The gears of the hidden curriculum revisited


  • Clarisse Halpern Florida Gulf Coast University


Hidden curriculum, American education system, school practices


In this Book Review on Dumbing us down: The hidden curriculum of compulsory schooling, Gatto shares some of his ideas concerning the American education system, inviting the readers to reexamine it, particularly its formal school settings. The author highlights common school practices that often go unnoticed that comprise the hidden curriculum. By unveiling these practices, Gatto affirms that the current school curriculum is designed to serve economic and political interests, instead of students' needs for learning. In his view, schools' aim to teach students rules of behavior that safeguards their obedience to abide by corporate capitalism demands. Gatto also presents harsh criticism explaining that the present crisis on education is related to an identity loss by American community values. Therefore, this publication aims to broaden the understanding about the hidden curriculum for those who wish to develop a critical examination of this topic.

Author Biography

Clarisse Halpern, Florida Gulf Coast University

Clarisse Halpern is a doctoral candidate in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Multicultural Education in the Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Culture at Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Myers, USA. Her research interests are culturally responsive teacher education programs, multicultural education, diversity in education, globalization in education, and comparative education studies.