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Events

Join us for the newly relaunched Home Learning Book Club!

Thursday, June 22, 7:30 - 9:00 pm in Chestnut Hill, MA

Dumbing Us Down

“A bestseller for 25 years, John Taylor Gatto’s radical treatise on public education continues to advocate for the unshackling of children and learning from formal schooling.”
~ from the back cover

Come to a lively discussion of Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling by John Taylor Gatto on Thursday, June 22nd from 7:30 to 9:00 pm in the café of the Chestnut Hill Wegmans.

Now considered a groundbreaking, classic critique of the modern public education system, Gatto’s first book compels us to examine deeply held, often unconscious assumptions about children’s role in society and what it means to be truly “educated.”

We will focus specifically on the first chapter, “The Seven-Lesson Schoolteacher,” a speech given by Gatto when he accepted the award for New York State Teacher of the Year in 1991. Please come prepared to share your thoughts and responses as we will talk primarily about the ideas put forth in this portion of the book.

Dumbing Us Down is available at many libraries or can be purchased on Amazon  -- clicking through this link for your purchase will help support AHEM.

The Home Learning Book Club, led by AHEM volunteer Amy Faeskorn (find her at Wegman's in her hot pink AHEM tee shirt), provides homeschooling families with a regular opportunity to read and discuss titles related to learning at home on a wide range of topics. Discussions are extremely open and relaxed. Pre-registration is not required.

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