Category: Death by Education

Meanwhile, back in the cosmos…

Some weeks ago, a student who knows a great deal about my character and interests contacted me with the urgent advice to run outside as quickly as possible, so as not to miss the gorgeous moonrise she was witnessing from a bus across town. Yesterday, the same young woman contacted me with similar urgency, at roughly the same late afternoon hour, to ask,...

New Teacher, Old Teacher

The New Teacher is a dispenser of grades and ranks, an administrator of late modernity’s societal ordering and sorting system — essentially a bureaucrat or accountant. The Old Teacher was a guide of the soul’s desire, channeling a few young people’s restless and potentially self-devouring hunger into a happy and habit-forming quest for timeless and necessary understanding — essentially a lion tamer or...

Lessons We All Learned In School: Lesson 1

If you were educated in a modern school, public or private, secular or religious, for all or most of the period from ages four to eighteen, you learned several thought- and character-altering lessons which you have carried with you throughout your subsequent life. None of these most important lessons are directly related to “school subjects” — you have likely forgotten nearly all of...

Conservatives against private education

One little item came through the transom this week that, while not being particularly revelatory or earth-shattering in itself, was a useful reminder of the so-called American conservative movement’s wayward drift upon a sea of un-principles.  Betsy DeVos, Donald Trump’s secretary of education — a position conservatives used to say should not exist at all — made her semi-annual appearance to pitch for...

Limbo’s Greatest Hits: #9

Back in January 2017, when the Trump administration was shiny and new, and America seemed merely about to devolve into the death throes of unrestrained progressive demagoguery, rather than actually to have done so, one of the fanciful dreams of the cultists and their fellow travelers was that Trump’s brilliant choice for education secretary, Betsy DeVos, was about to set the school universe...

Ancient Common Sense on Education

Every page of the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius offers something profound, something personally challenging, something lovely, or something disputable in the most ennobling sense of the word, namely the sense of engaging the reader in thoughtful discussion with a deeply probing and relentlessly frank mind.  Interestingly, the work — actually a collection of short observations written for himself, rather than for a public...

Progressive Nostalgia — and a Timely Summer Reading Suggestion — from Kamala Harris

For people whose education began and ended in public school, “summer reading” typically means celebrity gossip rags, romance novels, or spy thrillers. For those, however, who somehow salvaged a portion of their minds from the State’s spiritual mass production process, summer is often a great opportunity to dig into more substantial fare, such as that big “difficult” book you’ve been meaning to get...

The Bright Side of Marxist Purity Tribunals

A young man who survived the highly politicized Parkland high school shooting in 2018, but who did not allow the progressive elite to exploit him as part of their anti-gun propaganda campaign (à la David Hogg), has had his acceptance to Harvard University rescinded because once, when he was sixteen years old, he used vulgar and tasteless language in an online chat with...

Hidden Premises Revealed

“From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs.” — Fair enough. I need freedom from coercion and from having all my practical efforts to improve my life and the lives of those around me undermined by hyper-regulation and confiscatory taxation. Do you have the ability to restrain yourself from coercively undermining my efforts? “Every child has the right to...

The Case Against Public Education at age two-and-a-half!

The family, which loves its child, is calibrated to guide that child out of his dependent condition and into mature adulthood. The state, which loves its power, is calibrated to prevent that development from occurring. That is why Dewey, like Fichte and all other progressive advocates of compulsory schooling, ultimately sees the family as an enemy. And that is why such men have...