American education has radically changed from what the Founders envisioned. Why? How? It began with a progressive named John Dewey and others who altered the vision of America’s Founding Fathers, replacing it with their progressive vision for education.
Dewey’s goal was to transform the educational system away from its foundations of God and religion. In a nation and culture founded on those principles, he had his work cut out for him. Like many other progressives of his day, though, Dewey rejected the original intent of the United States Constitution, believing instead that it was a living, breathing, evolving document. His new focus not only shifted away from God, but from learning.D
ewey and his ilk believed in replacing education with indoctrination:
The mere absorption of facts and truths is so exclusively an individual affair, that it tends very naturally to pass into selfishness. There is no obvious social motive for the acquirement of mere learning. There is no clear social gain and success threat.
Advocates of classical education didn’t see it coming until it was too late. It was an infection Dewey planted that took hold in both Democrats and Republicans alike.