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H.L Menken on education. Still true.
« on: October 06, 2013, 11:18:44 AM »


That erroneous assumption is to the effect that the aim of public education is


to fill the young of the species with knowledge and awaken their intelligence,

and so make them fit to discharge the duties of citizenship in an enlightened

and independent manner.  Nothing could be further from the truth. The aim of

public education is not to spread enlightenment at all, it is simply to reduce

as many individuals as possible to the same safe level, to breed and train a

standardized citizenry, to put down dissent and originality. That is its aim in

the United States, whatever the pretensions of politicians, pedagogues and other

such mountebanks, and that is its aim everywhere else.  H L. Mencken

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Re: H.L Menken on education. Still true.
« Reply #1 on: October 06, 2013, 11:58:18 AM »
Absolutely spot on true!

They want Rouseauvian lemmings and certainly NOT intelligent citizens capable of independent thought and analysis!
“It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere.” —Voltaire


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