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Historic Overview of Public Education System

POWDER SPRINGS, GEORGIA, based non-profit organization American Vision just released a revised and updated edition of Samuel L. Blumenfeld’s 1985 classic Is Public Education Necessary? Two centuries of source material present an accurate history of the religious and philosophical transformations that gave birth to the public educational system controlling America’s children today.

American Vision President Gary DeMar advises that the public education system has been used as a tool in a quest for power for many years. “Education has long been used as a vehicle for social change, from Karl Marx and Adolf Hitler to secular humanism and radical Islam. Whoever controls the educational system will set the goals for the nation, define and establish its moral values, and ultimately rule the future. If conservatives are serious about securing the future for their children, they must understand the nature of the war they are fighting,” said DeMar, author of Whoever Controls the Schools Rules the World.

Founded in 1978, American Vision has been at the heart of historical and worldview study, reaching millions across the world through resources provided from and free online content found at Samuel L. Blumenfeld has authored several books, including NEA: Trojan Horse in American Education, Why Schools Went Public and The Victims of Dick and Jane. A regular contributor to WorldNetDaily and a former editor for the Universal Library at Grosset and Dunlap, Blumenfeld has been interviewed and featured in numerous publications and documentaries as an expert in the history of the educational system in America.

To request an interview with Samuel Blumenfeld, contact [email protected] or call 770-222-7266 ext. 214. ###


by Samuel L. Blumenfeld

Revised & Updated Edition Copyright 2011

229 Pages • Perfect Bound • 6x9

ISBN: 978-1-936577-06-4 • Retail Price: $24.95 • Release Date: May 13, 2011

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In early American history, a literate and well-educated majority of Americans thrived without a national, tax-funded educational program. In fact, few of the men who signed the Declaration of Independence and drafted the U.S. Constitution had ever seen a public school, and yet they benefited from a free system of education vastly superior to the imagined benefits of today’s state-controlled schooling.

What happened over the course of the last two and a half centuries?

Why did Americans surrender the educational freedom that produced such widespread academic excellence to embrace a state of functional illiteracy under complete government control?

In his seminal book Is Public Education Necessary?, Samuel Blumenfeld unpacks two centuries of source material to present an accurate history of the religious and philosophical transformations that gave birth to the educational statism controlling America’s children today.

From the New England Puritan experiments in compulsory schooling to the Unitarian crusades to perfect man with the “strong arm of government,” Blumenfeld shows that public education in America has always been more about religion than literacy.

A colorful history full of fascinating characters and incisive commentary, Is Public Education Necessary? challenges American parents to discard the common wisdom concerning public schools—to reshoulder the responsibilities that are rightfully theirs, to fight to keep the liberties they inherited, and to teach their children to do the same.

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About the Author: Samuel L. Blumenfeld is the author of nine books on education, including How to Tutor (1973), NEA: Trojan Horse in American Education (1984), The Victims of Dick & Jane and Other Essays (2003), and Revolution via Education (2009). A popular lecturer all over the world, Mr. Blumenfeld was educated in New York City public schools, and has taught in both the public and private spheres. He lives in suburban Boston and continues to contribute to such publications as Reason, The New American, The New York Times, The Chalcedon Report, and Education Digest.

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