The predominant value system of an entire culture can be overturned in one generation,
or certainly in two, by those with unlimited access to children.
- Dr. James Dobson.
"It is absurd and anti-life to move from cell to cell at the sound of a buzzer, every day of your natural youth,
in an institution that allows you no private time or space. What parent would allow such a horror to be
inflicted if their own schooling had left them with the power to understand? "
-John T Gatto
Take at hazard, one hundred children of several educated generations,
and one hundred uneducated children and compare them in anything you please;
in strength, in agility, in mind , in the ability to acquire knowledge, even in morality
- and in all respects, you are startled by the vast superiority on the side of children
of the uneducated.
-Count Leo Tolstoy, ("Education and Children" - 1862)
The children I teach have no sense of the past and how it predestinated the present,
how it limits their choices,
how it shapes their lives and values. A
long line of Western thinkers, all of them childless men like Comte, have
understood that breaking a child's ties with the past cracks him away from his
own family. And separating parents and children has been the goal of childless
male philosophers since Plato wrote about its value in The Republic. Without
strong family ties, he said, children are easier subjects for central
planning. Augustine knew that, and Erasmus, and Bacon, and Descartes, and
Hobbes, and Rousseau - and all the other childless men who helped to architect
the government schooling we have today.
The children I teach are cruel to each other; they lack compassion for
misfortune, they laugh at weakness, they have contempt for people whose need
for help shows too plainly.
-John Taylor Gatto
THE EXHAUSTED SCHOOL:
"How Did We Ever Come to Believe that the State
Should Tell Our Children What to Think?"