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#1 [Permalink] Posted on 12th December 2019 21:44

Weapons of Mass Instruction

John Taylor Gatto's Weapons of Mass Instruction , now available in paperback, 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.

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#2 [Permalink] Posted on 25th January 2020 04:16
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I have never liked the practice of rote memorization, because it doesn't accomplish anything.

You end up being able to spit out all sorts of "facts?" and theories without understanding any of it. However, if you can do it, you're rewarded with high grades and are never made to understand one single bit of it.
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#3 [Permalink] Posted on 25th January 2020 07:44
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traditional education which cripple imagination, discourage critical thinking, and create a false view of learning as a byproduct of rote-memorization drills.


I don't know about the west, but here in India, the industry demands such dummies only. More job opportunities for these dummies. Highly paid salaries, big incentives etc for dummies.

So Engineers have dumped natural thinking, the demand for these types of natural engineers is very less, could be 1% or less. But demand exists.

An engineer must know how to use the tools, you feed Input A, the module gives output B, forward this to your higher ups. Done!! your pocket is full.
It Could be; that module is being used for Space technology, 5G or 6G technology or Nuclear sciences.

Today the environment created here in sub-continent is "Education is for earning" "not for learning"

I had been leading a team of engineers both graduates and post graduates who have scored well in their degree exams, but here, even after 10 or 15 years of experience they are not fit for research. They are expert in using state of art tools.
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#4 [Permalink] Posted on 25th January 2020 10:36
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