Mencken had it right on government schools

Thanks to Neal Boortz for this quote:

“The erroneous assumption is to the effort that the aim of public education is to fill the young of the species with knowledge and awaken their intelligence …. 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 montebanks, and that is its aim everywhere else.”  — H. L. Mencken

That rabblerouser Mencken would certainly understand why we choose to home school our children, forgoing a potential second income in order to keep our children out of the incompetent clutches of the government education establishment.  From my perspective, Obama’s election is a triumph in their dumbing down of America: an unqualified, unvetted radical who happens to speak smoothly… when he has his trusty teleprompter.  Only a bunch of morons would elect a guy like that.

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