How Public Schools Dumb Down Our Children…and Worse

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.

About Mel Wild

God's favorite (and so are you), a son and a father, happily married to the same beautiful woman for 40 years. We have three incredible adult children. My passion is pursuing the Father's heart in Christ and giving it away to others. My favorite pastime is being iconoclastic and trailblazing the depths of God's grace. I'm also senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in Wisconsin.
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12 Responses to How Public Schools Dumb Down Our Children…and Worse

  1. Along these same lines, check out ‘The American Republic vs the CCP‘ on YouTube. This is another expose on how China specifically, is trying to overtake our society through many avenues, and highlights the phenomenal impact of the popular phone app Tik Tok. Shocking!

    • Mel Wild says:

      Will definitely do so. Thanks Mark!

    • Mel Wild says:

      Started watching the clip. Confirms a lot of what I already suspected. I wasn’t familiar with TikTok, but they sound like they’re probably the most nefarious of all social media apps.

      As it said on the clip, “TikTok is designed to get you addicted.” A former employer of China’s Huawei Technologies said, “The more videos you click, the more TikTok knows about you. Before you realize the tactics, you are addicted to what they deliver.” I don’t think most people understand how much their perspectives and positions are manipulated and controlled by those “fun” free apps.

      The social media phenomenon has always reminded me a bit of the Doctor Who episode about the earbuds from a parallel universe. 🙂

  2. Good post, Mel. Laughing here, great minds think alike, because I have also blogged about the school system today

    I love to tell homeschool parents to take heart, to have faith. I didn’t go to school at all and look at me, I’m absolutely brilliant! School really can dumb you down, indoctrinate you, force you to consume an agenda, and take away your ability to think for yourself, not education, not lifelong learning, but rather, “schooling.” Many of us parents have been brainwashed into falsely believing that without public school we will have dumb kids that can’t survive or compete in the world. That’s the first lie we need to slay.

    • Mel Wild says:

      “Many of us parents have been brainwashed into falsely believing that without public school we will have dumb kids that can’t survive or compete in the world.”

      LOL! Yup, that’s a BIG lie! When my kids went to a public high school, they were so far ahead of their class, academically, they were bored. My second oldest actually would get into trouble because he doesn’t do bored very well!

      When we home-schooled our kids back in the day (before it was as well accepted), other parents and family were concerned our kids wouldn’t socialize properly. I have to laugh when I think about that considering how relationally dysfunctional the average public school social culture is! Our kids had lots of cousins, neighbor friends, church friends. And my kids socialize just fine, and they were able to socialize with adults quite well when they were kids.

      There’s no good reason for public school today, if you can spend a few hours a day with them. The curriculums are easy. You can use homeschool organizations that keep transcripts for you. Homeschoolers can use some public school facilities, do a hybrid part-time public school if they want, and they can usually join public school sport teams, etc., while homeschooling.

      I will be checking out your post as soon as I get some free time. Work always seems to want to get in the way. 🙂

  3. Lisa V says:

    After this whole Plandemic thing, and the public school’s abomination of a plan to “return to school” (check out my latest post), I am freaking out over my son’s education. My youngest is a freshman in high school, and I’m trying to decide if I can homeschool him next year as this “remote year” has been a complete failure. The NAACP has weaseled its way into our district, so you know what’s planned for us. I wish I could afford private school. Homeschooling a high schooler scares me to death! I don’t know what to do at this point. And that 1619 Project – the thought that they would base an entire curriculum off of a singular essay is beyond me.

    • Mel Wild says:

      I want to encourage you, Lisa. It’s been my experience that our kids will probably love homeschooling for high school. For you as the parent, it’s actually easier in some ways because they’re old enough to self-learn. I don’t know what it’s like where you live, but in Wisconsin homeschoolers can still takes some classes and be involved in public high schools sports, music, etc.

      One of my nephews, who went to a big city grade school, a smaller city middle-school, absolutely loved homeschool for high school. I would at least investigate the possibility. You’re definitely going to do better than what your kids experienced last year!

      I really like Dr. Jeff Meyers’s Summit Ministries for both Christian school and homeschool curriculums. I particularly like this ministry because they not only provide a good education and teach a biblical world view, but also teach your student how to successfully interact with the world around them. They also have conferences for parents, etc.

      • Lisa V says:

        Thank you very much for the reference. I will check it out. I have friends that homeschooled their kids through high school, so I will be talking to them to. I just don’t think the county will have their act together by the Fall, and I’m not sure I want my son exposed to the agendas that they will be spewing. Thanks again for the encouragement.

  4. SLIMJIM says:

    Being a minority in the States I personally find these leftists ideology is horrible. Some of it is anti-White and I don’t see how it helps with unity and makes things better especially when it gets to the point of evening making math as racist. Good post

    • Mel Wild says:

      Thanks. This whole woke religion of the left is antithetical to Christianity and will eventually destroy our culture. Martin Luther King Jr. has always been one of my heroes because he exemplified Christian character in the midst of an evil time for black people. We don’t need an ideology that separates us, we need what MLK said, not to judge anyone based on the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

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