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    DescriptionJohn 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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    Title
    Weapons of Mass Instruction
    Subtitle
    A Schoolteacher's Journey Through the Dark World of Compulsory Schooling
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) John Taylor Gatto
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 240
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 14 mm
    Weight: 371 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780865716698
    ISBN 10: 0865716692
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 27240
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: EDU
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S3.8
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 02
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 01
    Ingram Subject Code: ED
    Libri: I-ED
    B&T General Subject: 340
    BISAC V2.8: EDU029000
    BIC subject category V2: JNF
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    BISAC V2.8: EDU046000, EDU040000
    B&T Approval Code: A37202000
    BISAC V2.8: EDU034000, EDU003000
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 379.23
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 379.2/30973
    LC classification: LC131 .G38 2010
    Thema V1.0: JNF
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Publisher
    New Society Publishers
    Imprint name
    New Society Publishers
    Publication date
    08 April 2010
    Publication City/Country
    Gabriola Island
    Author Information
    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).
    Table of contents
    Prologue: Against School; Everything You Know About Schools is Wrong; Walkabout: London; Fat Stanley & the Lancaster Amish; David Sarnoff's Classroom; Hector Isn't the Problem; The Camino de Santiago; Weapons of Mass Instruction; What is Education?; A Letter to My Grand-daughter About Dartmouth; Incident at Highland High; Afterword: Invitation to an Open Conspiracy: The Bartleby Project; Index.