On Tue, 22 Oct 2002, Paul M Foster wrote:
> > 1) Our government funded and controlled education system WAS NOT
> > designed to create well educated citizens. We had better educated
> > citizens before the inception of mandatory schooling.
> Not sure I agree. Prior to government schooling, there were likely many
> many people who only made it through the first few grades, and so were
> not well educated at all.
'only made it through the first few grades' !=
'not well educated at all'
In my ancestor line are pioneers who helped establish the
first library in the Northwest Territory ('The Coonskin
Library' in Ames Twp, Ohio), and I learned to read on McGuffey
readers long before I saw the inside of a schoolhouse.
(you know the drill) Christopher is my 5x great-grandfather
Indeed, SLUG, and SLUG-POL are at least as educational as most
(if not all) of what I've learned at a government mandated
I've taught at Scouts, and in 'Sunday School' much more
relentlessly and intensely than a government compensated
teacher has _ever_ sought to teach me. Just as I was taught
by parents, relatives, and my elders.
-- Russ Herrold
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