Writes Stuart Stevenson:
The organized activities at the public schools are designed to produce docile, obedient slaves subservient to their obvious superiors (the government and its lackeys). I was indoctrinated (notice I did not say educated) in the public schools in Kansas. I now see and feel how this is done. A rule book for everyone and every activity. An absolute authority at all times. No time to teach independent thought. No time to encourage individuality as the greater good of society needs your cooperation. Maintain control of everything at all times. Expect immediate and UNQUESTIONED response to authoritarian commands and concepts.
Teachers: provided by the state — infallible and NOT to be questioned — question the teacher and get detention or expulsion;
Sports umpires, referees, and such: provided by the state — infallible and NOT to be questioned — give the ref a dirty look and get kicked out of the game;
Books: provided by the state — infallible and NOT to be questioned — question the book and flunk the class;
Police: now in halls — provided by the state — infallible and NOT to be questioned — give the police a dirty look and get tasered.
UPDATE from Robert Katz:
"The purpose of Compulsory Education is to deprive the common people of their commonsense." - G. K. Chesterton
UPDATE from Don Cooper:
I was just dumbfounded the other day when I went to my daughter's elementary school for lunch with her. The school was playing music on the cafeteria loudspeaker, so the kids being kids and always wanting to talk over each other, were talking even louder than usual.
The principal comes into the cafeteria - full with some 200 elementary school kids - claps her hands twice, which evoked a pavlovian double-clap by the kids followed by an eerie complete silence.
That was really odd to watch. Don't tell me public school isn't brainwashing. What else would you call that?
And here's what a friend, who just took her daughter out of public school, and put her in a private school, just wrote me:
"My daughter's public school use to silence kids by the teacher raising her hand and the kids then raised their hands and they knew it meant to be quiet. All along the same lines of walking single file, hands at their sides, heads facing forward and lips closed. Mini-soldiers. This is why I love the private school. They NEVER line up to go anywhere. they are expected to be quiet in the hallways to respect other classrooms but the kids walk in mobs and converse at a reasonable volume. I believe that kids learn to respect by being respected."