Skip to comments.War on Children? Unfortunately, yes.
Posted on 08/22/2013 1:02:35 PM PDT by BruceDeitrickPrice
There is so much talk in the newspapers, especially here in Virginia, about a War on Women. The Democrats have been very clever about turning Sandra Fluke's sex life into a so-called War on Women.
It's not just that Democrats took something and made it into a lot more. It's that there is a much more serious war going on in America. And the phrase "War on Women" suggested the obvious parallel phrase "War on Children."
At first, this phrase was a shock and almost painful to think. But everything that I've figured out about our public schools is very nicely summed up in those three words: war on children.
It starts in K and goes to 12. It's a sort of dumbing-down, if you like that phrase. One might also call it anti-education. One might call it systematic leveling. The people in charge (what I call the Education Establishment) are mostly some sort of socialist. For them it's an ideological given that children should be kept more or less equal. That's why these wannabe commissars are so effective and so dangerous.
They don't think of themselves as destroying the minds and dreams of children. They think of themselves as building a brave new world, and if children have to be sacrificed to that dream, well, as the great journalist Walter Duranty said, you can't make omelets without breaking some eggs.
So they can happily promote educational methods that basically don't work, at least in an educational way. But they do work in a collectivist way. They make students more or less the same. That is, they make students mediocre.
That's the vision that glows in the minds of our Education Establishment. All students hold hands and sing in gentle harmony. They play well together. The big enemy is individualism; it must be stamped out. Children must learn to be cooperative, not competitive.
Maybe if all children were more or less equal to begin with, this whole process wouldn't be so destructive to most of them. Maybe if we didn't have any enemies in the world, we could get away with putting so much money and energy into social engineering.
The problem is, every child is different. They have hugely different potentials. We can't know what those potentials are unless we push them gently along. That approach is obviously best for each individual person.
Meanwhile, the world's gotten more complicated but the schools have gotten dumber. This just makes no sense to anyone (except our enemies).
Meanwhile, there are always lots of enemies, lots of challenges. We need the public to be smarter.
Well, that's the basic story. For a longer version of what's wrong and how we fix it, please see "Public Schools are a War on Children." article
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Yes--the essential reality. None of us ever sat in a class-room with our equal on either side, unless if was our identical twin or triplet. Everyone knows, at least in their subconscious, that egalitarian dogma--the fanaticism underlying much of the Leftist agenda, is utter nonsense; but by crude tactics of intimidation, most people are conditioned not to challenge (or even question) the egalitarian dogma.
And yet it is their absolute "Achilles' Heel." because it is utter, indefensible nonsense.
No one but demagogues & scoundrels benefit from the fantasy world of the Left. You characterize it as a war on children. Yes, it is. Beyond even that outrage, it is a war on reality; a war on nature; a war on everything that could actually better the lot of any of us, because it is premised on assumptions that are not real.
If they survive abortion.
Let me bump your challenge to what the educational establishment is doing to American children.
A war on children? Sure. It goes deeper than that. It is a war on the human spirit and a dehumanization scandal. It is meant to destroy all greatness and beauty in human life.
In the sense that it is a jealous war on human honor, beauty & excellence, often waged by those who seek to level humanity into some form of human ant hill; I certainly agree with you. That little children are being victimized even at the grade school level, is beyond just ugly.
Many parents are no longer happy (if they ever were) with progressive education once they hear about classical education.
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