August 6, 2011

The Public Orphanage

“As the American school expanded, it penetrated more and more aspects of life.  The school became interested in the whole child and the child’s family, and these concerns resulted in school involvement in the child’s and the family’s personal life, health problems, and social life.  If the social role of the school continues to expand at the same rate as it did during the previous two centuries, one can predict that by the end of the twenty-first century, the school will be responsible for engineering the total personality and social life of all citizens and controlling entrance into the labor market.  This future role would include responsibility for an individual’s work, play, love life, physical and mental health, and political life.”

Joel Spring, professor of Education (Univ. of Cincinnati)
The Public Orphanage, p. 4-5

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