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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,241 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Taylor Gatto Narrator: Michael Puttonen Publisher: Post Hypnotic Press Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2012 ISBN:
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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 contains a description of the wide-spread impact of the book and Gatto's guerrilla teaching.

About the author: 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, A Different Kind of Teacher, and The Underground History of American Education.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy | 2/19/2014

    " I homeschool, and my husband works in public education. I recently had a conversation with a friend about how she doesn't know how much longer her teacher husband can take it with all the work piled on him. She blames parents, but teachers are parents too. What I see is a break down of human "community". This book left me feeling controlled which is so against the American experiment and unfortunately my husband and I see a lot of what is in this book and more. Definitely a book to be taken seriously. Every parent needs to be open- minded and take an active role in their kids education. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lee | 1/24/2014

    " This book completely turned my concept of education upside down. he put into words my frustrations with the educational system of this country. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heathermommy | 1/23/2014

    " Eye opening. Should be recquired reading for all parents. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Joanna | 1/23/2014

    " I can't even say whether I agree or disagree with Gatto because he never really makes an argument, just a bunch of sweeping generalizations and emotionally loaded rhetoric. No statistics or evidence, hardly any concrete examples, nothin'. And his solution chapter seems more like wishful thinking than anything practical. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nathan | 1/16/2014

    " A really interesting and thought provoking book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karyn | 1/13/2014

    " This is a interesting book if you are a conservative and do not want your children taught only liberal ideas or views in public schools. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenn | 12/19/2013

    " LOVED IT! But beware, it is quite harsh on the current public school system. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tamara D. | 12/16/2013

    " LOVE this book. Very thought-provoking. Love that it's written from an "insider's" view (the author is a public school teacher). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annie Mckenna | 10/31/2013

    " Excellent! Get off the conveyor belt and start educating our children! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Imageseer | 10/31/2013

    " A wonderful read and interesting perspective on possible solutions to our 'low standard'-'low interest' educational system. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bernadette Moyer | 9/22/2013

    " Enlightening! Really - "force feeding" education? Does that ever work? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Quinn Hay | 9/19/2013

    " Eye-opening and thought-provoking. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tiff | 9/17/2013

    " This is a life-changing, paradigm-shifting book. Written by a public school teacher, this takes you inside the real motivations for what happens inside schools. This has been one of the most important books of my life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Skye | 9/12/2013

    " Wow! Makes you really think about what we are doing in our schools. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbie | 8/13/2013

    " I read this many years ago and it's probably time for a re-read. This is another book recommended by Andrew Pudewa. Sometimes we need to be reminded why we homeschool. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dave | 6/22/2013

    " The "public education" industry is a complete and utter farce. Gatto should know, he used to be a teacher; once even Teacher of the Year for the entire New York City school system. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Taylene | 4/5/2013

    " This guy really hits the nail on the head. This book is definitely worth reading if you care at all about the education of your children. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vahid | 1/26/2013

    " So often you just accept the way things are, without really questioning how they might be better. This book really opened my eyes to how education might be done in a way that isn't completely imbecilic (i.e. the current system). "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michele | 1/15/2013

    " Read it once before. It was definitely good enough to read again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea | 10/9/2012

    " This is a must read for anyone with school-aged children. Written by a former teacher, and New York teacher of the year, this book offers an eye-opening view into what our children really learn in school. I highly recommend this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robin | 7/16/2012

    " An eye opening book. The points that Gatto brings up are a bit disturbing and has given me added motivation to begin homeschooling my children. "

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