I came across this yesterday.
"You can't make Socialists out of of individualists - children who know who know how to think for themselves spoil the harmony of the collective society which is coming, where everyone is interdependent."
-John Dewey (Yes, that Dewey. Now you know.)
Thanks, Mr. Father of Education! I prefer the following. (Emphasis mine.)
"Next to the right to life itself, the most fundamental of all human rights is the right to control our own minds and thoughts. That means the right to decide for ourselves how we will explore the world around us, think about our own and other person's experiences, and find and make the meaning of our own lives. Whoever takes that right away from us, as the educators do, attacks the very center of our being... He tells us, in effect, that we cannot be trusted even to think, that for all our lives we must depend on others to tell us the meaning of our world and our lives, and that any meaning we may make for ourselves, out of our own experience, has no value."
This kind of stuff always sends me running back to John Taylor Gatto's The Underground History of American Education. A school is a factory for creating "productive members of society." Why should I send my child there? I want her to be human, not a producer for the collective. If she contributes to the common good, and I pray that she will, it will be out of her love for God and for her fellow man, not because she's been conditioned to do so by an artificial environment, and stripped of her ability to make a free choice.
So how are our public schools doing on creating that harmony in the collective society, where everyone is interdependent? Pretty harmonious out there, isn't it, Mr. Dewey?