The Final report of the Commission on industrial relations is a large government report from 1915. It has a disturbing section on education [emphasis added]:
All minors entering industry after 14 years of age are entitled to further aid from organized society in order to enable them to complete their vocational and cultural education. This is possible only through the establishment of compulsory daytime continuation schools of at least five hours per week at the expense of employers, and night schools.
This is supposedly about helping people. Why is compulsion the only possible way to help people?
These schools, in order to be of value, must be compulsory upon all minors in industry up to at least 18 years of age.
Why? No reasoning is given.
Our children need to know more as to their economic value, and more of their social duties and responsibilities. The schoolhouse is the place where much of this should be taught, in order that the duties of honorable citizenship shall be appreciated. Real social service is the highest attainment the individual can aspire to reach. All education is of value in life and the State should properly be held responsible for the education of her children, in order that the best possible use shall be made by the greatest possible number of the opportunities of life as they present themselves from year to year.
This says the State owns "her" children and must educate them to appreciate their social duties so the best possible use of their lives can be made.
This is really scary... And lots of it has now been implemented in today's "public" (state) schools which indoctrinate children on a massive scale.
The report also states:
The minimum amount of education which any child should receive is certainly the grammar school course, yet statistics show that only one-third of the children in our public schools complete the grammar school course, and less than 10 per cent finish high school.
How things change in 100 years! Now our society takes k-12 schooling for granted without much thought.