by Al Benson Jr.
The title of this short article is the title of a book Samuel Blumenfeld wrote back in the late 1970s. It is a very revealing look at the foundations of the government (or public) school system. Sam’s book may well be out of print by now but you can check out Amazon.com to see if you might get a copy from them.
Sam goes into the history of the Public School Movement in this country from its earliest days and documents the fact that it was founded by Unitarians and socialists who had a very anti-Christian worldview and sought to promote their worldview by removing the influence of Christian education. One of the founders of the Movement, Horace Mann, (a Unitarian) hated the influence Christian schools had in New England and he sought compulsory attendance in public schools as a way to do away with that influence. Unfortunately, he and his socialist contemporaries were able to seduce Christian parents into buying into their scheme by promising them that these new public schools would combat the “Catholic” influence. That made little difference because Catholic folks set up their own schools for their own kids anyway.
If you look at public schools nowadays you find many youngsters barely able to read and write. I have known some who sent through ten years of public school and could, literally, not read any word with over five letters in it.
Sam makes an interesting comment in the preface to his book. He says: “…that American intellectual history is inseparable from its religious history; that public education was never needed, and that literacy in America was higher before compulsory public education than it is today; that socialists, who were very active in the public school movement, began operating covertly in secret cells in America as early as 1829, before the word socialism was even invented…”
Check out Sam’s book on Amazon.com and while you are at it you might also check out another one he wrote on the same subject: The NEA: Trojan Horse in American Education. Both of these will give you information you will not find in too many other places.
And if you want to check out something a little more contemporary you might try Karl Priest’s book Protester Voices–the 1974 Textbook Tea Party. This is the true story of the textbook protest that occurred in Kanawha County, West Virginia in the mid-1970s. It was only written a little over a year or so ago. You can also check this one out on Amazon.com or you can write directly to Karl at 141 Karmel Lane, Poca, West Virginia 25159. This book costs, with shipping included, $19.95 and is worth every penny. As you read these books prepare to be shocked. You will find that the public school system is not what you thought it was. It doesn’t educate. It indoctrinates.