Here’s the Real Reason Why Public Education Will Never Get Better….

You want the truth about public education? Here it is.

Have you ever had an issue you were really passionate about but felt like you had to tiptoe around, so as not to upset a bunch of people?

For me, that issue is public education.

To be sure, I’ve certainly tackled the issue more than a few times here on my blog, but I’ve always held back just a bit because I didn’t want to make anyone mad. (Although a few people always seem to get irritated, anyway.)

Well, I’ve decided that I’m not going to hold back any longer. 

Several times a year, several times a month, perhaps, I’ll come across an article somewhere, or a letter to the editor, or even enter into a conversation about what needs to be done to fix our nation’s schools. The problem is that most people don’t realize the real root of this problem, and that is…

Our schools are never going to be fixed because they’re already doing what they were intended to from the beginning.

And therein lies the problem.

Schooling vs Education

You see, most people don’t realize that the public education system was never designed to educate in the first place. It was set in place as a means to train obedient citizens (think of it as a giant social engineering experiment) and future factory workers.

Consider this quote by John D. Rockefeller, philanthropist and one of the masterminds behind compulsory schooling:

“I don’t want a nation of thinkers, I want a nation of workers.”

Or this quote by John T. Gates, advisor to John Rockefeller and founder of Rockefeller FoundationRockefeller UniversityGeneral Education Board:

“We shall not try to make these people or any of their children into philosophers or men of learning or of science. We are not to raise up among them authors, orators, poets, or men of letters. We shall not search for embryo great artists, painters, musicians. Nor will we cherish even the humbler ambition to raise up from among them lawyers, doctors, preachers, statesmen, of whom we now have ample supply.”

Truth be told, I could go on and on with quotes like these, but here’s the gist of it:

Schooling and education are two different things.

Education is about exploration and learning how to think.

Schooling (which is what our public schools are a part of) is about training and teaching children what to think.

Someone who is being educated will be told, “Do some research on this topic. Study the evidence, weigh both sides, and make an informed conclusion.”

Someone who is being schooled is told, “This is how it is because scientists, historians, and other people who are smarter than you have already figured it out. There’s no need to look into it further.”

education vs schooling

Now before I feel the wrath of teachers everywhere, let me just say that I am not suggesting for one minute that teachers are knowingly a part of this. I have nothing but respect for the teachers who are out there “in the trenches” every day. I am fully aware that, in essence, they are doing what they were trained to do, that many of them genuinely love their students, and that even if they sense that something is wrong with all this, their hands are tied.

I get it. So this isn’t directed at educators – at all.

I’m just trying to open your eyes.


Make no mistake about it, public school students are being indoctrinated every single day. You may assume a child’s lessons and assignments are about academics, and they are on the surface, but that isn’t all.

One of the goals of the public education system is to shape a child’s morals and character, and those views are built in to every worksheet, every quiz, every textbook, and you can bet it’s a major part of Common Core.

(Warning: Graphic example…Last week a friend from my church called the superintendent of her grandson’s school district because he came home with a psychology quiz which included a question about whether or not beverages will affect the taste of semen. When she confronted the superintendent, he actually had the nerve to say that that textbook was approved by the school board, and he didn’t have time to read every page of every textbook.)

It’s about politics. It’s about political correctness. It’s about teaching children to submit to authority in all circumstances.

Separation of Families

In the past, I’ve written about the possibility that compulsory schooling has contributed to the breakdown of the family, and I still feel firmly that this is the case.

I find it ironic that one of the “reasons” compulsory schooling was instituted was because of child labor laws. So…they took children out of factories and put them in a different kind of factory, only now they’re forced to do it by law, and they don’t get paid for it.


Then, after children are in this factory school setting all day, very possibly followed by “voluntary” after-school programs, they are expected to come home and complete two hours of homework and often help with household chores.

And we wonder why the family unit is weak??

Wrapping It Up

Suffice it to say, all of these things are done by government-run schools on purpose. Their main goals are to train a populace that is unable to think on its own, is easily influenced, is willing to work for very little, embraces a moral code that makes it easiest for them to control, and has no real ties to their families.

Looking around me today, I think our schools are without a doubt doing what they were intended to do. Worrying about how to save them won’t get us anywhere because, let’s face it –

Schools aren’t broken. We are. And it’s because of them.

“School is a twelve-year jail sentence where bad habits are the only curriculum truly learned. I teach school and win awards doing it. I should know.”
― John Taylor GattoDumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling




Author: Shelly Sangrey

I'm Shelly, a Christ-following, homeschooling Mom of eleven children ( okay, not ALL children. My oldest is 23.) I met my husband right after graduation, and we've been together ever since. Though my life can be hectic at times... okay, ALL the time, I wouldn't change it for anything.

47 thoughts on “Here’s the Real Reason Why Public Education Will Never Get Better….”

  1. Well, we actually tried to educate kids at one time (the first Baby Boomers born between 1946 and 1954) and oops all these kids decided to start all of these movements to change the world. That really upset the apple cart and the powers then decided to dumb-down the education to keep people from thinking and trying to change things. They forget that the truly educated keep learning all of their life.

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    1. It started earlier than that. By the 50s education was already dumbed down from what it was in the 40s and 30s. The Fair Labor Standards Act was enacted in 1938. My dad was born in 1912, and he would have started school about 1918 so he was in school in the 1920s. The ordinary curriculum they studied through the 10th grade when he stopped (there was no grade 12 back then) was, I think, above what ours are graduating high school with now. Oh, nowadays they graduate having covered more science than there was then, but I don’t see that they’re teaching them to think as well as they did back in the day.

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    2. I’m a baby boomer from the early 60s and feel very fortunate that most of my teachers has been teaching, at the time, some at least the 50s and continued to educate us.

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  2. This is why I love you, Shelly! You speak my language. Just today I read a disturbing article I’ll have to share with you, about what’s really going on in our schools across the nation and in other countries. I just hope more parents wake up soon!

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  3. So true! Thanks for so much honesty and passion. It makes me sad to notice that the current system has led to families that are dysfunctional to a point where even I have to admit it’s better for those kids to spend their days remote from their homes.

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  4. I’m just wandering what the answer to this problem is? Homeschool? Most parents work and cannot homeschool. Christian school? It is so outrageously expensive. I’m so torn… I have two daughters in public school. My heart is so torn all the time… but I don’t what the solution is.

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    1. Unfortunately, there is no easy answer to this. I don’t see the government ever giving up their control of education. It’s been too beneficial for them. I will say that I know many, many working parents who homeschool. It is very possible. For people who absolutely couldn’t make it work, I would suggest being very diligent about trying to supplement and “run interference” while the kids are not in school.

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      1. Shelly, when my oldest daughter first told me the real purpose of public school, I was stunned!! But it is true!
        As a teacher, I can vouch for that. It’s horrible!!
        That beverage thing made me want to puke. Not that you included it, that the poor children are exposed to stuff like this, as a matter of routine. Disgusting!!

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    2. Darlene……many working parent home school. There are many ways to make it work. How old are your kids? Can they be left at home during the day? I highly recommend Freedom Project Academy Registration starts on March 6. It is teach led, accredited K-12 on line private school for $2200. They also have a scholarship program. No Common Core, No Data Collection. They take no state or federal money. Dr. Duke Pesta is one of the Directors. Christian, classical education. You can home school any day and any hour. There is no reason that home school has to be Mon-Fri. You can home school on Sat-Sun as 2 of the days when parents are home. If you miss teacher led classes with FPA they are archived. Do you have a parent that can help with the kids when you are in work? If they are old enough then they can fire up the computer and do their work with FPA. This teaches children accountability and responsibility. Can you or your hubby work from home 1 or 2 days per week? Can you work different shits so someone is at home? There are so many ways to do it and in the end it is so worth it. Do you both have to work. Can you downsize and cut corners until the kids get out of school?


    3. I’d also like to add that homeschooling does not have to be expensive. This year, I’m homeschooling 9 kids, and we spent less than $300 total because we are able to use the library as our main resource. Where there’s a will, there’s a way.


    4. Don’t give up on a chance to homeschool even if you work. It may be difficult, but there are free resources that can help you get organized enough to do it. I don’t know if it will work for you, but I hope it can.


    5. I am a widow with three children still at home, two are still school aged (I finished three others who are out now). I also work 5 days a week but I also homeschool. Is it hard? Absolutely! Do I regret it? There are days maybe, but, No. Why do I do it? Because my career is in education and I can say that this is completely on target. I am currently in post-secondary and see the results of public education. I want better for my kids.

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  5. Love your post Shelly. But…everybody wants to give a pass to the educators. They went to college to learn how to teach children and yet you say they don’t know the difference between that and schooling? You are saying they don’t know they are indoctrinating? Just because they are liberals and are pushing a liberal agenda, that does not mean they are not aware. No – not all of them do it all the time but if they don’t know when they are, or know it is happening to the students, then they are deaf, dumb, or in denial. At what point do we hold the people doing the damage responsible? Giving them a pass allows it to go on longer. Teacher colleges hold a lot of the blame too. Parents hold the most blame as it is their God given duty to properly educate their children and raise them in the Word, but the people hosting the children 7 hours a day or so are actively taking part and should know better. If they truly love the kids as everybody loves to say, then they would not let this happen to those kids.

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    1. I definitely agree that there are some terribly manipulative teachers out there, but I have come across some truly remarkable ones, as well. Two of my children’s teachers (back when they were still in school) used to get so upset at what was happening at the school that they would often ask me to recruit some other parents to protest things that were going on. I think more and more people are now realizing though that the reality of teaching is way different than what most people imagine.


    2. I am a teacher. I have worked in numerous schools trying to find a shred of hope for myself, my family, and our communities. I am fighting administration and government daily to provide lessons that involve higher order thinking and hands on learning. My principal and fellow teachers want that, talk about it, but simply can’t break from what is governmental mandate. The curriculum and attached pacing guidelines, our emphasis on “equity”, are actually failing us. The institutionalization of our children isn’t working. The teacher led classroom doesn’t function. To be truthful, my student body needs trauma care and love prior to engaging in an adventure in learning. We are on the wrong path when our scholars enter Kindergarten primed and excited to learn, and by 5th grade they’re indifferent, bored, and combative. So, yet again I am leaving another school and the future is unknown. One thing is certain, our children deserve better!!! I want them to dream, to plan, to think, and to wonder. I imagine this is the time where I keep my kids home so they can truly learn, not just do what everyone is mandated to do.

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      1. I’m living through this now worh my 5th grader. He absolutely hates school. He’s well behaved and does his work but fights daily because he very active and dreads the 8 hours of (in my opinion) lessons that will never help him actually succeed in life. Legally I have to send him or provide some type of schooling but it will never ever prepare them to live and win in life. I reach finacial literacy and it’s ridiculous how much of the things we really need to know, aren’t being taught AT ALL. It’s terrible.


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