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Publisher Description

Thirty years in New York City's public schools led John Gatto to the sad conclusion that compulsory schooling does little but teach young people to follow orders like cogs in an industrial machine.

With over 100,000 copies in print since its original publication in 2002, this book is collection of essays and speeches and includes a describes the wide-spread impact of the book and Gatto's "guerrilla teaching."

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 North America, his other books include Weapons of Mass Instruction: A Schoolteacher’s Journey Through the Dark World of Compulsory Schooling, (audio, Post Hypnotic Press 2012, print, New Society Press, 2009), A Different Kind of Teacher (Berkeley Hills Books, 2001), and The Underground History of American Education (Oxford Village Press, 2000).

Published by Post Hypnotic Press Inc. Distrubited by Big Happy Family LLC.

Michael Puttonen
hr min
February 14
Post Hypnotic Press

Customer Reviews

Supertripps ,


Everyone should read this or listen to on audio. Thank you Mr Gatto! Explore the Trivium method online and continue your studies and self development.

LeAura ,


John Taylor Gatto's is the perfect voice from decades of experience for speaking out on the anathematic state of our education system. As one who is autodidactic versus degreed, I have been appalled at the miasmatic delusion afflicting so many amazing and intelligent people. How can they not see? When something is broken, you do not throw more money toward doing more of the same. And yet, there it is before us...they cannot see for they have been so indoctrinated on WHAT to see, that they miss what is really there.

John was in the system, able to see first hand what was--and wasn't--working, and he understands the truth of what is really needed in educational reform, and he's not afraid to speak out about it. He was in the system, but not of it by virtue of his innate ability to learn through observation, to question the status quo, and to heed the lessons of failure.

I first purchased the ITunes audiobook version of Dumbing Us Down, and while the narrator reads a bit slowly, on 2x speed on my iPhone, it's just right. Now I'm also purchasing this in hard copy along with others of John's books to add to my library and to give as gifts.

If you have anything to do with education on any level, (that includes self-learning and self-development), you will be captivated by the engaging and eloquent manner in which John writes about this topic on which he has deep, personal, pervasive, and essential wisdom.


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