America's Public School System --- Brutal And Spartan

Written by Joel Turtel

The public school system in America has become a dismal failure. But education in many other times and cultures has been quite successful. The ancient Greeks, whose civilization was at its height around 500 B.C., founded Western civilization as we know it. The Athenian Greeks invented or perfected logic, drama, science, philosophy, astronomy, mathematics, literature, and much more. Yet ancient Greece had no compulsory schools.

Other than requiring two years of military training for young men that began at age eighteen, Athens let parents educate their children as they saw fit. Parents either taught their children at home or sent them to voluntary schools where teachers and philosophers like Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle gave lectures to all who wanted to learn. These great teacher-philosophers did not need a license to teach, nor did they have tenure.

The ancient Athenians had a free-market education system. The thought of compulsory, state-run schools and compulsory licensing would have been repulsive to them. The Athenians respected a parentsí natural right to directrepparttar education of their children.

In contrast, Sparta, Athensís mortal enemy, createdrepparttar 145932 first truly state-run, compulsory education system on record. Individual Spartans lived and died forrepparttar 145933 state, and had to serverepparttar 145934 state from birth until sixty years of age. Their society was a brutal military dictatorship in which male children literally belonged torepparttar 145935 city, not to their parents.

The Spartan military government took boys from their homes and parents atrepparttar 145936 age of seven and forced them to live in military-style barracks forrepparttar 145937 rest of their lives. Spartan men were life-long soldiers whose highest duty was to obeyrepparttar 145938 commands of their leaders.

Public-School Prisons ---- What Crimes Have Our Children Committed?

Written by Joel Turtel

What are prisons? They are places were people are locked up against their will for crimes they have committed.

What is life like for a prisoner? The warden and prison guards, in effect, take awayrepparttar prisonerís life and freedom. They force a prisoner to live in a small cell he doesnít want to live in, eat food he may hate, work at a job he detests, associate with other prisoners who may be dangerous, and remove him from everyone and everything he loved inrepparttar 145931 outside world when he was free.

So why have we put our children into educational prisons called public schools? What crimes have they committed? Why do we condemn almost 45 million innocent children to this punishment? Do I exaggerate by calling these schools ďprisons?Ē Well, letís compare prisons and public schools.

Like prisons, public schools impose their will by force, by compulsion. Local governments force parents to send their children to public schools just asrepparttar 145932 police drag convicted criminals into prison (even though many parents are not aware of this and voluntarily send their kids to these schools). A parent can be convicted of alleged child abuse and sent to prison if she disobeysrepparttar 145933 school authorityís order to send her child torepparttar 145934 local public school.

Local governments then force parents to pay school taxes for these education prisons. If they donít pay these taxes, their local government will foreclose on their home and throw them out onrepparttar 145935 street.

School authorities force children to stay in school until they are 16 years old or graduate high school (these age limits vary by state). In effect, most children get a 10-year education prison sentence if they start school at age six.

School authorities force millions of children to sit in boxes called classrooms with 20 other children-inmates for six to eight hours a day, five days a week, for up to ten years. The children must obeyrepparttar 145936 adult education wardens (teachers and principals), who they may fear or dislike. They must study subjects they may hate or that bore them to death. They must associate only with other children their same age who may be bullies, violent, or emotionally disturbed. They must do homework and study for tests they must pass or be left back in school.

The children are removed from their loving parents and put underrepparttar 145937 control of teacher-wardens who may not love them, care for them, or simply even haverepparttar 145938 time to pay attention to them. They are stopped from being a free and free-spirited child. They are told to keep quiet. They are told to obeyrepparttar 145939 rules. They are told to march from classroom cell to classroom cell every 50 minutes to study different subject that may mean nothing to them.

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