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Hunter, Ian  
The hiring policy at York University — that pons asinorum of Canadian higher education — is, alas, fairly typical. In academic units in which 45 per cent or less of the tenure-stream faculty are women, a female candidate must be offered the position unless there is a 'demonstrably superior male candidate.' Every hiring committee, even more every dean, knows that proving 'demonstrable superiority' is a steep hill to climb. How much easier, how much better for one's career prospects, to avoid trouble, to avoid confrontation, to avoid the accusation of chauvinism, and to just go along with the university's stated policy of 'encouraging diversity.' So let us have the 'diversity' candidate, although perhaps not the 'best' candidate. A decade and a half of such hiring decisions have reduced Canadian universities to the intellectual backwaters they now are.

Jul. 1999 - from "Academia's road to ruin", published in The Next City Magazine, Summer 1999
Hutchins, Robert Maynard
Liberal education seeks to clarify the basic problems and to understand the way in which one problem bears upon another. It strives for a grasp of the methods by which solutions can be reached and the formulation of standards for testing solutions proposed.

1952 - from "The Tradition of the West", published in The Great Conversation: The Substance of a Liberal Eduation, Encyclopedia Britannica
The liberally educated man has a mind that can operate well in all fields. He may be a specialist in one field. But he can understand anything important that is said in any held and can see and use the light that it sheds upon his own. The liberally educated man is at home in the world of ideas and in the world of practical affairs, too, because he understands the relation of the two. He may not be at home in the world of practical affairs in the sense of liking the life he finds about him; but he will be at home in that world in the sense that he understands it. He may even derive from his liberal education some conception of the difference between a bad world and a good one and some notion of the ways in which one might be turned into the other.

1952 - from "The Tradition of the West", published in The Great Conversation: The Substance of a Liberal Eduation, Encyclopedia Britannica
Huxley, Thomas Henry
Education promises peace by teaching men the realities of life and the obligations which are involved in the every existence of society; it promotes intellectual development, not only by training the individual intellect, but by sifting out from the masses of ordinary or inferior capacities, those who are competent to increase the general welfare by occupying higher positions; and, lastly, it promotes morality and refinement, by teaching men to discipline themselves, and by leading them to see that the highest, as it is the only permanent, content is to be attained, not by grovelling in the rank and steaming valleys of sense, but by continual striving towards those high peaks, where, resting in eternal calm, reason discerns the undefined but bright ideal of the highest Good–'a cloud by day, a pillar of fire by night.'

1893 - from Collected Essays I: Method and Results
All artificial education ought to be an anticipation of natural education.

1893 - from Collected Essays III: Science and Education
It is not a question whether one order of study or another should predominate. It is a question of what topics of education you shall elect which will combine all the needful elements in such due proportion as to give the greatest amount of food, support, and encouragement to those faculties which enable us to appreciate truth, and to profit by those sources of innocent happiness which are open to us, and, at the same time, to avoid that which is bad, and coarse, and ugly, and keep clear of the multitude of pitfalls and dangers which beset those who break through the natural or moral laws.

1893 - from Collected Essays III: Science and Education
Perhaps the most valuable result of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do, when it ought to be done, whether you like it or not; it is the first lesson that ought to be learned...

1893 - from Collected Essays III: Science and Education
What is the purpose of primary intellectual education? I apprehend that its first object is to train the young in the use of those tools wherewith men extract knowledge from the ever-shifting succession of phenomena which pass before their eyes; and that its second object is to inform them of the fundamental laws which have been found by experience to govern the course of things, so that they may not be turned out into the world naked, defenceless, and a prey to the events they might control.

1894 - from Collected Essays VIII: Discourses, Biological and Geological
That man, as a 'political animal,' is susceptible of a vast amount of improvement, by education, by instruction, and by the application of his intelligence to the adaptation of the conditions of life to his higher needs, I entertain not the slightest doubt. But, so long as he remains liable to error, intellectual or moral ... the prospect of attaining untroubled happiness, or of a state which can, even remotely, deserve the title of perfection, appears to me to be as misleading an illusion as ever was dangled before the eyes of poor humanity. And there have been many of them.

1894 - from Collected Essays IX: Evolution and Ethics, and Other Essays
Iacocca, Lee
A country's competitiveness starts not on the factory floor or in the engineering lab. It starts in the classroom.

1988 - from Talking Straight



Illych, Ivan
Any attempt to reform the university without attending to the system of which it is an integral part is like trying to do urban renewal in New York City from the twelfth story up.

1970 - from Deschooling Society, Harper and Row
School is a ritual of initiation that introduces the neophyte to the sacred race of progressive consumption.

1970 - from Deschooling Society, Harper and Row
Jackson, Andrew
Distinctions in society will always exist under every just government. Equality of talents, of education, or of wealth can not be produced by human institutions.

Jefferson, Thomas
I know of no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education.

Sep. 28, 1820 - letter to William Charles Jarvis
If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.

from a letter to Colonel Charles Yancey
Jenkinson, Michael  
A review by [Alberta Report] of the [education] results in Edmonton and Calgary found great inequality, but a consistent pattern: independent schools usually do better than Catholic, and Catholic schools usually do better than public.

Jul. 15, 1996 - from "The marks are out and the excuses are in", Alberta Report
Kassian, Mary A.
Canadian Supreme Court justice Bertha Wilson, in a speech to the Osgoode Hall Law School in February of 1990, called for the transformation of the law along feminist principles and for the reeducation of her male colleagues in summer schools on sexism. She endorsed the idea, proposed by second-phase feminist philosophers, that women are more caring and inherently 'nicer' than men, and that they are less concerned than men with abstract notions of justice, less preoccupied with what is 'right' and 'wrong,' and hence less inclined to separate their feelings from their thinking. She went on to chastise her fellow judges for relying too much on the evidence of a case instead of entering 'into the skin of the litigant and making his or her experience part of your experience and only when you have done that, to judge.' According to Wilson, a woman who had suffered at the hands of a particular man could not readily be judged as guilty in the murder of that man. The implications of these feminist notions are radical and drastic to the traditional practice of law and justice, and yet they hardly met a raised eyebrow. Little public debate resulted, just a praising article in a leading national newspaper.

1992 - from The Feminist Gospel: The Movement to Unite Feminism with the Church, Crossway Books, Wheaton IL
Kelebay, Yarema  
[Education reform] ... paradigms tend to be tenacious and it will require both courage and work to effect change.

from "Captitalism to Socialism"
Kelley, David
Bright lights cast dark shadows when shone from only one direction.

Kennedy, John F.
Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education. The human mind is our fundamental resource.




... the pursuit of knowledge itself implies a world where men are free to follow out the logic of their own ideas.

Mar. 23, 1962 - from a speech at the University of California - Berkeley
... a great university is always enlisted against the spread of illusion and on the side of reality.

Jun. 11, 1962 - from a speech at Yale University
Liberty without learning is always in peril and learning without liberty is always in vain.

1963 - from an address at Vanderbilt University
Kimball, Roger
I think that [in] many colleges and universities we have a situation where politics has insinuated itself in the most fundamental way into the teaching of the humanities, and it's a situation that not only college students, but their parents, alumnus, trustees and common citizens must take very seriously if they care about the future of education and our culture.

Aug. 12, 1990 - from an interview on Booknotes, a program on C-SPAN television
Kimura, Doreen  
Although [Ontario premier] Mike Harris' Conservative party in Ontario did away with the [previously-governing New Democratic Party's] employment equity legislation, it has done nothing to rid Ontario universities of employment equity offices and practices. The Ontario ministry of education and training last year stated that employment equity is a 'prerogative of the institution'. So Ontario citizens are still encumbered by a system they thought they were rejecting by electing the Harris government.

Jul. 26, 1999 - from "Affirmative action is junk science", published in the National Post
King, Martin Luther
The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically... Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.

Kirst, Michael
[California education policy] We said, 'How absurd it is to care about individual words and accuracy!' Under whole language, the rule was efficiency of the mind: Get the meaning using the least perception possible. Skip words. Absorb ideas instead. At the time, it sounded great. Former State Superintendent Honig, and others involved during that time, concede that some balance between phonics and literature-based approaches got lost between drafting the frameworks and translating them into classroom practice: 'We were always of the mind that skills were important, but we weren't clear with the message.' In September of 1993, California received its first of several shocks that something was not quite right: The U.S. Department of Education released its results of the 1992 NAEP scores, indicating that the state's performance in reading proficiency ranked near the bottom among states.

Apr. 1, 1997 - from "We Don't Have To Be In Front To Lead"
Kissinger, Henry
I totally believe in public education. Yet somewhere along the line we have come to equate our hugely important commitment to public education - or what we might more accurately call "educating the public" - with a single supplier government monopoly model. As we all know, monopolies have always produced bad products at a high price. The education monopoly is no different.

quoted on the web sit of Put Parents In Charge
Kozol, Jonathon
The first goal and primary function of the U.S. public school is not to educate good people, but good citizens. It is the function which we call in enemy nations 'state indoctrination.'

1990
Krauthammer, Charles
At the start of this century there were (as a percentage of the population) 50 percent more foreign-born U.S. residents than there are today. And yet the Irish and Italians and Jews and Poles and Chinese and Japanese of that immigrant wave assimilated so remarkably into the American mainstream that today they are the American mainstream. The problem today is not unassimilable immigrants but an American educational elite that, in the name of ethnic authenticity and multiculturalism, would like them to be unassimilable. Hence the imposition of such devices as bilingual education -- a euphemism for slighting and delaying English instruction -- that not just celebrate but perpetuate ethnic separatism. California's Proposition 227, effectively abolishing bilingual education, marks a welcome resurgence of American common sense. Immigrants are our future. We owe a duty to them -- and to ourselves as a nation -- to make them American as quickly as possible. We'd better. Immigrants are the magic cure -- the American cure -- for the birth dearth.

Feb. 17, 1998 - from "Saved by immigrants", Washington Post



Kristol, Irving
Today there is a new class hostile to business in general, and especially to large corporations. As a group, you find them mainly in the very large and growing public sector and in the media. They share a disinterest in personal wealth, a dislike for the free-market economy, and a conviction that society may best be improved through greater governmental participation in the country's economic life. They are the media. They are the educational system. Their dislike for the free-market economy originates in their inability to exercise much influence over it so as to produce change. In its place they would prefer a system in which there is a very large political component. This is because the new class has a great deal of influence in politics. Thus, through politics, they can exercise a direct and immediate influence on the shape of our society and the direction of national affairs.

1975 - from "The Question of Liberty in America"
L'Amour, Louis
The more one learns the more he understands his ignorance.

1976 - from To the Far Blue Mountains
Acquiring an education has many aspects, of which school is only one, and the present approach is, I believe, the wrong one. Without claiming to have all the answers, I can only express my feeling that our methods of instruction do much to hamper a child in learning. Our approach is pedestrian. We teach a child to creep when he should be running; education becomes a task rather than excitement. Yet each of us can remember one or two teachers who made learning an adventure, which it surely is.

1989 - from Education of a Wandering Man
To me it ... seems obvious that a child should be taught some methods of reasoning, methods of scientific investigation. Children have an innate feeling for logic and, given the opportunity, would learn quickly. Such instruction would be unthinkable in any country not a democracy, and if carried out in a democracy it might clear the air of a lot of loose thinking, loose public speaking, and the kind of questionable statements that fill the air during political and other campaigns.

1989 - from Education of a Wandering Man
We do not at present educate people to think but, rather, to have opinions, and that is something altogether different.

1989 - from Education of a Wandering Man
Lamb, Brian
I worked under the assistant secretary of defense for public affairs, Arthur Sylvester, who you might remember was quoted early in the Kennedy administration as saying the government had a right to lie. ... It was my first education into how news was made, and what motivated correspondents and what motivated the government, how government attempted to shade and cover up and lie, and how the media in some cases would be a willing accomplice.

Mar. 01, 1996 - from an interview published in Reason Magazine
Lemann, Nicholas
A thick line runs through the country, with people who have been to college on one side of it and people who haven't on the other. This line gets brighter all the time. Whether a person is on one side of the line or the other is now more indicative of income, of attitudes, and of political behavior than any other line one might draw: region, race, age, religion, sex, class. As people plan their lives and their children's lives, higher education is the main focus of their aspirations... A test of one narrow quality, the ability to perform well in school, stands firmly athwart the path to success. Those who don't have that ability will have much less chance than those who do to display their other talents later.... Those who do best under this system make up a distinct class, with its own mores and beliefs and tastes and folkways.

1999 - from The Big Test
Lewis, C.S.
Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil.

Lieberman, Myron
School choice is not a threat to teachers, but it is to the affluent union bureaucracies; it is much more difficult to organize teachers in private schools, especially denominational schools.

from "Do teachers unions have a positive influence on the educational system?" published by the Education Policy Institute
Lombardi, Vince
Today we have a new ideology - that is to be homogeneous, no letter grades, no classification. The only line that some of our people seem to want today is a line between passing and failing. There is no hunt for excellence in other words. And you and I both know that this is the easy way. The prevailing idea today is to take the easy way - and that effort and that work are unnecessary.

Jun. 22, 1970 - from his last public speech



Loney, Martin  
Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation bargainers are the shock troops of Canada's teachers' unions. A 1996 Ontario Ministry of Education report found the province's salaries were 15% higher than those of the nine other provinces following a decade of increases that outstripped the rest of the country ... The Ontario Teachers Pension Fund is one is one of the largest in North America. The OSSTF executive travels the province in a private jet. ... The salary on offer in Toronto is effectively for a 10-month year; pro rated it is around $85,000 [and] the benefits of Toronto teachers are in a class of their own with semi-private hospital care and dental benefits up to $10,000 annually ... Ontario's teachers work in Canada's most expensive public school system. The per capita cost in Alberta is $5,898 - nearly $1000 lower than Ontario ... Yet Ontario's results are alarming.

Feb. 8, 2001 - from "Ontario teachers' union gives lessons in greed", published in the National Post
In the recent province-wide testing of [Ontario's] Grade 3 and 6 students, 51% of Grade 3 and 50% of Grade 6 students failed to meet the provincial reading standard; 48% of Grade 3 and 52% of Grade 6 students failed to meet the provincial writing standard. Math results were little better: 43% of Grade 3 and 49% of Grade 6 students failed to meet the provincial standard. International and inter-provincial comparisons are scarcely more encouraging. The Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) ranked students in a number of countries into three groups. Ontario consistently made the middle ranking, behind such countries as Korea, the Slovak Republic, the Netherlands, Taiwan and Hungary. Alberta students scored in the first rank.

Feb. 8, 2001 - from "Ontario teachers' union gives lessons in greed", published in the National Post
Canadian schools have the highest dropout rate in any G7 country apart from the United States. Our schools' feminist bias also engenders a growing gender gap; Canada's ratio of girls to boys graduating from high school is 81:70, the largest gender difference in the G7. In contrast, France and Germany not only have much better overall success rates, they exhibit no significant gender differences. In France the ratio is 86:85 in Germany 86:86.

Feb. 8, 2001 - from "Ontario teachers' union gives lessons in greed", published in the National Post
School swimming pools are emptied to save money, speech therapists laid off and budgets for teaching materials savaged while Ontario teachers continue to set new benchmarks for salaries. Until the province compels province-wide bargaining, the hemorrhage will continue. Alternatively, with per capita costs pushing $7,000, the government could simply by-pass school boards and give parents of school-aged children an equivalent voucher.

Feb. 8, 2001 - from "Ontario teachers' union gives lessons in greed", published in the National Post
Martinuk, Susan  
Many [people] now believe public education has become largely unaccountable to those who have the most at stake in using it -- parents. The system's approach to issues such as homosexual conduct, sex education and religion have heightened concerns by parents that public education is imposing an alternative agenda on our children. But these issues are only a symptom of a much deeper problem in our education system -- the outright dismissal of teachings related to morality and virtue. In the past, public education played an important role in modelling and developing character and moral standards. This has steadily diminished over the past two decades and many parents and educators now encounter opposition and confusion over whether it is possible or even desirable to teach children about morality.

Oct. 1997 - from a column in Christian Info News
Marx, Karl
State education is a mere contrivance for molding people to be exactly alike one another ... in proportion as it is efficient and successful, it establishes a despotism over the mind, leading by a natural tendency to one over the body.

 The education of all children, from the moment that they can get along without a mother's care, shall be in state institutions at state expense.

1848
Mathematically Correct
The impending changes in mathematics education are not based on any change in the mathematics that has been developed over thousands of years. Rather, they are based on a cluster of notions from teaching philosophy and a desire to implement them all at once. The driving force behind these changes is dissatisfaction with the continued declines in the achievement of American students, coupled with the idea that a set of goals should be developed that all students can attain. The position taken is that poor math achievement is the result of the traditional curriculum and the way it has been implemented by teachers. The fact that math education in countries with high levels of achievement does not look like these new programs, but rather like intensified versions of our own traditional programs, is never addressed.

McCune, Shirley
 [Education] What we're into is a total restructuring of society.

1989 - from her speech at the National Governor's Conference in Wichita, Kansas
Mencken, Henry Louis
The fundamental purpose of education, in college as in the high-school and so on down to the kindergarten, is to set the young mind upon a track, and keep it running there in all decorum. The task of a pedagogue, in other words, is not to turn out anarchists, but to turn out correct and respectable citizens.

Apr. 26, 1924 - from his editorial in The American Mercury



That erroneous assumption is to the effect that the aim of public education is to fill the young of the species with knowledge and awaken their intelligence, and so make them fit to discharge the duties of citizenship in an enlightened and independent manner. Nothing could be further from the truth. The aim of public education is not to spread enlightenment at all; it is simply to reduce as many individuals as possible to the same safe level, to breed and train a standardized citizenry, to put down dissent and originality. That is its aim in the United States, whatever the pretensions of politicians, pedagogues and other such mountebanks, and that is its aim everywhere else.

Apr. 24, 1924 - from "The Library", published in The American Mercury
Mill, John Stuart
Government aid....should be so given as to be as far as possible a course of education for the people in the art of accomplishing great objects by individual energy and voluntary co-operation.

A general State education is a mere contrivance for moulding people to be exactly like one another; and the mould in which it casts them is that which pleases the predominant power in the government - in proportion as it is efficient and successful, it establishes a despotism over the mind, leading by natural tendency to one over the body.

Mitchell, Richard
There is only one Education, and it has only one goal: the freedom of the mind. Anything that needs an adjective, be it civics education, or socialist education, or Christian education, or whatever-you-like education, is not education, and it has some different goal. The very existence of modified 'educations' is testimony to the fact that their proponents cannot bring about what they want in a mind that is free. An 'education' that cannot do its work in a free mind, and so must 'teach' by homily and precept in the service of these feelings and attitudes and beliefs rather than those, is pure and unmistakable tyranny.

Sep. 1982 - from The Underground Grammerian
Muggeridge, Malcom
To the liberal mind, education provides the universal panacea. Whatever the problem, education will solve it. Law and order breaking down? - then yet more statistics chasing yet more education; venereal disease spreading, ... - then, for heaven's sake, more sex education; ... drug addiction going up by leaps and bounds ... - surely it's obvious that what the kids need is extra classes under trained psychiatrists to instruct them in the why and the wherefore of narcotics.

from his essay "The Great Liberal Death Wish"
Murphy, Richard A.
Before Canada jeopardizes its scientific future and compromises its scientific community to achieve short-term budgetary solutions, it must recognize that the funding of university science is both a government responsibility and a long-range investment. Without government support, Canada's university science infrastructure will erode, and along with it, the country's competitiveness in a world economy increasingly based on knowledge.

Jan. 10, 1997 - Science Magazine editorial (with Albert Aguyo)
Murray, Charles
The idea of intellectual freedom and a person's right to think and write whatever he wants is not a natural phenomenon in human history. It had to be developed and sustained by applying a lot of energy. So it is not so surprising that it collapsed once certain clear, bright lines began to be breached. We've witnessed the bridge point. ... When I arrived [at university in the 1960's] there was still an utter hegemony of the idea that the university is a sacred place where your obligation is to think and to write and you have freedom to do that. Once that ideal became contaminated with issues of social justice, the intellectual freedom principle quickly got lost. If it is not an absolute ideal, it is too obviously vulnerable to all sorts of emotional and very persuasive pleas, as in the 1960s. Intellectual freedom is a delicate plant.

Jan. 1995 - from "Forbidden Thoughts", a discussion published in American Enterprise by the American Enterprise Institute
Musgrove, F.
 It is the business of education in our social democracy to eliminate the influence of parents on the life chances of the young.

1965 - from The Family, Education and Society, Routledge and Paul, London
National Post, The  
Free university tuition is a bad idea. Experience shows that the demographics of higher education do not change significantly when tuition becomes free, and thus the additional subsidy is merely an inter-class wealth transfer that flows from poor to rich. Countries that once experimented with it, such as Australia and Britain, have reversed themselves of late and are now charging fees for higher education.

Mar. 28, 2001 - from its editorial "Sell the water, but don't soak the poor"
Union officials claim their concern [about volunteers in schools] is over the quality of work performed by volunteers. The [Canadian Union of Public Employees] president frets, for instance, that that a parent working in a school library might not reshelve the books poperly, as if the Dewey decimal system is an obscure secret known only to CUPE members. ... Countless studies prove that the presence of parental volunteers in schools is a positive addition to the learning experience. Parents are not clamouring to repair school boilers or re-tar the roofs. Rather, they are seeking greater involvement in their children's education. This should be their right, and perhaps their duty as well.

May 10, 2000 - from its editorial "Parents, not scabs"



Needham, Richard J.  
Higher education - ah yes, that is what teaches you to cinch the argument by calling your opponent a fascist.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
Newman, Peter C.  
Exploring and taming Canada's resources has been a heroic epic and it is only the poor quality of our history [teaching] that has failed to bring the truth home.

Jul. 6, 1992 - from Maclean's Magazine, quoted in Famous Lasting Words by John Robert Columbo
Nock, Albert Jay
One of the main elements [of education] is the power of disinterested reflection. One unmistakable mark of an educated man is his ability to take a detached, impersonal and competent view of something that deeply engages his affections...

Novak, Michael
Capitalism is ... a social order favorable to alertness, inventiveness, discovery, and creativity. This means a social order based upon education, research, the freedom to create, and the right to enjoy the fruit's of one's own creativity.

from "Errand into the Wilderness
O'Rourke, P.J.
Wealth is, for most people, the only honest and likely path to liberty. With money comes power over the world. Men are freed from drudgery, women from exploitation. Businesses can be started, homes built, communities formed, religions practiced, educations pursued. But liberals aren't very interested in such real and material freedoms. They have a more innocent -- not to say toddlerlike -- idea of freedom. Liberals want the freedom to put anything into their mouths, to say bad words and to expose their private parts in art museums.

from Give War A Chance
O'Scannlain, Diarmuid F.
Where a state denies someone a job, an education or a seat on the bus because of her race or gender, the injury to that individual is clear... no one contends that individuals have a constitutional right to preferential treatment.

Apr. 1997 - from his decision overturning a lower-court attempt to block the voter-approved California Proposition 209, which restrains racist state-sponsored affirmative action practices
The state shall not discriminate against, or grant preferential treatment to, any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education, or public contracting.

Apr. 1997 - quoting California's Proposition 209 in his decision to uphold it after a District Court judge tried to block the voter-approved ban on state affirmative action programs
O'Sullivan, John
In the past thirty years, American judges have desegregated the entire school system; ordered the release of hundreds of violent criminals from allegedly overcrowded prisons; levied taxes in order to increase educational spending; removed a legislative prohibition on ethnic and gender quotas and then made such quotas mandatory; redrawn electoral boundaries and then laid down the rules for drawing them up in future; set aside the laws of fifty states on abortion by making it a federal civil right; declared nude dancing to be protected speech under the First Amendment ('What,' I always wonder, 'is the girl saying?'); compelled local authorities to put low-income housing in middle-class areas; and much, much else that was formerly thought to be in the domain of electoral politics.

Feb. 16, 1999 - from his lecture to the Centre for Policy Studies in London, England
The liberalism [rampant today] is a combination of ever-extending economic regulation (heath and safety, environmental rules, race and gender quotas) and a social radicalism disguised as social liberalism (condoms in schools, gay marriages). Both the regulations and the permissiveness are justified as extending equity, establishing a level playing field, etc. Extending freedom is sometimes cited as a justification, but this claim of social liberalism is easily exposed as bogus. Try removing a child from a morally offensive program of sex education, or refusing to rent an apartment to an unmarried couple, or selecting employees on the basis of tests or talent and the liberal state will soon make plain that in its philosophical house there are not many mansions.

Nov. 06, 1997 - from his essay "Why Conservatives Must Reject Liberalism" published at IntellectualCapital.com
Paglia, Camille
Education has become a political battlefield in the past 30 years. The public schools have been turned into experimental laboratories for utopian social engineering by arrogant upper-middle-class technocrats... Swollen bureaucracies of overpaid administrators have usurped faculty authority and drained budgets at both the primary and secondary levels.

Dec. 02, 1998 - "Ask Camille"



Parker, Star
School choice vouchers will indeed help the poor in matters of discipline and character development. I am opposed to charter schools because the government still controls them.

Aug. 4, 1999 - from an open-line chat at townhall.com
Patrick, John  
Real education is rooted in the telling and retelling of culturally formative stories which give meaning to ideas of honour, courage, justice, truth, and love. An education without these foundations is an education that is not worthy of the name.

Jun. 1996 - from "The Myth of Moral Neutrality", originally published in the Medical Sentinel
Peacock, Alan
We regard education as a means of safeguarding the family from too great a reliance upon the state rather than as a means for the state to take over the responsibilities of the family.

1970 - from Education for Democrats (with Jack Wiseman)
Peter, Laurence J.  
Education helps one acquire a higher grade of prejudices.

Phillips, Melanie
In education, what children [are] being taught and the way they [are] taught it [has] been transformed by the belief that the child's own values and ability to make sense of its own experience [are] equal to that of the teacher, who [is] taking a back seat as a result. Yet more and more children [are] leaving school functionally illiterate as a result.

May. 01, 1997 - from her lecture "The Corruption of Liberalism" delivered at the London-based Centre for Policy Studies
In education, children need equality of opportunity; which means some will succeed, some will not. But if equality is not the means but the end, then outcomes must be equal. Every child must succeed equally. As the [British] Labour party's pre-election education policy document proclaimed, 'excellence for all'. That might mean that prizes, as the Dodo told Alice in Wonderland, are for everyone, since everyone has won; and if that is how it is to be interpreted, then all relevant statistics – exam grades, curriculum test results, numbers getting good university degrees – will doubtless continue to be manipulated to produce that illusion, as they were under the [British] Tory government.

May. 01, 1997 - from her lecture "The Corruption of Liberalism" delivered at the London-based Centre for Policy Studies
Liberalism ... originated in England with John Locke, who produced a blueprint for English society based on individual rights and natural law, rational Christianity, the sanctity of property, a liberal economic policy, faith in education and an empirical attitude towards progress through experience. He would have been horrified to know how his thinking paved the way in the latter half of this century both for the social egalitarian politics of the British left and the economic individualism of the right.

May. 01, 1997 - from her lecture "The Corruption of Liberalism" delivered at the London-based Centre for Policy Studies
The education department's rhetoric [under British Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair] about ending educational failure is certainly refreshing, and marks a significant and courageous departure in Labour policy. And yet the stated aim to re-impose equality in education; the hostility to diversity and desire to bring all schools back under the control of the local authorities which have done such terrible damage in the past; the endorsement of the shift from teacher to learner which has abandoned so many children to ignorance and error; these signals and more indicate that in the most important policy area of all, New Labour is alarmingly compromised by those corrupted liberal values which have undermined the transmission of our culture.

May. 01, 1997 - from her lecture "The Corruption of Liberalism" delivered at the London-based Centre for Policy Studies
Pilzer, Paul Zane
Despite a documented low correlation between money spent and improvement in the quantity and quality of public education, the reform of public education has focused almost exclusively on the financial issue.

Plato
Shall we just carelessly allow children to hear any casual tales which may be devised by casual persons, and to receive into their minds ideas for the most part the very opposite of those which we should wish them to have when they are grown up?




Pope, Alexander
A little learning is a dangerous thing, drink deep or taste not the Pierian spring. There shallow draughts intoxicate the brain, And drinking largely sobers us again.

1711 - from An Essay on Criticism
Potter, C.F.
 Education is thus a most powerful ally of humanism. What can the theistic Sunday schools, meeting for an hour once a week, and teaching only a fraction of the children, do to stem the tide of a five-day program of humanistic teaching?

1930 - from Humanism: A New Religion
Put Parents In Charge
Since 1956 alone, education spending in constant dollars is up from $2,100 per pupil to over $7,000 today. ... While government schools spend an average over $7,000 per pupil, the average private school spends 36% less per student ($4,700) while achieving better results in many cases for our children.

from the Put Parents In Charge web site
Rains, Jack
[After being told that his ten-point education reform plan had only nine points] You just ... emphasized the problem we’re trying to resolve.

Reynolds, Alan
The statistical gamesmanship used to denigrate the importance of private charities pales in comparison to the artful devices by which the charitable nature of politics is exaggerated. ... myths seem to be contagious. ... the whole idea that private charities will never have enough money to replicate the welfare state assumes (1) that the welfare state works; (2) that reducing federal spending would not leave taxpayers with more money to donate; (3) that private charities cannot do more for less; and (4) that just as many people would demand private assistance as the number who now believe themselves entitled to public assistance. The terms 'charities' and 'nonprofits' are not interchangeable. Lumping philanthropy together with tax-exempt medical, educational and other businesses and calling that a 'sector' has resulted in widespread confusion. To say that contributions are small relative to all the money taken in by nonprofit institutions, or relative to all public spending on pensions and education, is no more enlightening than to say that contributions are small relative to the Defense budget, or the global sales of the Fortune 500.

from "The Myth of the Non-Profit Sector", published in Chronicle of Philanthropy
Robespierre, Maximilien
 The nation alone has the right to educate children.

attributed
Rodriguez, Richard
Education is not about self-esteem. Education is demeaning. It should be about teaching you what you don't know, what you yet need to know, how much there is yet to do. Part of the process of education is teaching you that you are related to people who are not you, not your parents--that you are related to black runaway slaves and that you are related to suffragettes in the 19th century and that you are related to Puritans. That you are related to some continuous flow of ideas, some linkage, of which you are the beneficiary, the most recent link. The argument for bilingual education, or for teaching black children their own lingo, assumes that education is about self-esteem. My argument is that education is about teaching children to use the language of other people.

Aug. 01, 1994 - from an interview published in Reason Magazine
Roosevelt, Theodore
To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society.

Ruskin, John
 The first duty of a State is to see that every child born therein shall be well housed, clothed, fed, and educated, till it attain years of discretion. But in order to the effecting this the Government must have an authority over the people of which we now do not so much as dream.

 Education is the leading of human souls to what is best and making what is best out of them. ... Education does not mean teaching people what they do not know. It means teaching them to behave as they do not behave.

1853 - from The Stones of Venice



To make your children capable of honesty is the beginning of education.

Russell, Bertrand
I think the subject which will be of utmost importance politically is mass psychology. ... Various results will soon be arrived at [including] that the influence of home is obstructive ... in time anybody will be able to persuade anybody of anything if he can reach the patient young and is provided by the State with money and equipment. ... Although this science will be diligently studied, it will be rigidly confined to the governing class. The populace will not be allowed to know how its convictions were generated. When the technique has been perfected, every government that has been in charge of education for a generation will be able to control its subjects securely without the need of armies or policemen. ... Educational propaganda, with government help, could achieve this result in a generation. There are, however, two powerful forces opposed to such a policy: one is religion; the other is nationalism.

1953 - from The Impact of Science on Society
What is wanted is not the will to believe, but the will to find out, which is the exact opposite.

Sagan, Carl Edward
We've arranged a civilization in which most crucial elements profoundly depend on science and technology. We have also arranged things so that almost no one understands science and technology. This is a prescription for disaster. We might get away with it for a while, but sooner or later this combustible mixture of ignorance and power is going to blow up in our faces.

Samuelson, Robert J.
The congressional Republicans sometimes remind you of the classic Peanuts cartoon: Lucy holds the football for Charlie Brown and, at the last moment, yanks it away and sends him sprawling. No matter how many times Lucy promises to hold the ball, she always yanks it away and Charlie Brown never learns. The Republicans behave the same way around Bill Clinton. No matter how many times he promises an honest debate, he always ends by casting them as lackeys of the rich who don't care about the elderly, the environment, and education. Regardless of how many times the Republicans play Clinton's chumps, they always seem eager for a new game.

Jun. 26, 1999 - column in The National Post
Scott, J.M.
For upwards of fifty years, the trend has been not just towards securing a greater measure of equality of opportunity, which is a basic object of liberal democracy, but equally towards a rigid, doctrinaire and unjustifiable belief in centralization and control as the only method of achieving it. The partisans of this belief have interpenetrated much of the educational establishment [in Britain] the educational Press, the educational unions, the educational bureaucracy, and the schools, colleges and universities themselves.

1973 - from Dons and Students, Plume Press
Seneca, Lucius Annaeus
It is easy enough to arouse in a listener a desire for what is honorable; for in every one of us nature has laid the foundations or sown the seeds of the virtues. We are born to them all, all of us, and when a person comes along with the necessary stimulus, then those qualities of the personality are awakened, so to speak, from their slumber.

Shanker, Al
It is time to admit that public education operates like a planned economy. It's a bureaucratic system where everyone's role is spelled out in advance, and there are few incentives for innovation and productivity. It's not a surprise when a school system doesn't improve. It more resembles a communist economy than our own market economy.

quoted on the web site of Put Parents In Charge
Shumiatcher, Morris C.  
What needs restating is not the right to an education, but the duty of every child to learn.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
Skinner, B.F.
Education is what survives when what has been learnt is forgotten.