Greetings! Welcome to our first annual outreach issue of The Education Liberator.
If you're already a Separationist, you'll get an even deeper understanding of why Americans need Separation and how we can get it done. I hope you'll like this issue so much that you'll order a bundle and give them out like candy (after Lent, of course). Get a ten-pack for $10; you get a hundred for $39, and you can have a 1000 for $250.
If you're new to Separation, welcome! You might be surprised that unlike most educators crying for change in the system, we've invested little space in recounting edu-horror stories. The people who are attracted to Separation already know plenty of them, and edu-mainstream folks seem to discount "anecdotal evidence" when it threatens their beliefs. Rather, we look at underlying principles and try to get to the roots of today's edu-mess.
Also, you'll find a partial list of teachers, religious leaders, and policy people who've endorsed Separation so you can see the kind of people already involved.
This document intends to address five questions:
In the three short years since our founding in January, 1994, we've come a long way. Some of the hallmarks of progress:
The second is one I'm trying to invent, and this is as far along as it has gotten: Truth does not fight truth. The closer you get to the truth, the more you limit your effective opponent to falsehood, deliberate or not. This will help us keep our bearings when opponents fail to argue the Separation case on its merits and use ad hominem attacks or other diversions. I know this firsthand. Two unconnected talk-show hosts felt so threatened by Separation, and so frustrated when their opening attacks were handled, that they attacked me because "Without government controls, parents could send their children to schools that teach cannibalism!!" So read, order tapes and books, and get yourself prepared to respond to the ol' cannibalism objection.
Marshall Fritz, Director
PS: This document has received major input from Cathy Duffy, Doug Dewey, Philip Mitchell, Kathleen Richman, Steve Smith, Virgil Swearingen, and Jarret Wollstein. Thank you. The errors are mine.