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    Filed at 9:42 am under by dcobranchi

    Tom Smedley, a North Carolina-based writer, offers a spirited defense of homeschooling. Smedley reminds us of the g-schooling’s origins in the Germn military-industrial state:

    When the Prussian government implemented the first truancy laws in the early 1800s, they had to march weeping kids away from their families at bayonet point. This definitely violates the zero aggression principle. Imagine a commodity of so little value that you can’t even give it away; recipients must be forced to partake. And why the application of force? Because the State needs its docile taxpayers and cannon fodder. With characteristic thoroughness, the Prussian state decided to turn 94% of “its” children into those who simply followed orders. Another 4.5% went into the “talented and gifted” programs, receiving an education designed for the janissaries, the professional servitors of the State: accountants, preachers, lawyers, professors, physicians, etc. The children of the ruling elite, the remaining 1.5%, received a traditional education designed to impart flexibility, creativity, and rigorous thinking skills.

    The Prussian system worked like a charm. It led the German people to initiate two world wars and slaughter millions of people. No, that doesn’t mean the holocaust was caused by g-schooling, only that the German people were less likely to resist their goverment’s actions because they were g-schooled.

    3 Responses to “If It’s Good Enough for Prussia…”

    Comment by
    Daryl Cobranchi
    July 26th, 2004
    at 2:11 pm

    Here’s another similar column.

    Comment by
    July 26th, 2004
    at 3:12 pm

    I believe articles like these. Thanks for posting them.

    I read John Gatto. I highly recommend any of his books. The Underground History of American Education tells it like it is.

    I used Samuel Blumenfeld’s – AlphaPhonics, my sons were taught the whole word concept in public schools. They were also taught that if they didn’t know a word to skip over it.

    The Dare program is a farce, starting in Kindergarten the students are taught that drinking and smoking cigarettes is doing drugs. My mom smokes and has an occasional drink. They always enjoyed going to visit her, after they had been indoctrinated, they didn’t want to go visit Grandma; she did drugs.

    Here’s an interesting commentary about the Dare program.


    Comment by
    Tom Smedley
    August 17th, 2004
    at 10:44 am

    Always wonderful to see links to my deathless prose! Thanks!

    BTW — I have 2 kids in college, now, who were homeschooled up to that point. They seem to be thriving and enjoying their lives a lot more than I did at their age!