Weapons of mass instruction a schoolteacher's journey through the dark world of compulsory schooling by john taylor gatto • hardcover: 192 pages • publisher: new society publishers (01 october, 2008. John gatto's speech, weapons of mass destruction, made its debut at the conference (or so john says i suspect he was using bits of it in other talks) and it later became the basis and title for his book weapons of mass instruction: a schoolteacher's journey through the dark world of compulsory schooling. 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, following his resignation, authored several books on modern education , criticizing its ideology, history, and consequences. A weapon of mass destruction (wmd) is a nuclear, radiological, chemical, biological or other weapon that can kill and bring significant harm to a large number of humans or cause great damage to human-made structures (eg, buildings), natural structures (eg, mountains), or the biosphere. If you ever get the chance to read weapons of mass instruction by john taylor gatto i highly suggest it, it's very eye opening as to the origins and reasons for mandatory schooling.
John taylor gatto's weapons of mass instruction focuses on mechanisms of familiar schooling which cripple imagination, discourage critical thinking, and create a false view of learning as a by-product of rote-memorization drills. John taylor gatto writes in weapons of mass instruction, school trains children to be employees and consumers teach your own to be leaders and adventurers school trains children to obey reflexively teach your own to think critically and independently. He is director of research at the john w pope center for higher education policy john taylor gatto john taylor gatto is the author of weapons of mass instruction: a schoolteacher's journey through the dark world of compulsory schooling. Weapons of mass instruction: a schoolteacher's journey through the dark world of compulsory schooling the underground history of american education: an intimate investigation into the prison of modern schooling.
Get john's free newsletter at john is the world's most courageous teacher pat farenga hosted john at his conference titled learning in our own way in 2005. Get a free, exclusive article, and future articles, from john taylor gatto, former new york state teacher of the year, titled: advice from harvard: 10 skills for success in the global economy. Well, this happened recently when i discovered john taylor gatto's book, weapons of mass instruction first, i'll tell you about another little book that introduced me to mr gatto it's called your children can change the world , by ginny seuffert.
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. March 7, 2009 weapons of mass instruction john taylor gatto talked about his book weapons of mass instruction: a schoolteacher's journey through the dark world of compulsory schooling. Podcast: john taylor gatto, author dumbing us down and weapons of mass instruction - a wide ranging discussion on the problems with the american education system, or as gatto clarifies. John's latest book, weapons of mass instruction, points out, everything we know about schooling is wrong in quantifiable terms - the more standardized and costly schooling. Weapons of mass instruction, is a book written by john taylor gatto, that 5touches extensively on what he considers to be negative aspects of the public school system.
As promised, i am continuing my report on john taylor gatto's weapons of mass instruction which you can find through all major booksellers including this one. View john-taylor-gatto-weapons-of-mass-instruction from comp sci csc110 at borough of manhattan community college, cuny praise for weapons of mass instruction john taylor gatto has been a hero of. Chapter seven: weapons of mass instruction gatto begins this massive chapter by introducing the reader to jacques lusseyran, a blind french teenager who was the head of an underground resistance group of about 600 people during world war ii.
In this video, john taylor gatto discusses how institutionalized schooling destroys the imagination of students he points out that large numbers of very successful entrepreneurs never graduated from college, and in many cases never graduated from high school why would this be isn't it schooling. Weapons of mass instruction: john taylor gatto was a teacher in new york for 26 years before quitting in 1991 he is a tireless advocate for school reform, has. Response to dumbing us down: weapons of mass instruction by john taylor gatto gatto argues that the american public school system is destroying childrens imagination, happiness and ability to flourish as a person.