Significant Quotes about Education:
Guess which Germans said them!
There is an amazing consistency to these very powerful words over nearly five centuries of time. Explicitly or implicitly each lays or justifies the claim of the State to the lives and “rights” of both parents and children. As judges have told us, “In Germany, the children belong to the State.”
their years (order mixed up): 1925, 2013, 1848, 1530, 2006, and 1807.
These words were written or spoken by either very significant individuals or they are decisions issued by German courts. One quotes an international appeals court upholding a series of German court decisions.
Answers in footnotes below.
“Compulsory school attendance require children from all backgrounds in society to gather together. Parents could not obtain an exemption from compulsory school attendance for their children if they disagreed with the content of particular parts of the syllabus, even if their disagreement was religiously motivated. The applicant parents could not be permitted to keep their children away from school and the influences of other children.”1
“By means of the new education we want to mould the Germans into a corporate body, which shall be stimulated and animated in all its individual members by the same interest. . . So there is nothing left for us but just to apply the new system to every German without exception, so that it is not the education of a single class, but the education of the nation. All distinctions of classes. . . will be completely removed and vanish. In this way there will grow up among us, not popular education, but real German national education.”2
But I hold that it is the duty of the temporal authority to compel its subjects to keep their children in school, especially the promising ones we mentioned above… If the government can compel subjects for military service…how much more can it and should it compel its subjects to keep their children in school.3
“We destroy the most hallowed of relations, when we replace home education by social. The intervention, direct or indirect, by means of schools, [we] do but seek to alter the character of that intervention…The hallowed correlation of parents and child becomes all the more disgusting [as] all the family ties are torn asunder.”4
“As regards purely formal education the State even now interferes with the individual’s right of self-determination and insists upon the right of the community by submitting the child to an obligatory system of training, without paying attention to the approval or disapproval of the parents. [The State will]…make its authority prevail over the ignorance and incomprehension of individuals.. It must organize its educational work in such a way that the bodies of the young will be systematically trained from infancy onwards.”…5
“Through compulsory schooling parents have to accept that the state acts as educational support within the scope of the school’s field of action in their place, so their ability to directly act as an educator in person of their children is restricted to outside the school. For filling its role, the state is dependent on being able to basically determine the educational program of the school, regardless of the wishes of the participating students and their parents based on their own ideas of content.6
So what we, the Twelve Tribes, are dealing with as a people in Germany is very old and very entrenched. It is a basic and fundamental view that human rights are entirely the gift of the State, to be taken away or redefined at the will of the State. They do not come from God and so are not inalienable. The State does not exist to protect those rights, far from it. The State exists to protect itself.
Citizens and their rights are both malleable, then. It is all according to the perceived “need” of the state to make its citizens “fit” this mold or that mold.
Different states have different leaders, and different times require different moulds for different ends, but molding always requires force.
- Konrad v. Germany, App. No. 35504/03, 4 (European Court. Human Rights, Sep. 11, 2006) ↩
- Johann Fichte, Addresses to the German Nation 1807 (R. F. Jones and G. H. Turnbull, translators, Open Court Publishing Company, 1922, pp. 15. ↩
- Martin Luther, A Sermon on Keeping Children in School, 1530, Luther’s Works, Vol. 46, Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1967, pp. 257. ↩
- Karl Marx, The Communist Manifesto, 1848. ↩
- Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf, published in Germany in 1925, J. Murphy, translator, p. 337-338.) ↩
- German court decision: Bundesverwaltungsgericht Leipzig, 6. Senat, Urteilsbegründung, Neumann et al., 11. 9. 2013. ↩