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Published (first published 1981)
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Adam T Calvert
Oct 04, 2014 Adam T Calvert rated it really liked it
I was so frustrated with this book, from about chapter six right up until the postscript, where the author’s genius argument fully clicked in my mind.

Based on the title of the book and the two prefaces leading to the main text I was completely expecting a philosophical answer to the question, is public education necessary. Given what I know of the author and publisher, I was expecting the author to convince the reader with Biblical exegesis and theological argument as to why public (government r
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Allyson
Oct 08, 2008 Allyson rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: truth seekers
Recommended to Allyson by: A Homeschooling Book
As Nicholson's character says: "You can't handle the truth!"

This book is a fascinating read! It was a tough start, but by about the 4th chapter, the vision enticingly unfolded of how the public education system in America began and why.

And then the reader is left to deal with their shock and disgust at what we are allowing to transpire in the so-called Land of the Free.

This book is stuffed with a detailed history of how and why public education was initiated, however unnecessary and despised it
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Mandi
Jul 09, 2012 Mandi rated it it was amazing
The history of how public education got started in America ... incredible history that will shock you.
Lee Gerrietts
Dec 01, 2016 Lee Gerrietts rated it really liked it
This was an excellent read and gave a really compelling summary of the foundation of American public education. Showing the goals of the early socialists and unitarian liberals as well as the influential ideas motivating these movements to create a utopian society on earth. Then to answer the thesis of the book by pointing out that in 180 years they have failed to achieve that goal demonstrating that the contemporary critics of those days were correct and that it has never necessary to begin ...more
Marc Anderson
Apr 30, 2014 Marc Anderson rated it it was amazing
An excellent history of education as relevant to modern America. It raises some excellent questions.
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Is public education necessary? by Samuel L. Blumenfeld (1981)
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