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There was nothing popular, local or personal about this artificial conceit of forced schooling; its purpose was to weaken people’s capacity to educate themselves, to break their loyalty to family, church and land in order to release customers and workforce for élite schemes of economics and social ordering. Brownson said the teaching function belonged in a democracy to the whole community, not to a controlled monopoly, and we had already become the best educated people in history on our own hook. “Children,” he said, “were far better off educated by the general pursuits, habits and moral tone of the community” than by a privileged class of corporate or government agents.
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They want to make cannon fodder out of children
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