Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see – Neil Postman

The seven lessons of school according to Gatto

In this post, I want to review the work of John Taylor Gatto (see here for his wikipedia entry) in terms of the seven lessons schoolteachers all teach. I want to use some examples from education theory to back up the seven lessons.

Gatto (1992, pp. 2-11) argues that the hidden curriculum of schools leads teachers to all offer seven lessons that are unspoken, unacknowledged and thus, insidious. The seven lessons are:

  1. confusion.
  2. class position
  3. indifference
  4. emotional dependence
  5. intellectual dependence
  6. provisional self-esteem
  7. one can’t hide

In the following posts, I will elaborate on these lessons. I hope you’ll enjoy reading the posts.


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