“Education” is not enough

“In Germany I frequently discussed the rising tide of conflict, but on one thing professors and students alike were agreed — that fascism could never come to Germany. It was possible in Italy, they said, because of the lack of general education — such a thing could not happen in Germany. Two institutions would prevent this: the great German universities and the German Civil Service. When, contrary to their statements, it did happen in Germany, the two great institutions which collapsed first of all were — the German universities and the German Civil Service. They were the first to serve the Fuehrer, and it was from them that we were to learn the lesson that education in and of itself is not a deterrent to the destruction of a nation. The real questions to be posed are: what kind of education? to what purpose? with what goal? under what standards?”

Bella Dodd was an active, but secret, member of the Communist party in America in the 20s and 30s. She worked tirelessly helping communists to infiltrate teacher’s unions, teacher’s colleges, and classrooms.  Eventually she left, and later testified before Congress about her actions, warning that the ‘materialistic philosophy,’ which she said was now guiding public education, would eventually demoralize the nation.”
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