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Some pelple can't handle it. Some people get insulted
because they're proud of their "education." After all, they
spent a fortune on it -- and they and still owe a ton of money and interest.
Frankly, I wouldn't blame you for getting
very upset. You might just want to click away to another site.
You might say, "Mike, this is so negative!"
Yes, the comments below are VERY negative. These comments
are made by professors & teachers, authors & journalists, judges,
business owners, and more.
If you're like me you'll say, "The school
system has become evil and corrupt. It's time to take back OUR school
system from government, politicians, career criminals, and union thugs!"
Read on! Look it over and
you'll know why my bumper sticker says:
My kids don't go to government schools!
(PS: I am not anti-government. We need government
as spelled out by the Constitution FOR the United States of America. But,
I am anti-crime-syndicate.)
"If you trust journalism or the professional
educational establishment to provide you with data you need to think
for yourself in the increasingly fantastic socialist world of compulsion
schooling, you are certainly the kind of citizen who would trade his
cow for a handful of colored beans." -- John Taylor Gatto
ASSUMPTIONS OF SCHOOLING -- and Twenty-one Facts the Institution
Would Rather Not Discuss by John Taylor Gatto
Find out how Establishment Education works - and WHY!
Click this link (PDF file) --> how
mind control is as pervasive and commonplace as those bright yellow
school busses that come for our children each weekday morning.
An Interview with John Taylor Gatto,
Teacher of the Year, (New York, 1989), Author of Dumbing us Down.
"Rather than fostering a climate of
open inquiry, college campuses have become fascist colonies
of anti-American hate speech, hypersensitivity, speech codes, banned words
and prohibited scientific inquiry."
-- Ann Coulter
"Academic freedom is not
only meant to protect professors; it is also supposed to ensure students'
right to learn without being molested. When instructors use their classrooms
to indoctrinate and propagandize, they cheat those students and betray
the academic mission they are entrusted with. That should be intolerable
to honest men and women of every stripe -- liberals and conservatives
"We live in a time of great school crisis. Our children
rank at the bottom of nineteen industrial nations in reading, writing
and arithmetic. At the very bottom..."
DonÕt Educate (PDF file) by John Taylor Gatto
"If you don't like living in a divided country,
all you have to do is get yourself appointed to the
university faculty somewhere and you will be able to experience the
joys of living in a one-party state."
How might we dull a glistening nation?
Monday Morning Memo by Roy H. Williams)
1. Pay the dullest and least impressive to educate
2. Create a system of teaching that judges everything
as "correct" or "incorrect." This will allow the dull and unimpressive
to easily grade the children's tests.
3. Discourage exploration.
4. Reward conformity. Teach that inside the
box is good.
5. Celebrate sports. Make sure the children
understand that taller, stronger kids have natural advantages that cannot
be overcome. Build stadiums and hire announcers to shout the names of
students who display physical dominance.
6. Minimize school concerts and science fairs
and art shows. Treat them as though they're for losers. Have them in
the school cafeteria.
Follow these 6 Simple Steps and you can expect:
1. Drop-Outs. Currently, 38 percent of America's
children are dropping out of high school and that number is rising.
2. Cloned Repetition. Have you noticed that
every mall has exactly the same stores as every other mall and that
every city has all the same restaurants?
3. Death of Industry. The cars of once-mighty
GM and Ford no longer excite us. We want cars designed by the children
4. Street Gangs. If school taught us anything,
it's that physical dominance is the key to reward. More
"The single most prevalent form of child abuse in
this country is the act of sending a child to a government school.
We worry incessantly about the separation of church and state. We would
do well to devote half as much attention to the separation of government
and education. I absolutely believe that the biggest crisis facing this
country today is government education.
"American parents have surrendered their responsibility
for the education of their children to government -- and increasingly
to the Imperial Federal Government. The results aren't good."
-- Neil Boortz
"Men had better be without education than be educated
by their rulers."
-- Thomas Hodgskin 1823
"Our freedom is not being destroyed by terrorists,
but by ignorance, apathy and complacency. Our government schools are
to blame. ... Our dumbing down is not accidental but a very well organized
"Politicians have a field day misleading Americans
who, as a result of having been dumbed down by our
education system, can't think, reason or analyze."
Education is a weapon, whose
effect depends on who holds it in his hands and at whom it is aimed.
-- Joseph Stalin
"...countries which, like the United States, have set up a considerable popular instruction without any serious higher education, will long have to expiate their error by their intellectual mediocrity, the vulgarity of their manners, their superficial spirit, their failure in general intelligence..." The Theory of Education in the United States by Albert Jay Nock
A must-read. (Click the link to download the
PDF file.) Read how mind
control is as pervasive and commonplace as those bright yellow school
busses that come for our children at 8 AM each weekday morning.
An Interview with John Taylor Gatto, Teacher
of the Year, (New York, 1989), Author of Dumbing us Down.
Myth of Socialization
Indoctrinate U: The Ugly Truths About Academia
Legal Award-winning filmmaker Evan Coyne Maloney's
new documentary film, Indoctrinate U, reveals the ugly truths
about academia that you won't see in glossy admissions brochures.
Speech codes. Censorship. Sensitivity training. Enforced political conformity.
Intolerance. Hostility to religion. Violations of freedom of speech
and conscience. Kangaroo courts.
We usually associate such things with the repressive
regimes of North Korea, China, Cuba, and the former Soviet Union.
But instead, this assault on free thought is taking place all over America
-- right now -- on our nation's campuses. Hard-hitting and humorous,
the film tells the story of how, in the name of education, schools
from coast to coast ruthlessly compel conformity of thought. By
exposing the dirty little secrets of higher education, this film has
the potential to force the kind of change academics have long pretended
they don't need to make. You can help to bring about this change by
watching the movie trailer and signing up for a screening in your area.
Watch the trailer
and sign up to help bring a screening of Indoctrinate U to your home
"Now there are literally tens of thousands
of "hard-line Marxists" in academic sinecures. They have
made universities 'a subsidiary of the political left and the Democratic
"These hard-core leftists have no shame about
using the classroom podium for political speechmaking. They may be teaching
a course in biology or Shakespeare, but that doesn't inhibit them from
launching into tirades against American policies or in favor of the
Communists in El Salvador, or assigning students to write a paper on
why George W. Bush is a war criminal.
"These radical leftists have redefined the
mission of universities. Instead of the pursuit of
knowledge and truth, universities today see themselves as agencies for
-- Phyllis Schlafly
"A general State education is a mere contrivance
for molding people to be exactly like one another; and as the mold
in which it casts them is that which pleases the dominant power in the
government, whether this be a monarch, an aristocracy, or a majority
of the existing generation; in proportion as it is efficient and successful,
it establishes a despotism over the mind, leading by a natural
tendency to one over the body."
-- John Stuart Mill, 1859
"Too many suburban parents may
be too easily satisfied that their schools are doing a good job because
the students there score in the top 10 percent or 20 percent on standardized
tests. Suburban schools may look good compared to inner-city
schools, but both look bad compared to their counterparts in other countries."
"True education makes for inequality, the
inequality of individuality, the inequality of success, the glorious
inequality of talent, of genius; for inequality, not mediocrity, individual
superiority, not standardization, is the measure of the progress of
-- Felix E. Schelling (1858-1945), U.S. Educator
"Instead of the liberating force it can
be, public education is treated as a prize in a tug of war, one
more monopoly to be protected against competition, just another source
of political patronage."
"It's well past time for [Leftism] to be declared
a religion and banned from public schools. Allowing
Christians to be one of many after-school groups induces hysteria not
just because liberals hate religion. It's because the public school
is their temple. Children must be taught to love Big Brother, welcoming
him to take over our schools, our bank accounts, our property, even
our toilet bowls."
-- Ann Coulter
Washington's education establishment Posted:
January 8, 2003 1:00 a.m. Eastern
© 2003 Creators Syndicate, Inc.
"Fiddling Whilst Rome Burns" was
my column two weeks ago.
It looked at the disastrous state of education
in the nation's capitol, where at only one of the city's
19 high schools do as many as 50 percent of its students test as proficient
in reading. At no school are 50 percent of the students proficient in
math. At 12 of 19 high schools, more than 50 percent of the students
test below basic in reading, and at some of those schools it's almost
80 percent. At 15 high schools, over 50 percent test below basic in
math. In 12 of them, 70 percent to 99 percent do so.
It was in 1983 that members of the National
Commission on Excellence in Education issued a brutally honest report
entitled "A Nation at Risk." The members of
the commission wrote, "If an unfriendly
foreign power had attempted to impose on America the mediocre educational
performance that exists today, we might have viewed it as an act of
They are not "public schools." They are government
schools. They are owned and operated by government.
Every employee, from the superintendent to the dishwasher in the cafeteria,
is a government employee. So, let's call them what they are. Government
-- Neal Boortz, WorldNetDaily: Brainwashing
"Now, however, the educational system has
become the weapon of choice for modern liberals in
their project of dismantling American culture."
--Judge Robert Bork in "Slouching Toward Gomorrah."
THE VICIOUS GOVERNMENT-CONTROL CYCLE:
use government-controlled teachers
to produce government-controlled students
who breed government-controlled families
that demand government-controlled schools.
Government "Standards" are sub-standard.
Government schools vaccinate students with
a lame virus called "education" to immunize them against real learning.
For example: "Democracy" is a code word for socialism.
"Peace" is the absence of resistance to socialism.
Government schools are not
only breeding illiteracy among students, they are obviously subsidizing
it among teachers and administrators.
Socialist Security System (SSI):
Being looted your entire
Rewarded late in life with loot,
Stolen from your own children.
Your kids are being deceived by government
propagandists. They are being misled by statist evangelists.
They are being corrupted by moral relativists. They are being seduced
by the popular culture.
"The per-pupil cost of public schools averages
$6,000, compared with $3,100 for private schools. In
other words, all else being equal, we could abolish all public schools
and the taxes that support them tomorrow, let the market replace them
with private schools, and cut the total cost of education by nearly
half. Why isn't this done? The short
answer is that there are many people on the payroll of the education
bureaucracy who would be unhappy."
--Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.
Attorneys General sued and fined prominent banks and universities ... widespread collusion and conflicts of interest ... to sell college students high-priced student loans... to give students a "preferred lenders" list [meaning] the private institutions the university preferred you to use because it meant kickbacks, gifts and expense-paid trips for them in referral rewards... the students were often not informed of the array of Federal loans that should be exhausted first. Seems some universities slept through their own Intro to Ethics classes. (Can you say, "Economic Slavery"?)
"In one century we went from
teaching Latin and Greek in high school to offering remedial English
"Parents who spend $30,000 or more a year
to provide their offspring a prestigious education
at an Ivy League school are almost certain to be buying their sons and
daughters a first-class indoctrination into radical left-wing ideology
-- from which they may never recover. It is not exactly
news to find that many of the professors at schools such as Harvard,
Yale and Princeton don't think like most mainstream Americans, and make
no effort to disguise their contempt for Western culture, religious
faith, patriotism and capitalism. They fuzzily believe that Communism
or something like it should probably be given another chance."
[...] For example, there is no provision in
the entire Constitution for the federal government
to be engaged in any way in the education of "We The People"
living within the several states. None. Zippo. Try
to find it. Time's up. Don't bother looking. It ain't there.
But in spite of that clear fact, every
weekday morning millions of yellow government trucks hijack millions
of young and highly impressionable future production units and ship
them to thousands of government processing centers where trillions of
neurons are carefully rearranged to conform to patterns predetermined
by benevolent Central Planners. [...]
Standing behind the children are teachers,
the true perpetrators of the crimes abounding in the
nation's educational system.
What is the crime? American children can't
write, according to a giant national study released
by the U.S. Department of Education. Only
one in four can put together a paragraph or two proficiently enough
to succeed in school or future jobs.
The report was issued by the Education Department's
National Assessment of Educational Progress and contained
the results of testing 60,000 students in public and private schools
at the 4th, 8th and 12th grade levels. Supplementing this sample, 100,000
8th graders in 35 states, the Virgin Islands and schools operated around
the world by the Defense Department were separately tested.
California did less than average and scored
lower than Texas and New York, states that are comparable
in population diversity.
"The Average or typical American student
is not a proficient writer," summed up Gary W.
Phillips, acting chief of the National Center for Educational Statistics,
an office in the U.S. Department of Education.
Even below the average incompetent
writing American student is the California student. 56% of California
students wrote at basic level and 24%, 25% worse...
The proof is massive and overwhelming that
Whole Language has caused a literacy catastrophe among the school children
of California. The March 7, 1996, issue of L.A. Weekly
"In the eight years since whole language first
appeared in the state's grade schools, California's
fourth-grade reading scores have plummeted to near the bottom nationally,
according to the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).
Indeed, California's fourth-graders are now such poor
readers that only the children in Louisiana and Guam -- both hampered
by pitifully backward -- are worse.
A true monopoly has government force behind
(like government schools)
and can charge highest prices for shabbiest goods
(like government schools).
The wrong path to reform
The big conundrum after the
collapse of the Soviet Union was how to move from socialism to capitalism.
The U.S. faces the same problem now
with the public-school system...
With the newest report that
most high school graduates can't even write a coherent sentence, what
else are we to conclude? ...how are we to manage the transition from
a communist system of education to something else? ...
"You know the National Education Association
(teachers union) and all the state affiliates are gnashing
their financial teeth over the success of students not subjected to
the NEA, et al., dumbing down agenda. I
repeat: Get government OUT of education and everything else it has stuck
its unwanted tentacles into.
"The 'helping hand' of government is
the one that helps you into the pit of slavery and stupidity."
"The NEA, which has demonstrated high marks
only for dumbing down an entire generation of government school students,
now wants to license parents to teach their own kids...
The DNC apparently agrees wholeheartedly with the NEA fascists... the
DNC is warning that 'Texas is lenient on home-schoolers.' ...[that means]
home-schooling has not yet been criminalized in the Lone Star State."
American public schools glamorize AID education,
death education, sex education, and suicide education--instead
of educating children by demanding that they learn to read, write and
do arithmetic. The result is what one would expect.
--Thomas Szasz in The Untamed Tongue, p. 35.
Why is it that today's
public schools increasingly offer -- in place of the rigorous academic
and moral instruction of yesteryear -- multiculturalism, situational
ethics, drug education, sex education, death education, sensitivity
training, gay studies, condoms, look-say rather than phonics, behaviorism,
cooperative learning, outcome-based education, Skinnerian mastery learning,
magic circles and transcendental meditation?
Why is it that, according
to the U.S. Department of Education, 90 million American adults can
barely read or write?
And why is it that, in 1996,
the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) was re-normed because scores had
dropped so dramatically since the average (or norm) was established
in 1941 that the disparity became embarrassing to the educational establishment?
"The lies will continue as
long as we have a system that perversely encourages the worst among
us to rise to positions of power. As
long as the government monopoly on education continues, the
lies of the State will continue to be drilled into the soft, mushy heads
of our nation's youth. No tactic will be considered verboten as
long as it seeks legitimacy among the "docile and gullible."
MBA programs can cost more than $100,000
ANALYSIS: 40 YEARS RESEARCH ON MBS'S ECONOMIC VALUE
"A business degree does not guarantee a successful
career or a higher salary... Little of what is taught
to students in business school prepares them for the corporate workplace...
Rather, students are paying for prestigious names to
add to their resumes and the opportunity to network with like-minded
colleagues... The simplest advice is that if you don't get into a leading
business school, the economic value of the degree is really quite limited...
-- Jeffrey Pfeffer, Stanford University business
to gain from MBA classes
Our public schools are filled with substandard
math teachers who never took math in college, French
teachers lecturing about biology, art teachers masquerading as history
teachers, and other instructors who have absolutely no expert knowledge
or intellectual curiosity about the subjects they've been assigned to
This is a system whose first priority is
self-preservation of its tax-subsidized employees, not academic enlightenment
of its captive charges.
And they dare to accuse home
schooling parents of educational malpractice?
-- Michelle Malkin, Crusading
to keep kids clueless
In a July 16 memo, Deputy Superintendent Joanne
Mendoza decreed that homeschooling is
"not an authorized exemption from mandatory public
Without the proper credentials, according
to the missive, parents will no longer be allowed to homeschool their
children and will be considered truant by local school districts.
The proper credentials? Think about this.
They want parents, who are already doing a fantastic
job educating their children, to descend to their level of incompetence
by acquiring "professional teaching credentials."
"[...] The establishment wants to retain control
over what goes into children's heads. In far too many
cases, it teaches whole-language reading instead of phonics, multiculturalism
Š which often means the evils of Western Civilization, political correctness,
"diversity" and "tolerance," weird math and a distorted, anti-American
view of American history.
Its byword should be "getting
away from the basics."
The "enlightened" educators of California,
for example, have no problem offering courses in the
wonders of Islam, while strenuously
blocking any utterance about Christianity. [...]"
-- David Limbaugh WorldNetDaily: Public
education vs. homeschoolers
In fact, public schools are permeated with
a philosophy summed up in the phrase, "Accuracy is not the name of
Those are the actual words of Julia Palmer,
president of the American Reading Council, an advocate
of the whole-language approach to reading. She
said that it was OK if a child read the word "house" for "home," or
substituted the word "pony" for "horse." "It's not very serious because
she understands the meaning. Accuracy is not the name of the game."
-- (Washington Post, Nov. 29, 1986) WorldNetDaily:
public schools are destroying the American brain
People have been trying "kinder and gentler"
and "working within the system for modest rational
reform" of the mandatory government youth propaganda camps for 100 years.
The camps just get bigger, more
expensive, more arrogant, and less interested in passing along even
basic historical literacy.
They have become the reproductive organ of
the welfare/political state. They are the greatest enemy, bar none,
to our desperately endangered traditions of liberty.
-- Vin Suprynowicz, The Ballad of Carl Drega
From Hypocrisy in 'American rights' groups
© 1999 WorldNetDaily.com
"...It's apparent that the "American taxpayer"
isn't getting a good deal when it comes to the nation's public schools.
They're dangerous, unproductive, and little more than
liberal/socialist indoctrination centers churning out thousands of new
entitlement supporters every year. That's progress for you...
"If schools were run like businesses,
where results-oriented CEO's replaced life-tenured
and unmotivated school officials, most of them would have long since
abandoned all the politically correct garbage being mandated by Washington,
D.C.'s education bureaucracy.
They would have abandoned it because
study after study has shown that those "teaching guidelines" simply
Kids graduating high school can't
spell, can't form complete sentences, can't read, can't do math, and
have little basic understanding of the arts, the classics, and the sciences.
Many don't do much better after graduating
college; several large corporations have had to initiate
remedial language arts and mathematics classes because their new college
recruits couldn't function..."
The wire services are trying to drum up hysteria
about a shortage of public-school teachers and school
principals. It turns out that young people have developed other aspirations
besides being slaves to the government and its brainwashing schemes.
They especially have no desire to
enter into the administrative bureaucracy of a decaying system. The
wages are tolerable and secure, but it's an awful way to
fritter away one's talents.
A mind is a terrible thing to waste working
for the government.
1999 -- BACK-TO-SCHOOL
"Since 1983, over 10 million Americans have
reached the 12th grade without having learned to read at a basic level.
Over 20 million have reached their senior year unable
to do basic math. Almost 25 million have reached 12th grade not knowing
the essentials of U.S. history. .. American 12th graders rank 19th out
of 21 industrialized countries in mathematics achievement and 16th out
of 21 nations in science. Our advanced physics students rank dead last."
--Former Secretary of Education Bill Bennett
Years of bad leadership produced KC school
crisis, state official says By PHILLIP O'CONNOR - The
Kansas City Star 10/14/99 22:15
Missouri Education Commissioner Robert Bartman
admits he's a little fuzzy on what the future would
hold for an unaccredited Kansas City School District.
But Bartman is crystal clear on how the district
sank to this point.
He blamed unstable leadership, a
bloated bureaucracy, a school board more interested in patronage than
performance ... focused on integration rather than education.
"I know there is a lot of concern about
the impact of having an unaccredited district," Bartman said Thursday
in Kansas City. "But I would have hoped the concern would have been
just as heightened knowing ... generations
of kids who have gone through the schools without having the kind of
intense focus on student performance.
"I know that the position of the state Board
of Education is that the current levels of performance
are unacceptable.... "
From: Title I: Not making the grade,
by Samuel L. Blumenfeld © 1999 WorldNetDaily.com
"...The government should get out of the education
"It has created a stranglehold monopoly
that gives the American people the worst possible education
at the highest possible price.
"Over $118 billion has been squandered
on so-called compensatory education that has been a
total bust as education, and there is no public outrage. Why?
"Because too many people in America have
become as dishonest and hypocritical as their government. Or
maybe they believe that with such good people as Bill Goodling in charge,
Congress must know what it's doing...."
Monopoly education By P. Andrew Sandlin ©
"...The modern state has become the largest
legalized cartel in the world...Let's keep Microsoft
intact...split up the modern state...
"...The secular statist elites believe that
they know better than you do how to instruct and otherwise rear your
"They believe you are unfit. They
believe that only education "professionals," the same ones who were
indoctrinated in and certified by their own monopolistic secular schools,
are qualified to teach your children.
"You are not qualified, because you
do not have a degree in secondary education from Secular Statist Teachers
College. They are contemptuous and patronizing...
Complete article at: Monopoly
From News/Current Events News Source: repost
from Washington Times Published: 9/28/99 Author: Michael Farris Posted
on 10/16/1999 18:47:58 PDT by cornelis
Government Intervenes Too Often in Family
Life What's the final verdict on HSLDA?
Neither the academic success nor the increasing
popularity of home-schooling has deterred government
officials from taking an incredibly aggressive approach at the beginning
of this school year.
The Levittown, N.Y., school district reported the names
of many home schoolers-including many who had complied fully with the
burdensome paperwork requirements of New York law-to Nassau County Department
of Social Services. In turn, the department
mailed letters to the home-schooling families, advising them that they
were being investigated for child abuse.
New York isn't the only place that officials
donít seem to understand what constitutes child abuse. In
Hickory, N.C., a 2-year-old girl slipped outside her family home about
7 a.m., apparently while searching for her pet cat. She had been alone
in the yard for about four minutes when her older brother discovered
his sister had acted with the typical 2-year-oldís lack of inhibitionóshe
was naked at the time and brought her back inside. She never left the
familyís property. She was not in the street.
But, social services workers insisted on coming into the familyís
home and interrogating this little girl concerning the incident.
It makes me wonder whether these social services
workers have ever had a 2-year-old. They improperly
assume that a parent is neglectful if a 2-year-old wanders and that
they can get reliable information from a child this age.
To test this, I asked my 10th child, Peter,
who is 2, if he remembered wandering outside naked chasing his kitty
cat a few days earlier. Peter said, yes, even though we have no cat,
and he has never wandered outside naked. I asked him if his daddy and
mommy failed to watch him that morning. He said, ìOKî and
started jumping across the kitchen floor, kangaroo-style.
In Edgemont, S.D., Paul and Debbie Nabholz
were arrested, photographed, fingerprinted, booked,
and then released. For what, you ask? For failing to
give copies of their childrenís birth certificates to the school
district. State law requires the parents to give a
copy of a childís birth certificate to the childís school.
Private schools keep the certificates for their students. In South Dakota,
home schools are considered private schools and the Nabholzes believe
they are in compliance with the law because they operate the childís
school. I can understand a legal dispute over this issue, but arresting
parents for it is the worst case of overkill I have seen in more than
17 years of defending home schoolers.
The superintendent in Watertown, S.D., wins
an award for presumptuousness. Even though he has no
authority under state law to subjectively evaluate the teaching ability
of parents, he rejected one motherís application before she even
filed it! He said, "I know her, she canít teach."
We are familiar with the classic fable of the man who
murdered his parents and then threw himself on the mercy of the court
because he was an orphan.
West Virginiaís Paw Paw Public Schools system
seems to have adapted this lesson to its own use. Sharon
Fravel withdrew her son from the public school on April 28 because he
was simply not making suitable academic progress. He
took a standardized achievement test on April 16-before to beginning
home-schooling-and scored very low.
Even though his years of public schooling
are the reason for his low scores, the school district
has demanded that the boy return to the public schools for remedial
But why? It was public school
instruction that failed.
The Vermont Department of Education is frustrating
many families this year by refusing to approve academic
programs deemed acceptable in previous years.
As you can see, at the Home School Legal Defense
Association, we have our hands full. And there are
other stories I could tell. If our experience is any indicator, many
of these situations will be resolved when higher officials with cooler
heads respond to our intervention on behalf of the families. But some
of these cases will end up in court. I guarantee it. The association
will sue some of these officials for civil rights violations.
It looks like an exciting school year ahead.
I'll keep you posted. Michael Farris is the father
of 10 home-schooled children and president of the Home School Legal
REPRINTED WITH PERMISSION FROM THE WASHINGTON
TIMES Tuesday, September 28, 1999 Page E5
What your kids should know
With public education what it is and
American mainstream society teaching our children that mediocrity is
king, here are a few rules that you might consider relaying to your
kids, in order to combat the destructive nature of today's PC environment:
Rule 1: Life is not fair;
get used to it.
Rule 2: The world won't
care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish
something before you feel good about yourself.
Rule 3: You will not make
40,000 dollars a year right out of high school. You won't be a vice
president with a car phone until you earn both.
Rule 4: If you think your
teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss. He doesn't have tenure.
Rule 5: Flipping burgers
is not beneath your dignity. Your grandparents had a different word
for burger flipping -- they called it opportunity.
Rule 6: If you mess up,
it's not your parents' fault, so don't whine about your mistakes.
Learn from them.
Rule 7: Before you were
born, your parents weren't as boring as they are now. They got that
way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes, and listening to
you talk about how cool you are. So before you save the rain forest
from the parasites of your parents' generation, try delousing the
closet in your own room.
Rule 8: Your school may
have done away with winners and losers but life has not. In some schools
they have abolished failing grades; they'll give you as many opportunities
as you want to get the right answer. This, of course, doesn't bear
the slightest resemblance to anything in real life.
Rule 9: Life is not divided
into semesters. You don't get summers off, and very few employers
are interested in helping you find yourself. Do that on your own time.
Rule 10: Television is
not real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee
shop and go to jobs.
Rule 11: Be nice to nerds.
Chances are you'll end up working for one.*
*From the book, "Dumbing Down Our Kids," by Charles
Sykes; © 1996 St. Martin's Press.
Public schools are beyond reform and redemption
by Charley Reese, July 10, 2001
Public education, or, more accurately, compulsory
government education, is a failure. It should not cost
half a trillion dollars a year to teach people to read and write, especially
when even that effort is far from successful.
Back in the late 1800s, when
compulsory government education was still a topic of debate, R.L. Dabney,
a great Southern theologian, remarked, "If all you mean by education
is teaching people to read and write, then all you will accomplish is
to create a mass market for trash literature."
Fairly accurate prediction, I'd say, because
America is the largest market in the world for trash literature, trash
television and trash movies.
Some of the nation's highest paid heroes are
barely literate, which can be verified by listening
to almost any sports interview.
I have observed this process of decay since
1955. Certain things have always been constant. The
cry is always: Give us more money and we will do the
job. The educational bureaucracy has always been given
more money, and it has a done a worse, not a better,
job. Another constant has been that blame has been
placed on everybody but the responsible parties -- students and their
Learning, which is what students do or at
least are supposed to do, is a subjective process. A child cannot be
force-fed an education. If the desire is not there,
if the willingness to work hard is not there -- yes, Virginia, learning
is hard work -- there's not much the teachers can do about it.
Of course, the decay in the system is so pervasive
that 60 percent of the college graduates in Massachusetts
flunk the teacher-qualification exam. I
have no doubt that Massachusetts will react in the typical way: either
abolish the examination or water it down to the point that a moron can
I do not believe that compulsory government
education can be reformed. I have long advocated that
parents get their children out of it if they can find an alternative.
I'm well aware that, in a nation with more than 15,000 separate school
districts, there are some schools that do a fair job -- relatively speaking.
Not one, I'm convinced, could stand a comparison with a typical school
of 75 years ago.
The system today is a political system and,
like everything else in our society, has been strangled by laws, rules
and court orders. If you look at the
areas left where a school-board member could actually make a decision,
you find there practically are none. Hence, elected school boards have
become, in effect, a cover for a bureaucracy that runs itself without
any democratic input whatsoever.
Contributing to the unlikelihood of serious
reform is the disunity in a country that is being destroyed
by immigration and by a moronic native population conditioned to despise
its own heritage.
Consequently, there is no consensus even on
what education should accomplish. Business wants it
to produce docile workers and mindless consumers. Various fanatics want
it to produce cannon fodder for their respective ideological wars. Many
parents just want public schools to baby-sit their brats so they can
enjoy their soap operas in peace. In the meantime, colleges of education,
better called institutions of no learning, are spreading the poison
that education should be effortless and under no circumstances should
any child have to earn self-esteem.
And, at the same time, in
our litigation-mad society, teachers and administrators alike are paralyzed
I have a friend, or at least an ex-friend,
who is upset at my position on public education.
He keeps sending me clips about good teachers. All
he is doing is reinforcing my position.
The people in the gigantic educational bureaucracy
who have the least influence on the system are the classroom teachers.
There isn't a one of them who doesn't know that if
they speak about what's wrong with the system, they do so at the jeopardy
of their jobs. They will either be fired or exiled to some educational
equivalent of Siberia, and every school district has such a place.
I wish I could just say: Put
your children in a private school. Unfortunately, when a culture is
poisoned, the poison spreads to all its institutions, both public and
private. In other words, not all private schools are any better than
the public ones.
In the meantime, don't be fooled by cries
for more money or promises of more reforms. Unless
you see colleges of education (the source of a lot of nonsense) shut
down, the federal Department of Education abolished and the compulsory-attendance
laws repealed, you will know the reforms are a sham.
There are simply too many people with a vested
interest in getting their share of that half-trillion
dollars. They aren't about to change the gravy train, and
to hell with what it does to your children.
Reach Charley Reese at 407-420-5315 or email@example.com.
Copyright © 2001, Orlando Sentinel
THE STATE LOTTERY CON JOB
State lotteries were sold to voters as
a means of raising revenues -- often to help fund government schools
without raising taxes. After lottery
fever cooled, however, most states found themselves spending heavily
on advertising to lure new players ~and~ raising taxes.
And in the end, government
schools are no better off for having state lotteries, according to economist
"In spite of all the rhetoric to the contrary,
the states have been unable to deliver on their promise
to increase spending on education by adopting the lottery,"
writes Heberling. "Ironically, states ~without~ lotteries
actually maintain and increase their education spending more than states
~with~ lotteries," writes Heberling in the spring 2002
issue of THE INDEPENDENT REVIEW.
Heberling also found that:
- "The state lotteries spent $400 million
on advertising and other promotion costs in 1997."
State lottery slogans include such idiocies as "Work is nothing but
heart-attack-inducing drudgery" (Massachusetts), "How to get from
Washington Boulevard to Easy Street" (Chicago's Washington Blvd. is
located in a depressed Westside neighborhood) and "His [Martin Luther
King's] vision lives on . . . honor the dream -- D.C. Lottery" (Washington,
- "State lotteries seldom list the odds
of winning and encourage players to minimize regret. "The lotteries
can get away with misleading advertisements because
the state governments serve as both promoter and regulator; hence,
there is no one to protect that consumer from abuses by the state.
With respect to the lottery, government is no longer even pretending
to 'stand up for the little guy.' Instead, it is preying on the elderly
and the poor with a state-sponsored get-rich-quick scam." States are
exempt from fraud prosecutions by the Federal Trade Commission.
- "The short-term influx of lottery
revenues leads to wasteful spending that is later funded by tax hikes
after lottery fever cools. "Legislators keep their
fingers crossed and hope that nobody remembers that the lottery was
supposed to have made additional taxes unnecessary." Connecticut,
in fact, "enacted the state's first income tax even though lottery
sales had reached $671 million in the previous year."
Lotteries: Advocating a Social Ill for the Social Good," by Michael
Heberling (THE INDEPENDENT REVIEW, Spring 2002)
How Government Prevents Education
To the editor:
My phone has been busy lately with
inquiries from local parents about why the schools are so bad, so secretive
and almost impossible to communicate with intelligently.
The answer, of course, is
that the public school system has an agenda that is the opposite of
what parents want for their children. I've
prepared a list of concepts for the parents of our town that may help
them to fathom the situation. I call it "How the Government Prevents
Preventing education, or the dumbing down
of America's children, is the primary function of the public school
system. It follows several simple concepts that comprise
the overall program, as follows:
It begins in kindergarten...
1. Sit down, be quiet. You
will do only what we tell you to do. You'll think what we tell you
2. Your interests are not important. Any
knowledge you may already have is of no value. We will tell you what
the state wants you to know, nothing else. We can arrange to drug
you if you don_t behave as we require.
3. We do not answer your questions, but
you are required to answer ours.
4. We do not trust you or your parents.
We demand obedience no matter how absurd our requests.
We know better than parents how to raise children. You have no rights
in school. We can arrange to drug you if you don't behave as we require.
5. You will not learn phonics, therefore
you will not learn to read well nor enjoy reading.
6. You will not learn the basic facts of
arithmetic, therefore any advanced mathematics will
be almost impossible for you.
7. There is no right or wrong. Traditional
morality is old-fashioned and therefore is ridiculed. We are "progressive"
8. We consider you to be "disabled" and
therefore "at risk," therefore we have reason to "treat" you. We will
"diagnose" and label you so that you will always feel incomplete,
inadequate, and dependent on us in school and on other institutions
9. You will be kept in a state of confusion,
self-doubt and stress. You will be watched, tested and judged constantly.
You will have no time to yourself to create an identity other than
what we choose for you. You will be fearful always.
10. You do not belong to your parents or
guardians, therefore we are insensitive to their
wishes for you. You are the property of, and a resource of the state,
and we will use you as the "global economy" (whatever that is) dictates
In those areas and more, the local school
board is the willing accomplice of the school system since,
as the CT state law says, the board "is not the agent of the town, but
is a creature of the state."
What does the state want for children? For
them merely to become employable.
That fact makes it easier to understand why
the administrators are defensive and why the school
board is so obstinate in the face of criticisms of the quality of the
schools: the schools are not intended to educate.
The board does not represent the community,
but instead, it represents the interests of the state.
There's no one protecting the community or the taxpayers or the parents
or especially the children. Children are the hostages of the system.
Families and communities would never do this
The public school system is the creation of
the government, and the only way to correct it is by
taking it (really, the children) out of the hands of government.
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