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 […]

The Founding Fathers of the Public (government) School System in America

Alex Newman has written an excellent article in the February 4th issue of The New American magazine entitled From Educational Excellence To Mediocrity in which he brings up several issues I have also dealt with in the past. He noted that the Puritans in Massachusetts were “outliers in America” in the area of having the […]

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 […]

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 […]