They are taught to be envious of the better classes and have contempt for the dumb ones. Class change lasts three hundred seconds to keep promiscuous fraternization at low levels.
It's heartwarming when they do that, it impresses everyone, even me. But we've had a society essentially under central control in the United States since just before the Civil War, and such a society requires compulsory schooling, government monopoly schooling, to maintain itself.
The choices are his, why should I argue? The fifth lesson I teach is intellectual dependency. We do have choices in how we bring up young people; there is no one right way. When I'm at my best I plan lessons very carefully in order to produce this show of enthusiasm. You come to know your place.
I frequently insinuate that the day will come when an employer will hire them on the basis of test scores and grades, even though my own experience is that employers are rightly indifferent to such things.
If all your friends are 11 years old or 6 years old, but you are 9, then tough luck, you have to spend most of the day in a room with the other 9 year olds. The first lesson I teach is confusion. None of it is impossible to overthrow. Gatto says that the self-respect of a school child depends on the judgement of the teacher, who tells people usually implicitly, I imagine what they are worth.
People need to be told what they are worth. The logic of the school-mind is that it is better to leave school with a tool kit of superficial jargon derived from economics, sociology, natural science and so on than to leave with one genuine enthusiasm.
The lesson of numbered classes is that everyone has a proper place in the pyramid and that there is no way out of your class except by number magic. You must understand that first and foremost the business I am in is a jobs project and an agency for letting contracts. Sometimes free will appears right in front of me in children angry, depressed or happy by things outside my ken; rights in such things cannot be recognized by schoolteachers, only privileges which can be withdrawn, hostages to good behavior.
This is harder to see in elementary school where the hierarchy of school experience seems to make better sense because the good-natured simple relationship of "let's do this" and "let's do that" is just assumed to mean something and the clientele has not yet consciously discerned how little substance is behind the play and pretense.The Seven Lesson Schoolteacher By John Taylor Gatto Weapons of Mass Instruction, is a book written by John Taylor Gatto, that 5touches extensively on what he considers to be negative aspects of the public school system.
John Taylor Gatto was New York State Teacher of the Year, This essay appears in his book Dumbing Us Down.I first read this essay in and was in a form of stricken awe for weeks afterward, reflecting anew on my own long resentment of school.
Jun 13, · So - in one of my first posts I mention John Taylor Gatto and his article "The Seven-Lesson Schoolteacher". This article was one of the very first things I read when actively looking into homeschooling, in fact the first of his I read was an acceptance speech he made for a Teacher of the Year award (you can read it here) and it made enough of an impression on me to make me look for.
The 7-Lesson Schoolteacher by John Taylor Gatto New Society Publishers, Call me Mr. Gatto, please. Twenty-six years ago, having nothing better to do at the time, I tried my hand at schoolteaching. “The Seven-Lesson School Teacher” is an article by John Taylor Gatto in which he summarizes his own experiences as a school teacher and concludes, that modern American schools teach seven basic lessons: confusion, class position, indifference, emotional dependency, intellectual dependency, provisional self-esteem, and constant surveillance.
Feb 10, · The Seven Lesson Schoolteacher by John Taylor Gatto This is the first essay in Dumbing Us Down The central message in this essay is that, contrary to what educators might claim they are doing, the national curriculum (and he's talking about the USA, but it applies equally here in the UK) consists of teaching children.Download