The Deteriorating American Educational System
Our schools are another consciously constructed battleground in
the war over which values our society will embrace as a standard or whether we
will hold to any values or standards at all. And, the same industrial
robber barons and financial giants of the early 20th century,
including Rockefeller, Carnegie, Vanderbilt, and Morgan, and promoted by
the politicians under their influence, including Woodrow Wilson, who, years
before coming into office as President of the United States, delivered a
lecture on The Meaning of a Liberal Education where he
We want one class of persons to have a liberal education, and we want another class of persons, a very much larger class of necessity in every society, to forgo the privilege of a liberal education and fit themselves to perform specific difficult manual tasks.
George Carlin explains the educational system;
who owns and controls it. (Strong language)
Public education was originally a product of the Protestant
Reformation. The Reformers recognized that if their movement was to survive and
flourish, widespread Biblical literacy, at all levels of society, was
absolutely necessary. The Puritans brought this commitment to Biblical literacy
with them across the Atlantic.
Another Brick in the Wall
Collectivists have long recognized that the way to alter the course of a nation is to gain control of the classroom, and use it as a platform to indoctrinate the next generation. Over the past century the public school arena has become an impersonal place where children are only viewed as "human resources" to be molded and shaped into something called "the workplace".
In order to effectively indoctrinate students and create the standardized customer and employee needed by big business, the first thing that had to be de-emphasized was "critical thinking." Thus, instead of being taught how to learn (classical liberal arts education), our educational system teaches what to learn (outcomes based learning). And, that "what" is defined by corporations who want compliant standardized workers and predictable gullible consumers of worthless junk. We are expected to accept whatever they tell us instead of thinking for ourselves.
Progressives cannot keep their hands off our children -- or, more correctly, the billions of tax dollars our children generate for them. Gross signs of public school deterioration is clearly seen around us, and despite this knowledge by leftist academia, still they refuse to admit that our schools are being destroyed by their own hands.
The inclusion of Christian principles in public education faded
gradually over the years to to efforts of secular and religious liberals to
remove Christ from the classroom. In 1962 the U.S. Supreme Court rejected 200
years of legal precedence and banned prayer from schools.
The Scientific Destruction of Minds
Social Engineering 101
Charlotte Iserbyt breaks down how conditioning/training under a
corporate agenda has replaced traditional education, leading to a deliberate
dumbing down of Americans. Iserbyt further explains how Reagan signed
agreements merging the U.S. and Soviet systems under the United Nations banner,
turning over education and many other areas of public policy to global
Outcome Based Education
A cornerstone concept of the Humanist approach is the teaching
of situational ethics. This concept is taught under deceptive labels like
"values clarification," "critical thinking," "problem-solving skills," and
"decision-making skills." From kindergarten through graduation, children are
taught a "process" to examine values - free from parental guidance and
Bill Clinton signed the Goals 2000 law on March 31, 1994, creating new education bureaucracies and facilitating federal control of local education institutions.
In contrast to this government run educational bureaucracy, Republicans generally want to return control to parents, teachers, local school boards and, through them, to communities and local taxpayers.
In 2002 President George W. Bush signed into law the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 which essentially deauthorized and defunded Goals 2000. The Act requires states to develop assessments in basic skills. To receive federal school funding, states must give these state-wide standardized tests to all students at select grade levels. This means that all students take the same test under the same conditions.
The next logical step in their agenda is the full-scale implementation of Common Core, with its rote memorization and endless standardized testing, the introduction of biosensors and other devices into the classroom to monitor students behavior, the prolongation of childhood and arbitrary grouping of individuals by age, the unquestioning obedience to authority that is inherent in the classroom dynamic, the training for the workforce implicit in the segregation of tasks into arbitrary work periods, and the Pavlovian conditioning of the bell.
Opposing school-choice initiatives
At the center of all that afflicts our schools is a denial by Collectivists of free choice and their opposition of any legislation that would give parents greater opportunity to choose private over government education for their children. Democrats resort to false charges about the Republican record on education because they have no new ideas about how to improve our children's schools. Even if they did, they wouldn't dare say so for fear of angering one of their Party's largest contributors -- the National Education Association (NEA). Bill Clinton said it best himself: "I won't [make] any education decisions that you're not a part of making. I won't forget the people that brought me to the White House" (Bill Clinton, NEA PAC meeting, 12/12/91).
Progressives are not committed to education, but rather are committed to more government spending on more collectivist programs with more control of education being vested in the federal government. Quite simply, the Democrats in Congress do not want you to have choices in your childrens' education.
School choice is not only popular among parents, it is successful in providing children a better education
Democrats pretty consistently support keeping federal control via U.S. Department of Education and are strong defenders of the NEA and teacher's unions who are controlling and narrow special interest groups. These socialist groups want more kids in public schools as they sees public schools as vital to creating "the village of America." Why do you suppose they would take such a position? The answer is money for campaigns.
More than a decade ago, Dr. George Roche foresaw what loomed on the horizon in the area of education, but so far his warnings have likewise been ignored. In 1985 he wrote: "I have become increasingly more convinced that federal efforts to intervene in the workings of the nation's school systems are ill-advised, wasteful, and counter-productive...[they are] part of the problems plaguing America's educational systems, rather than part of the solution. The federal education bureaucracy...has become the captive of misguided and misinformed "educationists" who have sacrificed traditional instruction in the "three R's" and respect for Western cultural heritage in favor of pop-psychology and behavior modification as the goals of schooling... Increasingly over the last few decades, the education bureaucracy has come to believe that they, not parents, know best how to educate America's children. They have come to see themselves as "change agents" whose mission is to reform outmoded notions children have picked up from their parents and substitute instead a new system of values...And this questionable enterprise has been fostered and financed by the federal education establishment."
Today, a godless education system that promotes homosexuality, condom distribution, abortion rights and evolution - while outlawing any mention of God - is taking charge of our children's "character development."