R.J. Rushdoony published The Messianic Character of American Education in 1963 as American troop levels were surging in Vietnam, Americans were digging bomb shelters in their backyards, hippies were experimenting with recreational drugs and free love and generating an antiauthoritarian counterculture, the Civil Rights Movement was gaining momentum even against state-sponsored opposition, President Kennedy was assassinated, music and fashion were changing, a second wave of feminism was spreading after the publication of Betty Friedan’s The Feminine Mystique, Great Society programs were being proposed, and governments everywhere were experimenting with new forms of espionage and intelligence-gathering. Statism was on the rise. It isn’t surprising that the American educational system, both in terms of standards and curriculum, was destabilized during this time.
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