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--"Once upon a time, schools tried to improve the character of their students. Be neat. Be punctual. Be accurate. Do your homework. Don’t copy anyone else’s work. Dot your is and cross your ts. Remember, practice makes perfect.
"In a similar way, the Boy Scouts urged boys to be little gentlemen. Scout Law dictates: “A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.”.
"For much of American history, few questioned these values. Benjamin Franklin declared the prevailing view: “nothing is of more importance for the public weal, than to form and train up youth in wisdom and virtue.”
"Alas, all that is gone with the wind from the classrooms of America. Evidently, Progressives figured out that the converse of Franklin’s insight is also true: nothing is more destructive to the public weal than to deform and train down youth in ignorance and immorality."
I have to confess I was slow to see the magnitude of this problem. I now think it's huge. If we want to save the schools, we have to save the character-building parts as well as the intellectual parts.
"K-12: Character Assassins"