The perfect deep-cover agent…is the one who doesn’t know he or she is an agent. — Telefon (1975)
“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”
– Albert Einstein
“Prior to the late 1800′s, education was a private practice that took place in private institutions or through home
Since the advent of “progressive education” schools have not been intended to educate, but simply to
regiment.…Public schooling…does not challenge children to learn or to think creatively, but instead indoctrinates them to conform to their prison-like surroundings.2, ii
“From an early age, we are forced into a mandatory school system that requires and encourages youth to attend for a large portion of their human life, for six hours a day,” continues Collective Evolution. “Kids who do not fit into the system and do not resonate with it are usually labelled and
The American Dream website exposes numerous examples of heavy-handed treatment, writing:
In the classrooms of America today, if you burp in class, if you spray yourself with perfume or if you doodle on your desk, there is a chance that you will be arrested by the police and hauled out of your school in handcuffs. Unfortunately, we live in a country where paranoia has become standard operating procedure. The American people have become convinced that the only way that we can all be “safe” is for this country to be run like a militarized totalitarian police state. So our public schools are run like prisons and our public school students are treated like prisoners. The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world by far, and our schools are preparing the next generation to either “do time” in the prison system or to live as good little slaves in the Big Brother prison grid that is being constructed all around us. But what our schools are not doing is giving these children the critical thinking skills that they need to live as free citizens in a nation that used to be “the land of the free and the home of the
|Non Sequitur by Wiley|
“What passes for education today, even in our ‘best’ schools and colleges, is a hopeless anachronism,” adds Alvin Toffler in
The Republican Party of Texas released its official 2012 platform, with provisions including the repeal of the Voting Rights Act, recommendations for the use of corporal punishment in classrooms, and opposition to the teaching of “higher order thinking
Thinking separates man from machine. Critical thinking uses that unique, precious ability to help choose ethical and moral paths. Critical thinking sometimes asks difficult questions that make us squirm, attacks our most hallowed beliefs, makes us angry or sad or excited, and most importantly, leads to more
[This] platform rollout is reminiscent of the debate that was conducted in 2010 over the content of Texas’ textbooks, which gives the current situation more context. Because of the large population of Texas, they have an enormous amount of buying power in the textbook industry, purchasing 48 million textbooks annually. Therefore, the very conservative Texas Board of Education has more clout in deciding the content of the nation’s textbooks than almost any other Board across the
“What Texas decides is important nationally since it is so large that many books prepared for publication in the state also are marketed elsewhere around the country,” adds The Huffington
“Sex education is not mandated in Texas,” reports The Huffington Post. “And when it is taught, it is not required to be medically accurate, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a nonprofit reproductive rights research group. As of 2011, Texas had the fifth-highest teen birthrate in the
Virgin – originally a geographical term meaning “place where no one has gone before.” Today, virgin means not having participated in any sexual activity of any kind. Toothbrush or stick of gum demonstration can be used here to show the difference in used versus new. Encourage students to stay like a new toothbrush, wrapped up and unused. People want to marry a virgin, just like they want a virgin toothbrush or stick of gum.
“Textbook and classroom curriculum battles have long raged in Texas pitting creationists — those who see God’s hand in the creation of the universe — against academics who worry about religious and political ideology trumping scientific fact,” worries the Huffington Post.
The concerns raised included how long it took Earth to cool and objection to lessons about natural selection because “selection operates as a selective but not a creative force,” according to
|Back to School © Bob Englehart|
Writing for The Seattle Times in 1996, Nancy Montgomery points out that:
Sue Fischer, president of the Association of Washington Educators of Talented and Gifted, says that during the past 15 years, the reading level of texbooks has dropped by two grade levels. That is, what used to be third-grade material is now fifth-grade
material.…In other words, textbooks have been “dumbed down.” The result, according to a wide-ranging group including teachers, textbook salesmen, education researchers and government officials, is a more poorly educated student population.9
|© Jeff Stahler|
The Common Sense Show reports on dumbing down by highlighting the deficiencies in the Common Core curriculum discovered by The Pioneer Institute:
- “Common Core fails to teach prime factorization and consequently does not include teaching about least common denominators or greatest common factors.
- Common Core fails to include conversions among fractions, decimals, and percents, identified as a key skill by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
- Common Core de-emphasizes algebraic manipulation, which is a prerequisite for advanced mathematics, and instead effectively redefines algebra as “functional algebra”, which does not prepare students for STEM careers.
- Common Core does not require proficiency with addition and subtraction until grade 4, a grade behind the expectations of the high-performing states and our international competitors.
- Common Core does not require proficiency with multiplication using the standard algorithm (step-by-step procedure for calculations) until grade 5, a grade behind the expectations of the high-performing states and our international competitors.
- Common Core does not require proficiency with division using the standard algorithm until grade 6, a grade behind the expectations of the high-performing states and our international competitors.
- Common Core starts teaching decimals only in grade 4, about two years behind the more rigorous state standards, and fails to use money as a natural introduction to this concept.
- Common Core fails to teach in K-8 about key geometrical concepts such as the area of a triangle, sum of angles in a triangle, isosceles and equilateral triangles, or constructions with a straightedge and compass that good state standards
“Average reading and writing SAT scores for high school students declined to their lowest levels while math results stalled in the exam used for admission at most U.S. colleges,” notes Janet Lorin for Bloomberg:
A record 1.66 million students from the class of 2012 took the
exam.…The drop in scores reflect the fact that more lower-income studentsvwith less access to high-quality education are taking the test, the College Board said.11
BBC News adds:
Ruth Lea, policy director at the [United Kingdom's] Institute of Directors said: “This is farcical – we’ve now got endemic grade inflation vi which is making it harder and harder for employers to discriminate between able and less well able students, and the universities are having the same problem. We are deeply pessimistic about this dumbing
down – A-levelsare no longer the gold standard they were 20 years ago.” 12, vii
“It would seem our society currently contains far too-many high school valedictorians,” writes Doug Barry for the Jezebel website:
The difficulty with naming so many students “valedictorian” is that, like the glut of lawyers and freshly-painted law schools, their supernumerary existence begins to dilute individual achievement, at least in the eyes of eyes of [sic] college admissions officers. The more valedictorians you have, the less special the achievement becomes, or, if you prefer to learn your lessons from Pixar, if everyone is super, then no one is.
That’s how elite colleges are starting to see the glut of valedictorians, with critics of multiple-valedictorian graduating classes citing grad [sic] inflation (rather than academic diligence) as the real reason so many kids can sail through high school with unblemished
Keith explains how this “has culminated in the all-too-familiar situation
Keith notes that “From the standpoint of the social controllers there are many advantages to keeping the populace stupid, not the least being that the less intelligent a person is, the more susceptible he is to exterior
In 2002, The Seattle Times reported in Malcolm Ritter’s Associated Press report:
Can a nation debate the merits of cloning when fewer than half its adults can give a decent definition of DNA? Can it render good judgment on genetically engineered food when only a quarter can define a molecule? And can Americans assess competing medical claims when only a third show a good understanding of the scientific process? Experts see cause for concern in the latest report card on American scientific
In its current form, the survey has been given every two years since 1979 and overall the results haven’t changed much, [senior analyst for the National Science Foundation Melissa] Pollak
said.…What bothers Pollak the most is the finding that only about a third of adults showed a good understanding of the scientific process. “This is where science can benefit people in their daily lives,” Pollak said. People get bombarded with claims by psychics and medical quacks, she said, and if they don’t understand about critical thinking and scientific evidence, they can waste time and money. That understanding also helps citizens confront scientific political issues where the media are often content to present both sides of an argument, no matter which side has better evidence, said Shirley M. Malcom, head of education for the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Moreover, experts say, with the spread of technology, workers will have to be able to use it and the critical-thinking and problem-solving skills that should be learned in science classes. There’s another, related concern. How will the United States supply qualified workers for careers in science and technology? Nowadays, the nation leans heavily on foreign help.18, ix
Heidi Stevenson writing for the NaturalNews.com website notes that it is more the loss of creative thinking than educational level that is the primary concern:
Hardly any of the greats of American history went through much formal schooling. That includes Thomas Jefferson. George Washington. Benjamin Franklin. Thomas Edison. Herbert Melville. Mark Twain. Margaret Mead. Admiral Farragut. And so many more.
Obviously, formal secondary schooling, at least of the type we now have, is not a requisite for learning, creativity, or
Traditional education supplemented with tradecraft has demonstrated tremendous economic benefits. “Apprenticeship is a combination of on-the-job training and related instruction in which workers learn the practical and theoretical aspects of a highly skilled occupation,” explains the United States Department of
“It’s time parents – and for that matter the entire society – understood the true meaning of education,” writes Dong Fangyu for China Daily. “Fortunately, changing concepts in these times of social transition is prompting some young parents to explore new ways of raising children by paying greater attention to their personality and character
“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”
– Frederick Douglass
“The general population doesn’t know what’s happening, and it doesn’t even know that it doesn’t know.”
– Noam Chomsky
i Homeschoolers Anonymous was inspired by a woman who fled her [fundamentalist] parents and published an essay online, appealing for financial aid so she could go to college and then establish a safe house for refugees like
For those outside the homeschooling movement, and for many inside it, the stories are revelatory and often shocking. The milder ones detail the haphazard education received from parents who, with little state oversight, prioritize obedience and religious training over learning. Some focus on women living under strict patriarchal regimes. Others chronicle appalling abuse that lasted for
Homeschooling now exists in a virtual legal void; parents have near-total authority over what their children learn and how they are disciplined. Not only are parents in 26 states not required to have their children tested but in 11 states, they don’t have to inform local schools when they’re withdrawing them. The states that require testing and registration often offer religious exemptions.
– Kathryn Joyce, “The Homeschool Apostates,” American Prospect, at http://prospect.org/article/homeschool-apostates (retrieved: 8 December 2013); See also Kathryn Joyce, “Escape from Christian Fundamentalism – the Kids Who Flee Abusive, Isolated Christian Homes,” AlterNet, 6 December 2013, at http://www.alternet.org/belief/escape-christian-fundamentalism-kids-who-flee-abusive-isolated-christian-homes (retrieved: April 2013).
ii The Irish Independent reports that grocery giant TESCO has strapped electronic armbands to their warehouse workers to measure their productivity, tracking their actions so closely that management knows when they briefly pause to drink from a water fountain or take a bathroom
But increased surveillance not only creates a more stressful workplace for workers, it also effects the product, Gilliom points out. For example, nurses are no longer taking the time to get to know their patients because hospitals make more money when more people are hustled through. In the past, nurses had ways to circumvent hospital pressure. Now, electronic tracking of patient movement means that medical profressionals will spend far less time with you when you are sick.
– Tana Ganeva, “Work is Becoming More Like Prison As Some Workers Forced to Wear Electronic Bands That Track Everything They Do (Including Bathroom Breaks),” AlterNet.org, at http://www.alternet.org/civil-liberties/work-becoming-more-prison-some-workers-forced-wear-electronic-bands-track-everything (retrieved: 26 February 2013).
iii Quality education has been a hot topic among teachers and parents in China to turn students away from overemphasis on test-taking to a more comprehensive development through extra-curriculum activities and critical thinking skills training.
Chen Weihua, “School work: Chinese want less, US more,” China Daily, 23-25 August 2013, 33(10169), p. 2.
iv The Texas Board of Education’s responsibilities including establishing the state’s public school curriculum, approving textbooks and managing the state’s permanent school
– Jamie Stengle, “6 incumbents return to Texas Board of Education,” Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, 6 November 2012, at http://lubbockonline.com/filed-online/2012-11-06/6-incumbents-return-texas-board-education (retrieved: 7 November 2012).
v More than 1.1 million students in the United States in grades K–12 were homeless in the 2011–12 school year—a record
– “The 10 Worst States of Student Homelessness,” takepart.com, at http://www.takepart.com/photos/poverty-in-the-us-homeless-students-by-state?cmpid=tp-ptnr-upworthy (retrieved: 8 December 2013).
* Homeschooling now exists in a virtual legal void; parents have near-total authority over what their children learn and how they are disciplined. Not only are parents in 26 states not required to have their children tested but in 11 states, they don’t have to inform local schools when they’re withdrawing them. The states that require testing and registration often offer religious exemptions.
– “The Homeschool Apostates.”
vi In general, the highest academic grade inflation is in the lowest achieving schools.
– M. Donald Thomas, Ph.D. President Emeritus, School Management Study Group and William Bainbridge, Ph.D. President, SchoolMatch Corporation, Columbus, Ohio, “Grade Inflation: The Current Fraud,” at http://schoolmatch.com/articles/ESRJAN97.htm (retrieved: 5 June 2012).
vii Friends TV show, Scene: N.Y.U. Paleontology department, Ross is putting up the grades on the message board.
Burt: (another professor) Wow! It looks like you were very generous with your grades this semester! (Ross frantically starts to change some as a female student, Elizabeth, approaches.)
– “The One Where Ross Dates a Student,” Friends, 9 March 2000, at http://www.fanfr.com/scripts/saison6/friendsgeneration2.php?nav=script&version=vo&episodescript=618 (retrieved: 26 August 2012).
viii Between 21 and 23 percent of the adult population or approximately 44 million people, according to the  National Adult Literacy Survey
– “Facts on Literacy In America,” Literacy Volunteers of America, at http://www.literacyvolunteers.org/about/faqs/facts.html (retrieved: 2008).
ix Some 20 percent of Microsoft’s engineers are of Indian origin.*
– “Bill Gates joins AIDS fight in India,” Yahoo! News UK & Ireland, 11 Nov 2002, at http://uk.news.yahoo.com/021111/80/dedtr.html (retrieved: 2002); See also Reuters, “Microsoft investing in India’s future; Boosting education, partnerships, software development,” MSNBC News, 12 Nov 2002, at http://www.msnbc.com/news/833934.asp (retrieved: 2002); and “Microsoft to Invest $400 Mln in Indian Projects,” Reuters, 12 Nov 2002, at http://reuters.com/news_article.jhtml?type=technologynews&StoryID=1720244 (retrieved: 2002).
* Morgan Stanley estimates the number of U.S. jobs outsourced to India will double to about 150,000 in the next three years. Analysts predict as many as two million U.S. white-collar jobs such as programmers, software engineers and applications designers will shift to low cost centers by 2014.
– “U.S. Companies Moving More Jobs Overseas,” Netscape News, 27 Dec 2003 (retrieved: 2004).
1 Arjun, “The Origin of Education and Mandatory Schooling,” Collective Evolution, 7 January 2013, at http://www.collective-evolution.com/2013/01/07/the-origin-of-education-and-mandatory-schooling/ (retrieved: 3 July 2013).
2 Jim Keith, Mass Control: Engineering Human Consciousness (Lilburn, GA: IllumiNet Press, 1999), pp. 28, 29.
3 Arjun, “The Origin of Education” (retrieved: 3 July 2013).
4 “19 Crazy Things That School Children Are Being Arrested For In America,” The American Dream, at http://endoftheamericandream.com/archives/19-crazy-things-that-school-children-are-being-arrested-for-in-america (retrieved: 26 June 2012).
5 Alvin Toffler, Future Shock (Toronto: Bantam Books, 1988, 1970), p. 398.
6 Megan Malloy, “Texas Republicans 2012 Platform Opposes Critical Thinking and Supports Corporal Punishment,” PolicyMic, 1 July 2012, at http://www.policymic.com/articles/10551/texas-republicans-2012-platform-opposes-critical-thinking-and-supports-corporal-punishment (retrieved: 6 July 2012).
7 Will Weissert, “Evolution Battle Engulfs Texas Board Of Education All Over Again,” Huffington Post, 22 November 2013, at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/22/evolution-battle-texas-school-board-education_n_4324155.html (retrieved: 24 November 2013).
8 Rebecca Klein, “Texas School District Sex Education Compares Non-Virgins To Chewed Gum,” The Huffington Post, 8 November 2013, at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/08/texas-virgins-chewed-gum_n_4241610.html (retrieved: 9 November 2013); See also Guttmacher Institute State Policies in Brief, “Sex and HIV Eduction,” 1 November 2013, at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/08/texas-virgins-chewed-gum_n_4241610.html (retrieved: 9 November 2013); “Texas Adolescent Reproductive Health Facts,” U.S. Department of Health andHuman Services, 2001, at http://www.hhs.gov/ash/oah/adolescent-health-topics/reproductive-health/states/tx.html (retrieved: 9 November 2013).
9 Nancy Montgomery, “Dumbed-down texts too easy, too simple, too boring, critics say,” The Seattle Times, 3 March 1996, p. A1, at http://community.seattletimes.nwsource.com/
10 “How Your Child Is Being Dumbed Down,” Dave Hodges: The Common Sense Show, 2 August 2013, at http://thecommonsenseshow.com/2013/08/02/how-your-child-is-being-dumbed-down/ (retrieved: 3 August 2013); See also Pioneer Institute at Truth in American Education, at http://truthinamericaneducation.com/tag/pioneer-institute/ (retrieved: 3 August 2013).
11 Janet Lorin, “SAT Reading, Writing Test Scores Drop to Lowest Levels,” Bloomberg, 24 September 2012, at http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-09-24/sat-reading-writing-test-scores-drop-to-lowest-levels.html (retrieved: 2 March 2013).
12 “Results ‘a real achievement’,” BBC News, 17 Aug 2000, at http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/education/883484.stm (retrieved: 5 June 2012).
13 Doug Barry, “Why the Hell Are There So Many High School Valedictorians?” Jezebel, 2 June 2013, at http://jezebel.com/why-the-hell-are-there-so-many-high-school-valedictoria-510918760 (retrieved: 2 June 2013).
14 Keith, Mass Control, p. 24.
15 Toffler, Future Shock, p. 417.
16 Keith, Mass Control, p. 24.
17 Ann Druyan (Carl Sagan’s wife), interview with Pete Brady, “Carl Sagan: Visionary Scientist; World-renowned teacher, author and scientist found that cannabis helped him to fully explore the cosmos,” Cannabis Culture #32, Aug/Sep 2001, p. 45.
18 Malcolm Ritter (The Associated Press), “What we don’t know about science could fill books,” The Seattle Times, 19 June 2002, at http://community.seattletimes.nwsource.com/archive/?date=20020619&slug=science19 (retrieved: 5 June 2012).
19 Heidi Stevenson, “So-Called Education Intentionally Dumbs Down Americans,” NaturalNews.com, 11 May 2008, at http://www.naturalnews.com/023215.html (Retrieved: 5 June 2012).
20 United States Department of Labor – Apprenticeship Training, at http://www.dol.gov/dol/topic/training/apprenticeship.htm (retrieved: 5 December 2013).
21 “Swedes snub German apprentice scheme,” The Local: Germany’s news in English, 21 October 2013, at http://www.thelocal.de/20131127/52495 (retrieved: 5 December 2013).
22 Dong Fangyu, “What’s the true meaning of education,” China Daily, 23-25 August 2013, 33(10169), p. 16.
Kevin Crosby, “Cloning,” at http://www.skewsme.com/cloning.html (retrieved: 5 June 2012).
Karla Murthy, “Is ‘capitalism’ a dirty word?” PBS.org, 14 May 2010, at http://www.pbs.org/wnet/need-to-know/culture/is-capitalism-a-dirty-word-2/718/ (retrieved: 23 September 2011).
“Big Bird in the Presidential Debate: Mitt Romney advocates cutting funding for Sesame Street, PBS,” The Washington Post, 4 October 2012, at http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/decision2012/big-bird-in-the-presidential-debate-mitt-romney-advocates-cutting-funding-for-sesame-street-pbs/2012/10/04/f7f280ba-0e1f-11e2-bb5e-492c0d30bff6_story.html (retrieved: 4 October 2012).
Emily Cadik, “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up: Republicans Opposed to Teaching Critical Thinking,” burntorangereport.com, 6 July 2012, at http://www.burntorangereport.com/diary/12453/you-cant-make-this-stuff-up-republicans-opposed-to-critical-thinking-in-education (retrieved: 6 July 2012).
Alexandra Alper and Lizbeth Diaz, “Analysis: Mexico’s much-needed education reform faces hurdles,” Reuters, 26 February 2013, at http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/26/us-mexico-education-idUSBRE91P0WU20130226 (retrieved: 4 April 2013).
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