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Today’s blog post is brought to you courtesy of frequent and long time reader, infrequent commenter, and trusted friends IRL: tarkas
Tarkas sent me an email with a copy of the 1999 book, the dumbing down of america by Charlotte Thomson Iserbyt (you can download the entire 738-page book for free at that link, or you can buy the 2011 updated and condensed version here**.
Here’s the email that tarkas sent me along with the book:
This might be a worthwhile post on your blog.
This is a time line of the socialist/communist takeover of the American educational system. I was a high school teacher from 1986-1989, took a bunch of graduate level education courses and never knew how much of the “foundation” of our modern teaching philosophy and techniques had been based on progressive thinking. The whole system is slanted towards producing a “Globally conscious and useful human”. You know ….Obamaites
One thing that the “educational elites” did not figure in, in the utopian socialist collective new world order, is the “religion of satan” that old Moh fabricated about 1500 years ago The fools thought that if everyone was educated properly there would be peace and prosperity for all. They failed to recognize what was in their own evolutionary teachings, that the strong survive and the weak perish. If that is not the rough blueprint for capitalism I will eat my shirt. Collectivism works for ants, bees, and termites. But even insect colonies wage war for vital resources and the best come out on top.
Really this old lady has put together a great piece of information here. Plan on homeschooling Cash. Start cruising half price books for old (pre 1950) text books and encyclopedias. I have old school books that go back to 1870 or so, you are welcome to them.
You have a fine looking boy, don’t let public education and TV get a toehold.
With all the best intentions from a successful father of 3 (tarkas)
Much thanks, tarkas. I don’t know how we’ll do it yet, and I suppose I have about 5 years to figure it out, but our goal is to home school young Cash.
I despise our educational system and the modern profession of teaching* as much as I hate anything about progressivism. And for exactly the reasons you mention and that are laid out in detail in this book.
I want to raise my young man to be a critical thinker, a self-reliant and self-assured boy who takes responsibilities for his own actions, successes, and failures; a boy who deeply loves his country, freedom, and liberty (and dogs, hunting, fishing, building forts in the green belt, and all the other things boys are supposed to love); a boy who understands that nothing is free and he is owed nothing, that anything worth having is worth busting your ass for; a boy deeply versed in what makes this country great, as opposed to the current academia-approved and revised American history that teaches young boys that white men are the scourge of all evil in this country and that wealth and success are evil.
I don’t want to send my boy off to an institution where they’ll attempt to feminize the boy out of him and suggest we dope him up on mood altering drugs and chemicals to cure his “ADD” and all the energy and fearlessness that is naturally inherent in little boys.
Dammit — we named him freak’n Cash Jennings Cooper for reason. If I’d wanted a little girly man, who shares his things because he’s been told that he MUST share his things rather than because he WANTS to share his things, a boy too timid to question the absurd ramblings, lies, and distortions of history of their patchouli-brained teachers, I’d have named him Francis. If some teacher ever stands up and says something as stupid as “war never solved anything,” I want my boy to get up and set her straight and argue that, Oh hell yeah…war has solved plenty of shit.
As noted in the book, the only way to restore educational freedom, put education back into the handsof parents where it belongs, and destroy the Left’s attempt of creating their dream socialist society is to “get the federal government, with its coercive policies, out of education completely. The billions of dollars being spetn by the federal government to destroy educational freedom must be halted, and that can only be done by getting American legislators to understand that the American people want to remain a free people, in charge of their own lives and the education of their children.”
* Standard disclaimer: yes, I know there are some damned fine teachers out there, and there are some damned fine conservative teachers, too — I know and am related to some of you. But you’re fighting a losing battle with your hands tied behind your back against the institutional liberal machine of academia.
** The updated book includes the final, but long-planned, institutionalization of three activities, relatively new to the reader: (1) the use of unconstitutional tax-supported (public/private partnership) charter schools run by unelected boards. These schools use non-graded Skinnerian computer instruction to train for the planned economy (school to work); (2) global values-changing education, including International Baccalaureate programs and (3) restructuring of our nation’s representative governmental structure, using regionalism (socialism) with its unelected councils (soviets), and communitarianism.
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