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Tyranny Through Public Education by William F Jr Cox
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Studio: Salem Communications
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.04" Width: 6.16" Height: 1.39" Weight: 1.76 lbs.
Release Date Apr 13, 2004
Publisher Salem Communications
ISBN 1594675430 ISBN13 9781594675430
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America's Public Schools: Messiah or Tyrant? Jul 21, 2004
The standard fare served in the great majority of teacher preparation programs in the U.S. regarding the history of public education is predictable. It is the story of how America's public schools have taken on religious sectarianism, sexism, racism, elitism, and prejudice of all kinds?and won, producing a truly democratic institution of which we can all be proud and which we can all thank for leading us toward Plato?s ?just? society. William F. Cox, Jr., in Tyranny Through Public Education tells a very different story, and in the process builds a formidable case for his charge of 'tyranny.' Cox?s story is not one of the triumph of democracy, but one of usurpation of parental rights, a patronizing cynicism toward the institution of the family, and the ascendance of atheism as the ruling ideology in public education. Cox does not use the term ?tyranny? lightly, but in the context of the founding generation of the American republic. The book is worth the price just for the treasurehouse of research in Constitutional law and other primary source materials. As America has drifted from the ideas and assumptions of the founders and the founding generation, it has tended to ascribe messianic qualities and expectations to public schools. Cox brings back to life what have become archaic or ambiguous terms in the American conversation, but terms that were close the hearts of the founders?terms such as liberty and tyranny?and argues that what characterizes the nature of public education is more kin to tyranny than messiahship. But Cox has an uphill battle on his hands. His version of the story of American education is persuasive and extraordinarily well-documented, but will sadly go unnoticed by those that control the ?story? made available to students in America?s teacher?s colleges. These guardians brook little dissent or criticism for their messiah. As for me, I plan to put Tyranny Through Public Education on my undergraduate and graduate reading lists with a personal plug. This story needs to get out. We need some hard thinking about the issues that Cox raises.
Is Education truly Public? Who is in Control? Jul 20, 2004
Cox?s very intriguing, thought provoking, highly informative, and very insightful book "Tyranny Through Public Education" truly serves as a ?wakeup call? for all those truly concerned as to the state of education in America today! This book should be especially of great interest to those who care very deeply for America?s public school system as to how we as concerned American citizens, parents, educators can (and should) take back greater control of our public schools on the local and national level, as compared to how we have given government greater control to determine the ways government deems best to educate our children.
Cox shares how governmental authority communicates to parents (and the children) that government know best how to raise and educate the children. Utilizing much research and helpful documentation, Cox very insightfully lays out, chapter-by-chapter, the ?tyranny against [our] inalienable rights through government involvement in education?? (p. 544).
Cox highly emphasizes that if we look back at the history of our American schools, especially with regard to our religious (Christian) foundations, schools were of a religious (Christian) nature out from under governmental control. Parents, as according to their God-given responsibility, were entrusted to have authority over their children?s education. Cox reveals: ?Thomas Jefferson indicated that the role of government as conceived in both the Declaration and Constitution does not include any direct responsibility to educate children?? (p. 113). In addition, Cox very insightfully emphasizes that if we are to educate our children according to the tenor of the Declaration according to our (religious) convictions, then ?the child is to mature into someone who can exercise rights given inalienably by God, which actually translates into duties before God, the child?s education must be founded on such truths? (p. 111).
This highly researched and very informative book will provide any person concerned with the education of our children, the state of public education, and our inalienable rights (especially parents of school children) with the very important knowledge and historical/religious background to understand, as Cox shares: ?It is a wrong premise to think that public schools are public? (p. 528).
This book is a ?must read? each page filled with thought provoking information! It will truly challenge your thinking as to how much more we, as American citizens with guaranteed inalienable rights, should ascertain and utilize our inalienable rights to raise and educate our children free from government constraints on education! This book will truly help you to reflect upon and answer the following question for yourself: Who know best as to raising and educating my child: the government or me?? This book truly serves as a ?wakeup call? to answer this very important and necessary question!