The primary purpose of schools is being debated throughout our country. This discussion came about primarily because of the school lockdowns and parents and the public in general were alerted to what the schools were teaching.
The purpose of schooling has is viewed differently in different societies. The politics of the government dictates what the purpose will be. If the political climate is for big-centralized government that dictates how people must live their lives, choices they must make, and how they must think and speak, the primary purpose is to indoctrinate. If the political climate is for freedom and liberty, the primary purpose is to educate.
The United States was founded as a republic with a very limited government and protected liberties, or we were founded on the principle of freedom and liberty. The founding fathers had much to say about education.
“Illuminate, as far as practicable, the minds of the people at large, and more especially to give them knowledge of those facts, which history exhibiteth, that, possessed thereby of the experience of other ages and countries, they may be enabled to know ambition under all its shapes, and prompt to exert their natural powers to defeat its purposes.” Thomas Jefferson
“It is favourable to liberty. Freedom can exist only in the society of knowledge. Without learning, men are incapable of knowing their rights, and where learning is confined to a few people, liberty can be neither equal nor universal.”
“If virtue and knowledge are diffused among the People, they will never be enslav'd. This will be their great Security.” Samuel Adams,
“It is an object of vast magnitude that systems of education should be adopted and pursued which may not only diffuse a knowledge of the sciences but may implant in the minds of the American youth the principles of virtue and of liberty and inspire them with just and liberal ideas of government and with an inviolable attachment to their own country.” Noah Webster
The common thread of education is knowledge and virtue. This, we are told is critical to freedom.
Those who support control of the state over the lives of the people understand that in order to control the lives of people they must control the minds. Lenin told us, “Give me just one generation of youth, and I'll transform the whole world.”
Lenin also told us, “Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted.”
Indoctrination is the opposite of education. Education teaches one how to think and indoctrination is defined as the process of repeating an idea or belief to someone until they accept it without criticism or question.
This is why Marx told us, “the education of all children from the moment they can get along without a mother’s care, shall be in a state institution.”
The American left, like all communists, is determined to destroy the core family unit. It is the belief of the left that parents, and churches cannot, must not have any influence over the minds of the children.
Freedom will always demand education. Tyranny will always demand indoctrination. The purpose of the school is determined by whether you believe in freedom, or you believe in tyranny, whether you advocate for limited government and protected liberty, or if you advocate for big-centralized government and rationed liberty.
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