THE BOOK MEME
My new blog pal, Ukok, tagged me.
Here are the rules:
1. Pick up the nearest book (of at least 123 pages).
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the next three sentences.
5. Tag five people.
From The Underground History of American Education
by (one of my heros) John Taylor Gatto.
1st three sentences after 5th sentence:
Many schools were burned to the ground and teachers run out of town by angry mobs. When students were kept after school, parents often broke into school to free them. At Saltfleet Township in 1859 a teacher was locked in the schoolhouse by students who "threw mud and mire into his face and over his clothes," according to the school records---while parents egged them on.
Like Ukok I have to finish the author's thought or you won't get it.
At Brantford, Ontario, in 1863 the teacher William Young was assaulted (according to his replacement) to the point that "Mr. Young's head, face, and body was, if I understand rightly, pounded literally to jelly." Curtis (from the book Building The Education State 1836-1871) argues that parent resistance was motivated by a radical transformation in the intentions of schools---a change from teaching basic literacy to molding social identity.
*(Rachel's notes) The above passage has to do with initial reaction parents had to the idea of compulsory schooling. Too bad relatively few parents feel that way about compulsory government schooling now.
-Now I MUST go an pick up my house because Autumn's party for her 8th birthday, which isn't until the 18th, is tonite. It's grown-up friends for us and their kids (Autumn's friends) for her.-