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September’s Book: Weapons of Mass Instruction

Prison. Perhaps the best $15 you've ever spent.While PD’s danced around the subject of the American education system before, for the month of September we’ve decided to go deeper. Much deeper.

If you, like a chunk of our staff, happen to be a product of that said system, grab a pack of smokes, because you are about to find out just how much you’ve been fucked.

Apprehensive? Feel like you might be getting that case of spastic colon back? We hear ya. The Political Dresser Book Club isn’t for the faint of heart, but this month’s pick is so foundation flipping that though you might think you’re awake to the world’s tyranny, you will undoubtedly find that you haven’t even peeked behind the curtain yet.The Prussian model.

Weapons of Mass Instruction: A Schoolteacher's Journey Through the Dark World of Compulsory Schooling will not only throw you behind that curtain, but will set the stage for you to free yourself and your children from the groupthink and oppression found there. Through reading this book, you will learn about how you think (even in ways you thought were instinctual) and what systems where put into place to produce those thoughts.

Think we might be over exaggerating just a tad? Nope. Of all of the selections we’ve tackled as a Book Club so far, this is the biggest game changer. Bigger than The Road to Serfdom. Bigger and less wordy than anything from Ray Kurzweil. Weapons of Mass Instruction is Chris Christie after Thanksgiving BIG.

This man will teach you more in one book than you could have ever gleamed in 12 years in the public system.This month’s pick is a fairly fast 241 pages, by John Taylor Gatto. Haven’t heard of him? Well, we don’t want to go all hipster on you, but babycakes, you’ve been missing out.

Avuncular to the nines, John Taylor Gatto is the type of man you just want to sit next to. After teaching in New York City for three decades, he hit the lecture circuit in order to enlighten the world as to what exactly American education is actually about.We've all done "hard time" at this point.

The following tidbit is taken from his speech titled, A Short Angry History of American Forced Schooling: “The secret of American schooling is that it doesn’t teach the way children learn, nor is it supposed to. Schools were conceived to serve the economy and the social order rather than kids and families, that is why it is compulsory. As a consequence, the school cannot help anybody grow up, because its prime directive is to retard maturity. It does that by teaching that everything is difficult, that other people run our lives, that our neighbors are untrustworthy even dangerous.”

Here is a further example of his lectures to get an idea about what John Taylor Gatto has to offer. Snatch up your copy of Weapons of Mass Instruction  here or on our side margin, and let us know what you think. 

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  • Guest (capitalidea)

    I loved loved loved 'Escape From Camp 14' so I'm eager to see how this one is.

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  • Guest (intheblazer)

    I'm about 30 pages in and my mind was blown from paragraph one. Great suggestion this month, PD! Thx.

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    His speeches on youtube are incredible. Must sees all of them.

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