We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Between 1830 and 1840 U.S. immigration quadrupled, and between 1840 and 1850, it tripled again. Particularly troubling to lawmakers at the time was the fact that many of these new immigrants were Irish Catholics who threatened the dominant Anglo-Saxon Protestant cultural and religious customs. "Those now pouring in upon us, in masses of thousands upon thousands, are wholly of another kind in morals and intellect," mourned the Massachusetts state legislature regarding the new Boston immigrants.
Universal, taxpayer-funded “common schools” became the mechanism to rein in these masses and “Americanize” them...
Thank goodness we're not doing that anymore. Out curriculum today is so much more enlightened - why just look at the actual results. Start with Baltimore. Sorry, forgot to mention, it will have to be a verbal assessment, not written and...... no math, please.
Everything we do for and to children is designed to indoctrinate them. What matters is what the indoctrination is and what the intent is. Why do we send/bring our children to church? To indoctrinate them. Hopefully in the value of being good people and helping others but indoctrination never the less. Why do we teach them history or civics or anything? To indoctrinate them. I am a little concerned that the author is intentionally using the"I" word for her own political purposes/indoctrination.
I'd say the public school system was actually designed to turn farm boys in to factory workers irregardless if they were immigrants or home grown.
None the less, in the early 1900s at least, They did an excellent job of educating. I have a few early 1900 eighth grade math exams on my shelf that would severely challenge most college graduates today.