Blumenfeld traces the evolution of this system from an 1898 article called “The Primary-Education Fetich” by the father of so-called Progressive Education, John Dewey. In that article, Dewey wrote that learning how to read early in life is a what he would call a perversion. So Dewey developed and propagated a system that discouraged high literacy and inflicted children with a method that would prevent them from reading the great books, and from developing high levels of independent intelligence.
Blumenfeld recognizes Common Core as “an educational fraud.” Instead of reading the literary classics, Common Core students are given portions from tiresome government documents and technical manuals instead of great literature. Blumenfeld’s use of the word “crimes” in the title of his book is not too strong a word to describe what the progressives have done to our children. This book’s subtitle is “How Utopians Are Using Government Schools to Destroy America’s Children.”
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