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#1 - Sources and Notes

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Dear Parents,
     Give us your children—or go to jail.

                                    Love, Your Government

160 Years of Compulsory State Schooling

Sources and Notes:

1  Gatto, John Taylor, The Underground History of American Education, Oxford Village Press, New York, 2000, p.123.


Note: Gatto states that parents of Barnstable, MA resisted and he once had a newspaper clipping about the state militia marching out to force children to school, though he was unable to locate that clipping.


Gatto, Underground History, p. 101.  Reference to early resistance to compulsory schooling by school historian Ellwood P. Cubberley.


Shortt, Bruce N., The Harsh Truth About Public Schools, Chalcedon Foundation, Vallecito, CA, 2004, p. 12.  General comments about resistance to early compulsory schooling.



2  “Ancient Greece, Sparta,” World Civilizations, an Internet Classroom and Anthology, Washington State University.



3  Rothbard, Murray N., Education Free & Compulsory, Ludwig von Mises Institute, Auburn, AL, 1999, pp. 20-35.



4  Shortt, Harsh Truth, pp. 298-299.



5  Richman, Sheldon, Separating School & State, How to Liberate America’s Families, The Future of Freedom Foundation, Fairfax, VA, 1994, p. 37.  Quote from “Thoughts upon the Mode of Education Proper in a Republic,” an essay by Dr. Benjamin Rush, signer and early reformer, who envisioned a tightly-controlled, government-run education system, but circumstances prevented the fruition of his vision during his lifetime.  “Let our pupil be taught that he does not belong to himself, but that he is public property. Let him be taught to love his family, but let him be taught at the same time that he must forsake and even forget them when the welfare of his country requires it.”


Shortt, Harsh Truth, pp. 123-124.  Early literacy rates and comments by visitors to America bear out the truth that pre-compulsory schooling Americans were relatively literate and politically aware and active.


Richman, Separating School & State, p. 68.  Quote from Edward Baines (1800-1890), British journalist and voluntaryist, “I maintain that Liberty is the chief cause of excellence.”



6  Gatto, Underground History, p. 102.



7  Karp, Walter, “The Teaching of History,” from Harper’s Magazine, May 1980.


Gatto, Underground History, p. 193.



8  Shortt, Harsh Truth, pp. 51, 86-91, 120-121, 129.


9  “Enrollment in educational institutions, by level and control of institution: Selected years, fall 1980 to fall 2005,” Table from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).  Private Schoolers Projected for 2005:  6,311,000.


“1.1 Million Homeschooled Students in the United States in 2003,” National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).


Ray Ph.D., Brian, Worldwide Guide to Homeschooling, Broadman & Holman, Nashville, TN, 2002, p. 7.  Homeschoolers estimated at 1.6 million to 2 million.


Note: NCES statistics are almost certainly very low, since many states do not require that homeschoolers report to authorities and many homeschoolers are reluctant to identify themselves as such on Census forms.


10 “Enrollment in educational institutions, by level and control of institution: Selected years, fall 1980 to fall 2005,” Table from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).  Public Schooled Students Projected for 2005: 48,304,000.


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