An Underground History of American Education (notes/highlights)
Schooling: extending childhood, disconnecting from family & entrusting kids to be trapped in rooms with strangers, preventing empowerment,learned dependence, dis/mis-information, irrelevant schoolwork, bad food,corporate+political authority, medical+psychological guidance,frustration, aggression, prison-like conditions in large urban schools,class identities, cliques, gangs, shootings, college debt, media's irrelevant debates.
+ Gatto: Schools of Hellas chapter on no schools in Greece, pg 176?
+ American factsheet? At the end of the 19th century, American Univ
training came to follow the Prussian/Spartan model. Service to biz & the political state became the main reason for college & university existence after 1910.
+ Evil as incompetence (and teaching incompetence for control).-name?
+ School history is crammed with wild-eyed orators, lurking just behind
the lit stage.
+ What few schools could be found after the fall of Rome were in
exclesiastical hands for the next 11 to 12 centuries!
+ First public appearance of the pyramid & eye for gov was 1935
+ counter-attack on democracy chpt.
As early as 1784 (5 yrs before the bill of rights) the Boston biz
community began overthrowing townhall meetings & replacing them with a professionally managed corporation
+ Training of Indian Hindus of lower castes (95%) was studied by Andrew Bell, a self-serving Anglican champlain also serving church power
+ Whigs brought us forced schooling before they mutated into both
democrats & republicans
+ School was insignificant until the last half of the 18th century
+ The words school & education are not found in the declaration of
independence nor in the bill of rights
+ Forced schooling arose from the logic of the industrial age imposed on flesh & blood by fossil fuels & high-speed machinery....combining
characteristics of the cotton mill, railroad, & state prison.
+ custodial compounds where people are subjected to deliberate molding routines
+ School was looked upon from the first decade of the 20th century as a branch of industry and a tool of governance
+ Woodrow Wilson quote: we want one class to have a liberal education...
+ The "Education Trust" (called this in the press) was a group who
controlled the major administrative schooling jobs by 1917 & whose firstmeeting was comprised of rep's from Rockefeller, Carnegie, Harvard, Stanford, Univ of Chicago, and the Nat Edu Assoc. The chief end was to "impose upon the young the ideal of subordination."
+ ..the classroom (from the beginning of the 20th century) can be seen to have evolved by 1967 into a full-scale laboratory for psychological