Public school. The bastion of civilized society. Every child receiving a free education for the benefit and advancement of all humankind.
Or, is it something else entirely?
Some may at once protest, “What? Is education to have as one of its symptoms the acceptance of radical views?” The answer is “Yes,” if “radicalism” means any serious endeavor to alter our social arrangements for the better. We must consciously adopt and foster the position that it is the prime business of education to remake our institutions and our traditions—and learn to recognize the possession of this spirit as one of the main earmarks of the educated man…. The principal obstacle to the acceptance of this outcome is the persistence of a set of “inert” ideas (to use Whitehead’s phrase) which lingers to afflict our civilization. One of the most subtle and pernicious of these inherited and unexamined postulates is the view that the aim of education (or life, for that matter) is the development of the individual’s personality as such….
…For good or for ill, we must cease training people for what they are going to do, and point out instead what they should do. It will probably fall to our generation to resurrect the word “ought” to its rightful status in the affairs of men—for what else are values if not areas of experience with an imperious push or pull emanating from them?
There are some purists who will be frightened by the indoctrination which must inevitably follow if this recommendation is effective…. Such an objection is silly, for since indoctrination of attitudes occurs anyhow, our sole concern must be to ensure that the right ones are established….
How any one with the least pretensions to higher education can fail to be thrilled by the ultimate prospects of a single world government, the abolition of war and poverty, the enhancement of beauty in daily life, and the enlightened practice of eugenics and euthenics, is a riddle which can be explained only by a blind, exclusive regard for the immediately practicable…. What nobler and more enlightened aim for education in this century can possibly be proposed than that it enlists the enthusiasms of youth for the attainment of more rational forms of group living.
- 3 “I”s (thechapel.wordpress.com)
- Just How Much Control Over Their Children’s Thought Are Parents Entitled To? (camelswithhammers.com)
- You cannot end the religious indoctrination of vunerable children (endhereditaryreligion.com)
- Continuing to allow our Public schools to indoctrinate our children with a philosophy of the need for reliance on a nanny state is contrary to the philosophies of self-sufficiency and pioneering spirit that made this America great! (quotationsbook.com)
- Education letters (guardian.co.uk)
- The Role of Poverty in Education – Revisited (specialeducationlawblog.blogspot.com)
- What Factors Influence Educational Systems? (coopcatalyst.wordpress.com)
- “Real Libs of Genius” Restoring Honor Rally (pumabydesign001.wordpress.com)
- Ethics Without Indoctrination (coopcatalyst.wordpress.com)
- Mama Grizzlies & The Public School System from Hell (pumabydesign001.wordpress.com)