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Quick-Think and On-the-Spot Debate Topics. (Ideas from Dumbing Us Down – J. Gatto ). What is education for?. If educational institutions are so demonstrably successful, why are we always hearing about their failures?.

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Quick think and on the spot debate topics

Quick-Think and On-the-Spot Debate Topics

(Ideas from Dumbing Us Down – J. Gatto)








  • The very stability of our economy is threatened by any form of education that might change the nature of the human product schools now turn out: the economy schoolchildren currently expect to live under and serve would not survive a generation of young people trained, for example, to think critically.



  • Seven Lessons of Schooling: children should not trust themselves or their parents but rely on evaluation of certified officials. People need to be told what they are worth.

    • Confusion

    • Class position

    • Indifference

    • Emotional and intellectual dependency

    • Conditional self-esteem

    • Surveillance








  • Whatever an education is, it should make you a unique individual, not a conformist; it should furnish you with an original spirit with which to tackle the big challenge; it should allow you to find values which will be your road map through life; it should make you spiritually rich, a person who loves whatever you are doing, wherever you are, whomever you are with; it should teach you what is important: how to live and how to die.



  • It is absurd and anti-life to be part of a system that compels you to sit in confinement with people of exactly the same age and social class. That system that effectively cuts you off from the immense diversity of life and the synergy of variety; indeed it cuts you off from your own past and future, sealing you in a continuous present much the same way television does.


  • Only self-teaching has any compels you to sit in confinement with people of exactly the same age and social class. That system that effectively cuts you off from the immense diversity of life and the synergy of variety; indeed it cuts you off from your own past and future, sealing you in a continuous present much the same way television does.lasting value.


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