Category: Death by Education

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...

Read The Case Against Public Education Now!

While an American visitor may feel a certain patriotic pride in noting in how many respects an initial impulse came from some progressive school in our own country, he is at once humiliated and stimulated to new endeavor to see how much more organically that idea is incorporated in the Russian system than in our own. — John Dewey, 1929...

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...

Read The Case Against Public Education Now!

We artificially restrain our boys and girls from developing themselves into young adults, so that by the time they reach the proper physical age for leaping headlong into life, they are so ill-suited to do so that they almost crave the fettered boredom of high school as a means of avoiding a world for which they (correctly) feel utterly unprepared....

The Case Against Public Education

Well, my long-promised book, The Case Against Public Education, is here at last. For at least two years, I have been telling anyone who asked that the book would be available “very soon,” “within the next month or so,” or “in the next couple of weeks.” Though those falsehoods were not deliberate lies, I do feel that I owe an explanation to...