By design our country is being made illiterate.
John Dewey is the father of public education in the United States, wrote curriculum and taught teachers how to teach (at Columbia University).
On my quotations page you will find: Quotation 23c. & 16.
“Teaching school children to read was a ‘perversion’ and high literacy rate bred ‘the sustaining force behind individualism.'”
John Dewey, Educational Psychologist
A great book that increased and perfected literacy and oratory in the 1800s
I want to bring your attention to a great book. This book and the Bible are what Abraham Lincoln studied and credited for his reading and oratory skills. And this book was the only book that Frederick Douglass owned when he was growing up. Both men memorized and practiced the speeches in The Columbian Orator. These men became two of the greatest orators in the 1800s.
The book is The Columbian Orator. It can be ordered from Amazon.com at this link.
On the front cover of my 1998 edition of the book, is printed:
“The Book That Helped Build the American Character”
“Containing a variety of original and selected pieces together with rules, which are calculated to improve youth and others, in the ornamental and useful art of eloquence — by Caleb Bingham, A.M.”
“First published in 1797, The Columbian Orator helped shape the American mind for the next half century, going through some twenty-three editions and totaling 200,000 copies in sales. The book was read by virtually every American schoolboy in the first half of the nineteenth century. As a slave youth, Frederick Douglass owned just this one book, and read it frequently, referring to is as a ‘gem’ and his ‘rich treasure.’