Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling by John Taylor Gatto

Synopsis:
Essays by a prominent educator on the ways that the public school system is failing students.

Review:
Dumbing Us Down is a pretty famous book in homeschooling circles because it provides some great reasons for opting out of public schooling. My beliefs about public school are only a small part of why I’m choosing to homeschool, but I appreciated Gatto’s well-articulated arguments about the inherent problems with public school. I think he’s a credible voice because of his stature as an educator, a Teacher of the Year, so obviously someone invested in the system and in his students.

I love teachers and admire them greatly, I always have. One of my all-time favorite movies is Stand and Deliver. The problems in schools are not their fault; more often than not they happen in spite of great teachers who want to give their students a great education. I was planning to be a teacher for a long time, before writing took over as my passion, so I am glad for the opportunity to be the teacher to my own children.

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