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There's a Grizzly who has escaped the City of Brotherly Love..(and she's going back to homeschooling!!)

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"All who have meditated on the art of governing mankind have been convinced that the fate of empires depends on the education of youth." Aristotle - Greek Philosopher.

Sunday, February 20, 2005

Could these quotes apply to education in America?

Frighteningly enough I would say the answer is 'YES'!

Jonathan Kozol (American education reformer):

'The first goal and primary function of the U.S. public school is
not to educate good people, but good citizens. It is the function
which we call --in enemy nations-- "state indoctrination." '

Edward Ross (Sociologist, Chm. ACLU, d1951):

'[The role of the schoolmaster is to] collect little plastic lumps
of human dough from private households and shape them on the
social kneading board.'

Karl Marx (d1883):

'The education of all children, from the moment that they can get
along without a mother's care, shall be in state institutions at
state expense.'

John Stuart Mill (d1873):

'State education is a mere contrivance for molding people to be
exactly alike one another ... 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.'

Robespierre (d1794):

'The nation alone has the right to educate children.'

"Mission statement" among documents from John D. Rockefeller's 1906 General Education Board:

"In our dreams, people yield themselves with perfect docility to our molding hands. The present eduction conventions of intellectual and character education fade from their minds, and, unhampered by tradition, we work our own good will upon a grateful and responsive folk. We shall not try to make these people, or any of their children, into philosophers, or men of science. We have not to raise up from them authors, educators, poets or men of letters. We shall not search for great artists, painters, musicians nor lawyers, doctors, preachers, politicians, statesmen -- of whom we have an ample supply. The task is simple. We will organize children and teach them in a perfect way the things their fathers and mothers are doing in an imperfect way." (emphasis added)

Well - I just KNEW it! I've seen the attitude with government educators and I know that you have, too. The educators see the parents as the 'problem'. They need to undo what it is that we do to our children. They know best you see. They are the educators, the educated, the all knowing holders of the key, they know better than we what our children need most.

So - are you scared yet??!!

Thanks to the Kosser Education Newsletter for the quotes.


Blogger City Troll said...

AAHH typical behavior in the city of brotherly love. If anyone wants to see what over 50 years of control by the Democrat party can do to a metropolitan area just check out Philly. Once the heart of the greatist nation on earth the birth place to all that we are it is a glaring example of what we as a nation we could become. A population that has fled not in a trickle but a steady stream. A business base that has collapsed from over taxation, a highly rampent drug problem, a large population of generational welfare, a city where the only free speech that is acceptable is politicly correct free speech, unless you are a member of the African American community than you can say all the hate speach you want because as the tax evading federally investagated mayor says "the Brothers and Sistas are running this city" drive by shootings that kill school kids and parents that are afraid to tell the police who the guilty parties are for fear of their own lives from the rampant inbred crime culture that has run rampant because it's not their fault it's societies fault, this is what The Democrats want America to be. Yes Philly the city that loves you back.

21 February, 2005 13:52  
Blogger MonicaR said...

LOL! So true City Troll.

I was thinking more on a national level - but you are right! Philadelphia is a perfect example of what can happen when the leftists are in charge.

22 February, 2005 01:03  
Blogger dcat said...

Thank you Monica, however I feel we all looked great! Too bad we can't post it because of trolls :(

22 February, 2005 21:23  
Blogger MonicaR said...

I hear ya Kitty Cat! Lots 'o weirdos out there.

23 February, 2005 02:24  
Blogger Chevy Rose said...

They just put my youngest grandson on medication here in Texas,to control him better in the class room. If he becomes a doper when older, do you think I have a case against the state? Has anyone heard of the "Groningen Protocol", that's now a law in the Netherlands? I understand they can now pick and choose who can be (put to sleep) killed based on intelligences, at any age!

24 February, 2005 09:42  
Blogger MonicaR said...

Chevy Rose - there is some scary shit happening in the world and in the U.S. I've seen some things coming out of Texas that frighten me.

Have you considered homeschooling? It's unfortunate but it seems that controlling the kids is more important than educating them in the government education system.

Thanks for commenting.

24 February, 2005 10:44  
Blogger Steve Donohue said...

Thank you for your kind comments on my website. I can only hope that I can adequately reciprocate.

As a product of the Chicago Public School system, I can fully understand the problems that government education is inherently saddled with. I believe that home schooling is today the best of our options- but I also feel that kids need an ample opportunity to socialize as well. Making sure they have social events outside the classroom (home) is essential.

Libertarian Charles Murray has argued that government should take all the money it collects for education, redistribute it in the form of a tax refund, and allow parents their choice in private schools, whether parochial or not. As long as government holds an affective monopoly on education, we will continue to creak by on a system facing many of the same problems as the Societ economy- little motivation, no attention to final product, etc.

26 February, 2005 23:59  

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