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Editorial: Authoritarians like ‘early childhood education’




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June 18, 2014 | 3,102 views | 33 comments

“Kindergarten was the beginning of the ruination of Germany.”

That’s what my Grandmother Ripps said when the subject arose about school or day care for kids younger than 6. This daughter of German immigrants believed that taking small children away from their parents and homes paved the way for Hitler and National Socialism.

In the interest of full disclosure, I attended a church kindergarten for a few months, but my widowed grandmother reared my dad and his five siblings without recourse to pre-school.

Times have changed; still, Grandmother Ripps was on to something. Authoritarians from early times realized the value of taking children from homes and families at an early age, keeping them with others of the same age, and setting above them a new authority figure that replaces parent or older sibling. From a dictator’s point of view, the longer the period of separation, the better; and the younger the child, the better.

Now I am not suggesting that government pre-school employees are conspiring to undermine parental authority and indoctrinate children. Nevertheless, they are limited as to what values they can impart, and they do interject into impressionable young lives a new authority figure who is also a provider. The tykes inevitably learn that there are values other than those their family holds and that someone other than the family can give them what they think they need. Consequently, those of us who must avail ourselves of government pre-school -- or school for any age child -- must supplement and even contradict the lessons learned there.

These are things to ponder as some politicians push unprecedented government involvement in “early childhood education.” No doubt they have considered the possible consequences, and they like them
 

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PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
June 22, 2014 12:35pm
 
Bob Pritts .... You are still defending the statement that 9,000.000 Hitler Youth served in some capacity while in the service of Himmler's SS organization. I'm just trying to get the proper score ... More ›

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
June 22, 2014 12:06pm
 
Bob Pritts .... As the worm squirms.

 
Bob Pritts  
St Hedwig, TX  
June 22, 2014 11:36am
 
Grouch, I guess you are one of the dense. But, go on with your semantics war with yourself, if you wish. I suppose if your team just one the Super Bowl, you'd want a rematch!!

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
June 22, 2014 10:38am
 
Mr Pritts .... You may be under the illusion that the SS comprised the entire German armed force. Please explain how the conscription of the Hitler youth into the regular German army, navy and air force as well as ... More ›

 
Bob Pritts  
St Hedwig, TX  
June 22, 2014 9:39am
 
Grouch, I already said you were right about the 900,000 SS combatant forces. Then I explained where the other SS non-combatant forces were in the army structure. The Gestapo, the concentration camp managers, etc. But if ... More ›

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
June 22, 2014 6:31am
 
Mr Pritts..... Please change the number 900,000,000 to 9,000.000. Must be osmosis or typing before finishing the first cup of coffee. :-)

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
June 22, 2014 6:25am
 
Mr Pritts ... Clinging to your assertion that 900,000,000 Hitler youth joined the Himmler's SS organization disregard the fact that many of that group were conscripted into the regular German military. That fact along ... More ›

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
June 21, 2014 1:48pm
 
Bob Pritts It's not the velocity of the leg movement, it's the short stride. BTW, with my personality, it has to be unconditional love. Have a great weekend.

 
Bob Pritts  
St Hedwig, TX  
June 21, 2014 12:18pm
 
Grouch, I told you you were right about the less than 1 million SS in the armed forces. But, the 9,000,000 was not a lie. I just didn't define it very well the first time around. I explained where the remainder were and ... More ›

 
Bob Pritts  
St Hedwig, TX  
June 21, 2014 12:08pm
 
Grouch, You must have been a slow runner!s Still are, I guess.

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