Quote from the Text

“The familiar three-tier system of education emerged in the Napoleonic era, one private tier, two government ones. At the top, one-half of 1 percent of the students attended Akadamiensschulen where, as future policy makers, they learned to think strategically, contextually, in wholes… The next level, Realsschulen, was intended mostly…”

An Underground History of American Education by John Taylor Gatto, p. 167

Fact Check

Gatto appears to be the only author using Akadamiensschulen to describe Prussian schools in the 1800s. First, the correct spelling would be Akademienschulen. Second, there are multiple first-hand reports from Americans who traveled to Prussia and none use the term. Instead, they typically referenced Hauptschule, Realschule (note that Gatto misspelled the word in his book), and Gymnasium.

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