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Analogously, we have far too many lonely humans foraging on deficient "homesteads" and too many governmental programs which attempt abortively to substitute a less efficient system of helping humans than the home; it is the home that we must rescue, repair, and sustain. Only when homes are full of truth, warmth, and trust, can our other institutions perform their tasks, and when too many homes are defective, then the deterioration becomes contagiously interinstitutional, affecting schools and governments. If we are really concerned about the most economical way of achieving happiness for ourselves and/or our fellowmen and about those skills that are needed in successful human enterprises, then we should seek these gains through the family, with the help, of course, of other institutions. Otherwise, we shall always be investing dollars and hopes in less efficient ways of helping mankind. Just as the wheel does not have to be reinvented perpetually, we do not have to reinvent the family, a divine institution.
Author: Neal A. Maxwell, Source: "Family Perspectives", BYU Devotional, January 15, 1974Saved by cboyack in society family institution system 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]
Nearly a century ago a French sociologist wrote that every institution's unstated first goal is to survive and grow, not to undertake the mission it has nominally staked out for itself. Thus the first goal of a government postal service is not to delivery the mail; it is to provide protection for its employees and perhaps a modest status ladder for the more ambitious ones. The first goal of a permanent military organization is not to defend national security but to secure, in perpetuity, a fraction of the national wealth to distribute to its personnel.

It was this philistine potential — that teaching the young for pay would inevitably expand into an institute for the protection of teachers, not students — that made Socrates condemn the Sophists so strongly long ago in ancient Greece.
Author: John Taylor Gatto, Source: Dumbing Us Down, pp. 58-9Saved by cboyack in government goal school teacher growth institution student 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]
[T]he United States has become a nation of institutions, whereas it used to be a nation of communities.
Author: John Taylor Gatto, Source: Dumbing Us Down, p. 56Saved by cboyack in nation usa community network institution unitedstates 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]

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