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quote on compulsory education

     Mark McWhorter, a homeschooling father and gospel preacher, sent me the following item on Sat., Apr 16, 2011.
     “Is it not ironical that in a planned society of controlled workers given compulsory assignments, where religious expression is suppressed, the press controlled, and all media of communication censored, where a puppet government is encouraged but denied any real authority, where great attention is given to efficiency and character reports, and attendance at cultural assemblies is mandatory, where it is avowed that all will be administered to each according to his needs and performance required from each according to his abilities, and where those who flee are tracked down, returned, and punished for trying to escape – in short in the milieu of the typical large American secondary school – we attempt to teach ‘the democratic system’?”
     — Royce Van Norman
     Source: “School Administration: Thoughts on Organization and Purpose,” Phi Delta Kappan 47(1966):315-16
http://quotes.liberty-tree.ca/quote_blog/Royce.Van.Norman.Quote.57C5

     My response:  It’s interesting that at least one person recognizes what the modern school system has become.  As Sean Hannity likes to remind us, the idea that “all will be administered to each according to his needs and performance required from each according to his abilities” is Karl Marx’s very definition of the basis for Communism.  So here is someone admitting that the modern public school system is basically a form of Communism!

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