Plans are underway to replace community, family, and church with propaganda, education, and mass media.the State shakes loose from Church, reaches out to School People are only little plastic lumps of human dough.
Edward A. Ross, Social Control, 1901
Each year the child is coming to belong more to the State and less and less to the parent.
Ellwood Cubberley, Conceptions of Education 1909
Before 1852 American education consisted of one-room school houses, independent teachers, and students of all ages attending of their own free will. Curriculums and funding came directly from local communities without a federalized bureaucracy ruling over every facet like today. From 18521918 things changed as the government began pushing to enforce compulsory schooling laws all across America.
These were coupled with new child labor laws in an effort to take children off the farms from under their familys tutelage and force them into indoctrination camps under the governments tutelage. These laws were met with strenuous opposition at every turn by the US population and unless there was an incredibly well-backed agenda to make sure such laws passed, they would not have.
If it was simply a matter of what the people in individual states really wanted, child labor and compulsory schooling issues would have been dropped as soon as they were raised.
At first the laws were optional later the law was made statewide but the compulsory period was short (ten to twelve weeks) and the age limits low, nine to twelve years. After this, struggle came to extend the time, often little by littleto extend the age limits downward to eight and seven and upwards to fourteen, fifteen or sixteen; to make the law apply to children attending private and parochial schools, and to require cooperation from such schools for the proper handling of cases; to institute state supervision of local enforcement; to conne...