Skip to comments.Deliberate Dumbing Down… Charlotte Iserbyt explained
Posted on 11/07/2013 2:24:43 PM PST by BruceDeitrickPrice
Wade through several hundred discussions about education. You finally realize it all comes down to one question: did all this crazy bad stuff happen by accident, or do the people at the top get up every morning scheming to keep kids semi-literate, unable to do much arithmetic, and ignorant in any direction you look?
I'm fascinated by this question because, for one thing, the crazy bad stuff seems too vast to be accidental. You cant take your eyes off it. Watching Rome burn mustve been a similar experience. The waste, the incompetence, the reckless malice. Whatever the exact cause, finally youve got a city on fire. Not just any city. The worlds greatest city. And what have we got today but what should be the worlds greatest education system--and its on fire. But not in a good way.
Second, one of the most successful people in America told me years ago, "Bruce, I agree with a lot of what you say but I can't go along with the conspiracy stuff." That puzzled me. "Conspiracy stuff? You mean when John Dewey and his whole gang of socialists went to a conference and schemed to take over the ed schools, infiltrate the public schools, and thereby brainwash all the students? Why dont you want to call that a conspiracy? Obviously it is one." For my money, it's a conspiracy the size of Antarctica. QED: we're not going to make progress in our public schools until people start facing the obvious facts. Probably everybody in the Education Establishment for the past 100 years was part of this conspiracy. It was these people who deliberately dumbed-down the public schools.
Third, once I got used to the idea that all the crazy bad stuff was surely the result of clever human activity, then my interest shifted to HOW DID THEY DO IT? Wanting to win a fight, and being willing to do anything to win, is not the same as saying you have found the best strategy. Well, our Education Establishment is nothing if not brilliant at sophistry. So what they did was to create schools with relentless, manifest activity that never seemed to advance very far. They turned public education into a Potemkin Village. That was the pretty but fake little town that Russian officials created so that Empress Catherine would think she was ruling a prosperous and happy country. Similarly, parents and community leaders are supposed to think that their public schools are doing just fine.
But thats not the case. According to Charlotte Iserbyts famous phrase the deliberate dumbing down of America, our public schools are engaged in a deception. The key word, of course, is deliberate. The con, as I would term it, was carried out by the simple device of finding inferior methods, and using them whenever possible, to whatever extent was possible. For example, the Education Establishment might say that Whole Word was superior and phonics was obsolete. Well, not everyone accepted this nonsense. So the Education Establishment didnt always win all the time. On the other hand, they never stopped trying to win. When one of their bad ideas was rejected, they came up with two or three more bad ideas. The public schools are now encumbered by dozens of bad ideas. Have you ever seen a caterpillar weighed down by parasitic wasp larvae? It was this sad sight that made Charles Darwin doubt his religion.
For a quick rundown of the bad ideas, see 56: Top 10 Worst Ideas in Education. www.improve-education.org/id83.html
The teachers’ unions are all basically communist front organizations (whether their members realize it or not).
They’ve striven mightily to mal-educate at least 3 generations of Americans and Blacks and Hispanics in particular can thank them for rendering their people illiterate and unemployable.
The single most important thing that needs to be done in this country is to destroy the teachers’ unions.
And please don’t tell me about individual good teachers, I’m sick of hearing it, they’ve failed to bring change from within, and if they really are any good, they’ll survive in a union free environment.
I didn’t read the post, so if this is way off topic, I apologize.
In a word, “yes”. The deliberate dumbing down of the populace follows along the same lines as punishing people for teaching slaves how to read and write in the 19th century America. If the slaves figure out that they’re being screwed, and actually have the upper hand over their masters, well the powers to be just couldn’t have that, now could they? Hence the forced dumbing down of the populace by the feds, their business interests, and their financial backers.
It has to be deliberate, there simply is no other expectation, to believe otherwise is like going from your home in Florida to San Francisco and seeing your next door neighbor and believing him when he says that he just went to the store for a gallon of milk and somehow wound up in the land of fruits and nuts.
powers to be
I think you mean powers that be.
It most definitely is deliberate. And Bill Ayers and his crew are in it big time.