By Paul Goodman
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Children do not know the Bible. Eccentric classical children's literature is discouraged by librarians because it does not fit educators' word-lists and is probably unhygienic. The approved books are concocted according to the official world-view. Other more exciting reading, like comic books, does not contrast to life but withdraws from it, is without reality or feeling. The movies are the same more insidiously, because they are apparently adult and real. Finally, the ideal models of careers with their characters and philosophies -- scientist, explorer, nurse, and writer -- have been normalized to TV stereotypes: they are all the same Organization Man, though they wear various costumes.
Playthings are prefabricated toys; there is little practical carpentry, plumbing or mechanics; but there are do-it-yourself kits. The contrast of city and country vanishes in endless conurbation. Few children know animals. Even basic foods are packaged and distributed, and increasingly pre-cooked, in the official style. And a child hears less of any rival style or thought. The rival world-view of (even hypocritical) religion is no longer influential. Children do not know the Bible. Eccentric classical children's literature is discouraged by librarians because it does not fit educators' word-lists and is probably unhygienic.
The student is told the current doctrine and is trained to give it back accurately. And still proving his masculinity and doing a snow-job, the student thinks that the purpose of a course is to 'master the subject'. Necessarily, in the conflict with the adult world, the young suffer a crushing defeat. There are various ways of surviving it. Some give up on themselves and conform completely -- a few indeed become more royalist than the king (but these are often psychopathic, middle-class delinquents).
Compulsory Mis-Education, and the Community of Scholars by Paul Goodman