Quotes & Excerpts


Separation of Church and State 


From Kurt Fiech:  Here's an interesting chronology of quotes about "education" provided by the Separation of School & State Alliance staff.

Aristotle (d322 BC):  "Neither must we suppose that any one of the citizens belongs to himself, for they all belong to the state."


Robespierre (d1794): "The nation alone has the right to educate children."


Benjamin Rush, (Signer of Declaration of Independence; d1813): "Let our pupil be taught that he does not belong to himself, but that he is public property.... He must be taught to amass wealth, but it must be only to increase his power of contributing to the wants and demands of the state... [Education] can be done effectually only by the interference and aid of the Legislature."


John Stuart Mill (d1873): "State education is a mere contrivance for molding people to be exactly alike one another ... in proportion as it is efficient and successful, it establishes a despotism over the mind, leading by a natural tendency to one over the body."


Karl Marx (d1883): "The education of all children, from the moment that they can get along without a mother's care, shall be in state institutions at state expense."


John Ruskin (English reformer d1900): "The first duty of a State is to see that every child born therein shall be well housed, clothed, fed, and educated, till it attain years of discretion. But in order to be effecting this, the Government must have an authority over the people of which we now do not so much as dream.


Edward Ross (Sociologist, Chm. ACLU, d1951): "[The role of the schoolmaster is to] collect little plastic lumps of human dough from private households and shape them on the social kneading board.


Jonathan Kozol (American education reformer): "The first goal and primary function of the U.S. public school is not to educate good people, but good citizens. It is the function which we call --in enemy nations-- 'state indoctrination.'"

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