and DJing. <br> <br>
    Dislikes: Rap, the heavier metal genres, idiots, and people without confidence.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2013

    Lucy's Updated Bio

    {Name}Lucy {Age}16 Junior {Desc.}5'0 with raven black curly hair that fall just past her shoulders. With pale skin, and dark blue eyes with silver flecks. She has five ear peirceings in her left ear, three in her right. She had snake bites, and a nose peirceing. Her tounge and belly butten are peirced as well. She normaly wears black and nuetral colors. She has mutiple scars on her thighs and her underside of her arms. {Status}She is Bi, she is also single {Crush}Secret {Friends}Kenna {Song}Demons by Imagine Dragons and Monster by Enimen

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2013

    Kenna's bio

    Name: Kenna Check<p>Age: 16<p>Gender: Girl<p>Looks: Long straighten brown hair that goes to the middle of my back somtimes it's in a fish tail braid down the back. Bright blue eyes with little make up and a stud on my nose and a white smile with kind of full lips. A tattoo on my shoulder that says Kenna with a small heart under it and a tattoo on my inner wrist that says A$AP on it and a design on my ankle with a anklet that has guitars and skulls on it.very tan and kind of tall and skinny<p>Clothing: short shorts that used to be jeans a neon orange tank that is tucked in my shortswith a short sleeve orange and green checkered shirt over it and a silver belt and converses and orange beats around my neck.<p>Personality: Nice, don't get on the wrong side of me or mess with my friends or else some sh<_>it is gonna go down. Easy going laid back girl easy to talk to love to talk. Love Mountain dew and music and rap. From Southern Iowa so i have an accent. Likes to skateboard too. Im shy sometimes and other times I'm crazy and weird.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2013

    Jordan

    DESCRIPTION: <br>
    17, blonde hair styled like Macklemore's, green eyes, 116 lbs, 5ft 8in <br>
    PERSONALITY: <br>
    (On a bad day) Cocky, annoying, violent, disruptive <br>
    (On a good day) Nice, funny, cheerful <br>
    CLOTHES: <br>
    Black leather boots, black jeans, a white V-neck, a black leather jacket, a black dogtag necklace with a silver cross on it, chain cufflinks. <br>
    MISC: <br>
    Pocket knife, iPhone, cigarettes and lighter <br>
    LIKES: <br>
    Heavy Metal, Progressive rock, girls, breaking the rules <br>
    DISLIKES: <br>
    Teachers, rules, classrooms, schools, ugly-a<_>ss mother fu<_>ckers

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