"Where suspicion fills the air and holds scholars in line for fear of their jobs, there can be no exercise of the free intellect. Supineness and dogmatism take the place of inquiry. A problem can no longer be pursued to its edges. Fear stalks the classroom. The teacher is no longer a stimulant to adventurous thinking; she becomes instead a pipe line for safe and sound information. A deadening dogma takes the place of free inquiry. Instruction tends to become sterile; pursuit of knowledge is discouraged; discussion often leaves off where it should begin."
William O. Douglas
(1898-1980), U. S. Supreme Court Justice
Adler v. Board of Education, 1951
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A perfect explination of socializim,or communizim. There is never, a stronger thing than the truth, it passes all lines, crosses all boundries, makes evil men run, and leads the free. Sometimes, people only seek the truth, when things get tough. Such is it now. The forefathers, sought, and found it, and found it to be good, and instituted it.
 -- Kimo, U S A     
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    One of the reasons most of 'education' is in fact indoctrination. Once conditioned to obedience to 'authority', the sheeple are more easily fleeced.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    That case (teacher tenure) was decided wrongly. A teacher is not a scholar. They have no higher rank than a gardener. And like a gardener, they provide a service to a customer. Customers determine the content of the service just as much as the provider. The word scholarship is nebulous enough to intimidate the parent into relinquishing control of how a child should be raised; you hand the future to whoever decides what scholarship is. Is it what the state says? The union? Or should it be more like the way art and fashion are decided; an intricate and beautiful dance of customer and provider where both are equally free in finding a different partner?
     -- Walter Clark, Fullerton     
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    Not shooting the messenger, the over all message rings accurate. The occupying statist theocracy infesting this land, with its seminaries (government schools) ecclesiastical propagators (MSM) as well as the rest of the prognosticators of totalitarian religionist's (pc) diacetylmorphine hold truth, intellect expansion, and free speech at bay, hostage or in a completely unknown realm so that, their dogma of choice becomes the adhered to national establishment of religion.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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     -- jim k, austin      
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