Tuesday, September 30, 2008

On Seperating School and State

Interesting site.

Our educational authorities have already made sure that the system is rigid without making sure it was right. They have already achieved universality but have not unity. They have arranged to teach history without considering what history teaches; they have obtained powers of compulsion for teaching the truth to everybody; and then, looking into their own minds, have found that the truth is not in them. Illustrated London News, June 12, 1920

The purpose of Compulsory
Education is to deprive the common people of their commonsense. - Illustrated London News, September 7, 1929

The only persons who seem to have nothing to do with the education of the children are the parents.
- What's Wrong with the World, p. 308

Government schooling is the most radical adventure in history.
It kills the family by monopolizing the best times of childhood and by teaching disrespect for home and parents.... - The Underground History of American Education

The shocking possibility that dumb people don't exist in sufficient numbers to warrant the millions of careers devoted to tending them will seem incredible to you.
Yet that is my central proposition: the mass dumbness which justifies official schooling first had to be dreamed of; it isn't real. - The Underground History of American Education

School is the first impression children get of organized society. Like most first impressions it is the lasting one. Life is dull and stupid, only Coke provides relief. And other products, too, of course. - The Underground History of American Education

Growth and mastery come only to those who vigorously self-direct. Initiating, creating, doing, reflecting, freely associating, enjoying privacy—these are precisely what the structures of schooling are set up to prevent, on one pretext or another. - The Underground History of American Education

Who besides a degraded rabble would voluntarily present itself to be graded and classified like meat? No wonder school is compulsory. - The Underground History of American Education

Our form of compulsory schooling is an invention of the state of Massachusetts around 1850. It was resisted - sometimes with guns - by an estimated eighty per cent of the Massachusetts population, the last outpost in Barnstable on Cape Cod not surrendering its children until the 1880's when the area was seized by militia and children marched to school under guard. - The Underground History of American Education

A general State education is a mere contrivance for moulding people to be exactly like one another; and as the mould in which it casts them is that which pleases the dominant power in the government, whether this be a monarch, an aristocracy, or a majority of the existing generation; in proportion as it is efficient and successful, it establishes a despotism over the mind, leading by a natural tendency to one over the body. – On Liberty

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