John Taylor Gatto- “Dumbing us down”Posted: August 5, 2010
If the below is of interest to you please youtube JTG as there is a fair bit of material to choose from.
No one in America today is better qualified to report on the true condition of our government education system than John Taylor Gatto New York City Teacher of the Year, the now-famous educator who spent 26 years teaching in six different schools in New York City and quit because he could no longer take part in a system that destroys lives by destroying minds.
“The trouble was that the unlikeliest kids kept demonstrating to me at random moments so many of the hallmarks of human excellence—insight, wisdom, justice, resourcefulness, courage, originality—that I became confused. They didn’t do this often enough to make my teaching easy, but they did it often enough that I began to wonder, reluctantly, whether it was possible that being in school itself, was what was dumbing them down. Was it possible I had been hired not to enlarge children’s power, but to diminish it? That seemed crazy on the face of it, but slowly I began to realize that the bells and confinement, the crazy sequences, the age-segregation, the lack of privacy, the constant surveillance, and all the rest of the national curriculum of schooling were designed exactly as if someone had set out to prevent children from learning how to think, and act, to coax them into addiction and dependent behavior.”
Now tie this with the words of Edward Bernays, Fichte regarding education (they are on this blog) and watch the jigsaw puzzle slowly come together.
Theres many other pieces too, but its like finding a needle in a haystack and the average person does not have the time and often the will.. to find them because the picture that forms is hard to accept as it offers a different reality.. one that very often scares people so they end up attacking it … thats ok. Not everyone is ready to face drastic change in any form.. I empathise completely.