Mencken Break!

“The most erroneous assumption is to the effect that the aim of public education is to fill the young of the species with knowledge and awaken their intelligence, and so make them fit to discharge the duties of citizenship in an enlightened and independent manner. Nothing could be further from the truth. The aim of public education is not to spread enlightenment at all; it is simply to reduce as many individuals as possible to the same safe level, to breed and train a standardized citizenry, to put down dissent and originality. That is its aim in the United States, whatever the pretensions of politicians, pedagogues and other such mountebanks, and that is its aim everywhere else.”

5 Responses to “Mencken Break!”

  1. Pitt says:

    What, did they get Lenin drunk at a party and ask him about schools?

  2. Pitt says:

    Mencken was an….interesting man.

  3. matt says:

    He’s one of your fellow Bawlmerans, as I recall.

  4. BrianN says:

    He’s giving the education system way to much credit for having some sort of centralized administration with a purpose. I think the real objective of education is to get teachers home to a martini, principals some quiet time, superintendants out of the newspapers and school board members and mayors re-elected.

  5. Pitt says:

    So the B-more public schools are now hitting principals with Performance Improvement…another word that starts with a “P” to create the acronym “PIP” because of extreme absenteeism. Because, you know, it’s the principals’ responsibility to get kids to school every day (facepalm).

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