Review of Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling

John Taylor Gatto
Rating: 3/5

I'm not sure what to think about this book; I found myself agreeing with Gatto's thesis despite all of his terrible arguments and proposed solutions for why the government monopoly education system is terrible. The book is in the form of several of Gatto's essays, but I would only suggest reading the first (The Psychopathic School -- coincidentally available online for free at, as the rest of the book does little but harp on these same topics over and over.

The excerpts from the book that I liked can be found here: