Dumbing Us Down

John Taylor Gatto

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.”

status Copy #1 (1925): in
Copy #2 (23139): in
genre Utopian Studies » Education
publisher New Society Publishers
publish date 2002
popularity checked out 7 time(s)


  • By Zach Sylvester -

    Its not really necessary to read the entire book, the second half starts to become redundant. The first few essays will give you plenty of meat in which to analyze our education system.

  • By Sam Swicord -

    Probably the best concise book on the subject.

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