Sunday, July 02, 2006

Education as scam

Roem Topatimasang said that school is opium (Sekolah itu Candu). John Taylor Gatto, however, brings it up a notch by arguing that the whole US education system is a scam, "designed to keep us uneducated and docile," and "remains unchanged to this day."

Here are some quotes from those who designed such system in the late 19800s and early 1900s:
We believe that education is one of the principal causes of discontent of late years manifesting itself among the laboring classes. (The Senate Committee on Education, 1888)

Every teacher should realize he is a social servant set apart for the maintenance of the proper social order and the securing of the right social growth. (John Dewey, 1897)

[schools should be factories]... "in which raw products, children, are to be shaped and formed into finished products...manufactured like nails, and the specifications for manufacturing will come from government and industry." (Elwood Cubberly—the future Dean of Education at Stanford, 1905)

In our dreams...people yield themselves with perfect docility to our molding hands... (Rockefeller Education Board—which funded the creation of numerous public schools, 1906).
The book is freely downloadable from here.

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