I don’t really buy into that the American public school system is a form of indoctrination. I am not a fan of it. But honestly, I didn’t gain anything from it other than to learn to read, basic writing skills, and math. I don’t recall much else from the experience, other than amusing stuff, and I…
The objective of compulsory schooling is, among other things, to destroy imagination, replace critical thinking with conclusion based thinking, implement provisional self-esteem, and enforce the illusion of “authority”. It employs a philosophical corruption by removing the objective idea of “cause and effect” and replacing it with post-modernist relativism.
The whole PhD system only instills the above objectives even further.
For a great overview of the history of compulsory schooling I highly recommend the following interview called “The Ultimate History Lesson: A Weekend with John Taylor Gatto” - YouTube Playlist: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL463AA90FD04EC7A2
I would also highly recommend the 3 part podcast series by School Sucks Podcast called “The American Way: Expanded”:
Part 1 of 3: The Gasoline-Soaked House - http://schoolsucks.podomatic.com/entry/2012-04-05T15_04_46-07_00
Part 2 of 3: Pyromania - http://schoolsucks.podomatic.com/entry/2012-04-15T13_36_07-07_00
Part 3 of 3: The Matches - http://schoolsucks.podomatic.com/entry/2012-05-01T08_06_39-07_00
Lastly, if you prefer reading, I highly recommend John Taylor Gatto’s book “The Underground History of American Education” - which can be read for free online here: http://www.johntaylorgatto.com/chapters/index.htm