CFI Skeptics of Eugene Message Board › Regarding public education
|A former member||
Following up on our discussion last night on public education, this is perhaps a cynical quote, but there is truth in it, and it matches my experience in high school. I've always felt I didn't really learn anything until college...
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