Archive of Retta Fontana's Essays

  • Ban the Smoking Gun of Government from Schools

    “Children who would ordinarily be bursting with life and explorers in this fascinating world of ours have learned to sit still and zone out all day long, in order to get through what has become their existence in the every day life of government school. ”

    published at Endervidualism on  February 20, 2007

  • It’s Good To Be King

    Part 2 of Ban the Smoking Gun of Government from Schools: “As I said, politics has no place in a pottery class, but this wasn’t any class, it was Harry’s domain, and a little power is a heady thing. ... I just wanted to make pots! Aren’t we there to work? Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, right? Wrong! This is a free country, but not in Harry’s academic territory.”

    published at Endervidualism on  February 21, 2007

  • The New King

    Part 3 of Ban the Smoking Gun of Government from Schools: “I had spent the last month making drawings of and working out design issues for the projects I intended to create this semester, as independent art students do. If I had to, I knew that I would drop the class if he didn’t let me be. He didn’t seem open to discussion. As I said, a little authority is a heady thing.”

    published at Endervidualism on  February 24, 2007

  • Find Me Guilty: A Review

    “My daughter and I rented this film from the video store. When we inquired about its merit, we were given only an 'ok,' and advised of something better. My daughter insisted this one had potential, so we brought it home. This sleeper snuck up on us. What an enjoyable film! ”

    published at Endervidualism on  10/31/2006

  • Book Review: And the Children Played by Patricia Joudry

    “This book, published in 1975, is the true, heartwarming story of the freedom that one couple allowed their children, purely for the sake of freedom itself.  The book is a slice of their life, during the period that they were able to home school their children.”

    published at Endervidualism on  8/11/2006

  • How Cheap Labor in Asia Harms American Families (!)

    “My husband is no cheapskate, really. However, after ten years of prompting by me, he decided to go out and buy new underwear. For several days afterwards he was terribly grumpy. When he started complaining about the elastic in his new undies being too tight, I suddenly understood his bad attitude. He was indignant when I implied it was due to the tight underwear.”

    published at Endervidualism on  7/26/2006