Conspiracy (featuring Rev) [explicit lyrics]
from Distorted Soul 2.0
“When you control a man’s thinking you do not have to tell him not to stand here or go yonder.Â He will find his ‘proper place’ and will stay in it.Â You do not need to send him to the back door.Â He will go without being told.Â In fact, if there is no back door, he will cut one for his special benefit.Â His education makes it necessary.” – Carter G. Woodson from The Miseducation of The Negro
Our friends at Playahata.com reposted this blog by Patrick Grimm of Zionist Watch which first appeared on News From The West.Â Despite the obviously racist and Anti-Semetic views of News From the West, AND the lack of documentation available for the information in this particular post, the article raises some interesting points that are timely in light of Barack Obama’s recent education policy speech.
According to Grimm the failures of the U.S. education system are not only systemic, they are intentional.Â Many of us have wondered why the supposedly “educated” people who run our schools would have developed such a mind-numbing, creativity-draining learning process.Â Furthermore, why do they keep using it when there is so much evidence that it doesn’t work?Â The answer?Â It’s all on purpose.
Let’s face it.Â School is boring and stupid.Â They don’t really teach you what you want or need to know to make a living.Â Those of us who have grown into educated, scholarly people have done so most often in spite of our schooling rather than as a result of it.
Our public schools especially are designed to emulate an manufacturing facility, and the schools themselves are factories.Â They use an assembly line process to manufacture docile, unambitious workers who are ready to go straight from secondary school to the plant floor.Â Is there any wonder that in a world where knowledge of technology and science – not to mention creativity and critical thinking – are nearly essential, the United States lags behind?
Read the post below.Â We’ll have discussion afterward, and yes, there will be a quiz.
The Educational System Was Designed to Keep Us Uneducated and Docile
By Patrick Grimm
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
It’s no secret that the US educational system doesn’t do a very good job. Like clockwork, studies show that America’s schoolkids lag behind their peers in pretty much every industrialized nation. We hear shocking statistics about the percentage of high-school seniors who can’t find the US on an unmarked map of the world or who don’t know who Abraham Lincoln was.
Fingers are pointed at various aspects of the schooling systemâ€”overcrowded classrooms, lack of funding, teachers who can’t pass competency exams in their fields, etc. But these are just secondary problems. Even if they were cleared up, schools would still suck. Why? Because they were designed to.
How can I make such a bold statement? How do I know why America’s public school system was designed the way it was (age-segregated, six to eight 50-minute classes in a row announced by Pavlovian bells, emphasis on rote memorization, lorded over by unquestionable authority figures, etc.)? Because the men who designed, funded, and implemented America’s formal educational system in the late 1800s and early 1900s wrote about what they were doing.
Almost all of these books, articles, and reports are out of print and hard to obtain. Luckily for us, John Taylor Gatto tracked them down. Gatto was voted the New York City Teacher of the Year three times and the New York State Teacher of the Year in 1991. But he became disillusioned with schoolsâ€”the way they enforce conformity, the way they kill the natural creativity, inquisitiveness, and love of learning that every little child has at the beginning. So he began to dig into terra incognita, the roots of America’s educational system.
In 1888, the Senate Committee on Education was getting jittery about the localized, non-standardized, non-mandatory form of education that was actually teaching children to read at advanced levels, to comprehend history, and, egads, to think for themselves. The committee’s report stated, “We believe that education is one of the principal causes of discontent of late years manifesting itself among the laboring classes.”
By the turn of the century, America’s new educrats were pushing a new form of schooling with a new mission (and it wasn’t to teach). The famous philosopher and educator John Dewey wrote in 1897:
Every teacher should realize he is a social servant set apart for the maintenance of the proper social order and the securing of the right social growth.
In his 1905 dissertation for Columbia Teachers College, Elwood Cubberlyâ€”the future Dean of Education at Stanfordâ€”wrote that schools should be factories “in which raw products, children, are to be shaped and formed into finished products…manufactured like nails, and the specifications for manufacturing will come from government and industry.”
The next year, the Rockefeller Education Boardâ€”which funded the creation of numerous public schoolsâ€”issued a statement which read in part:
In our dreams…people yield themselves with perfect docility to our molding hands. The present educational conventions [intellectual and character education] fade from our minds, and unhampered by tradition we work our own good will upon a grateful and responsive folk. We shall not try to make these people or any of their children into philosophers or men of learning or men of science. We have not to raise up from among them authors, educators, poets or men of letters. We shall not search for embryo great artists, painters, musicians, nor lawyers, doctors, preachers, politicians, statesmen, of whom we have ample supply. The task we set before ourselves is very simple…we will organize children…and teach them to do in a perfect way the things their fathers and mothers are doing in an imperfect way.
At the same time, William Torrey Harris, US Commissioner of Education from 1889 to 1906, wrote:
Ninety-nine [students] out of a hundred are automata, careful to walk in prescribed paths, careful to follow the prescribed custom. This is not an accident but the result of substantial education, which, scientifically defined, is the subsumption of the individual.
In that same book, The Philosophy of Education, Harris also revealed:
The great purpose of school can be realized better in dark, airless, ugly places…. It is to master the physical self, to transcend the beauty of nature. School should develop the power to withdraw from the external world.
Several years later, President Woodrow Wilson would echo these sentiments in a speech to businessmen:
We want one class to have a liberal education. We want another class, a very much larger class of necessity, to forego the privilege of a liberal education and fit themselves to perform specific difficult manual tasks.
Writes Gatto: “Another major architect of standardized testing, H.H. Goddard, said in his book Human Efficiency (1920) that government schooling was about ‘the perfect organization of the hive.'”
While President of Harvard from 1933 to 1953, James Bryant Conant wrote that the change to a forced, rigid, potential-destroying educational system had been demanded by “certain industrialists and the innovative who were altering the nature of the industrial process.”
In other words, the captains of industry and government explicitly wanted an educational system that would maintain social order by teaching us just enough to get by but not enough so that we could think for ourselves, question the sociopolitical order, or communicate articulately. We were to become good worker-drones, with a razor-thin slice of the populationâ€”mainly the children of the captains of industry and governmentâ€”to rise to the level where they could continue running things.
This was the openly admitted blueprint for the public schooling system, a blueprint which remains unchanged to this day. Although the true reasons behind it aren’t often publicly expressed, they’re apparently still known within education circles. Clinical psychologist Bruce E. Levine wrote in 2001:
I once consulted with a teacher of an extremely bright eight-year-old boy labeled with oppositional defiant disorder. I suggested that perhaps the boy didn’t have a disease, but was just bored. His teacher, a pleasant woman, agreed with me. However, she added, “They told us at the state conference that our job is to get them ready for the work worldâ€¦that the children have to get used to not being stimulated all the time or they will lose their jobs in the real world.”
John Taylor Gatto’s book, The Underground History of American Education: An Intimate Investigation into the Problem of Modern Schooling (New York: Oxford Village Press, 2001), is the source for all of the above historical quotes. It is a profoundly important, unnerving book, which I recommend most highly. You can order it from Gatto’s Website, which now contains the entire book online for free.
The final quote above is from page 74 of Bruce E. Levine’s excellent book Commonsense Rebellion: Debunking Psychiatry, Confronting Society (New York: Continuum Publishing Group, 2001).
I completely disagree with this essay. The people who designed the US public school system created an institution that preformed marvelously all the way through the early 1960s. Concepts such as “rote memorization” we now know for certain increase intelligence, creativity, and self-esteem. It was the overturning of such concepts in the 1960s that destroyed the US public schools.
Today’s best public schools don’t even perform as well as the average public school of the 1950s. And in today’s public schools, you don’t even find any “rote memorization”! You find in today’s public schools, in fact, all that this essay begs for.
This essay attacks a public school system that doesn’t even exist anymore. Furthermore, this essay’s call-to-arms has already been realized, and that is exactly the problem. The guy who wrote this essay has had his way. The results have thoroughly disproved the hypothesis presented here.
School kids in the 1950s thought that they were bored. My parents were two of them. They went forth as young adults in the 1960s, with their marvelous educations, and they helped tear-down the US education system. Subsequent generations have suffered the result.
Ironically, Nadir and I created and ran a supplemental school that ran just like the 1950s schools lamented here. We kept the students “bored” for three hour stretches. The results were amazing. We founded the program because of all the nonsense i the public schools, the very nonsense that this essay advocates.