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These works help reveal how public education, intentionally or not, is the education of workers and slaves. These writings do not necessarily reflect the views of Monsieur Mitchell, but they are in the ballpark.


Labor, Leisure, and Liberal Education by Mortimer J. Adler
"All of this, I think, leads directly to the heart of the matter: that vocational training is training for work or labor; it is specialized rather than general; it is for an extrinsic end; and ultimately it is the education of slaves or workers."

Textbook America by Walter Karp
"Something had to be done quickly or democracy might one day break out. Educational leaders quickly worked out a solution. Let the secondary schools teach the children of workers what was fit only for workers. As Woodrow Wilson, president of Princeton, sternly advised the Federation of High School Teachers: 'We want one class of persons to have a liberal education and we want another class of persons, a very much larger class of necessity in every society, to forgo the privilege of a liberal education and fit themselves to perform specific difficult manual tasks.' Since there was no way to stop 'the masses' from entering high school, the only way to meet the crisis, in short, was to prevent them from learning anything liberating when they got there."

Why Johnny Can't Think by Walter Karp
"What the public schools practice with remorseless proficiency, however, is the prevention of citizenship and the stifling of self-government. When 58 percent of the thirteen-year-olds tested by the National Assessment for Educational Progress think it is against the law to start a third party in America, we are dealing not with a sad educational failure but with a remarkably subtle success."

 

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The Vocabula Review "Even today -- subjected as we are to the apotheosis of popular culture -- using the English language respectfully helps us maintain a sense of ourselves and our values. To do otherwise, to disregard the ways of our words, is to forsake our humanity and, perhaps, even forfeit our future. A society is generally as lax as its language. And in a society of this sort, easiness and mediocrity are much esteemed."

The PostModernism Generator

Check out The Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI), a non-profit, non-partisan, tax-exempt educational organization whose purpose is to convey to successive generations of college youth a better understanding of the values and institutions that sustain a free society.

They are doing to Math what they are doing to Language. Check out the Mathman.

Ursula Stange has put up several UG issues in Acrobat Reader format so people can see what the original newsletters look like.

Check out Torsten Seemann's Richard Mitchell's Publications Online. He has taken the texts the books and recast them into several printible formats.

Check out Jason Molenda's Richard Mitchall Page in which he reproduces some of the original writings of THE UNDERGROUND GRAMMARIAN.

Also, Robert Kern Curtis has Several Essays from some of the more recent issues of The Underground Grammarian (c.1984-1990).

Mike Moore has Several Essays and reprints a Speech given by Richard Mitchell shortly after the publication of The Gift of Fire.

 

History of American Education Web Project

Surfing the Education Waves
Education Information
A Nation At Risk
Homeschooling Internet Resources

 

The Sokal Affair "In the May 1996 issue of Lingua Franca, a gossip magazine for academic humanists, physicist Alan Sokal revealed that he had just perpetrated an elaborate hoax on Social Text, perhaps the foremost cultural studies journal in North America. He managed to publish an impeccably documented article that purported to derive postmodern cultural implications from contemporary work in physics. The story quickly circulated throughout the world's media after it made the front page of The New York Times on 18 May. While The Times made a point of airing both sides of Sokal's story by speaking to the editors of Social Text, most other coverage has typically presented only Sokal's side -- the only side aired in the original Lingua Franca piece -- and sometimes even endorsed Sokal's side, as The Washington Post has done in its indignant editorial of 29 May."

 

Richard Lederer's Verbivore A web site "woven for wordaholics, logolepts, and verbivores. Carnivores eat meat; herbivores eat plants and vegetables; verbivores devour words. If you are heels over head (as well as head over heels) in love with words, tarry here awhile to graze or, perhaps, feast on the English language."

 

Suffer The Children Ursula Stange is "a mad-as-hell parent. I'm also a concerned citizen of a country whose future will soon be in the hands of the young people sitting today in thousands of classrooms; classrooms in which far too much time is wasted, far too much curiosity is thwarted, far too much potential is squandered, far too much intelligence is misled, far too much creativity is inhibited, and far too much brightness is dimmed."

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