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Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Public Schools: Source of Liberalism and Socialism?
People often wonder what effect public education has had on changing children's moral and religious values. Below are some quotations in which prominent educators acknowledge the intent and effect of public education. These quotations are cited from an article by by David d'Escoto, Education Reporter, 9/2009. See the whole article at www.eagleforum.org/educate/2009/sept09/focus.html
… Is it possible that there is a direct link between our country's precipitous slide into socialism and decades of indoctrination in leftist school ideologies? You be the judge. Read below what the founder of today's schools and other public school advocates have said over the years:
"I believe that . . . [public] education is the fundamental method of social progress and reform . . . this conception has due regard for . . . socialistic ideals." and "There is no God and there is no soul. . . . There is no room for fixed . . . or moral absolutes." -- John Dewey, father of modern public education and signer of Humanist Manifesto (1930)
"Education is thus a most powerful ally of humanism, and every American school is a school of humanism. What can a theistic Sunday school's meeting for an hour once a week and teaching only a fraction of the children do to stem the tide of the five-day program of humanistic teaching?" -- C.F. Potter, signer of Humanist Manifesto (1930)
". . . [E]very child in America entering schools at the age of five is insane because he comes to schools with certain allegiances toward our Founding Fathers, toward his parents, toward a belief in a supernatural being, toward the sovereignty of this nation as a separate entity. . . ." -- Chester Pierce, professor of education at Harvard (1970)
"The old order is passing. . Social controls cannot be left to blind chance. . . . Man must be the builder of new forms of social organizations. . . . Here [public] education must play a stellar role." -- Dan W. Dodson, professor of educational sociology at N.Y. University (1970)
"We are the biggest potential political striking force [union] in this country, and we are determined to control the direction of [public] education." -- NEA President Catherine Barrett (1972)
"Public schools promote civic rather than individual pursuits. . . . We must focus on creating citizens for the good of society. . . . Each child belongs to the state." -- William H. Seawell, professor of education (1981)
". . . [T]he battle for humankind's future must be waged and won in the public school classrooms by teachers who correctly perceive their role as proselytizers of a new religion. . . . The classroom must and will become an arena of conflict between the old and the new -- the rotting corpse of Christianity . . . and the new faith of humanism. . . ." -- John Dunphy, Secular-Humanist (1983)
"We do not need any more preaching about right or wrong. The old 'thou shall nots' simply are not relevant. Values clarification is a method for teachers to change the values of children without getting caught." -- Dr. Sidney Simon, creator of "Values Clarification"
Just this summer, the NEA's retiring general counsel publicly aired his true feelings by calling conservatives "right-wing ba----ds."
Using public education as a "weapon" is nothing new. It was Josef Stalin who said, "Education is a weapon whose effects depend on who holds it in his hands and at whom it is aimed." Wake up, conservatives! …