Perhaps one hidden blessing of the current pandemic is that our public schools were shut down which allowed many parents to consider alternate methods of education. I personally would not let my child anywhere near a public school—at least during their formative years.
Not all public schools are bad and its teachers are not the problem. The problem is systemic: they’re part of a system that, at best, is designed to dumb our children down; at worst, indoctrinate them in the insane woke policies of the radical left who control many teacher’s unions and the Department of Education.
My mother was a reading teacher in a public school for over 40 years, so I became a good reader because of her influence. But my wife and I home-schooled our kids until they were middle-school age. They all grew up to be well-adapted, intelligent, creative thinkers, and are now leaders in their chosen field. There’s a good chance they would not have developed this way by going to a public school.
Even some leftist thinkers agree.
“…given the external power structure of the society in which they function, the institutional role of the schools for the most part is to just train people for obedience and conformity, and to make them controllable and indoctrinated.” (Noam Chomsky, Understanding Power)
Here’s a good video on this subject from the Academy of Ideas.
Dumbing down the population is the main way you control a population. You can control the cultural narrative because people without good reading skills to research original documents, or who haven’t learned to practice the art of faithfully questioning everything, will be easily manipulated by the mainstream media narratives, and perhaps even more effectively through social media algorithms.
A study of the history of public schools quickly reveals that this “dumbing down” was the intention from the start. Public schools in the West were modeled after the worst aspects of the factory style of education developed in 19th century Prussia.
“…what shocks is that we should so eagerly have adopted one of the very worst aspects of Prussian culture: an educational system deliberately designed to produce mediocre intellects, to hamstring the inner life, to deny students appreciable leadership skills, and ensure docile and incomplete citizens—all in order to render the populace manageable.” (John Taylor Gatto, “Weapons of Mass Instruction”)
Why Public Schools Were Started
Alex Newman, the author of Crimes of the Educators: How Utopians are Using Government Schools to Destroy America’s Children, was recently interviewed on “American Thought Leaders.” Newman outlined some of the rather dark reasons why our government-run schools were developed in the first place. Here’s the video interview:
Newman outlines the development of the public school model as follows:
Decades before Karl Marx’s Communist Manifesto, utopian Robert Owen (1771-1858) moved to the U.S. and tried to set up a socialist collectivist form of living in Indiana. It was a miserable failure, but he didn’t conclude it was because of his pre-communist ideas, but because people are being given an education that turns them into individualists. So his organization began focusing on setting up a national system of education where children could be indoctrinated for a future of collectivism. The King of Prussia, and later, Horace Mann, got their inspiration from Owen.
Horace Mann (1796-1859), inspired by Owen and the Prussians to have government educate all our children, was influential in starting public schools here in the U.S. He actually experimented with “whole word” reading (instead of phonics) in Boston which failed miserably. The schoolmasters complained that the kids were developing what we would call dyslexia today. His reading method was completely discredited.
John Dewey (1859-1952), who was inspired by the Soviet Union and Lenin instilling the collectivist mentality into their children, wanted to replicate Mann’s whole word reading (“whole language”) system in the United States, even though he knew it had been shown to contribute to greater illiteracy. It seems that was the intent.
Contrast these education pioneer’s philosophy with the earliest American settlers who were devoted Christians determined to teach their children to read so that they could read the Scriptures for themselves and grow in wisdom and not be deceived.
16 Every Scripture has been written by the Holy Spirit, the breath of God. It will empower you by its instruction and correction, giving you the strength to take the right direction and lead you deeper into the path of godliness. (2 Tim.3:16 TPT)
How “Woke” Education is Destroying Our Children and Culture
But it’s gotten much worse in recent years because of the policies of the “woke” radical left who control many teacher’s unions and the Department of Education. They don’t seem as interested in teaching our children reading, writing, and arithmetic (we lag in these areas compared to other industrialized countries), as much as indoctrinating them with their neo-Marxist ideology of Identity Politics, Critical Race Theory, and rewriting our nation’s history according to the woke propaganda of The 1619 Project.
The graphic above is a prime example of anti-white race-baiting currently being taught to some NYC schoolchildren (click on pic to enlarge). Michael Knowles talks about this on his video clip: “ANTI-WHITENESS” Pushed on Kids and Praise “BLACK-COMMUNISM.” Is this what you want your kids to be learning in school?
Not to mention, the 2+2 = 4 ‘trope’ ‘reeks of white supremacy patriarchy. I wish I was making this up.
What’s sadly ironic about all of this is that the radical left has taken seriously the proverb to “train up a child in the way they should go,” while many Christian parents seem oblivious to what’s going on, so now we have a whole generation growing up “not departing” from this neo-Marxist ideology that has been insidiously ingrained in them.
If we want our children to be able to think critically and thrive in the marketplace, and our country to escape the almost inevitable trajectory toward this destructive and divisive ideology, it starts with taking back our children’s education any way we can.