I just learned about this guy from reading the comments section of Eric Peter's take on the Aurora, CO liberty massacre.
"What does the school do with the children? Gatto states the following assertions in "Dumbing Us Down":
1.It makes the children confused. It presents an incoherent ensemble of information that the child needs to memorize to stay in school. Apart from the tests and trials that programming is similar to the television, it fills almost all the "free" time of children. One sees and hears something, only to forget it again.
2.It teaches them to accept their class affiliation.
3.It makes them indifferent.
4.It makes them emotionally dependent.
5.It makes them intellectually dependent.
6.It teaches them a kind of self-confidence that requires constant confirmation by experts (provisional self-esteem).
7.It makes it clear to them that they cannot hide, because they are always supervised."http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Taylor_Gatto