In the newest issue of Chronicles (Sept. 2007), thereâ€™s a great article by Thomas Fleming, â€œCounting People and People Who Count,â€ on the educational racket. Many of the ills, he maintains, were popularized by John Dewey.
â€œJohn Dewey and his students developed the argument to include a soft social-science indoctrination that would liberate American kids from the shackles of race, ethnicity, nationality, region, class, wealth, religion, taste, and anything else their poor benighted parents valued. By the late 1960s, the attack was extended to sex and gender, species and phylum.â€
The pragmatists were some of forerunners in deracinating Western man from his ancestral pride and traditions. The New Left only later hastens a project already underway.
Fleming later discusses a more aristocratic approach to education:
â€œIn the Middle Ages, Western Europeans, whatever language they spoke at home, had to study Latin, and a 17th-century Englishman had to make a stab at Greek, speak at least a travelerâ€™s French, and, if he wish to set up for a literary gentleman, make shift to read the language of Dante, Petrarch, and Tasso.â€
For an American gentleman of Anglo/European descent, it is vital that he have a thorough understanding of Western Civilization. Because not only is it valuable in itself, but it is his ancestral tradition.