Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Forced Schooling

Here is a little more information on forced or government schooling.
School was looked upon from the first decade of the twentieth century as a branch of industry and a tool of governance. Social managers of schooling were remarkably candid about what they were doing. In a speech he gave before businessmen prior to the 1st World War, Woodrow Wilson made this statement.

"We want one class to have a liberal education. We want another class, a very much larger class of necessity, to forgo the privilege of a liberal education and fit themselves to perform specific difficult manual tasks".

By 1917, the major administrative jobs in American schooling were under the control of a group referred to in the press of that day as "the Education Trust". The first meeting of this trust included representatives of Rockefeller, Carnegie, Harvard, Stanford and the National Education Association. The chief end, wrote Benjamin Kidd, the British evolutionist, in 1918, was to "impose on the young the ideal of subordination". Yankee entrepreneurialism had to be extinguished, at least among the common population. Students had to learn to think of themselves as employees competing for the favor of management.

These men, Andrew Carnegie, J.P. Morgan, John D. Rockefeller Sr and Henry Ford had immense capital investments in mass production. They needed workers. Independent productive people had to go! This was just the beginning.

*much of the information comes from 'The Underground History of American Education" by John Taylor Gatto

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