WEAPONS OF MASS INSTRUCTION BY JOHN GATTO
School is one of the necessary institutions of modern societies. No doubt, schools are crucial for raising and educated progressive and developed generations of people. Nonetheless, some governments build schools, not to educate and develop their citizens. For these states, a school is a weapon of propaganda and indoctrination. Schools in these countries produce obedient slaves without critical thinking. ‘Weapons of Mass Instruction: A Schoolteacher’s Journey Through the Dark World of Compulsory Schooling’ by John Taylor Gatto explores this problem in bigger detail.
John Taylor Gatto was a school teacher in New York for 26 years. In 1991, he retired from teaching and started advocating big reforms in the field of education. He is the author of several bestselling books, and his works have won several awards. In ‘Weapons of Mass Instruction’, John Taylor Gatto demonstrates how modern education systems are tailored to cripple creative talents, imagination, and critical thinking. The author argues that the main goal of modern pedagogy is to create a manageable population. Governments don’t care about people’s erudition, knowledge, and development. Thus, they organize education systems that will serve their own goal. Obedience is what the want.
I read this book ten years ago. This book impressed me. I always knew that there is something wrong with modern education. At the age of 16-17, I became more conscious of this issue. Schools don’t want to raise independent and creative individuals. Oppositely, they destroy these qualities in young human beings.
This book was written for a wide audience of readers. If you have kids, you will love this book. You don’t want your children to be someone’s slaves and servants, and therefore, you should choose a proper education for me. ‘Weapons of Mass Instruction: ‘A Schoolteacher’s Journey Through the Dark World of Compulsory Schooling’ by John Taylor Gatto is an eye-opening book that deserves more attention. From a practical point of view, I think that this is a reformative book that could potentially bring a lot of benefits to the sphere of education.