Kindergarten’s Socialist Origins

by Al Benson Jr.

Most schools today, both public and private have kindergartens. They have become an accepted part of educational life in this country and others as well.

This was not always so. When I first attended public school, way back in the mid-1940s, there was no kindergarten where I went. Although some schools undoubtedly had them, all schools did not. They had not become totally entrenched, although their promoters had been working on that project with much zeal.  Their efforts seem to have paid off. Kindergarten is now as much a part of school life as the seventh grade.

I have, in the past, written articles and even a couple booklets, dealing with the origins of public, or government, schools in this country.  These “institutions of learning” have a history that is never quite openly discussed in all of its ramifications.  We often see the names of founders and promoters of public education mentioned in articles or essays, but we are seldom told all that much about these people and what they really believed.  Most educators don’t want us to go there.

We are told that Horace Mann, the “father of the common schools” was among the most zealous of their earliest promoters and we are told about how hard Mann labored to make sure there was compulsory attendance for public schools because he was so concerned about the lack of education.  We are told of Robert Owen, a “philosopher and pedagogue” who promoted public education.  This is usually all most sources tell us about these men. They never really tell us why they did what they did. We are not supposed to ask.

Thus, most folks never find out that Horace Mann was a Unitarian who denied the deity or lordship of Jesus Christ, a man who hated the influence that Calvinist church schools had in New England so much that he sought to come up with another system of education that would negate what the church schools taught. Most are never informed, regarding Robert Owen, that the “philosopher and pedagogue” was a socialist and atheist who did not believe that man’s original sin caused man’s problems, but rather, man’s problems were the fault of his environment. Thus, if you could just provide the right educational environment, via a public school, that would take care of everything. So Unitarians and socialists worked hand-in-glove to promote public education and to denigrate Christian education and schools. And, unfortunately, the Christians bought it.

Now, regarding kindergartens,  informs us that Elizabeth Peabody, in 1860, founded the first English-language kindergarten in America, after she visited Watertown, Wisconsin. What this source neglects to mention is that Elizabeth Peabody was Unitarian Horace Mann’s sister-in-law.  Why did Ms. Peabody visit Watertown, Wisconsin before starting her kindergarten you may wonder?  She went there because the first kindergarten in the country was founded there by Margarethe Meyer-Schurz in 1856.  The kindergarten classes in Watertown were conducted in German, but Ms. Schurz’s sister had also founded the first kindergarten in London, England. If the name Schurz sounds familiar to some of my readers, it should.  You see, Margarethe Schurz was the wife of Carl Schurz, one of those socialist revolutionaries that came to this country after the socialist revolts in Europe in 1848 failed.  You can read about her husband, Carl, in more depth in the book Lincoln’s Marxists (Pelican Publishing) that Donnie Kennedy and I co-authored. Mr. Schurz was one of the most prominent of the “forty-eighters” who came to this country after their attempts to install socialism in Europe failed. They came here to accomplish what they had failed to do in Europe. Before his illustrious career was over, Carl Schurz ended up becoming the Secretary of the Interior in the Hayes administration. As you can see, socialism pays in Amerika!

An Article by Ann T. Allen on noted that: “The kindergarten, though at first attracting little attention, gained popularity among liberal reformers as part of the surge of interest in new educational methods prompted by the 1848 revolution…Meanwhile 31 kindergartens were founded,  many by women’s organizations, in German cities between 1848 and 1852. The women who staffed these institutions expressed the utopian spirit of the era by their commitment to overcoming class differences…The kindergarten movement also influenced the most radical experiment in women’s education of the revolutionary period…”

Much of the impetus for the kindergarten movement came from Friedrich Froebel (1782-1852). R. J. Rushdoony, in his book The Messianic Character of American Education has said of Froebel that: “The fountain-head of all this, Friedrich Froebel, well before Darwin, not only held to cosmic evolution but saw education as a major element in that continuing process. For Froebel, the entire universe was a living, evolving organism, the unity of which is called God.” Now there’s a unique worldview for one of the main movers and shakers of the kindergarten movement–an evolutionist even before Darwin! The whole “evolving” universe is supposed to be God.  You don’t suppose any of this sort of mindset ever seeped through to others, teachers or students, do you?

Not surprisingly, the kindergarten movement in Europe became associated with the radical feminist groups who had their own ties to the 1848 socialist revolts in Europe. (See Addendum III, Socialist Influence on Feminism, on page 307 of Lincoln’s Marxists. With all the socialist baggage attending it, it should come as no surprise that, in Prussia, the government that put down the 1848 revolts issued an order in 1851 that banned all Froebel-inspired kindergartens.  Karl von Raumer, the Prussian minister of culture and education condemned the kindergarten as “a center of atheistic and socialist subversion.” Gee, wonder where he ever got that idea! Other German states soon followed the Prussian example. Seeing that they could no longer make a go of socialistic kindergartens in Germany, the “forty-eighters” brought them to America as part of their socialist agenda, and we eventually bought into them the same way be bought into the rest of the public school system.

Don’t be surprised that your “history” books fail to mention most of this. You really are not supposed to know it, and our “educational leaders” would much rather you didn’t.


Comments From Randy Murray

A long time has passed since Joaquin Fernandez came by our Fayetteville apartment to interview me as part of a project he was working on that talks about public schools. He said he was interviewing over 40 pastors, teachers and authors, and since I fit in at least two of those categories, he found me.

Having now watched the end result of all those interviews, I’m humbled to have been included at all in such a professional/documentary movie. IndoctriNation is not only worth watching; it is worth the $19.95  I not only recommend it, I beg you to consider getting a copy of the movie, watching it and then passing it along to everyone you know, especially those with children in the public school system.

If you understand symbolism, please consider the big yellow bus in the movie. Like the public school system itself, the bus is constantly breaking down and requiring patchwork repairs. By the movie’s end, it’s dismantled for scrap parts. Think about it.

Editor’s note: I thoroughly concur with Randy Murray’s critique of this movie, having seen it myself. Someone was generous enough to send me a copy of it and I have started circulating it to folks in my church and others who are interested. Knowing the anti-Christ nature of the public school system I can do nothing else but urge Christian parents, and others as well, to get their children out of this system. If our foundations collapse and this country goes down the tubes the public school system will have played a large part in that collapse–spiritually, morally, educationally, and in every other way. It was no accident that Karl Marx advocated “free education for all children in public schools…” Marx knew how to tear a country down and his horrendous agenda has been at work in this country for over 150 years.

Al Benson Jr.

“Is Public Education Really Necessary”

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 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 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 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.

About Revised History

Lets try this one time to see if it will work. Last evening it didn’t. This blog will deal with material the professional “historians” would just as soon the public remained ignorant of. Their theory is that if we don’t know many of the facts about what actually happened then we don’t know enough to ask embarrassing questions they would just as soon not have to answer. Much of what makes it into public school textbooks is far from real or accurate history.

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I have named this blog spot “Revised History.” I supposed a more appropriate title might have been “Embarrassing History” as I expect what is presented here to embarrass establishment “historians.”

Al Benson of “Lincoln’s Marxists.”