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 […]

Benson: Kindergarten’s Socialist Origins

Most schools today, both public and private have kindergartens. They have become an accepted part of educational life in this country and others as well. This was not always so. When I first attended public school, way back in the mid-1940s, there was no kindergarten where I went. Although some schools undoubtedly had them, all […]

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 […]