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

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  • Author:  John T. Gatto
  • Year: 04-02-2011
  • Translator From English Gayane Minasyan
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  • Product Code:  648-01
  • SKU: 15.0019
  • ISBN: 978-954-321-796-0
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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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John T. Gatto

John T. Gatto

John Taylor Gatto (born December 15, 1935) is an American author and former school teacher who taught in the classroom for nearly 30 years. He devoted much of his energy to his teaching career, then, ... Read more

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Tags: Educational Psychology, Pedagogy, Parenting & Child Development, Methodology & Pedagogy

Year 04-02-2011
Translator From English Gayane Minasyan
Pages 308
Size 140/215 мм
Weight 0.391 kg
Cover Type Paperback
Genre Educational Psychology, Pedagogy, Parenting & Child Development, Methodology & Pedagogy
Данаил Георгиев 10/09/2020

Книга от която ми настръхнаха косите. Авторът затвърди една идея, която проумях преди години - училищната система няма за цел да създаде и развие най хубавите качества като смелост, самостоятелност, творческо мислене, емпатия. Има за цел да създаде безлични нещастници, едва грамотни и мислещи. Аморфен сив материал. Стадо овце. Огледайте се около себе си. Навсякъде са.

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