1306. (2-24-2011) (Consider this next comment.)ATJ A general state education is a mere contrivance for moulding [sic] people to be exactly like one another: and the mould [sic] in which it casts them is that which pleases the predominant power in the government, whether this be a monarch, a priesthood, and aristocracy, or the majority of the existing generation; in proportion as it is efficient and successful, it established a despotism over the mind, leading by natural tendency to one over the body.
- John Stuart Mill, 1806-1873 – On Liberty
1308. (2-25-2011) State education, in the countries which adopt [Fiche’s] principles, produces, so far as it is successful, a herd of ignorant fanatics, ready at a word of command to engage in war or persecution as may be required of them. So great is this evil that the world would be a better place (at any rate, in my opinion) if State education had never been inaugurated.
- Bertrand Russell, 1872-1970 – Proceedings of the British Academy
1310. (2-25-2011) It is important to recognize that general education is not solely, and perhaps not even mainly, a matter of communicating knowledge. There is a need for certain common standards of values,….That the United States would not have become such an effective “melting pot” and would probably have faced extremely difficult problems if it had not been for a deliberate policy of “Americanization” through the public school system seems fairly certain.
- Friedrich A. Hayek – The Constitution of Liberty, 1960