Clarence Thomas' kinky view of education

Got discipline?

In a free-speech ruling, Justice Thomas misstates the purpose of education.
By Jonathan Zimmerman, JONATHAN ZIMMERMAN wrote “Innocents Abroad: American Teachers in the American Century.”
June 28, 2007

WHAT ARE schools for?

For the last decade, I’ve taught a history course with that title at New York University. My students and I examine the different purposes that Americans have assigned to public schools, including:

A. to teach the great humanistic traditions of the West;

B. to develop the individual interests of the child;

C. to promote social justice;

D. to prepare efficient workers.

Over the last four centuries, Americans have struggled to balance these goals — and many others — in their schools. To Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, however, there’s only one right answer:

E. to instill discipline and obedience

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