Skip to comments.Stupidity, Schooling, and the Take Over of America's Culture.....(Welcome to the fight)
Posted on 08/04/2009 8:05:51 AM PDT by IrishMike
Half-a-century ago, a band of Leftist thugs violently took over the administration building at Columbia University and hijacked the American education system. From that moment on, they used this system to indoctrinate - in fact brainwash - generation after generation into their cult of Leftism.
For the next five decades (pseudo)-intellectuals, hiding behind tenure and Academic Freedom, have been spewing greater and greater nonsense designed for one purpose and one purpose only: sabotaging and eventually destroying all of Western Civilization.
Dont think so? Simply consider the fact that one of the most oft-repeated chants of the Modern Liberal movement is Hey, hey, ho, ho. Western Civilization has got to go.
With control of the education system, the Leftists turned what had been a place of scholarship into a Leftism factory with a curriculum and modus operandi designed to facilitate their Utopian dreams which first required the demolition of the great (but imperfect) Western World. With Americas children in their hands, from the moment they enter kindergarten barely able to read or write, until the moment they graduate from Ward Churchills Ethnic Studies class (still barely able to read or write), the Leftists were able to instill their agenda into the minds of those too young to be able to stand up to these moral and intellectual bullies and fight back with the facts.
Further, in the era of unprecedented prosperity (thanks to the efforts and the values of those who came before them), when suddenly virtually everyone went to college, the indoctrination process stretched on (and therefore, so too did childhood) often well into ones mid-twenties and even into their thirties. Think about that! ... their most formative years - in an indoctrination process of misinformation and lies.
(Excerpt) Read more at bighollywood.breitbart.com ...
A NATION AT RISK
The Childrens Story by James Clavell
....parents and grandparents...it’s up to us to counter this nonsense....teach your children well.
Great article, thank you for posting!
Sent it to my father-in-law (one of the “hard science” guys in the world of academia who for years has been pointing out exactly this.)
GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS THEN AND NOW
GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS THEN AND NOW VIDEO AT:
The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next. Abraham Lincoln
When an opponent declares, I will not come over to your side, I calmly say, Your child belongs to us already... What are you? You will pass on. Your descendants, however, now stand in the new camp. In a short time they will know nothing else but this new community.
Adolph Hitler Speech November 1933
Until the decent, traditional values folk rise up and clean up the freaking government schools, nothing else we do will make much difference.
I am a product of the government schools (GS). I graduated from high school in 1957 and was exposed to several hundred teachers. Most were dedicated professionals. And I can STILL name the EXCEPTIONAL ones.
Edna Kleinmeyer who didn’t just teach English: She imbued us with a love of language I carry to this day. It was Ms. Kleinmeyer who told me I had a gift for writing;
Charlie Kluckholn, the tough old wrestling coach who taught chemistry and gave me some of the best advice I had received to that time;
Charles Huffman, the homeroom teacher who helped me over a very rough spot in my life;
Franklin Jefferis, a “lowly” shop teacher, whose love of a job well done was wordlessly communicated to his kids in thousands of subtle ways. Mr. Jefferis died soon after I graduated. One October night, I visited him alone — at the funeral home and wept as I thanked him one last time.
But the current GS are radically different from the system through which I passed 50 years ago. Know that my concern and hostility are NOT directed at those who still TEACH — really teach, really want the best EDUCATION for the kids, want to prepare them academically for the future.
Those feelings are reserved for SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS who have socialist/collectivist agendas or quietly acquiesce to the agendas imposed on them from above. They know that what is going on is wrong, but say nothing lest they jeopardize their careers. Author Thomas Sowell calls these folks “the anointed.” And as the title of his book on the subject, “The Vision of The Anointed,” indicates, they HAVE a vision!
That it is NOT the PARENTS vision is of no concern to them.
When my kids were still in the GS, my wife and I were quite active. The Principal of their elementary school chose me to represent the school in something called the LSAC (Local School Advisory Committee) program. I attended several meetings held at the County Board of Education headquarters. I came away from the VERY FIRST of those meetings with these impressions:
1. Those folks DID NOT speak English. Through tight little smirks clearly indicative of the low esteem, indeed, contempt, they had for the uninformed and ignorant gaggle of parents arrayed before them, they spoke in buzz words and technobabble code only they comprehended. At one point — to the visible relief of the other parents — I stopped one womans presentation and asked for a translation of what she’d said. She was NOT pleased!
2. They DID NOT want parents involved! Cookie sales and PTA? OK. Serious criticism of a course or textbook? Verboten! Your option was private or parochial school. There very little home schooling then.
3. Most of these people MAY have once been educators. They were now bureaucrats guarding their turf.
4. Many of those administrative folks were making over $50K and, though I looked for signs of it, I saw little evidence of anything resembling work. And this was 20 years ago when the average classroom teacher earned less than $25K.
5. There were WAY too many administrators in the GS. It is a perfect opportunity to provide make-work sinecures for anointed members of the educational fraternity. Four years as an Air Force instructor taught me how to spot the signs.
Heres the bottom line: Simply hurling more money into the black hole of the GS WILL NOT WORK. Most of that money will NEVER get to the classroom or into the pockets of DESERVING teachers who actually TEACH. And teach what any sensible human being REGARDLESS of race, faith or ethnicity — instinctively understands to be correct, morally defensible material.
Bush is right about one thing: We need accountability! Perhaps you recall Clintons asinine plan to send 100,000 PAID Americorps volunteers into the grade schools to TEACH KIDS TO READ. Why hadnt their PREVIOUS teachers OR THEIR PARENTS! — taught them to perform that rather basic skill???
Think about what you just read as YOUR local government schools continue to raise YOUR property taxes.
Another encounter with The System
In 1978, my wife and I came to know a young woman named Patty. She
was a devoutly religious young mother who’d become more devout when her
husband and father of her two small sons aged 2 and 6 informed her that he
was leaving. In dire economic straits, I offered to let her stay in our
former home in Chamblee — which was not rented at the time rent-free until she got back on her feet. She had been clandestinely home schooling the 6 year
old for about 2 years using very well done Christian course materials from
an organization in Texas the name of which escapes me. The lad had recently been tested and had placed at least a year ABOVE his chronological age. As required by the government school authorities at the time, she dutifully apprised the authorities of his scores.
For reasons which would become clear in a moment, Patty had been harassed by the DeKalb County school authorities for about 6 months and, by the time she moved into the Chamblee house, had been — unbeknownst to us — ORDERED to put the 6 year old into the nearest government elementary school or suffer the consequences. Because she wanted the boys to be educated Christians, there was no way she was going to do that and she told them so.
At approximately 2 am one morning, a loud knock on the door announced the
arrival of the aforementioned “consequences.”
Dressed only in a nightgown, she was confronted by several burly police officers who thrust an arrest warrant in her face. With the now awakened 6 year old watching and the 2 year old wailing in the other room, she was handcuffed and led out the door to jail. She was tossed into a large cell with a couple of hookers and a junkie who spent much of the rest of that morning vomiting in the corner. The two young boys for whom the educational authorities professed such great concern were just left AT THE HOUSE — ALONE! Patty was later told that the bureaucrats from Children Services who were SUPPOSED to accompany the cops were late and, in their haste to get this dangerous miscreant behind bars, the cops just missed the fact that the Children Services people were, well, missing. The CS folks showed up an hour later to find two terrified kids, one of whom had just seen his mother hauled off in cuffs.
Patty was ultimately brought to trial under the Georgia Truancy Statutes. Her pro-bono attorney tore the school authorities to shreds and hers has been called THE case that opened the floodgates to home schooling in Georgia. Once they had all the facts, the jury didnt take long to acquit her. Im proud to have played a small part in that.
At Pattys trial, a previously overlooked aspect of the government schools was put into sharp focus for those paying attention: The Director of Instruction for DeKalb County testified that the then current 7 hour school day consisted of an average of approximately 3 hours or less of instruction. At that time, Patty was devoting 4 to 5 hours a day to direct instruction.
He also as much as admitted that the REAL reason they wanted ALL these kids in school was the $3,000.00 per kid per year (Im sure that number is higher in 2001!) they then got from the state and federal government. Empty seats = lost funds. As in most things, follow the money.
Patty home schooled these two boys through high school.
And how did the boys turn out?
One is now a physician and the other a budding journalist.
But that now seems to be the norm for the growing legions of home schooled kids which most likely explains why the NEA and the government school folks feel justifiably threatened. And home-schooled kids routinely win national academic competitions.
One of Reagans key platform planks was to dismantle the horribly misnamed Department of Education (the Department of Educational MEDIOCRITY would be more descriptive). When he got to Washington, his effort was defeated by the NEA and the federal educrats. Reagans 1983 report A Nation at Risk declared that if a foreign power had done to government schools what was been done to it by the establishment bureaucrats and teachers unions, we would have CONSIDERED IT AN ACT OF WAR!
Sadly, that war goes on and our kids and the future of this nation are the casualties. Barack Obama is a direct manifestation of how badly America has lost that war and how effectively generations of kids have been indoctrinated.
Thomas Jefferson believed an EDUCATED PUBLIC to be the cornerstone of the system he and the other Founders TRIED to leave behind. He would NOT, I feel certain, be a big fan of the current government education system. If he returned today, hed home school just as he did before.
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Its all emotion. I study the oil and gas markets and ancillary to that is the Peak Oil concept which has propigated several websites, seemingly all run by distraught women with visions of doom and gloom. One nasty little site “lifeaftertheoilcrash” is run by a few emotional wrecks who I do think ought to pay Kevin Costner royalties for the “Postman” plot they have cribbed. This is what the Left produces Mr. Breitbart hits a homer with this one.
It really is.
But what to do about it short of firing every educator who mumbles about the “common good”?
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$100,000 plus investment. You thing its money well spent to prepare you for a job in our capitalist system. Wrong. You become a debt slave to the socialist system and spend the remainder of your life whimpering about more state programs...
When will the ignorant masses arise????
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Someone I know is spending on at least 8 years on Brown, and from what I gather the little darling has learned only Lesbianism and Bohemianism. All that so Obama can make her a Dr. and debt slave.
In the days before establishment of Civil Service laws, public school teachers, like other public employees obtained their appointments by paying local politicians. During campaign season, to secure their jobs, they were subject to “macing,” the practice of pressuring employees for monetary contributions to political causes.
Ms. Kleinmeyer was right.
TYVM. Appreciate the kind words.
Be safe. There are many dangerous people about today and not all of them are with the government.
Some sources of more info:
John Dewey & The Decline of American Education:
How the patron saint of schools has corrupted teaching and learning
By Henry T. Edmondson III
convincingly demonstrates that we cannot come close to understanding why our public education is in such a wretched state without examining John Deweys philosophy. But Edmondsons probing analysis points beyond this to the degenerative effects of Deweyism on our culture. As he shows, Dewey well understood that fundamental changes affecting virtually every aspect of our way of life, including the moral norms of society, can be accomplished most rapidly and effectively through a proper education. Because Deweyism still thrives in the schools of education on our college campuses across the country, I cannot overstate the significance of this fine work. — George W. Cary, Georgetown University
from the back paper overcover of the John Dewey book.
In the book Cry Havoc the author, Ralph de Toledano, describes how John Dewey enabled the Frankfort School aka Institute of Social Research to become established at Columbia University.