Sem grandes comentários a este post, deixo o que têm sido algumas das comunicações de pessoas com peso na condução da educação americana.
“We want one class to have a liberal education. We want another class, a very much larger class of necessity, to forgo the privilege of a liberal education and fit themselves to perform specific difficult manual tasks.” – Woodrow Wilson speech to businessmen before the First World War
“The first meeting of the “Education Trust” including representatives of Rockefeller, Carnegie, Harvard, Stanford, the University of Chicago and the National Education Association, (…) was to “impose” on the young the ideal of subordination”, wrote the Bristish evolucionist Benjamin Kidd in 1918.
“Designing Education, produced by the Education Department, redefined the term “Education” after the Prussian fashion as a “Means to achieve important economic and social goals of a national character””.
“In Thorndike’s memorable words, conditions for controlled selective breeding had to be set up before the new American proletariat took things into their own hands”.
“In our dream… people yeld themselves with perfect docility to our molding hands. The present educational conventions [intellectual and character education] fade from our minds, and unhampered by tradition we work our own good will upon a grateful and responsive folk. We shall not try to make these people or any of their children into philosophers or men of learning or men of science. We have not to raise up from among them authors, educators, poets or men letters. We shall not search for embryo great artist, painters, musicians, nor lawyers, doctors, preachers, politicians, statesmen, of whom we have ample supply. The task we set before ourselves is very simple…we will organize children…and teach them to do in perfect way the things their fathers and mothers are doing in an imperfect way.” – An excert from the first mission statement of Rockefeller’s General Education Board as it occurred in a document called Occaasional Letter Number One (1906).
“The great purpose of school can be realized better in dark, airless, ugly places… It is to master the physical self, to transcend the beauty of nature. School should develop the power to withdraw from the external world.” – The Philosophy of Education (1906)
“School produces mental perversion and absolute stupidity.” – Vincent Youman, World-Famous American Physician and Academic (1867)
“According to Inglis, the first function of schooling is ADJUSTIVE, establishing fixed habits of reaction to authority”.
“[We are producing] more and more people who will be dissatisfied because the artificially prolonged time of formal schooling will arouse in them hopes which society cannot fulfill” – Robert Ulich, Proeminent Harvard Professor (1961)
“Once privy to ideas like those entertained by Inglis, (…),Ulich, (…), most contemporary public school debate becomes nonsense. Without addressing philosophies and policies which sentence the largest part of our people to lives devoid of meaning, we might be better off not discussing school at all”. –Everything You Know Is Wrong
Este post foi feito com base no livro Everything You Know is WRONG – The disformation guide to secrets and lies – Edited by Russ Kick, secção “Some lessons from the Underground history of American education” – John Taylor Gatto