Daughters Of The Barons
The new compulsion-school institution was assigned the task of fixing the social order into place, albeit with the cautions of Pareto and Mosca kept in mind. Society was to reflect the needs of modern corporate organization and the requirements of rational evolution. The best breeding stock had to be protected and displayed. The supreme challenge was to specify who was who in the new hierarchical order.
The basic hypothesis of utopia-building is that the structure of personhood can be broken and reformed again and again. The notion of empty children was the most important concept which inspired social architects and engineers to believe that schools could indeed be remade into socialization laboratories.
God was pitched out of forced schooling on his ear after WWII. This wasnt because of any constitutional proscriptionthere was none that anyone had been able to find in over a century and a halfbut because the political state and corporate economy considered the Western spiritual tradition too dangerous a competitor. And it is.
The Psychopathology Of Everyday Schooling
None of the familiar school sequences is defensible according to the rules of evidence, all are arbitrary; most grounded in superstition or aesthetic prejudice of one sort or another. Pestalozzis basic Simple to Complex formulation, for instance, is a prescription for disaster in the classroom.