Could these quotes apply to education in America?
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
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.'
'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.