Almost A Moment Of Despondency
Yesterday evening, I begin my walk to home from the employer. A trio of hispanic high-school boys approach and ask if I'd like to buy an IPad. A quick glance and I realize that it's well used - most likely stolen from someone at the nearby North Dallas High School. I decline the offer to purchase the IPad.
What possesses a 15-year-old to become a thief, particularly from someone he knows? Perhaps only one of the three was the perpetrator of the crime but the two companions were knowledgeable.
Hopefully, all three of these lads will abandon their larcenous ways as they mature or each of them will eventually be destroyed by his own life.
"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...Their purpose, in brief, is to make docile and patriotic citizens, to pile up majorities, and to make John Doe and Richard Doe as nearly alike, in their everyday reactions and ways of thinking, as possible." -- H. L. Mencken (1880-1956) American Journalist, Editor, Essayist, Linguist, Lexicographer, and Critic
"A general State education is a mere contrivance for molding people to be exactly like one another; and as the mold in which it casts them is that which pleases the dominant power in the government, whether this be a monarch, an aristocracy, or a majority of the existing generation; in proportion as it is efficient and successful, it establishes a despotism over the mind, leading by a natural tendency to one over the body."
-- John Stuart Mill (1806-1873) English philosopher and economist
"In the hands of the state, compulsory public education becomes a tool for political control and manipulation -- a prime instrument for the thought police of the society. And precisely because every child passes through the same indoctrination process -- learning the same "official history," the same "civic virtues," the same lessons of obedience and loyalty to the state -- it becomes extremely difficult for the independent soul to free himself from the straight-jacket of the ideology and values the political authorities wish to imprint upon the population under its jurisdiction. For the communists, it was the class struggle and obedience to the Party and Comrade Stalin; for the fascists, it was worship of the nation -- state and obedience to the Duce; for the Nazis, it was race purity and obedience to the Fuhrer. The content has varied, but the form has remained the same. Through the institution of compulsory state education, the child is to be molded like wax into the shape desired by the state and its educational elite. We should not believe that because ours is a freer, more democratic society, the same imprinting procedure has not occurred even here, in America. Every generation of school-age children has imprinted upon it a politically correct ideology concerning America's past and the sanctity of the role of the state in society. Practically every child in the public school system learns that the "robber barons" of the 19th century exploited the common working man; that unregulated capitalism needed to be harnessed by enlightened government regulation beginning in the Progressive era at the turn of the century; that wild Wall Street speculation was a primary cause of the Great Depression; that only Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal saved America from catastrophe; and that American intervention in foreign wars has been necessary and inevitable, with the United States government required to be a global leader and an occasional world policeman."
-- Richard M. Eberling (1950- ) Author, Professor of Economics
Source: Introduction to 'Separating School & State: How to Liberate America's Families' (Sheldon Richman, 1994) http://quotes.liberty-tree.ca/quote_blog/Richard.Eberling.Quote.2E61
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None of the taxpayer’s money should be used so that a private organization can gather.
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Q: "I'm going to show love this Christmas" - When might difficulty with this statement arise ??
A: December 26th.
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