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Offline Freebird100

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Weapons of Mass Instruction
« on: September 13, 2009, 10:33:48 am »

Weapons of Mass Instruction
by John Taylor Gatto

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. Gatto's
earlier book, Dumbing Us Down, put the now-famous expression of the title
in common use worldwide. Weapons of Mass Instruction promises to add another chilling
metaphor to the brief against schooling.

Here is a demonstration that the harm school inflicts is quite rational and deliberate,
following high level political theories constructed by Plato, Calvin, Spinoza, Fichte,
Darwin, Wundt, and others, which contend the term "education" is meaningless because
humanity is strictly limited by necessities of biology, psychology, and theology.
The real function of pedagogy is to render the common population manageable.

Realizing that goal demands the young be conditioned to rely upon experts, conditioned
to remain divided from natural alliances, conditioned to accept disconnections from
the experiences, which create self-reliance and independence.

Escaping this trap requires a different way of growing up, one Gatto calls "open
source learning." In chapters such as "A Letter to Kristina, my Granddaughter";
"Fat Stanley"; and "Walkabout:London", this different reality is illustrated.
"The two enemies of the people are criminals and government, so let us tie the second down with the chains of the Constitution so the second will not become the legalized version of the first."

Thomas Jefferson

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Re: Weapons of Mass Instruction
« Reply #1 on: September 16, 2009, 06:43:13 am »

Great book review.

My favorite John Taylor Gatto quote:
"Initiating, creating, doing, being alone, reflecting, free associating - these are precisely what schooling is set up to prevent."

More great anti-government schooling quotes at:

"To revolt is a natural tendency of life. Even a worm turns against the foot that crushes it. In general, the vitality and relative dignity of an animal can be measured by the intensity of its instinct to revolt." - Mikhail Bakunin

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Re: Weapons of Mass Instruction
« Reply #2 on: September 16, 2009, 08:17:24 am »
highly recommend getting his book "The Underground History of American Education".  I think he post it on his website for free, owning a physical copy is always better. 
Those who wish to remain ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, want what never was and what never will be.  - Thomas Jefferson