Category: Death by Education

Read The Case Against Public Education Now!

The natural educational path is an erotic one—a longing for wholeness, for Being. A longing answers only to the needs of the soul whose longing it is. A longing that is not “self-seeking” is therefore inconceivable. It is the quest for happiness, and hence necessitates the search for the nature of the true human good, which ultimately means the search for wisdom. From...

IQ and the Social Sciences

One of the great modern diseases is our obsession with quantifying the intrinsically unquantifiable. The successes of the modern natural sciences have fostered an unjustified faith (and faith is the right word, since this belief is pure dogma) that a superficial approximation of scientific method may be applied to human life itself — to morality, society, education — with similarly salutary results. The...

Gracias, El Salvador!

Today I awake to find that one lucky — or unfortunate, as the case may be — reader in El Salvador has downloaded my book, The Case Against Public Education, making his or her nation the thirty-ninth to which the book has been downloaded from this website. (I have no way of knowing who may have received it from other sources, or exactly...

The World Before Racial Hypersensitivity

Imagine a world in which one can actually describe the human species concretely, as one finds it, without measuring every utterance against the ever-changing barometer of political correctness. Imagine a language that actually communicates positively, naturally, rather than forever masking itself in unnecessary, propagandized euphemism in order to avoid the ultimate progressive sin of “offending” someone’s indoctrinated sensitivity and delicateness. Imagine the freedom...

School Coach Branded Racist For Calling Thugs “Thugs”

Imagine if behind every little thug, there were larger, stronger thugs ready to defend those little thugs against criticism or correction. In this situation, thuggery would always grow, and all defense against it would be futile, until at last most people would  just give up and either join the thugs or hide quietly in their corners all their lives. This self-perpetuating thuggish world...

New York Schools Legalize Bullying

It’s a sign of the times. New York State public schools, after years of ineffectual, politically correct “anti-bullying” propaganda, have apparently decided, “If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.” Bullying — the promotion of fear and intimidation in others by means of projecting coercive power and unpredictable threats to their peace of mind — is now a public school program. A kind reader,...

Of Pop Tart Guns, Kafka, and Kindergarten

Almost exactly four years ago, I wrote an article for American Thinker, “Kindergarten and the Kafkaesque,” about the rash of suspensions being meted out to boys caught with toy guns, or even imaginary guns, at U.S. public schools. I somehow neglected to repost that piece here in Limbo, but thanks to a reader-friend, Lon, who raised the topic in an e-mail, I suddenly recognized my error,...

Educating for Slavery

In our dreams, we have limitless resources and the people yield themselves with perfect docility to our molding hands. The present educational conventions fade from their minds, and unhampered by tradition, we work our own good will upon a grateful and responsive rural folk. We shall not try to make these people or any of their children into philosophers or men of learning...

Bronze Star Chaplain Urges Exodus from Public Schools

One of the side benefits of engaging in lonely battles of the noble-but-seemingly-lost-cause variety is that one quickly learns one is not so lonely after all. On the contrary, one is reminded that it is precisely those people willing to fight such battles who are the most likely to make a true friend, which is to say that genuine loneliness is ultimately the burden of...

The Conservative Case Against School Choice

For years, many conservatives have argued that the surest path to improving the quality of education is to pressure the public schools into better performance by forcing them to compete for funding with private alternatives. Specifically, the hope has been to allow parents to opt out of public schools and use their share of the state’s education budget on private schooling. Enthusiasts for...