Words & Deeds

And so we begin… What we begin this day, is the culmination of a nearly 20 year-long project by Kettle Moraine Publications, which includes the intellectual battle which led to the formation of the Law of the Land – our Constitution! In addition, we will be publishing those papers and proclamations which came before, including […]

What If America Didn’t Have Public Schools?

Imagining an entirely different educational system reveals some strengths—and flaws—of the current one. On a crisp fall morning, parents lined the school’s circular driveway in Audis, BMWs and Land Rovers, among other luxury SUVs, to drop their high-schoolers off at Detroit Country Day School. Dressed in uniforms—boys in button-down shirts, blazers with the school crest, […]

Yes, Parents Are Capable of Choosing How Their Children Should Be Educated

At the heart of debates around education freedom and school choice is the subtle but sinister sentiment that parents can’t be trusted. They are too busy, too poor, or too ignorant to make the right decisions for their kids, and others know better how to raise and educate children. Never mind that parents have successfully […]

They Call Me MISTER Gatto

The following essay was originally published in the Fall ’91 issue of Whole Earth Review. It finally clarified for many, why American school is such a spirit-crushing experience, and suggested what to do about it. Before reading, please set your irony detector to the on position. If you find yourself inclined to dismiss the below […]

The History and Results of America’s Disastrous Public School System

The earliest ancestor to our system of government-mandated schooling comes from 16th-century Germany. ~ Part I ~ While it’s almost universally understood that the American school system is underperforming, “reform,” too, is almost universally prescribed as the solution. Yet in other walks of life, bad ideas are not reformed—they are eliminated and replaced with better […]

John Taylor Gatto (1935-2018)

Remembering America’s Most Courageous Teacher It is with a heavy heart that we mourn the passing of a revolutionary educator, John Taylor Gatto. Gatto spent nearly 30 years as a teacher in the infamously rough New York City public school system. He was awarded New York City Teacher of the Year three consecutive years while […]

How John Dewey ‘Deadened the Souls‘ of America’s Children

If Horace Mann set out education’s goals, it was John Dewey who provided the progressive methodology. The story of American public education begins with Horace Mann. It was Mann who popularized the idea that American schools should teach all students, be non-sectarian, and tax-supported. A little less than a half-century passed between Mann’s death and […]

Indoctrination in American Schools: How bad is it?

We were warned over 175 years ago that education could become a tool of indoctrination. Now it is undeniably being used as such. The father of America’s public education system, Horace Mann, famously quipped: “Men are cast-iron, but children are wax.” Mann knew that education was never a “value-neutral” proposition. It has always been and […]

Homeschool is Booming, New Study Shows

New data compiled by a Boston-based a public policy group reveals that homeschooling has gained in popularity and reach in recent decades. A report issued this week by The Pioneer Institute, a Boston-based a public policy think tank, sheds light on the rapid growth and diversity of the U.S. homeschooling population. Co-authored by William Heuer […]

Benson: Socialist Teachers Unions

The National Education Association meets every year for a big national convention in some city or other and teachers from all over the country show up for this event. An agenda is usually presented showing all the things nationally that the NEA is either for or against. In the past several years they have presented […]

The Art of Teaching

Publisher’s Note: At Metropolis Café, we are fans of neither Horace Mann nor John Dewey. Although Mann had some interesting opinions (and some were damned good), the direction of both of these individuals – were of a Socialistic bent toward Indoctrination – not Education. ~ J.B. Getting your picture on a U.S. stamp, even a […]

The Government School System and John Dewey

Part I ~ Comrade Dewey and Cultural Genocide Cultural genocide, the planned and willful destruction of a culture (in this case a Christian culture), is accomplished in many ways. The orchestrated destruction of a culture is accomplished by the tearing down of the flags and symbols of that culture and the destruction of its historical […]