Slate via an excerpt from the new book, "Why Bernie Sanders Matters," reports on the letter:
In a letter to the editor published by the Freeman in March 1969 that would please proponents of home schooling, Sanders ranted:.
One of the most heartening signs in recent years is the growing belief among people that the formal education process (i.e., schools) are not only “not good” but that they are positively destructive and harmful. People are becoming aware that the function of schools is not to educate children but, in fact, to do the very opposite—to PREVENT education.Later in the letter he wrote:
It is quite clear that the basic function of the schools is to set up in children patterns of docility and conformity— patterns designed not to create independent and free adults, but adults who will obey orders, be “faithful” uncomplaining employees, and “good” citizens