• March 31, 2023

1920 Rockefellers’ Goal to Mold You Hasn’t Changed

This is the transcript of the 1920 newspaper clipping. The actual clip is at the end.

August 28, 1920

“Dream” of Montclair Man

Frederick T. Gate’s Vision Cited in Report Advocating Elimination of Rockefeller Boards

The repeal of the State laws granting charters to the Rockefeller Foundation and the General Education Board is included in the program of educational reform outlined by the Committee on Education of the New York State Federation of Labor. This report was read Tuesday at the Federation convention in Binghamton. The committee, of which Peter J. Brady is chairman, says:

“We urge trade unionists and working people in general to be on the alert and extremely careful of the Rockefellers and other selfish money interests which seek to secure control of the education system and prevent their interference in the preparation of courses of study or the selection of members of educational bodies.

Frederick T. Gates, when president of the Rockefeller General Education Board, in their publication, known as ‘Occasional Papers, No. 1,’ on page 6 says:

‘In our dreams we have limitless resources and the people yield themselves with perfect docility to our moulding hand. The present education conventions made from our minds and unhampered by tradition we work our own good will upon a grateful and responsive rural folk.

We shall not try to make these people or any of their children into philosophers or men of learning or of science. We have not to raise up from among them authors, editors, poets or men of letters. We shall not search for embryo great artists, painters, musicians, nor shall we cherish even the humbler ambition to raise up from among them lawyers, doctors, preachers, politicians, statesmen, of whom we now have ample supply.

The task which we set before ourselves is a very simple as well as a very beautiful one, to train these people as we find them to a perfectly ideal life just where they are.

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