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Charles Sykes, H. L. Mencken, Isabel Paterson


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"The public expects too much from teachers because educationists have led it to

believe teachers could be substitute parents, psychotherapists, cops, social

workers, dieticians, nursemaids, babysitters, and nose wipers and still do a

decent job teaching kids to read, write, and do math. Instead of saying no,

educationists have added courses in environmental education, death education,

personal hygiene, self-esteem, driver's ed, job readiness, sexual harassment,

radon studies, yoga, yogurt awareness, and god-knows-what-else."

-- Charles Sykes



Source: Dumbing Down Our Kids: Why American Children Feel Good About Themselves But Can't Read, Write, or Add




"That erroneous assumption is to the effect that the aim of public education is

to fill the young of the species with knowledge and awaken their intelligence,

and so make them fit to discharge the duties of citizenship in an enlightened

and independent manner. Nothing could be further from the truth. The aim of

public education is not to spread enlightenment at all, it is simply to reduce

as many individuals as possible to the same safe level, to breed and train a

standardized citizenry, to put down dissent and originality. That is its aim in

the United States, whatever the pretensions of politicians, pedagogues and

other such mountebanks, and that is its aim everywhere else."

-- H. L. Mencken

(1880-1956) American Journalist, Editor, Essayist, Linguist, Lexicographer, and Critic




"A tax supported, compulsory educational system

is the complete model of the totalitarian state."

-- Isabel Paterson

(1886-1961) Canadian-American journalist, author, political philosopher, literary critic


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