The New Dumbness

The following is an excerpt from “The Underground History of American Education“, by John Taylor Gatto: Ordinary people send their children to school to get smart, but what modern schooling teaches is dumbness. It’s a religious idea gone out of control. You don’t have to accept that, though, to realize this kind of economy would be jeopardized by too many smart people who understand too much. I won’t ask you to take that […] Read more »

School as Religion

The following is an excerpt from “The Underground History of American Education“, by John Taylor Gatto: School is a religion. Without understanding the holy mission aspect you’re certain to misperceive what takes place as a result of human stupidity or venality or even class warfare. All are present in the equation, it’s just that none of these matter very much—even without them school would move in the same direction. Dewey’s […] Read more »

Public Schools, the Fixation of Belief, and Social Control

In this video, the Academy of Ideas looks behind the reasons for compulsory public schooling, and what you learn may shock you. Recommended Reading: Dumbing us Down – John Taylor Gatto – http://amzn.to/2vJb3lc (affiliate link) The Prussian Connection to American Schooling, by John Taylor Gatto: For Part 1, CLICK HERE. For Part 2, CLICK HERE. For Part 3, CLICK HERE. For Part 4, CLICK HERE. The New Dumbness, by John Taylor Gatto, […] Read more »

Alchemically Transform Your Blocks with Your Thinking

Aline and I were reflecting on the following question for many days, “what is the difference between hitting a block and minimizing it by going into cognitive dissonance, and hitting a block and alchemically transforming it?” The answer was monological vs multilogical thinking.  According to CriticalThinking.org: Monological (one-dimensional) problems: Problems that can be solved by reasoning exclusively within one point of view or frame of reference. For example, consider the following problems: 1) […] Read more »

Does Modern Schooling Stunt our Ability to Think?

While learning knowledge is important, some forms of learning are more akin to conditioning, such as the traditional didactic means forced upon us in public schooling. Didactic learning stunts our thinking, by telling us what to believe rather than allowing us to discover our beliefs for ourselves, and then modify them when warranted. Because of this, the didactic transmission of knowledge actually hinders our ability to discover self-knowledge, understanding, self-worth, and […] Read more »

The Prussian Connection to American Schooling (Part 4), by John Taylor Gatto

Where did the American school system come from? And what are its true purposes? These are excerpts from John Taylor Gatto’s book, The Underground History of American Education Chapter Seven: The Prussian Connection, Section 93: “The Technology of Subjection” and Section 94: “The German/American Reichsbank” Get the book: http://mhkeehn.tripod.com/ughoae.pdf For Part 1, CLICK HERE. For Part 2, CLICK HERE. For Part 3, CLICK HERE. Read more »

The Prussian Connection to American Schooling (Part 3), by John Taylor Gatto

Where did the American school system come from? And what are its true purposes? This is an excerpt from John Taylor Gatto’s book, The Underground History of American Education Chapter Seven: The Prussian Connection, Section 90: “The Prussian Reform Movement” and Section 91: “Travels’ Reports” Get the book: http://mhkeehn.tripod.com/ughoae.pdf For Part 1, CLICK HERE. For Part 2, CLICK HERE. For Part 4, CLICK HERE. Read more »

The Prussian Connection to American Schooling (Part 2), by John Taylor Gatto

Where did the American school system come from? And what are its true purposes? This is an excerpt from John Taylor Gatto’s book, The Underground History of American Education Chapter Seven: The Prussian Connection, Section 89: “The Long Reach of the Teutonic Knights” The second installment in the second phase of the School Sucks Project’s Best of John Taylor Gatto series. For Part 1, CLICK HERE. For Part 3, CLICK […] Read more »

The Prussian Connection to American Schooling (Part 1), by John Taylor Gatto

Where did the American school system come from? And what are its true purposes? This is an excerpt is from John Taylor Gatto’s book, The Underground History of American Education Chapter Seven: The Prussian Connection, Section 88: “The Land of Frankenstein” The first installment in the second phase of the School Sucks Project’s Best of John Taylor Gatto series Get the book: http://mhkeehn.tripod.com/ughoae.pdf (the video looks like it was removed, […] Read more »

John Gatto on the Prussian Education System

John Taylor Gatto (born December 15, 1935) is an American retired school teacher of 29 years and 8 months and author of several books on education. He is an activist critical of compulsory schooling and of what he characterizes as the hegemonic nature of discourse on education and the education professions. Gatto was born in the Pittsburgh-area steel town of Monongahela, Pennsylvania. In his youth he attended public schools throughout […] Read more »

Einstein on Education

Einstein is often quoted as having said, “education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think.” However, this was not his exact wording, but a paraphrasing of what he said in a letter to Thomas Edison: “It is not so very important for a person to learn facts. For that he does not really need a college. He can learn them from books. The […] Read more »

Logic Before Grammar: Putting the Cart Before the Horse

Have you ever been in a discussion where you felt like you just weren’t on the same page, and that no matter how much information you shared, their mind was already made up?  This is a common problem in today’s world, where the school systems have taught children for generations to think critically with the Classical Trivium, which is the wrong order for utilizing the Trivium method of critical thinking. […] Read more »