Weapons of Mass Instruction - John Taylor Gatto Essay

1347 Words Nov 12th, 2013 6 Pages
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. Gatto sees the compulsory public schooling as a tool used in orchestrating the development of a mediocrely minded population that is highly manageable due to the lack of ability to think for oneself. Gatto can be quoted saying, “we have been taught (that is, schooled) in this country to think “success” is synonymous with, or at least dependent upon, “schooling”, but historically that isn't true in either an intellectual or a financial sense” (Gatto 2010, p. xv). Throughout this critical analysis I will touch base on Gatto’s ideologies, as well as my own reflections on …show more content…
I believe it is up to the young people of the world to do something about this madness. It may not be fair, but the responsibility has fallen onto our laps whether we like it or not. In the words of James Martin, “We have reached a situation where grand-scale decisions have to be made. [...] If we get it right, we have an extraordinary future” (Martin 2007, p.04). Martin is calling for a transition generation to act

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