March 27th, 2011


Government Indoctrination Centers. AKA Public Schools...


     Okay, this has come up a couple of times in the last month on FaceBook, so I'll post about it at length here where we don't have to type in one endless paragraph!

     There is an interesting aspect to society... Once a thing has been around for two generations (sometimes less), it becomes almost impossible for most people to imagine that there was ever a time when we got along pretty well without that thing. Either folks try to retcon history to pretend the thing always existed (kinda' like the Flintstones' world), or they believe that life must have been really awful before the thing in question was invented.

     Trick is that it doesn't matter whether the thing was actually beneficial or not. It only has to be treated as beneficial, and stay around long enough for people to forget what it was really like before the thing came along. Then the public will be fully convinced that the thing is ESSENTIAL, even if it does exactly the opposite of what it was supposed to accomplish.

     The Government Indoctrination System, deceptively called the "Public Schools", may well be one of the most destructive things ever to be inflicted on America.

     Public Schools were founded on the claim that a democratically representative nation must have an electorate sufficiently educated to read-up on the candidates and issues before voting... And the myth that this could only be accomplished by Government-run education for the masses. (Notice the inherent conflict of interests in the people running the Government getting to "educate" the voters?)

     Now, the notion that it takes 12 (later 14) years to teach a kid to read, write, do math, and access research materials (even back when that meant a card catalog rather than Google) was ridiculous on its face. Even more insane is the idea that learning, which happens as a natural process distinct to each individual human being, could be standardized and effectively administered on some kind of assembly-line. The primary goal of the system was never to produce literate, creative thinkers, but reliable workers and soldiers. Cogs for the machine. But the laudable SUPPOSED goals of the program quickly made Public Education a sacred cow to Americans. Even more so as the myth was fostered that, prior to modern, institutionalized Public Schools, most Americans were drooling illiterates.

     Contrary to what you may see in Hollywood Westerns, Americans were quite a literate people prior to the establishment of Prussian model Public Schools. Visitors from England and Europe, like Alexis de Tocqueville, commented that the average, working-class American was substantially more educated and well-read than his Old World counterpart. If you ever read some of the best-selling novels from the 19th Century, you may be astonished at the complexity of the language and ideas conveyed within. Letters of the period, not from privileged officers and gentry, but written by grunt soldiers, dirt farmers, and liverymen as well as their wives, girlfriends, and mothers are often poetic in their elegance.

     Press, Politics and the Public Sphere in Europe and North America 1760-1820 (2002) confirms that literacy was already high, over 90% in some regions, by 1800. So, at the very least, Public Schools were (ostensibly) created to solve a problem that didn't exist.

“Looking back, abundant data exist from states like Connecticut and Massachusetts to show that by 1840 the incidence of complex literacy in the United States was between 93 and 100 percent wherever such a thing mattered. According to the Connecticut census of 1840, only one citizen out of every 579 was illiterate, and you probably don’t want to know, not really, what people in those days considered literate; it’s too embarrassing.

“Popular novels of the period give a clue: Cooper’s Last of the Mohicans, published in 1826, sold so well that a contemporary equivalent would have to move 10 million copies to match it. If you pick up an uncut version, you find your self in a dense thicket of philosophy, history, culture, manners, politics, geography, astute analysis of human motives and actions, all conveyed in data-rich periodic sentences so formidable that only a determined and well-educated reader can handle it nowadays. …

“By 1940, the literacy figure for all states stood at 96 percent for whites, 80 percent for blacks. Notice for all the disadvantages blacks labored under, four of five were still literate. Six decades later, at the end of the twentieth century, the National Adult Literacy Survey and the National Assessment of Educational Progress say 40 percent blacks and 17 percent of whites can’t read at all. Put another way, black illiteracy doubled, and white illiteracy quadrupled."

-John Taylor Gatto (NYC Teacher of the Year 1989, '90, '91. NYS TotY 1991.)

     So Public Schools patently fail at their supposed objective of producing educated citizens. But that's okay with the people in-charge, because education was never the real point anyway.

     It's pretty obvious if you're not already blinded by the system. You don't teach human beings to think by training them to respond to bells, marching from class-to-class to perform uniformly assigned tasks, forcing them into artificially contrived groups to obey arbitrary rules. In fact, that sort of thing is specifically designed to dehumanize and condition "students" NOT to think.

     The staunchest advocates of Public Education started really showing their hands when the Home Schooling movement came along. Initially they claimed there was no way ordinary parents could effectively replace the dozens of professionally-trained, certified, Government-approved educators each kid is subjected-to. They predicted the home-schooled youngsters would fall hopelessly behind... Until the Home School students started outperforming Public School students academically, scoring in the 86th percentile on standardized tests, even in States with relatively little Government oversight of Home Schooling.

     So then the truth came out, as Home Schooling was attacked for denying kids opportunities for "socialization". That's right. It's not "education" we're submitting America's children to Government-run institutions for. It's social indoctrination. Orwell was an optimist.

“A primary purpose of the educational system is to train school children in good citizenship, patriotism and loyalty to the state and the nation as a means of protecting the public welfare.”

- Judge H. Walter Croskey, California’s Second District Court of Appeal

I kid you not... This is what came up when I Googled Croskey.

     A FaceBook friend of mine, defending Public Schools and the teachers therein, posted:

"There are many education options. I've never heard a teacher tell anyone that a private school or home schooling was a less viable option than public school. I've never heard a government official say that either.... so not so much indoctrinating our youth about that as you're just making stuff up."

     Sadly, I am not "just making stuff up"... First off, the option of Home or Private Schooling is severely restricted by the fact that the Government, relying largely on funding the Public School system as an excuse, essentially taxes many parents to the point that they cannot afford these options. (And just listen to the Public School officials and Teacher's Unions SCREAM if anyone suggests letting parents choose to keep some of their own money for non-Public educational options!)

     Second, Private Schools, and Home Schooling are subject to various levels of Government control. That's sort of like claiming to have Freedom of the Press, but having to submit every publication to a Government editor.

     As for "no government official saying that home schooling is a less viable option than public school", well...

     California’s Second District Court of Appeal on Feb. 28, 2008 declared the parents of most of that state’s 166,000 home-schooled children to be outlaws, ruling California law requires parents to send their children to full-time state-certified public or private schools or else have them taught at home by “credentialed” tutors — which most home-school parents, presumably, aren’t.

     “California courts have held that … parents do not have a constitutional right to homeschool their children,” Justice H. Walter Croskey said in the 3-0 ruling.

     Referring back to J.T. Gatto...

“Our form of compulsory schooling is an invention of the state of Massachusetts, from around 1850. It was resisted — sometimes with guns — by an estimated 80 percent of the Massachusetts population, with the last outpost, in Barnstable on Cape Cod, not surrendering its children until the 1880s, when the area was seized by the militia and the children marched to school under guard.

“Schools were designed by Horace Mann and Barnas Sears and W.R. Harper of the University of Chicago and Edward Thorndike of Columbia Teachers College and other to be instruments for the scientific management of a mass population. Schools are intended to produce, through the application of formulas, formulaic human beings whose behavior can be predicted and controlled."

     So this is why I refer to Public Education as Government Indoctrination Centers. They are not for the public, and are not really for the purpose of education. They exist for the benefit of the Government and the continuation of its power by indoctrination of America's youth.

     But it's actually far worse that that. Consider what Public Schools are actually teaching kids... I don't mean what's in the textbooks and lesson-plans (although some of that is bad enough). I mean the general conditioning to accept arbitrary authority and the fact that all rules, while treated almost as holy scripture, can be ignored at will by anyone in power. For instance, the Bill of Rights is much discussed in class, but then students are routinely subjected to unwarranted searches, questioning without council, denial of due process, forced self-incrimination, and other clear civil rights violations with impunity by the Government agents staffing the Public School.

     Then there's the whole "anti-bullying" nonsense... I'll let Stef explain that point, as he's already done it so well.

     Because generations of Americans have been conditioned to believe that the Public Schools are essential to the welfare of the children and the future of our country, anyone opposing funding for the system is seen as some kind of heartless monster. Thus the system has grown to vacuum in massive amounts of wealth in taxes. $12,000 to $27,000 per student, per year, according to the CATO Institute.

     This means that, with both parents working to shoulder the tax burden, there's nobody home to raise the kids, far less to educate them. And paying for Private School is pretty much out of the question. So most kids are doomed to be raised by the Government Indoctrination Centers (and television), with their nominal parents having horrifyingly little real input.

     And that's if they're lucky enough to have two parents. With both parents both working (mostly to pay taxes in one form or another), and struggling to find the time and energy to at least try to be Mothers and Fathers now and then, it's no surprise that they have nothing left-over to invest into their roles as Wives and Husbands... Marriages fall-apart and the kids are left in even worse shape with a broken home.

     Of course, the collapse of the family only justifies MORE expansion of the Public School system. After-school and weekend programs, year-round classes, etc. to help keep the single parent home kids from the various troubles to which they are statistically prone. Justifying increased budgets, thus more taxes, stressing more families to the breaking point in the process.

     Then there is what I think may be the saddest aspect of all... Parents so indoctrinated into the myth of Public Education that they say things like "Grades are the number one priority!" So many kids out there... Basically good kids. Not troublemakers, junkies, thieves or whatever... Perfectly capable of reading, writing, ciphering... Constantly being punished by their parent(s) because they don't conform well to the Indoctrination Center agenda. Spending their formative years in a perpetual state of mutual anger with their Mom and/or Dad, missing-out on so many of the life-building experiences of youth due to some civil servant giving them bad grades because they wouldn't break-down and just do the idiotic busy-work assignments. Each generation conditioned to assist in breaking the will of the next.

     So we have Public Education, a disease masquerading as it's own cure... With the side-effect of producing sheeple who will quietly tolerate having 3/4 to 7/8 of their wealth stolen from them, accept the neo-Gestapo as "heroes", let themselves be irradiated and/or groped by unappealing strangers with badges for no rational reason, and submit their own offspring for indoctrination.

     The collapse of Public Education is one of TEOTWAWKI's brightest silver linings.

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