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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (513 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:
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John Taylor Gatto's Weapons of Mass Instruction focuses on mechanisms of traditional education which 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 a 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 can they achieve self-knowledge, good judgment, and courage.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by MichelleMarie | 2/20/2014

    " Incredibly interesting topic but Gatto's writing style was way over my head (which is the only reason I gave it 2 stars instead of more). Really makes you think about "schooling" and "education," how those two things are SEPERATE. He is also an advocate for the open-conspiracy of just saying "I prefer not to take your test" in regards to standardized testing. Above all what I really took away from this book is how we (as a society) need to re-evaluate what we define as education and success. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Leah Macvie | 2/18/2014

    " This book is amazing, but as I said on my Amazon review, it needs a better editor. For a fight against compulsory schooling, this bad editing, filled with misspellings and poor spacing, demeans the very motives of this plea. Understanding the main theme, that compulsory schooling is meant to break down society and provide us all with one direction: to become uninteresting, fat consuming children, is essential for those involved in education. However, I don't feel that the main goal is realistic. To ask schools to just stop teaching at this part of the game would be detrimental. Why? The uneducated, uncultured, uninteresting probably can't educate their children. The book fails to suggest baby steps we can take as a society, because yes, we need them. As a fan of educational choices, I do love the options presented. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jenny | 2/15/2014

    " A little heavy on the conspiracy theories, but Gatto makes some good points about how we manage education in this country. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Nancy VanSpunky | 2/11/2014

    " So far this is an amazing history of the American government education system. We have all been indoctrinated... "

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