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Weapons of Mass Instruction - A Schoolteacher's Journey Through the Dark World of Compulsory Schooling

John Taylor Gatto

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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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Michael Puttonen

Length:

8h 43m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:36


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

13:41


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

12:44


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

15:08


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

15:27


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

17:29


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

18:33


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

18:19


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

18:13


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

16:22


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

18:27


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

16:09


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

09:02


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

12:31


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

18:07


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

12:40


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

17:43


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

20:12


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

16:30


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

19:30


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

15:46


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

19:09


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

20:10


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

15:45


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

09:30


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

16:39


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

14:18


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:01


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

16:16


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

09:46


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

12:01


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

15:34


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:59


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

15:48


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

13:06


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

08:31


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

00:53