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The Role of 'Educators'

Paulus Textor Wrote: Jan 08, 2013 9:20 AM
Thomas Sowell is right again. A particularly interesting author is John Taylor Gatto, New York's Teacher of the Year who quit because he realized he was part of a system that damaged the minds of young people. You can read his Underground History of American Education for free, online. Gatto's thesis boils down to this: the American education system is designed to create, not intelligent, thinking adults, but obedient, authority-worshiping automatons. Gatto cites not only Dewey (as does Sowell), but the astoundingly evil Horace Mann, who imported the authoritarian Prussian school system to America in the 19th century.
Many years ago, as a young man, I read a very interesting book about the rise of the Communists to power in China. In the last chapter, the author tried to explain why and how this had happened.

Among the factors he cited were the country's educators. That struck me as odd, and not very plausible, at the time. But the passing years have made that seem less and less odd, and more and more plausible. Today, I see our own educators playing a similar role in creating a mindset that undermines American society.

Schools were once thought of as places where a...