Hitler, John Dewey, the NEA and home schooling

Submitted by Jessica

The top paragraph is taken from www.freerepublic.com

In 1937, Hitler ordered all German children into the government schools. He said: “The Youth of today is ever the people of tomorrow. For this reason we have set before ourselves the task of innoculating our youth with the spirit of this community of the people at a very early age, at an age when human beings are still unperverted and therefore unspoiled. This Reich stands, and it is building itself up for the future, upon its youth. And this new Reich will give its youth to no one, but will itself take youth and give to youth its own education and its own upbringing.”

Homeschooling was officially outlawed in Germany. Hitler wanted the state to have total control over the education of the nation’s youth. He knew that they were the key to his success, the key to a totalitarian rule. Today in Germany, decades after his death, parents are being persecuted for homeschooling. The German government is still enforcing Hitler’s laws. And they are once again becoming more aggressive in their methods of enforcement.

The Jugendamt, the German youth welfare office, has the power to remove children from the home when they are “endangered.” German administrative agencies and courts claim that failure to send children to school is “endangerment” – erm, to whom? in nearly all cases not to the child, obviously the state sees a freethinking individual as a threat to them – and the German high court says homeschooling creates “parallel societies” and called it an “abuse of parental rights.”On several occasions recently, this power has been exercised.

One family fled to Iran as they have more freedom there. The mother left a note that said, amongst other things: “As things stand now, Germany is unworthy of membership in the European Community, or to speak on Human Rights in the international arena. The shadows of the Third Reich and the ideology of Adolf Hitler – if not worse – still drift over Germany.”When you turn to Iran for an increase in liberty, things are indeed amiss. Luckily for Americans, things are not that serious here. Not yet, anyway.

John Dewey and the NEA

John Dewey, considered the father of modern education, was a fan of the early Soviet Union’s eduactional system. He is quoted as saying, “Children who know how to think for themselves spoil the harmony of the collective society which is coming where everyone is interdependent.”  

According to Wikipedia, Dewey opined…that fixing the problem with culture is one in the same with that of liberating the individual; by abolishing culture driven by private pecuniary gain and reaffirming the importance of community and industrial cooperative control, Dewey argues that the individual will be harmonized with his communities and liberated to achieve true progress.

Two years later, Dewey was named Honorary Life President of the National Education Association (NEA). Today, the NEA is the largest labor union in the United States. It is also one of homeschooling’s biggest enemies.

In March 2008, a California court essentially outlawed homeschooling in the state. (this was reversed however… Justice H. Walter Croskey of the Second District Court of Appeal said, “California courts have held that … parents do not have a constitutional right to homeschool their children.” He continued, “Parents have a legal duty to see to their children’s schooling under the provisions of these laws.” Why, in the court’s eyes, was it necessary to send children to public school rather than educating them at home? Justice Crosky cryptically explained: “A primary purpose of the educational system is to train school children in good citizenship, patriotism and loyalty to the state and the nation as a means of protecting the public welfare”

Compare what a judge in modern day California said with what the Nazi Minister of Education, Bernard Rust said in 1935: ‘Teachers are directed to instruct their pupils… and to awaken in them a sense of their responsibility toward the community of the nation.’

Homeschooling is a growing trend in America, “growing at 7 to 12 percent annually, with perhaps more than 2 million students being taught at home.” What is the reason for this? Homeschool dad Benjamin Marshall sums it up best:
“We wanted to be the main and driving influence in our children’s lives.”

As do a majority of homeschoolers. The problem is that there are many who want to be ‘main driving influence in your childrens lives’  and are willing to destroy your right to educate your child to get it. Hitler said, “He alone, who owns the youth, gains the future.” That is still true today. It makes you wonder why some fight so hard for ownership of today’s youth. Or, maybe it makes it even clearer.

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