Category: Death by Education

Read The Case Against Public Education Now!

The men described above are only a very small sample of like figures in the modern history of the Anglo-American world…. What do they all have in common? At least three things, to begin with: a complete lack of public school socialization, a dearth of government-standardized testing, and a total privation of state-trained teachers. From “Compulsory Mass Retardation,” in The Case...

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...

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....

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...

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....

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...

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...

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 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...

Excited About Betsy DeVos for Education Secretary?

After more than a century of full-scale progressive indoctrination through compulsory schools, mass entertainment, and the crony corporatist elite’s non-stop “Government-is-the-answer” propaganda machine, people who claim to be political conservatives have, sadly but understandably, lost their bearings on many important issues. No issue is more indicative of the way basically good, principled people can become unmoored from their own principles...