Dumbing Us Down
The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling
Publication Date: February 2002
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With over 70,000 copies of the first edition in print, this radical treatise on public education has been a New Society Publishers bestseller for 10 years 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. This second edition describes the wide-spread impact of the book and Gatto's "guerrilla teaching."
John Gatto has been a teacher for 30 years and is a recipient of the New York State Teacher of the Year award. His other titles include "A Different Kind of Teacher" (Berkeley Hills Books, 2001) and "The Underground History of American Education" (Oxford Village Press, 2000).
Thomas Moore was a monk in a Catholic religious order for twelve years and has degrees in theology, musicology, and philosophy. A former professor of psychology, he is the author of Care of the Soul, Soul Mates, The Re-Enchantment of Everyday Life, The Education of the Heart, The Soul of Sex, and Original Self. He lives in New Hampshire with his wife and two children.