Five ways schools destroy children’s freedom (and what to do about it)
By Jennifer Lade - January 12, 2018

Parenting for Freedom article series: This is the fourth in a series of articles that analyzes how freedom-loving people can align their parenting with their political philosophy, and how doing so will allow ideas about personal liberty to carry on to the next generation.

If you’re a freedom-loving parent, you’re probably doing all you can to give your children autonomy in their own lives. You’re treating them well in the present. But you’re also looking to the long-term goals of raising self-reliant adults who desire freedom for themselves and others. When your kids are with you, you treat them with respect and love.

But what other influence is undermining your message?

The answer: institutionalized schooling.

By their very design, schools restrict the freedoms of individuals to encourage conformity and obedience. Our public school model has its origin in Prussia, the defunct German kingdom that promoted universal schooling beginning in the late 17th century. The goal was not education, but social engineering. Dr. Peter Gray, a research professor of psychology at Boston College, wrote in his book, Free to Learn:

“The primary educational concern of leaders in government and industry was not to make people literate, but to gain control over what people read, what they thought, and how they behaved. Secular leaders in education promoted the idea that if the state controlled the schools, and if children were required by law to attend those schools, then the state could shape each new generation of citizens into ideal patriots and workers.”(p. 60)

Throughout the 19th century, countries across Europe enacted compulsory education in state-run institutions. In America, it all started in my home state of Massachusetts with Horace Mann. In 1852 he led the charge to require attendance in “free” community schools for all children ages 8 to 14 for at least 12 weeks per year.

Now, with attendance laws requiring more like 36 weeks per year for children ages 6 to 16, schools have much more time to destroy a child’s freedom. Here are five ways they do it.

  1. Compulsory attendance. I’ve already addressed this, but it bears repeating. Children are by law forced to go to school and have no choice in the matter. They are effectively prisoners in their institution for 30 hours each week, subject to truancy charges if they miss too many days of school. That makes everything else they are subject to in school even more egregious, since a child cannot opt out of the system without support from a parent.


  1. They cannot choose what to study. There is little room for individual preferences in schools, where standardization of content is key. John Taylor Gatto was New York State Teacher of the Year in 1991, but later resigned and became a vocal critic of schools. In his essay “The Six Lesson Schoolteacher,” Gatto says that schools teach children to be dependent on others to deliver knowledge to them, rather than seeking out knowledge themselves:

. . . I determine what curriculum you will study. (Rather, I enforce decisions transmitted by the people who pay me). This power lets me separate good kids from bad kids instantly. Good kids do the tasks I appoint with a minimum of conflict and a decent show of enthusiasm. Of the millions of things of value to learn, I decide what few we have time for. The choices are mine. Curiosity has no important place in my work, only conformity.”


  1. Forced association. There is no escape from the other students in a child’s class or from the teacher. Each child must remain in his classroom. He must speak when spoken to by the teacher and other authority figures. And he must work with other students when instructed to. While educators bemoan the incessant bullying among students, the young victims have nowhere to run.


  1. Lack of bodily autonomy. Children in schools are subject to the whims of authority figures in matters concerning their own body. They must ask permission to go to the bathroom; there is a certain time for eating, talking, and working. They can be punished for getting up from their seat or for socializing with a peer.


  1. Their property is not their own. Schools claim the right to search students’ backpacks and lockers, and to confiscate items they deem illicit.

The public school system is the worst example of these freedom-sapping practices because it has the added distinction of being funded by theft — taxation. But many private schools also follow a similar structure. One “expert,” the teacher, delivers information to the captive students. Their job is to sit, listen, and parrot back the information to prove they have learned. Those who fail to comply will face punishment.

Troubling results

What are the results of this schooling? According to Gray, young people feel less in control of their lives than in any other point in recent history. The Internal-External Locus of Control Scale measures this perception.  Developed by psychologist Julien Rotter in the 1950s, the scale determines whether people believe they mostly control what happens to them in life (internal locus of control) or whether it is external forces (external locus of control). Between 1960 to 2002, children and college students were increasingly likely to believe in an external locus of control. The average young person in 2002 was more external-leaning than 80 percent of youths in the 1960s.

Gray attributes this to a decline in free play among children. Among the reasons? Longer school hours starting at younger ages, more homework, and more adult-led extracurriculars. Gray also notes that mental illness and suicide among children are skyrocketing. Since 1950, the U.S. rate of suicide for children under 15 has quadrupled. He says that this troubling finding makes sense. Anxiety and depression correlates with a person’s feeling of not having control over his or her life.

Gray says:

“”We have created a world in which children must suppress their natural instincts to take charge of their own education and, instead, mindlessly follow paths to nowhere laid out for them by adults. We have created a world that is literally driving many young people crazy and leaving many others unable to develop the confidence and skills required for adult responsibility.” (p.19)

Children who spend their youth in institutionalized schools can only grow up to be freedom-loving the way a moth loves a fire. They are attracted to its light but are so unfamiliar with it that they risk their own destruction by approaching it.

If we want our children to grow up to desire freedom and use it constructively, they have to practice using it as a kid. If we want them to respect the freedom of others, we have to respect their freedom.

So often, adults perpetuate the mistreatment done to them as a child. The abused son grows up to hit his own kids; the daughter of an alcoholic develops a drinking problem herself. This is true on an individual level, but also on a societal level. The generations of adults alive today mostly attended public schools where they had little freedom. Then they foisted the same misery on their children, because they, like so many well-schooled people, learned the lessons of conformity and obedience. Going to school is what the authorities demand. It must be necessary for a happy, successful life.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. We can break the cycle.

What to do instead

How do you reclaim freedom for your children? First, ask them if they want to be in school. If they say no, get them out.

Gatto believed homeschooling was the best alternative to institutionalized schooling when he wrote his “Six Lesson Schoolteacher” essay. But at the time, he wasn’t too hopeful about its chances.

“But the near impossibility of these things for the shattered families of the poor, and for too many on the fringes of the economic middle class, foretell that the disaster of Six-Lesson Schools is likely to continue,” he says despairingly.

I imagine he is more sanguine now, as homeschooling is likely the fastest-growing form of education in the United States. According to the National Home Education Research Institute, the number of homeschooled children is growing at a rate of 2 to 8 percent per year.

Approximately 2.3 million children are homeschooled, and your child could be one of them. If you try homeschooling, don’t jump right into a boxed curriculum to recreate “school at home.” Give your child time and space to enjoy the freedom he or she could never experience in school.

Another option is an alternative school. These are growing in popularity and can provide supervision for children while giving them autonomy. Gray extols Sudbury Valley School in Framingham, Massachusetts, which his own son attended. At the school, there are no classes or curriculum. Students are free to use the buildings and grounds to explore and learn, without a single lesson forced on them. The school was the first of its kind when it was founded in 1968, but many schools across the country have followed its model.

Gray says his study of adults who attended Sudbury Valley School as children show they have no problem earning a living or functioning in society. They freed themselves from the institutions that purported to be necessary for “success” in life. Yet despite — or because of — their lack of schooling, they are doing well.

Gray says graduates report success in four areas in particular, which they attribute to their time at the school. They are: being responsible and self-directed; having high motivation in further education and careers; having unique skills and deep knowledge; and having a lack of fear of authority figures (Free to Learn, p. 94-96).

The Alliance for Self-Directed Education, is compiling a resource directory to help freedom-loving parents and their kids find the perfect fit for them. The database will include schools, co-ops, camps, makerspaces, adventure playgrounds and other resources that support self-directed education.

Some kids enjoy school, and they might even learn something there. But the knowledge gained comes at a cost of 13,000 hours of childhood. Those are 13,000 lessons that what a child wants to do, what he or she deems worthy of time and study, is not as important as what the state demands. For alternative schooling families, or for homeschooling families like my own, our children’s freedom is more important.

Read: 6 ways children would thrive in a voluntary society.


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  • lulu

    Are you kidding me? Instead of the community repressing the child by its rules etc, the parent who home schools does and often it is much worse as there is no accountability. Furthermore, perhaps not in all ways, but the system has changed considerably. There is choice and freedom With a degree of expectation in behaviour and learning materials. Most districts in Canada have alternative school options. What does the home schooling parent do with the learning challenged? Autistic? Etc? School as we know it may not be for all kids, but let us not forget the cohesion it helps bring to society and the understanding of what it’s participants represent for greater society. No doubt improvements are possible but it seems to me home schoolers and alternative schools follow prescribed curriculum.

    • jackw97224

      Mixed message. Why should anyone be forced to comply with government bias as to education? The success of home schooling is well documented.

      • lulu

        Everyone does not have to. I did not say so. The success of home schooling in what regard successful? Successful in fulfilling prescribed curriculum goals prescribed by governments? Curriculum is government biased. Everything is biased. The Daily Bell is biased.

        • jackw97224

          So do you believe that government should have the power to force one to enter public schools? Yes or No? Do you believe that government should have the power to take one’s wealth via taxation to fund public schools? Yes or No?

          • lulu

            No and Not really but then we are entering into a different societal structure. It would be hard to change one part without reorganizing the whole. What about health care? Roads? Rescue? etc?

          • jackw97224

            So lulu, sounds like first you admit that government should not force us to behave but then you open the door to such use of force. As I said, you evidence mixed message.

          • lulu

            That is because, as I already implied here somewhere, we are living in a society which has evolved to utilize the government in a variety of ways. Some of them we approve of and some we do not. No one has said there should be no collective use of resources for purposes which find common ground. This has been an attack on education in principally the public system which by my point of view has often enough not only been dealt an unfair hand but also has often proved superior to other methods of ‘educating.’ If you want to change the entire system then fine! But don’t isolate education and forget other components that might kill us all. It makes no sense to rant on about schooling when you don’t need to accept the public system. If you want to complain about tax dollars then try military funding or any other number of thefts by government to serve vested interests.

          • jackw97224

            lulu, there is no such thing as a “good” excuse. Claiming “evolution” of “education” and government justifies the use of political power to impose one’s opinions and beliefs begs the question: By what moral right? Indeed, the mistake of government control of education is manifest but it is also a fact that it is symptomatic of the evil of political wickedness and not itself the root cause. The evil is in politics and in politicians as they use violence, aggression and force to impose their beliefs and people who vote to sanction such violence are fanning the holocaust of their freedoms.

          • lulu

            Nothing justified anything, rather it just is. The evil is in the politics yes, be it through monarchs, republics, tribes,gangs or nasty corporations. I am not sure there is escape. My point regarding evolution to any given organizational structure is that within any group, natural hierarchies occur which are prone to dictatorial and oppressive control structures. It seems that maybe you are saying that until this happens in the course of cyclical patterns, we are better off with as open a society as possible. I agree but have difficulty seeing it function.

          • jackw97224

            Because people have been living on the plantation state as stinkin’ slaves to politicians/masters and overseers/enforcers/judges, they have no experience of living without political/dictatorial/oppressive government. Fear of the unknown is paralyzing; I hear so often from people that absence of political government can’t work; it is evident that there has been a loss of independent, self sufficiency and a collapse into dependency. The spirit of of the colonists has been excised from Amerikans by political power acting in consort with the money powers and the support of the MSM. Amerika must be economically destroyed and even then I suspect that aftermath will be worse.

          • lulu

            Yes. Basically that makes sense. A few examples of successful communities such as some on islands or in semi remote areas have learned to function although the state does intervene or rear its ugly head in many controlling ways.
            I keep waiting for the economic collapse but somehow the manipulators have kept the fiat money rolling to their advantage.
            Do you know of other interesting forums on this general topic?

          • lulu

            no and I don’t believe the government should have the power to take one’s wealth to fund war…

          • jackw97224

            May I suggest the following for research:

            Away From Freedom by Vervon Orval Watts
            The Zero Aggression Project on the WWW
            Economics in One Lesson by Henry Hazlitt
            The No Sate Project on YouTube.

          • lulu

            Ok. I will start with YouTube which in itself is another matter.

    • Earn nest

      I believe you might very well be the product of which the article is addressed. And no, you are not being kidded.

      • RED


        • lulu

          Read the comment above. As well, one event or situation that was crappy does not undermine the entirety or we are completely doomed not just in education but in everything. Reality helps.

          • RED

            Your response is highly predictable.
            The main issue with “public education” is that it has been corrupted by “Cultural Marxism”!. Most of the public high school teachers I encountered in the “public school system” are apparent “Liberal Airheads” who do not even know their own subject matter…..but that’s okay….they learn how to “present”! The politics present in the high schools with which I have interfaced create total corruption! The “teachers” main concern is enhancement of their union benefit package.
            I coached my own children outside of the high school curriculum to make certain that they were properly educated in Science and the Arts. They are now properly “armed” to thrive in college.
            Total examination of this subject is beyond the purview of this forum, but I remain unimpressed by any of your self serving rhetoric.

          • lulu

            So is yours predictable by using one situation to evaluate a broad situation. I am sure you did a great job and so do many. Finally, elementary school is the test and where most learning happens. There are always bad teachers, lawyers, and home schoolers.

          • RED

            So….struck a nerve huh? You are revealing your true nature!
            The issues with the public school system are not “isolated”; they are a well documented Institutional problem!

          • lulu

            No nerve re education. All nerves a jangle looking at all aspects of life and living.
            Send me the document references.
            Many here commenting seem to be on band wagons trying to make a fight out of everything from a narrow way of understanding the world. If my true nature is so easily revealed, then perhaps trying to look at the broadest picture possible instead of harping endlessly on a narrow perspective which may in fact be part of the overall problem is a good true nature to have.

          • RED

            Your remonstrations are highly presumptuous and factually incorrect. Your childish “tit for tat” ranting is simply not worthy of any further discussion. There are decades of documentation if you care to educate yourself. I don’t have time to educate you!

          • lulu

            Documentations are what you brought up not I. Those I know are quite specific and selective. Tat for tit and vice versa. You seem not to value debate.

          • RED

            I simply stated that voluminous documentation is available. I also stated that thorough discussion is beyond the scope and purview of this forum. Based upon your apparent demeanor, you are not interested in real debate and clearly you have too much time on your hands.
            Engage in OBJECTIVE RESEARCH and learn!

          • lulu

            based upon yours you wish to preach to the choir.

          • lulu

            Why do you presume it self serving on my part any more than you on yours?

      • Bombaste Von Hohenheim

        My thoughts exactly… And still in the States it’s not as bad as in Europe.. I’m an American but I was born in France in the 50’s (yeah I’m that old) and in French schools it was worse, I got punished for wearing jeans (they were cheap at the PX) and for eating peanut butter sandwiches .. no jokes.

        • lulu

          French schools are Catholic, no? Totally different. Same in Quebec.
          BC schools are for the most part very open, multicultural, accepting and from my observations better equipped for life than home or private schooled. There is more freedom than you imagine although not perfect, but what in this world is.

          • Col. Edward H. R. Green

            ” from my observations their students are better equipped for life than home or private schooled.”

            Bald Assertion Fallacy based upon your subjective, state-biased, and extremely limited observations. You certainly did not objectively and extensively observe ALL home or private schools in BC.

      • Anti Everything

        I could not agree more.

        • lulu

          Well read my response above to earn nest.

      • lulu

        And you are not the product of some form of formal education? I have Not said that public education is great nor do I speak for schools in USA but I have seen very bad results from home schooling up close so there is no doubt there are failures all around. Writing off the concept of public education makes no sense. As well, home schooling is very restrictive as obviously it is limited by the capacities of the home schoolers, many of whom form alliances with others thereby evolving to what they run away from.

        • “Writing off the concept of public education makes no sense.” – lulu

          Yes, yet writing off the concept of public indoctrination makes perfect sense.

          • lulu

            Agree. Public indoctrination is all around us and we humans seem captive. Personally I doubt education is our biggest villain. Entertainment, religion, corporate monopolies, etc.

          • You keep calling indoctrination education. Schooling is not education.

            While indoctrination is reinforced by TV, religion, and mercantilism, the public indoctrination by our “school” system is the source of the public belief in authoritarianism by force.

            At an early age public indoctrination camps (schools) force young people to go to their institution to obey authority or else pay the consequences. They are forced to sit down, shut up and listen, right after they say their “pledge of allegiance”, salute the military, and befriend the police who demonstrate that an authoritarian police state is superior to natural human rights. Public indoctrination is all about force. The world would be a much more peaceful place if everybody didn’t have to obey authorities in costumes (uniforms).

          • lulu

            Not so in any schools around here. The USA has gone sideways. I wonder, what would present a standard of behaviour that could be acceptable to all? What is the fate of the children/students whose cupboards are bare or parents themselves are unavailable or not capable? It is easy to criticize and label, but to replace with viable options is complex and a slow process. Call school whatever you like. Include home schooling as a viable option to all the others, but don’t dismiss the place of public education/indoctrination until a viable plan for its replacement is evident. At the moment in the USA it seems that privatizing all that is public is exacerbating what might be seen as a ‘crisis’ in just about everything that has anything to do with the functioning of society when considered as a ‘whole.’

          • I wonder, what would present a standard of behaviour that could be acceptable to all?

            Teach the Golden Rule. Do to others as you would have them do to you.

            If a policeman can ask for your name, address, etc, then the policeman, if s(he) is not evil, would not have a problem if you ask for their personal information as well. No one should be above natural law.

          • lulu

            Golden Rule? Maybe. Not so sure about that either; however, no one should be above natural law. Hmmm, raise Darwin from the grave for that discussion.

          • Col. Edward H. R. Green

            Your fundamental problem is your collectivistic method of “thinking” exemplified by your reference to “society when considered as a ‘whole.’ ”

            There is no such collective entity in reality as “society”, i.e. a superhuman organism that people “secrete”, as it were, when they congregate, that has a life, mind, consciousness, will, and “rights” of its own.

            Only individual human beings exist. only individual human beings function, and they do so optimally when they are free to exercise their legitimate individual rights (self-ownership; personal liberty; peacefully-acquired private property regardless of the type and quantity; privacy; self-defense; keeping and bearing any type and quantiity of arms; freedom of association, non-association, and contract). These rights have their source not in “society” or other non-existing collective organism, not in a metaphysically impossible supernatural being (god), not in government, but in the exclusively human faculties of reason and volition.

            You ask, ” I wonder, what would present a standard of behaviour that could be acceptable to all?”

            The answer is: man’s life, i.e. that which is objectively required for every man’s/woman’s freedom, survival, and well-being, i.e. respect for legitimate individual rights.

            Government violates these rights by force in the form of coercive taxation–a massive act of legalized theft, but theft nonetheless–and by its statist indoctrination masquerading as “education” in its “schools” that its operators force civilians to fund.

            The viable replacement of government in education is truly private and completely voluntarily funded education. Most “private schools” are not truly private because they are government-controlled and receive a part of their funding via coercive taxation. This control and coercion by government must stop, in education, in every other sector of the economy, and in every area of a person’s life.

          • lulu

            Gee. I guess there is no “brother or sister’s keeper” either unless we trip over them. I think by what you say that the government should be us.

    • Jen Lade

      The alternative school I mentioned in the article does not have a prescribed curriculum, so the students there are free to direct their own education. And you are correct that homeschools can be just as rigid as public schools. I wish I had elaborated more on the types of homeschooling that are beneficial to children’s freedom, namely, self-directed education, commonly called “unschooling.” But even a rigid homeschool is probably better than school, because at home, the person deciding on the content, the parent, knows and loves the children they are teaching. The state cannot know each child as an individual.

      • lulu

        Well in general you may be correct but elementary school teachers have very intimate relationships with students while Inner city schools give deprived children both breakfast and lunch. I am not sure the ‘underpriviledged’ would fare well without public education although many school districts run poorly and without funding certainly are no help to anyone. The world is a mess and I can’t envision home schooling as the cure.

        • Col. Edward H. R. Green

          The moral superiority of homeschooling over government “schools” consists in their being privately and voluntarily funded .
          No one, including those individuals who comprise “the underprivileged” have a legitimate right to other people’s money to pay for their education on the basis of the reality that no person is a slave to any other.

          You reveal a collectivistic method of “thinking” and comfort with coercively-funded government “schools”–and by logical extension, coercively-funded ANYthing that you value–that is the result of your having undergone statist indoctrination that you clearly have not allowed yourself to critically examine and renounce.

          • lulu

            Maybe collectivist thinking but not comfort with coercively funded schools. However, a free for all appears to finally end up with coercion and thus we have evolved.

  • Alan777

    Institutionalized learned wouldn’t be so bad if they simply taught reading, writing, arithmetic, and perhaps some other basic skills like in the old days. Instead the public schools are creating social justice warriors with no basis in factual history and who have very few useful skills besides being quick of finger for their texting or other social media activities.

    • Bombaste Von Hohenheim

      Logic and reasoning would be a good addition to it

    • Col. Edward H. R. Green

      “Institutionalized learned wouldn’t be so bad if they simply taught reading, writing, arithmetic, and perhaps some other basic skills like in the old days.”

      It is not at all necessary to have government involved (institutionalized learned” [sic]) in any type or level of education. The “3 Rs” can be taught effectively and inexpensively in a privately and voluntarily funded community school, or (my preference) in a homeschool.

      • Alan777

        I agree with you. Government shouldn’t be involved at all.

  • disqus_iv8ueNIwAu

    Might want to read Behavioral Science Teacher Education Project

  • Anti Everything

    Public miseducation has done, and is doing, exactly what it was designed to do. We live in a society that has BIG TVS(!!!) and no books in the house. Slavery is accepted as ‘normal’, acceptable. It is another ‘one size fits all’ mentality that has been proven to never work. Look at the medical, legal institutions.

  • NobodysaysBOO

    get them OUT before it is to late!!!
    get them a GED and into some type of COLLAGE early to give them a JUMP AHEAD in life!!!

    • Adam Adrian Crown

      I can’t be sure if “collage” is a sloppy typo or a brilliant pun. 🙂

    • Elaine.Benes, II

      University is no better as they are mostly run, funded, and taught by Leftist Marxist Sociopaths

      • NobodysaysBOO

        MAMA ‘s don’t LET your kids grow up to be COWBOYS!!
        or black history majors!!!

        • Elaine.Benes, II

          or lesbian Thespians LOL

    • Col. Edward H. R. Green

      A GED is a government product.

      They can be privately tested by their private sector instructors to prove their mastery of any subject. Their employers can also test their knowledge relevant to the job that they would be performing as a precondition to employment.

  • James Leonard

    “The primary educational concern of leaders in government and industry was not to make people literate…” Russia has the highest literacy rate in world today, according to the latest PIRLS worldwide testing. Obviously, one of the reasons Russia is the bad guy in the world is because they aren’t following the NWO program to create a society of obedient drones.

    • Col. Edward H. R. Green

      Soviet Russia’s rulers promoted literacy not so that their subjects would become freethinkers, but so that they could be indoctrinated with communist ideas and thus be obedient slaves, a condition enforced at gunpoint. They learned mathematics, engineering, and the hard sciences–often with “bourgeois ideas” removed from them–in order to serve the state.

      The Soviets intended to mold Russians into Communism’s “New Men and Women”: obedient drones.

      • James Leonard

        Soviet Russia is a generation in the past. My comment is about today. The LAST thing a dictatorial government wants is a literate, informed citizenry, able to figure things out for themselves. Nationwide, 20% of America’s high school graduates can’t read and an amazing 80% of NYC graduates can’t read. that’s not an accident. In contrast, Russia has almost a 100% literacy rate.

  • Bruce C.

    What’s so ironic to me about this subject is that even the “elites” who are supposed to know better send their kids to some of the worst schools by the standards delineated here. They choose private schools, and often religious schools, thinking they are better than public ones.

    Question is what is meant by “better?” To most(?) people, and certainly for elites, that means the likelihood of getting accepted to the most prestigious schools which is supposed to lead to high paying jobs and powerful positions, but not because they are “better” educated (i.e., have truer, more empowering knowledge) but because of the social connections they make. Bottom line is they believe it’s not what you know but who you know, and the unfortunate thing is that children who are raised with that belief actually become “ant-libertarian.” It’s the underlying belief behind all kinds of social and political policies.

  • “Gray says his study of adults who attended Sudbury Valley School as children show they have no problem earning a living or functioning in society.”

    It would sure be interesting to know how they earn a living. I’m not aware of any situation where freethinkers can go for a career or a right livelihood. If you were born with a silver spoon in your mouth, maybe. For the rest, I’m not so sure.

    • Jen Lade

      Freethinkers are primed to think differently than the masses and therefore make great entrepreneurs. And kids going to alternative schools or homeschool can get a diploma and go on to higher education for a more traditional route.

  • SanityClaus

    “The Elements of Euclid” is an ancient book from Alexandria Egypt from 1000 BC. This is Geometry. It teaches you to recognize when you are being lied to. It teaches rational thought. It does not contain Algebra.
    Geometry is not algebraic formula that you memorize. Geometry is not mathematics. Geometry is reckoning. Geometry is the study of eternal truth about number and proportion. Geometry is not taught in public schools in the U.S.A. . Fake geometry misrepresenting algebra as geometry is taught in public schools in the U.S.A.. THEY ARE LYING TO OUR CHILDREN ABOUT GEOMETRY TO MAKE THEM STUPID.
    The pentagon traitors are recruiting our children into treason, murder and heroine in our public schools.

  • Nobody

    Idea: the criminal extortionists make us pay for their slave indoctrination brainwashing centers aka “public schools”. Send your kid to real education of your choosing and send your local psychos the bill, when they refuse to pay for it send them the same letter back as deductions from your slave bill come ‘tax’ time. Watch them fail to honor the golden rule and reveal their own criminality by expecting you to pay for ‘education’ but refusing to do just that.

    They are all criminals. Hang them all for enslaving us to their criminality and forcing us to pay to brainwash children into self-consented slavery to criminals. The reason everyone around us thinks theft, extortion, authoritarianism, false imprisonment, forced id and ‘government’ murder is normal and lawful activity is because of these brainwashing centers they make us pay for through their fraud and extortion racket. Actual proper justice is them hanging for their never ending crime spree.

    • James Higginbotham


      • lulu

        Ha ha.

        • James Higginbotham

          glad i could make you Laugh Lulu.

    • Col. Edward H. R. Green

      Hear, Hear !

      Those who choose to pursue careers as government employees are sociopaths and psychopaths who thirst to bully, rule, enslave, and murder.

      They are clever enough to know that a government job gives them a socially accepted and legally enforced means to get away with that behavior, for they know that if they tried to perpetrate their violent behavior toward others as civilians, they would be taking the risk of their targets turning the tables on them by defending themselves. Perhaps they’d end up dead–and rightfully so–as the consequence of their aggression. But as government employees, they know they can abuse and impose their will upon their students, if they are government “teachers”, or bully and unjustly kill their parents, if they are government police officers, and do so with impunity.

      Those who operate government at all levels can only get away with their legalized bullying and thievery if civilians who foolishly put them in office wise up, and completely withdraw their consent to be bullied, robbed, and murdered, and assert and defend their legitimate individual rights to self-ownership, personal liberty, all of their money and other peacefully-acquired private property, and self-defense.

      For elaboration on how this can be done, read “Discourse on Voluntary Servitude” by Etienne de la Boetie.

      • Elaine.Benes, II

        Thank you for the resource. I shall endeavor to read same.

  • James Higginbotham

    and that’s a FACT AND MUST BE STOPPED.

  • HP Austin

    Read “The Underground History of American Education” by John Taylor Gatto, and “The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America” by Charlotte Iserbyt at .

  • xyz

    1. Dont have kids
    2. If u do, try to homeschool them

    • PaulR

      If you don’t have kids, you are surrendering to the post-modern, multi-culti collectivists. They want you to disappear. They will happily replace you with low IQ, pliant drones for their nanny state.

    • Daniel Platten

      Stupidest post here.

  • teabagger_1

    These institutions are so corrupted by what I call “feedlot education”. An institution whose fodder is a rotting bucket of social pabulum. Fortunately, for my wife and myself, we gave our children the intellectual tools to question the authoritarian matrix called public education. We fought the school system weekly. Surprisingly with the support of some teachers. They saw the ethical and moral compass of our sons and some of their friends along with their enthusiasm for knowledge. The teachers just couldn’t understand what set them apart. WE moved them into charter schools where they excelled. Both are now adults with strong values that they came to only because we gave them the freedom and basic foundational knowledge to succeed. The rest they did on their own.
    Both my parents were teachers. My house was wall to wall books. TV was limited to 30 minutes a day, only if we finished reading at least several chapters of a book of our choosing. I got rid of television years ago. Television is the other tool used in the control mechanism of central government. The CIA uses the media profusely. And we all know what control$ the media.

  • Bud Wood

    My history was to get along with the system which I considered to be like rain and lightening. A child just has to put up with it because that the way it’s supposed to be.

    • Daniel Platten

      So you would like others to suffer as you have? A really bad idea.

  • DavidMacko

    We will not be free until taxpayer financed schools are abolished. A good first step would be to abolish compulsory education.

  • Vlado Babic

    I suggest everyone to read the book “Summerhill” by Alexander S. Neill. Mr. Neill was a teacher and saw the problems in schools. He founded an experimental school “Summerhill” in England. His goal wasn’t to make obedient children, but happy one. This book helps me a lot in parenting!

  • The Rebelle

    What no one ever mentions in discourses of this type is that “school” is based on a dictatorial model. ONE teacher per course or classroom who holds the fate of the students in her/his hands. That is why so many professors have a God Complex. For all practical purposes, within their realm, they are.

    Children grow up knowing they MUST cater to and conform to ONE PERSON’s criteria and performance analysis. How can they ever resist authoritarian rule? They have never known anything else. It is a disastrous model for a free society.

  • Roderick Farmer

    Any system is only as good as its participants. We are not going to be able to get rid of the present system. It would be nice if everyone who has commented here would run for their local school board. So called “social science” is the first thing we need to get rid of. Don’t bite off more than you can chew.

    • Anarch

      “We are not going to be able to get rid of the present system…”

      Not with that attitude which ironically the article discussed.

      “Any system is only as good as its participants.”

      How about dumping a bad system? (whoops see comment above). So communism, facism, nazism etc.. is only as “good” as its participants!?

      • Daniel Platten

        Agree, the above are quite stupid comments in light of the article.

  • gandalph

    There are so many issues with this approach… you cannot let children dictate their own lives. The job of a parent is to guide their children, which sometimes includes making a decision the child doesn’t want (such as insisting the child washes hands after using the bathroom). They have no experience, and to be hands-off in your child’s upbringing is setting them up for failure – how many times have we heard grown kids tell their parents “I wish you didn’t let me do that”, or “I wish you insisted I took those piano lessons”, etc etc. There needs to be a balance, not going from one extreme to the other.