Killing Schools

A lot people are out of work now because their basic training was invented, overseen, and approved by business. And because business can’t see into the future any better than you, it turns out that now they don’t need nearly so much of whatever the unemployed people used to do for money. When President Obama said we needed more science and math majors, he meant that businesses expect to need more people with those skills and want there to be so many people like that that they won’t cost much to hire. He’s the President.

So “Let No Child Escape” is designed to produce graduates at all levels who are useful for business, directly as a wage slave or indirectly as a teacher of the approved knowledge. Business often doesn’t know what’s good even for business, much less for the rest of us. Congress and other legislatures use and ignore ordinary people, steal our money, and hire more goons to keep us in compliance with ever-increasing restrictions on our lives. Hardly anything Congress votes on affects them directly except salary increases.

Some people despair of the lot of most people ever improving, and I can understand that. I’ve always assumed that the average person was a bit dim, and it seems that she may be insane, because she keeps giving the glad eye and her money to that lying sleazebag who never does what he said he would, and she keeps thinking he will next time for sure. Meanwhile her cupboard is bare and her teeth are falling out. She crazy.

The United States and California could save a boatload of money, give children their lives back, empower parents, decrease air pollution, and begin a cultural, political, and social renaissance by killing compulsory public education. Just kill it. The industrial model is punitive and awful and deserves to die. Pioneering dropouts and homeschoolers could be supported handsomely with the money being sucked up by administration and buildings. We could send the professionals home. They’ve followed their orders, and now they can do something else, maybe find somebody else’s orders to follow. They’re smart enough to think of another way to make a living. People do it all the time.

More than anything else, getting rid of compulsory public schools will free our children to do better for themselves than we have. Letting professional educators run the show has gotten us massive ignorance and corruption and increasingly massive unemployment. The experts in business, government, and public education more than anything else preserve their careers. Have you noticed?

Defunding public schools will add to unemployment. So what? Public policy and expenditure based on a number are what got us where we are. We can ignore the numbers. Yes, we can.

I don’t think we will, though. Killing public schools sounds fantastic to me because I can’t imagine Congress or any state legislature bucking all that pressure on them to stay out to lunch and leave things to the experts. It probably sounds like a fantasy to you, too, and that’s why it won’t happen. The kids could totally do it, though. Mass action—that’s the ticket.


  1. thanks Anthony, you just wrote my manifesto. How much do I owe you? A very hopeful peek at the possibilities living outside “the collar.” Not an easy path but more free.
    and yes, I have noticed that “…many experts in business, gvmt and education more than anything preserve their careers.” Their cover is to call themselves “adult.” For a long time I tried to believe them because I was convinced (properly educated) I should be an adult who could skillfully use obtuse language to free associate for long stretches at a time (hog the conversation) about the charms, necessities and inevitabilities of the system. But some ticking intelligence deep within me, something untouched by the gang of goon-driven ambitions, knew that a singular reliance on the punitive, an essential feature of the system you flush out here, signals impotence. It was only recently that I realized that going along with that system just made me a devotee of fear. I didn’t like how well-educated I’d become. Fortunately, I’m finding, it’s curable.
    I think en masse kids are ahead of me on this. Who knows where they’ll take the opportunities they’ve discovered in technology and social networking tools? But the goons are gathering to stop the children from taking freedom too far. I don’t want your piece, which is the best of yours I’ve read, to be “required” reading, but I do hope a lot of people read it.

  2. i never did send my child to the death camp torture/slavery prisons
    misnamed “schools”. never did think of it. cannot imagine it.
    people must be self and child hating to do it. children must hate
    home to go without crying and complaining. with bus transportation and
    driving added to the mess, it is just unbelievable abuse to all concerned.

  3. To help a friend i went to a Butte College language class. It became clear quickly that people pay to not learn and to be stopped from learning by being told what to do. My time was spent learning all of the verbs. For basic fuctionality with the language this was necessary. People pay to not learn in dysfunctional groups.

  4. Alec Binyon says:

    Love it, couldn’t agree more, amen, I’ve been saying this shit since 6th grade. Since then, I barely graduated high school, skipped college and have had an educational and enriching life ever since.

    Compulsory schooling is built to provide industry institutionalized clock punchers. And it worked great! But when systems that we all take for granted start collapsing, they will be powerless to do anything about it other than freak out and lose their minds.

    Our two young boys however are little warriors who don’t know TV, video games, can grow radishes at 3 and read at 2. They will also not go to the Government schools and will instead be educated by their real community: family, friends, mentors, Chico, experiences and curiousity. There are more families like mine.

    Kudos to you for writing publicly about this. Public schools as they exist should be abolished.


  5. The only reason we can do this is because I got lucky with a decent job and even luckier with an amazing woman to share all this with. She’s the one that was brave enough to decide on keeping them out of the system and the one who is primarily responsible for their education. I am involved of course but also work 40 hours/week. I had the typical fears of social alienation and general home-schooled oddity.

    But then we read a lot of books on the subject, checked out from the library (the last stand for government sponsored freedom) and I reconnected with some friends of mine that were homeschooled who are now living successful, creative lives.

    I am totally aware that many families can not get the breaks we got and both parents need or want to work. We should have community schools that we can trust with our children, and I think that is best done on a small scale, amongst neighbors who can choose and create curriculum as they see fit, determined by the needs of the community. If the community needs entrepreneurs, let”s start that education at 5 years old; if it needs skilled builders, let’s teach that too.

    I have taken inventory of what I learned during my compulsory schooling and one of the biggest lessons was that the system is a pathological liar. Just one example of this was a local vice principal who told me that if I didn’t do well in high school, I couldn’t get into a good college, and my life would be an abysmal failure. He clearly came from a place of good intentions and really believed himself. I’m thankful I was rebellious enough to not believe him and I’m thankful for knowing adults that had paved their own way and lived in a true state of freedom.

  6. here is a video with even more details of the
    horrors perpetrated in the child prisons.

  7. Phil Montaleone says:


    Thank you — I appreciate you and your “right on” article, “Killing Schools” – it rocks!! You are the best of Chico! You are correct the kids are taking it down…altho many casualties among them as they refuse to be abused and disrespected such as being held back grades, labeled and drugged… This subject is one of my career/activist passions; so if you want to expand or add to–I’d be happy to toss ideas.

    I’m new to Chico area, so unsure what’s been written. Grateful you write.
    Hope to hear from u.
    Congratulations and keep the truth rolling

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