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    Public High School Students Answer History Questions. Can It Be This Bad?

    Public High School Students Answer History Questions. Can It Be This Bad?

    Written by Gary North on February 9, 2012

    Maybe you have seen Jay Leno’s segments, “Jaywalking.” He asks questions of people in the street. Here, a high school student asks his peers some questions.

    As with “Jaywalking,” the editors cherry-picked the choice ones. But these were not faked.

    This raises some questions.

    How much responsibility for these poor results falls on the shoulders of the educators who have repeatedly exposed students to this factual material every year since the first grade?

    How much responsibility for these poor results should be placed squarely upon the individual students and their parents’ unwillingness to take their child’s education seriously due to its compulsory, tax-funded nature rather than as an ultimate responsibility of the parents?

    So where do we begin to look for serious answers to these questions?

    Here are the incomparable trio of books on the history of tax supported, compulsory government schooling with which every informed and educated person should be familiar:

    Murray N. Rothbard, Education: Free and Compulsory

    Samuel L. Blumenfeld, Is Public Education Necessary?

    John Taylor Gatto, The Underground History of American Education: A School Teacher’s Intimate Investigation Into The Problem of Modern Schools

    Chapter 1: The Way It Used To Be
    Chapter 2: An Angry Look At Modern Schooling
    Chapter 3: Eyeless In Gaza
    Chapter 4: I Quit, I Think
    Chapter 5: True Believers and the Unspeakable Chautauqua
    Chapter 6: The Lure of Utopia
    Chapter 7: The Prussian Connection
    Chapter 8: A Coal-Fired Dream World
    Chapter 9: The Cult of Scientific Management
    Chapter 10: My Green River
    Chapter 11: The Crunch
    Chapter 12: Daughters of the Barons of Runnymede
    Chapter 13: The Empty Child
    Chapter 14: Absolute Absolution
    Chapter 15: The Psychopathology of Everyday Schooling
    Chapter 16: A Conspiracy Against Ourselves
    Chapter 17: The Politics of Schooling
    Chapter 18: Breaking Out of the Trap

    For the record, the author John Taylor Gatto is a retired American school teacher with nearly 30 years’ experience in the classroom, and has written several best-selling books on education. He was named New York City Teacher of the Year in 1989, 1990, and 1991, and New York State Teacher of the Year in 1991.

    More at this link:
    An Open Letter to My Colleagues in Education by Charles A. Burris

    Public High School Students Answer History Questions. Can It Be This Bad?

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