We Don’t Need No Education…

Have you seen this?

Rice: Failing schools a national security threat

I trust The Council on Foreign Relations and everyone on it about as much as I would have trusted Osama Bin Laden with a nuclear armed ICBM, but I agree with the central theme of that article – just maybe not in the same way as Rice means it. I don’t know because, given the nature of the people currently in charge of our government and social institutions, we can’t know what they mean because they may not know themselves. Let me try to explain.

I believe many of the problems our nation is now struggling with are the result of more than 100 years of Progressive theory trying to be implemented into actual practice. Unfortunately, the result was inevitable because Progressive theory runs counter to the natural law that governs human nature. That we would suffer the inevitable social chaos was as predictable as the fall which follows from man trying to fly on paper wings: no matter how thoroughly we may convince ourselves it is going to work, the laws of physics dictate that everyone who tries it will come crashing to earth. And so it is with America today and a great deal of it has to do with our education system.

Our schools are just one example of the failure that results from the attempt to implement Progressive theory. Our schools have been intentionally made into a weapon against our society and system of govt. As such, it now represents a clear and present danger to the survival of this nation. I see evidence of this threat in stories such as this one:

NYC Bans Words Like ‘Halloween’, ‘Dinosaurs, and ‘Birthdays’ From Tests

We shouldn’t laugh at or dismiss this inclination to pervert language. Progressives have always seen a connection between controlling public opinion and language. In fact, they actually believe they can control our thoughts and, therefore, our actions by controlling the language we use. Think about it; isn’t the control of speech the heart and soul of political correctness? Well, that is what this second story represents: an attempt to control society through the manipulation of language. Had our school system actually educated us, we would all know and understand this because we would know our past.

I’m not sure how to show you the connections because the problem is so pervasive in our society now. But I can show you some comments from the people who founded the Progressive movement and offer a few comments on them in hopes that you will be able to make the connections which will then help you to think of examples of how they are at work in society today. I start by showing you why I can’t be sure whether or not I agree with Rice’s take on our education system.
George Orwell, a big Progressive, said:

“The Party is not interested in the overt act. The thought is all we care about.”

I see a connection to the words of John Dewey, the father of our modern education system:

“Were all instructors to realize that the quality of mental process, not the production of correct answers, is the measure of educative growth something hardly less than a revolution in teaching would be worked.”

To me, it is not about whether or not we have the education necessary to make correct decisions, it isn’t even about learning the correct answers, all they care about is the thought because, if properly controlled, the though becomes pure emotion which is more easily directed. That Progressives believe there is an intimate connection between the word and the thought is evidenced again in the words of John Dewey:

“Every one has experienced how learning an appropriate name for what was dim and vague cleared up and crystallized the whole matter. Some meaning seems distinct almost within reach, but is elusive; it refuses to condense into definite form; the attaching of a word somehow (just how, it is almost impossible to say) puts limits around the meaning, draws it out from the void, makes it stand out as an entity on its own account.”

I see this connection because I know the words of Edward Bernays, the father of modern propaganda:

“The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the [public] is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country.”

Why does the public need to be controlled? The answer from another, very well respected Progressive, Walter Lippmann:

“The public must be put in its place, so that it may exercise its own powers, but no less and perhaps even more, so that each of us may live free of the trampling and the roar of a bewildered herd.”

Now consider two more comments by George Orwell:

“Political chaos is connected with the decay of language… one can probably bring about some improvement by starting at the verbal end.”
“Political language… is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.”

Now, for the sake of argument, pretend you actually believe that you can more easily control public opinion by controlling the language. How better to control the language than to start in school? And the sooner the better, which is why kindergarten was formed and why, I believe, Head Start was established. Because:

“Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted.”
–Vladimir Lenin
“The education of all children, from the moment that they can get along without a mother’s care, shall be in state institutions at state expense.”
–Karl Marx

I know that many will disagree; they won’t see the connection between the men who said these words and any American. I even sympathize: none of us want to believe any American would ever think such things. Unfortunately, I am no longer among those who think this because I know what John Dewey had to say about using teachers to shape society in precisely this way:

“The teacher is engaged not simply in the training of individuals, but in the formation of the proper social life…. In this way, the teacher always is the prophet of the true God and the usherer-in of the true Kingdom of God.”

Incidentally, Dewey was an atheist who believed in secular humanism. He, like all Progressives are interested in establishing some form of moral order without God. I know this because I have read Dewey…and Orwell:

“Mankind is not likely to salvage civilization unless he can evolve a system of good and evil which is independent of heaven and hell.”

I am well aware that many will read this and assume I have taken all of these quotes out of context; perverted them to say what I want them to say.  Sadly, I wish this were true…but it isn’t.  I have no fear that you will be able to disprove me – so long as you actually read what each of these men said with their own mouth or by their own pen and not just listen to what others tell you they said and meant.  If you do that, you will find that I am correct in my understanding of what these Progressive founders believed and why.  You will understand we are dealing with a mindset as much as a political ideology.  And you will understand why I tremble for our nation because you will also understand why Orwell said:

“If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face, forever.”

It is because that is the only way they can make their ideas work.

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