Alan Schaeffer: Alliance for the Separation of School and State

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Guest: Alan Schaeffer

… President of the Alliance for the Separation of School and State talks about why the state – by its nature – should not and cannot control education. Schools should be owned and operated privately.

  • What is the purpose of the Alliance for the Separation of School and State website?
  • What problems are intrinsic to a publicly run education system?
  • Conformity and uniformity in education as inevitable in a government school system.
  • About Horace Mann, the father of the American state school system: what did he believe a public education system would accomplish? The influence of the Prussian education system on Mann’s educational ideas.
  • The purpose of public education is not education but “schooling??. How is true education different from schooling?
  • Consciousness versus coercion.
  • What is the “Alliance for the Separation of School and State” an alliance of?
  • Before Horace Mann began to campaign for compulsory public education in Boston, what percent of the children were not getting a formal education?
  • Alexis de Tocqueville’s observations about literacy in the USA before compulsory schooling.
  • A surprising quote from Horace Mann.
  • Does the Alliance claim that the State usurps the parents’ rights?
  • How was state schooling sold to the American Public?
  • What were the “Philadelphia Bible Riots”?
  • Quote from the Communist party regarding compulsory state education.
  • The mind frame of social control and power versus the mind frame of freedom.
  • The effect of the conventional wisdom passed on to the populace by state schooling.
  • Undermining the politically weak.
  • How large is the public education budget in the USA?
  • Vested interests.
  • Distinguishing “capitalism” from “capitalists” and from “fascism”.
  • Freedom, coercion, truth, and untruth.
  • A crucial educational problem of the “common school”: avoidance of discussion on areas in which we disagree.
  • “Critical Literacy”
  • “Multiculturalism” and “tolerance”

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