Dumbing Us Down

The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling


Author: John Taylor Gatto

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 9780865715196

Category: Education

Page: 106

View: 1414

This radical treatise on public education has been a best-seller for 10 years! Thirty years of award-winning teaching in New York City's public schools led John Gatto to the sad conclusion that compulsory governmental schooling does little but teach young people to follow orders as cogs in the industrial machine. In celebration of the ten-year anniversary of 'Dumbing Us Down' and to keep this classic current, the publisher has renewed the cover art, added new material about John and the impact of the book, and a new Foreword.

Verdummt noch mal ! - Dumbing Us Down

Der unsichtbare Lehrplan oder Was Kinder in der Schule wirklich lernen


Author: John Taylor Gatto

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783934719354

Category: Schulpflicht - Abschaffung - Privatunterricht

Page: 125

View: 5232

System vs. Culture: North American Education and Society in the Balance


Author: Frank Pace

Publisher: FriesenPress

ISBN: 1460242289

Category: Education

Page: 248

View: 963

For 160 years, North American children have been subject to compulsory schooling. Formal education has evolved some over that time, but the end result of said evolution is an educational system which is dysfunctional, inefficient, and ultimately incapable of delivering on its professed mandates. Frank Pace is an educator with years of diverse experience. In System vs. Culture: North American Education and Society in the Balance, he looks at the current state of compulsory North American education and sees a system in crisis. He examines the history of modern education and dissects the root causes of its profound dysfunction. System vs. Culture: North American Education and Society in the Balance offers some insight into how an alternative model of education might operate and how it would better serve the needs of a changing society and better achieve its purported goals. Frank Pace has many important things to say about the state of North American education. His arguments are persuasive and lucid and backed up by solid scholarship. While the topic is complicated he does a good job breaking it down in a way that is readable and compelling for both education professionals and anyone interested in education and learning.


Uncommon Answers to Common Questions About TV


Author: John Ellis

Publisher: I.B.Tauris

ISBN: 0857717596

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 192

View: 9639

TV FAQ' will make you a fully informed and knowledgable, entertained and argumentative TV expert. 'TV FAQ' does what it says on the cover: it answers just about everything you've always wanted to know about Television, in witty and highly informative form and is written by a leading TV writer, thinker, educator and long-term producer. 'TV FAQ' takes commonly asked questions about TV - factual, technical, ethical, content-based, controversial, plain cheeky and answers them crisply and comprehensively. Each entry contains examples, ranging from a detailed deconstruction of an episode of 'NYPD Blue', to the way that audience statistics are produced, and how television gains (and sometimes forfeits) our trust. Answers can be read down, across - with links between entries - or dipped into as required.

Anna, die Schule und der liebe Gott

Der Verrat des Bildungssystems an unseren Kindern


Author: Richard David Precht

Publisher: Goldmann Verlag

ISBN: 3641092825

Category: Philosophy

Page: 352

View: 5292

Der Verrat des Bildungssystems an unseren Kindern. Unsere Kinder, die heute eingeschult werden, gehen im Jahr 2070 in Rente. Doch wir überfrachten sie mit Wissensstoff, den sie für ihr Leben kaum brauchen werden. Statt ihnen dabei zu helfen, Neugier, Kreativität, Originalität, Orientierung und Teamgeist für eine immer komplexere Welt zu erwerben, dressieren wir sie zu langweiligen Anpassern. Demgegenüber stehen die Erkenntnisse der modernen Entwicklungspsychologie, der Lerntheorie und der Hirnforschung, die an unseren Schulen bis heute kaum berücksichtigt werden. Denn nur was mit Neugier gelernt wird, wird unseren Kindern wichtig und bedeutsam. Und nur was ihnen bedeutsam ist, weckt ihre Kreativität und spornt die Leistungsbereitschaft an. Der Philosoph und Bestsellerautor Richard David Precht fordert: Unsere Schulen müssen völlig anders werden als bisher. Wir brauchen andere Lehrer, andere Methoden und ein anderes Zusammenleben in der Schule. Mit einem Wort: Wir brauchen keine weitere Bildungsreform, wir brauchen eine Bildungsrevolution!

Holistic Pedagogy

The Self and Quality Willed Learning


Author: Carlo Ricci,Conrad P. Pritscher

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 331914944X

Category: Education

Page: 226

View: 2941

This book illuminates what must always be at the heart of powerful schooling and authentic learning. Its focus is on free learning, with an emphasis on early East Asian thought as a vehicle through which learning may emerge. The volume describes learning as helping the learner become more conscious, more aware. As such the authors explain how quality learning encompasses all learning that is chosen by the learner. It is non-judgmental and their idea is that if learning is done by choice then direct harm will be mitigated because quality, willed learning is not just about the individual, but includes others — it is community focused as well as self-determined. In the first part of the volume the authors look specifically at how quality willed learning can inform the state and how it can protect the rights of children. The second part looks at what quality willed learning can mean to leaders. In the last part the authors look at what it can mean for teachers and finally what it can mean for the learners themselves.

The Best Business Writing 2013


Author: Dean Starkman,Martha M. Hamilton,Ryan Chittum,Felix Salmon

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231535171

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 464

View: 9247

An anthology Malcolm Gladwell has called "riveting and indispensable," The Best Business Writing is a far-ranging survey of business's dynamic relationship with politics, culture, and life. This year's selections include John Markoff (New York Times) on innovations in robot technology and the decline of the factory worker; Evgeny Morozov (New Republic) on the questionable value of the popular TED conference series and the idea industry behind it; Paul Kiel (ProPublica) on the ripple effects of the ongoing foreclosure crisis; and the infamous op-ed by Greg Smith, published in the New York Times, announcing his break with Goldman Sachs over its trading practices and corrupt corporate ethos. Jessica Pressler (New York) delves into the personal and professional rivalry between Tory and Christopher Burch, former spouses now competing to dominate the fashion world. Peter Whoriskey (Washington Post) exposes the human cost of promoting pharmaceuticals off-label. Charles Duhigg and David Barboza (New York Times) investigate Apple's unethical labor practices in China. Max Abelson (Bloomberg) reports on Wall Street's amusing reaction to the diminishing annual bonus. Mina Kimes (Fortune) recounts the grisly story of a company's illegal testing—and misuse—of a medical device for profit, and Jeff Tietz (Rolling Stone) composes one of the most poignant and comprehensive portraits of the financial crisis's dissolution of the American middle class.

The Public Order and the Sacred Order

Contemporary Issues, Catholic Social Thought, and the Western and American Traditions


Author: Stephen M. Krason

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 0810863979

Category: Religion

Page: 1144

View: 8020

The Public Order and the Sacred Order evaluates a range of contemporary social and political questions in light of Catholic social teaching, philosophy, great political thinkers, and America's founding tradition. It treats a wide range of topics, including · economics · education · free speech · abortion · church-state relations · American legal trends · international politics Through discussions of these and other issues confronting contemporary American society, author Stephen M. Krason offers a scholarly social commentary, suggests means for a reconstruction of sound social and political thought, and calls for a renewal of American institutions, politics, and culture. The book is structured in three parts: Part I sets out foundational principles guided by Catholic social teaching, philosophical reasoning, Western political thought, and the American founding; Part II examines and evaluates the numerous issues in light of the principles set out in Part I; and Part III provides approaches to the issues-both general and specific policy ideas-consonant with the foundational principles set out in Part I. There is also a volume of important Catholic Church documents, Supreme Court cases, and excerpts of important writings in the history of Western and American political thought that let the reader examine directly many documents discussed in the text of the book. Along with being a strong and focused defense of traditional Catholic approaches to the questions of our time, the vast array of material covered makes this book an invaluable reference for anyone interested in contemporary politics.

Fun & Games & Higher Education

The Lonely Crowd Revisited


Author: Randle W. Nelsen

Publisher: Between the Lines

ISBN: 1926662091


Page: N.A

View: 2171

Fun & Games & Higher Education ranges from Wayne's World to hot-rodding, from automobility to the popular phenomenon know as the tailgate party, from German sociologist George Simmel to Canadian Media Guru Marshall McLuhan—all in the interests in exploring North American obsession with play, and particularly the intersection between education, work, and leisure.

Public Schools, Public Menace

How Public Schools Lie to Parents and Betray Our Children


Author: Joel Turtel

Publisher: Shawn K. Hall

ISBN: 0964569329

Category: Education

Page: 387

View: 5882

"Public Schools, Public Menace" shows parents how public schools can seriously harm their children. He also tells parents about new, low-cost, quality education alternatives to give their kids a great education.

The Women's Movement in Postcolonial Indonesia

Gender and Nation in a New Democracy


Author: Elizabeth Martyn

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134537492

Category: History

Page: 280

View: 6067

This book examines women's activism in the early years of independent Indonesia when new attitudes to gender, nationalism, citizenship and democratization were forming. It questions the meaning of democratization for women and their relationship to national sovereignty within the new Indonesian state, and discusses women's organizations and their activities; women's social and economic roles; and the different cultural, regional and ethnic attitudes towards women, while showing the failure of political change to fully address women's gender interests and needs. The author argues that both the role of nationalism in defining gender identity and the role of gender in defining national identity need equal recognition.

Alternative Approaches to Education

A Guide for Parents and Teachers


Author: Fiona Carnie

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 0415248175

Category: Education

Page: 197

View: 9580

This book is designed to give parents and teachers information on the alternative education options available in the UK. It covers three main areas: Outside the state system: small schools; Steiner Waldorf schools; Montessori schools; democratic schools and other schools with alternative philosophies Doing it yourself: setting up a small school or learning centre; educating at home; flexible schooling Alternatives within the state system: how some state schools are finding different ways of working The values, philosophies and methods of each alternative are described, including the first-hand experiences and accounts of children, teachers and parents. There are answers to common questions and useful sources of further information. This accessible and informative book is the ideal introduction for parents deciding how best to educate their children. It will be of interest to teachers looking to build their knowledge of different education philosophies.



Author: Peter Jennings

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1483657426

Category: Education

Page: 238

View: 5831

MEganize addresses how and why the educational system is not enabling children to become as productive they have the potential to be, and outlines how to get there, giving a child the "best education for life." This is a must read for all parents in order to understand motivation, career guidance, and increasing the probability of their child's success academically and emotionally. MEganize is a unique approach to learning and how to boost their IQ and EQ, to facilitate their learning capability for life. This is a challenge to our education system as a whole as well as a guide for the individual, looking at home-schooling a realistic option. MEganize is in part a complement to John Gatto's "Dumbing US Down".

City Kids, City Teachers

Reports from the Front Row


Author: William Ayers,Patricia Ford

Publisher: The New Press

ISBN: 1595587578

Category: Education

Page: 345

View: 5420

City Kids, City Teachers, now reissued with a new preface by William Ayers, has become a touchstone for urban educators, exploding the stereotypes about teaching in the city. In more than twenty-five provocative selections, each of which is introduced and set in context by Ayers and Patricia Ford, an all-star cast of educators and writers explores the surprising realities of city classrooms from kindergarten through high school. Contributors including Gloria Ladson-Billings, Lisa Delpit, June Jordan, Lewis Lapham, Audre Lorde, and Deborah Meier move from the poetic to the practical, celebrating the value of city kids and their teachers. Useful both as a guide and a call to action for anyone who teaches or has taught in the city, it is essential reading for those contemplating teaching in an urban setting and for every parent with children in a city school today. "Hopeful, helpful discussions of culturally relevant teaching... moving illustrations of what urban teaching is all about. An inspiring collection." —Publishers Weekly "With its upbeat mix of ready-to-share city kids' memoirs and classroom strategies, this book is an inspiring resource for veteran teachers, parents, community members, and students." —Educational Leadership "You'll feel sad, angry, hopeful, agitated, and inspired." —NEA Today "City Kids, City Teachers has the potential to create genuine change in the learning, teaching, and administration of urban public schools." —Library Journal

Get Writing: Paragraphs and Essays


Author: Mark Connelly

Publisher: Cengage Learning

ISBN: 1133711294

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 736

View: 9946

GET WRITING: PARAGRAPHS AND ESSAYS helps developmental students learn to think and plan before they write, and evaluate their own and others' writing, with a focus on critical thinking through features called Critical Thinking: What Are You Trying to Say? and Revision: What Have You Written? The text helps those who are struggling with writing requirements, including recent high school graduates, returning students, or those for whom English is a second language. Integrated exercises enable them to practice what they have just learned, and student papers in annotated first and revised drafts provide realistic models. Sample professional writing demonstrates how writers understand the context of their writing, utilize writing strategies, and make language choices. Writing prompts and collaborative writing projects teach students how to write personal, academic, or work-related papers, and how to evaluate their own and others' writing. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

The Ultimate Road Trip

12 Journeys that Shape Your Future


Author: Jay Stewart

Publisher: Destiny Image Publishers

ISBN: 076849124X

Category: Religion

Page: 224

View: 8593

Ultimate Road Trip is an exciting navigational tool taking you through the challenges, twists, and turns of life bringing you great hope and encouragement. You will celebrate life’s journey, not just the destination. Based on inspirational biblical journeys, pastor and author Jay Stewart aptly applies lessons learned to your everyday life. Practical application is made from Esther’s journey to the palace, Saul’s journey to Damascus, the Israelites’ journey out of Egypt, the Queen of Sheba’s journey to Solomon, and others. From thrilling stories in the Word, researched historical information, exegetical insight, and theological perspective, you will be encouraged and inspired. Journeys of motivation and faith-building include: • Determination. • Survival. • Transformation. • Deliverance. • Excellence. The compelling writing style, humor, practical wisdom, and easy-to-understand biblical truths appeal to all ages. Written for pre-Christians as well as mature believers, the practical, biblical steps offered assist you in making life’s difficult decisions, while urging you to passionately pursue your personal journey with God. Ultimate Road Trip could easily be adapted as a study guide in small group settings, Sunday school classes, campus ministries, and youth groups.

Dumbing Down Democracy

We Must Look Deeper


Author: Dr. Bob O'Connor

Publisher: Total Health Publications

ISBN: 8293232951


Page: 400

View: 991

It seems that in America and the UK, Juvenal’s observation that the political power of ancient Roman emperors was based on giving the people, "bread and circuses." This seems to be prevalent today with food stamps and football keeping the people content. It seems that our two countries are stumbling down the rocky path to degradation. With politicians bypassing our intellects by manipulating our sub-conscious minds and confusing our intellects with the lies common in this “post truth” era—do we care if our legislators are dumbing us down and inflicting near mortal blows to our lives?Are we willing to determine what type of government we want--and work for it? If so, this book may be of value to you. This book was originally meant to show the methods that have been used in modern elections to bypass our intellects and appeal to our unconscious minds. These were particularly evident in the elections of Bush and Trump and in the Brexit referendum in the United Kingdom. As the writing progressed, it was deemed necessary to present some basic logic and psychology to show how the election manipulators had delved into our unconscious minds and had ventured from logical and verifiable arguments in order to accomplish their goals with post truth fallacies. Once these issues were presented it was decided to venture with the reader into what kind of government we might like to have--and why. One of the questions asked is whether we want low taxes or happiness. The happiest countries are shown to have very high taxes, while the United States is ranked 18th on the international happiness scale. Another question is whether liberty or equality should be the major measure of justice for the society. Political philosophers realize that these two ideals are often mutually incompatible. The latter part of the book looks at education, and what may be improved. If we are to have an educated democratic republic, we must have educated citizens, legislators, and executives. The ending chapter deals with what we might consider as constitutional amendments to bring the Constitution up to date and to reverse the 5 to 4 decisions of some of the Supreme Courts that have redirected the founding document into directives that are directly counter the reasons for the Constitution – – to provide for the general welfare.

Freefall of the American University

How Our Colleges are Corrupting the Minds and Morals of the Next Generation


Author: Jim Nelson Black

Publisher: Thomas Nelson Incorporated

ISBN: 9780785260660

Category: Education

Page: 366

View: 7327

Exposing the liberal bias in today's universities, this book provides hard evidence that shows how today's colleges are covertly and overtly proselytizing with leftist slants on sexuality, politics, and lifestyles.