Quotes of the day

“For what is meant by saying that a government ought to educate the people? Why should they be educated? What is the education for? Clearly, to fit the people for social life — to make them good citizens. And who is to say what are good citizens? The government: there is no other judge. And who is to say how these good citizens may be made? The government: there is no other judge. Hence the proposition is convertible into this — a government ought to mold children into good citizens, using its own discretion in settling what a good citizen is and how the child may be molded into one.”
— Herbert Spencer
(1820-1903) British author, economist, philosopher
Source: 1850
http://quotes.liberty-tree.ca/quote_blog/Herbert.Spencer.Quote.578A

“Far from failing in its intended task, our educational system is in fact
succeeding magnificently, because its aim is to keep the American people
thoughtless enough to go on supporting the system.”
— Richard Mitchell
Source: The Underground Grammarian
http://quotes.liberty-tree.ca/quote_blog/Richard.Mitchell.Quote.57D4

“Why is it that millions of children who are pushouts or dropouts amount to
business as usual in the public schools, while one family educating a child at
home becomes a major threat to universal public education and the survival of
democracy?”
— Stephen Arons
Source: Compelling Belief: The Culture of American Schooling
http://quotes.liberty-tree.ca/quote_blog/Stephen.Arons.Quote.57EB

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One response to “Quotes of the day

  1. These “quotes of the day” are really great. Thanks for posting them.