Indigo Insights

Monday, January 13, 2003


The following quotes came through the In-Box from Kevin and Jack, respectively. These are samples from Oregon - the entire list is here.

"Every child in America entering school at the age of five is insane because he comes to school with certain allegiances toward our founding fathers, toward his parents, toward a belief in a supernatural being, toward the sovereignty of this nation as a separate entity...It's up to you teachers to make all of these sick children well by creating the international children of the future."
- Dr. Chester M. Pierce, Professor of Education at Harvard
addressing the Association for Childhood Education International, April, 1972.

"We will need to recognize that the so-called "basic skills, which currently represent nearly the total effort in elementary schools, will be taught in one-quarter of the present school day. When this happens - and it's near - the teacher can rise to his true calling. More than a dispenser of information, the teacher will be a conveyor of values, a philosopher. We will be agents of change."
-NEA President Catherine Barrett, 1973

"Parents give up their rights when they drop their kids off at public school"
-Federal District Judge Melinda Harmon ruling against parents suing a Texas School district after their son was questioned by a child protection official without their knowledge, strip searched by a female worker looking for signs of paddling. (Wall St. Journal, 10-8-96)

"...our schools have been scientifically designed to prevent overeducation from happening."
- William Troy Harris, 1899
U.S. Commissioner of Education

"The juvenile sea squirt wanders through the ocean searching for a suitable rock or hunk of coral to cling to and make its home for life. When it finds its spot and takes root, it doesn't need its brain any more, so it eats it. It's rather like getting tenure."
-Michael Scriven