John Taylor Gotto’s book, The Underground History of American Education, is freely available online. I’ve read the first couple of chapters so far.
I have no reason to doubt that Mr. Gotto is making factual statements. It would be easy to refute if he were lying, and I’ve found no refutation so far. As far as I can tell, he’s telling the truth.
Frankly, I have difficulty believing it. Not because I doubt him, but because it’s so unbelievable. The thought that public education is not a system designed to _improve_ and truly _educate_ the masses, but instead to essential _control_ us – it boggles my mind. But Gotto is very convincing that the system – _not_ the dedicated teachers, principals, superintendents, and so forth, but the system itself – was designed to do, and is doing, exactly that. He traces the history of schools in general, and mandatory public education specifically, and correlates it with well known historical trends, and then backs it up with quotes from social engineers about exactly what they had achieved.
If Gotto is right… wow. This is Brave New World, not 1984.
Go read the book, and let me know what you think.