Do you still have trouble believing that public education is a snare and a delusion, and has been from the beginning? Are you still cool with having your children educated by these people?
Here is what was actually said 41 years ago by Professor Chester M. Pierce, M.D., Professor of Education and Psychiatry, Harvard. He made this statement at a Childhood International Education Seminar in Denver (source, http://www.aim.org/wls/author/chester-m-pierce/ ).
Every child in America entering school at the age of five is mentally ill because he comes to school with certain allegiances to our Founding Fathers, toward our elected officials, toward his parents, toward a belief in a supernatural being, and toward the sovereignty of this nation as a separate entity. It’s up to you as teachers to make all these sick children well–by creating the international child of the future.
“The international child of the future”–what in the devil’s umbrella stand is that? And “belief in a supernatural being”, to wit, God, is to be “mentally ill”?
Speaking only for myself, I hadn’t yet learned about the Founding Fathers when I was five, except to hear about George Washington and the cherry tree, nor had my mother and father troubled to imbue me with any feeling toward “our elected officials,” although I probably could recognize President Eisenhower when I saw him on TV. So what was this fat-head of a Chester Pierce gabbling about?
Well, he did want to get rid of “the sovereignty of this nation as a separate entity,” didn’t he?
OK–all of you who still believe in public schooling for your children: tell me which of Professor Pierce’s comments are now out of date. Tell me which of his words has been discarded by the public education establishment.
And I’ll tell you something. If Professor Pierce were to address a National Education Assn. convention today, and give the same speech he gave in 1973, using the same words, he would receive a standing ovation.
And by the way, folks: if the education experts think your children come to them “mentally ill,” what do you suppose they think of you as parents?