The History of American Compulsory Everything
On page 22 of John Taylor Gatto’s a book, entitled “Dumbing Us Down; The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling“, there is a bit of shocking information, and I quote: “Our form of public schooling is an invention of the State of Massachusetts around 1850. It was resisted — sometimes with guns — by an estimated eighty percent of the Massachusetts population, the last outpost in Barnstable on Cape Cod not surrendering its children until the 188o’s, when the area was seized by militia and children marched to school under guard.”
Does anyone besides me wonder why we’re taught about the Boston Tea Party, but not the Barnstable Resistance?? Boston Tea Party vs. King George. Barnstable on Cape Cod vs. State of Massachusetts. Hm. There there’s the constitution, recognizing certain G-d given Rights.
He discusses these same events in “The Underground History of American Education“.
If you want to get involved in getting the government uninvolved in our educational system the following link is a good place to start.
John Taylor Gatto was a teacher in the New York public schools for over 30 years, and has received the New York City Teacher of the Year award and the New York State of the Year award several times over. He makes a distinction between schooling and education. You may be interested in reading the Wikipedia article on him here. He has his own site here.
The assertions in Mr. Gatto’s works are also reflected in the book “Government Nannies; The Cradle-to-GraveAgenda of Goals 2000 & Outcome Based Education” by Cathy Duffy. In the forward of this book, which should cause every red-blooded American to make sure they’re capable of defending themselves against an over-controlling and over-zealous government, Mr. Gatto gives some details on the origins of our form of “education” which isn’t about education as much as it’s about producing a homogenous, easily manipulated and controlled society.
In a related incident, which recently happened in Maryland, another bastion of constitutionally recognized freedom, parents were threatened with $50 per day fines and/or jail time if they didn’t show up at the local courthouse with proof of vaccinations. Seems we’re marching steadily down the path the Powers That Be have decided best for us, with little meaningful, effective opposition on our part.