“Education should aim at destroying free will so that after pupils are thus schooled they will be incapable throughout the rest of their lives of thinking or acting otherwise than as their school masters would have wished…. Influences of the home are obstructive; and in order to condition students, verses set to music and repeatedly intoned are very effective…. It is for a future scientist to make these maxims precise and discover exactly how much it cost per head to make children believe that snow is black. When the technique is perfected, every government that has been in charge will be able to control its subject securely without the need of armies or policemen.”
Any experienced non Christian parent is worried about what the children of Christians may be exposed to while attending home school. They often ask themselves, “Isn’t it time that we forced those children into the enlightened classrooms of our public schools.” Don’t those people know how they are ruining their children and that their children are better raised by strangers then by fundamentalist parents? Recently someone asked me to list the advantages my children have over a child educated by homeschooling Christian Nazis.
Here is my list,
1.) My child learns how to work in groups and how to get along with others. The public schools have taught them to rely on the group and to find their identity in the group. Why, just last week, little Lou-Ann came home and said that her peers at the school had decided to do something different as a group and together had decided to have a “Dress as a chaste and modest lady” day. I thought that was so cute and indicative of how Lou-Ann and her peers have learned how to work in groups. No more of the independent thinking that gets in the way of group progress.
2.) My girls learn how to put prophylactics on cucumbers and bananas. I find safety and cleanliness in food preparation to be important to me and so I think it is wonderful how the public school takes up home economics in the Kitchen and is proactive in protecting vegetables and fruit from Sudden Tainting Disease (STD’s).
3.) I love the creative new vocabulary my children learn in school. My boys now affectionately refer to me as (sniff sniff) Dad’s “Ho,” (doubtless short for my given name “Hortensia”) and the girls have taken to affectionately calling their Father, “pimp” (I think it is short for “paterfamilias”). Even I have picked up some of the kids language as when I am in a hurry filling out forms I simply put in “Ho,” when asked my name.
4.) I have come to appreciate the body art that my children learn at school. I’ve learned from my children the improvement upon the body beautiful that a hole in the ear can be or Chinese lettering across the chest. And my darling girl put the cutest little serpent on her right calf.
5.) The teachers have become special to me and my children, and boy do they love the kids. Why just last week I saw the History teacher giving my 13 year old Lisa an affectionate hug goodbye. He even kissed her but as he is from France, I know that was just a cultural demonstration. Also the 22 year old new lady English teacher has a very close relation to my 18 year old son. Just last week my husband and I came home from a business trip and she was at the house conjugating verbs with my son. Such dedication. Before that they were studying his reading assignment in D. H. Lawerence’s “Lady Chatterly’s Lover.”
6.) My children have learned that other cultures are just as valuable as their great great grandparents culture. They have learned the beauty of gangsta rap is just as full of rapture as the beauty of Bach or Mozart. They have learned that pants worn around the knees, thus revealing colorful boxer shorts, is just as stylish as a Tuxedo. They have learned that burning widows with their dead husbands is just as acceptable as letting widows stay alive after their husband’s death. They have learned that the definition of “theft,” or “loose” is culturally variant. They have learned that since one can find sodomy in animal cultures therefore we know that sodomy among humans is a beautiful thing. Funny thing is that they’ve especially come to see the beauty in Jewish culture. Viva la culture.
7.) The schools have made my children very smart. They have learned to read road signs if I slow down enough and they have learned how give change back for a quarter. They have learned that the world is melting. They have learned that Abraham Lincoln, Woodrow Wilson, and Franklin Roosevelt were our greatest Presidents. They have learned how the white man has oppressed the world. They have learned about six million Jews being oven baked (Why, they even watched Schindler’s List in class), and they learned about how gays and lesbians, like the Jews, have been oppressed. They have learned how Christians have often been behind world wide oppression.
8.) The schools have excelled at teaching the children civics. They have learned that the Constitution is a document of negative powers, and being taught to be positive people they have learned that being negative is a bad thing and so the Constitution needs to be changed. They have learned that the State always has the people’s best interest at heart and they have learned that people have rights (health care, homes, food, peace, safety from guns, etc.) for which a good government must provide.
9.) They have learned how to support one another in grief. The school has taught them well to be sympathetic in the midst of the multiple suicides of their peers. Down this line, the school has taught them not to be judgmental and that they should support their peers who are sexually active with dead people, with farm animals and with dead farm animals. My children are the most non judgmental people I know. They will support anything.
10.) The school doesn’t get into all that “god stuff.” We pray at every meal (God is great, God is good, thank you God for this meal) and we don’t need the schools worrying about God. Even our preacher agrees with us on this score.
We are very thankful for our children attending public schools and we earnestly desire that home schooled children could experience all of this.
“The school is primarily a social institution. Education being a social process, the school is simply that form of community life in which all those agencies are concentrated that will be most effective in bringing the child to share in the inherited resources of the race, and to use his own powers for social ends. Education, therefore, is a process of living and not a preparation for future living.”
My Pedagogic Creed
1.) In order to interpret this correctly the reader must understand that Dewey was a Hegelian in his philosophy. Hegelians believed that the State is the idea of universal Spirit in the external manifestation of human Will and that the universal Spirit was God becoming. Hegel said,
“The State is the absolute reality and the individual himself has objective existence, truth and morality only in his capacity as a member of the State.”
Simply put, for Hegel and later his disciple Dewey, the State was God. This is important to understand for Dewey’s education is not child centered but state centered. We see this in the quote above with the repeated references to the word “social” serving as the adjective for the subsequent noun. For Dewey, the Hegelian, “social institution”, “social processes” and “social ends” means “state institution,” “state processes,” and “state ends.”
This is where the gulf of misunderstanding between modern parents and the educational system begins. Parents believe a child goes to school to learn skills to use in the adult world, but Dewey states specifically that education is “not a preparation for future living.” The Dewey educational system does not accept the role of developing a child’s talents but, contrarily, only to prepare the child to function as a unit in an organic whole — in blunt terms a cog in a wheel of an organic society. Whereas many Americans have moral values rooted in the individual, the value of the school system are rooted in the Hegelian concept of the State as the absolute.
That Dewey is channeling Hegel can be seen by yet another quote from Dewey,
“Education consists either in the ability to use one’s powers in a social direction or else in ability to share in the experience of others and thus widen the individual conscienceness to that of the race”
In each case the individual is lost in either the left wing Hegelian collective of the State (i.e. — social direction) or the right wing Hegelian collective of the race.
The point to be taken in all this is that modern education is geared towards training the child to be a cog in the machinery of a State that has become so overarching that the society, and every individual in it, is identified with the State. When children go to school they are being trained against Christianity which opposes the State as God.
2.) When Dewey says that “education is a process of living” he means to communicate that education is to the end of molding little people into the stream of societal consciousness. Students, in modern education, are not trained to think critically, or prepare for future living, they are trained in how to be good citizens. In contemporary education public schooling has the teleology of creating Borg. It does not have the teleology of training independent thinkers.
“Education… now seems to me perhaps the most authoritarian and dangerous of all the social inventions of mankind. It is the deepest foundation of the modern slave state, in which most people feel themselves to be nothing but producers, consumers, spectators, and ‘fans,’ driven more and more, in all parts of their lives, by greed, envy, and fear. My concern is not to improve ‘education’ but to do away with it, to end the ugly and antihuman business of people-shaping and to allow and help people to shape themselves.”
John Holt — (1923-1985)
American author and educator
Proponent of homeschooling, and pioneer in youth rights theory
Note the photo in the link above. This photo was chosen to serve as the cover of a homeschooling curriculum catalog. It is supposed work within the reader a sense of nostalgia for a more wholesome time.
The idea that education should take place in the shadow of the cross is something we can salute. Having said that though, the picture
1.) Has children gathering in a school. Much of the Christian community believes that the Scriptures teach that parents are responsible for their children’s education. Why would a homeschooling company reinforce the idea of public schooling by using a public school (even if nostalgic) as their photo for their curriculum catalog?
2.) Note the predominance of the flag. It is placed above the shadow of the cross. It is preeminent and is what draws the viewers eye. Of course in flag decorum the highest flag is the flag with the most honor.
3.) Since it is the State, and the humanist agenda it is pushing, which homeschoolers are struggling against, why does the flag have such a prominent place? Is there something of a hint here of wrapping the cross in the flag? Christians need to realize the dangers of reducing Christianity to a civil religion. The Cross is not Red, White, and Blue. Patriotism — love for country — in our current climate might better be represented by having a photo without a flag so prominently displayed.
4.) The danger that the photo might represent is to reinforce in people’s minds the centrality of the State. By combining this version of what might be called “Judeo-Christianity” with homeschooling what might end up being produced by homeschoolers is little homeschool Statists who are better Statists than the pagan children statists created by the Government schools since our homeschool Statists have become convinced that Christianity and Patriotism are two streams that flow together. Let us say it plainly. Our children, in this climate, ought not to be educated unaware of the designs of the current post Christian West as those designs are incarnated in the State. In point of fact, our children should be educated to know why the humanist American state, needs to be resisted.
During this graduation season what might we look for in homeschool graduates?
1.) Your children graduated knowing the words “catechism,” “confession,” or “creed.”
Whether you know it or not you have catechized your child, even if you have done so without a set catechism. The advantage of education your child with a set catechism (Heidelberg, Westminster, etc.) is that they will have a well grounded understanding in their undoubted catholic Christian faith. Children who are not catechized regarding their Christianity are typically (allowing for the occasional exception) not grounded in their faith and are apt to surrender their uninformed Christianity with the first gale wind of an opposing faith system.
2.) Your children know that all education is driven by some faith system consideration and is what it is because of the theology from which it flows.
3.) Your children know that Thomas Jefferson desired as the motto for the seal of this nation, “Rebellion to Tyrants is Obedience to God.”
4.) Your children know that none of our founding documents teach that this nation is “indivisible.”
5.) Your children make a connection between 1 million dead babies every year and the impact that reality should have on their “patriotism.”
6.) Your children are aware of the concept of “States Rights,” and understand that the States were originally intended to serve as check and balance to the Federal government.
7.) Your children are epistemologically self conscious and are on the road to becoming ever more so.
8.) When asked about “Calvin,” your children know the difference between “John Calvin,” and “Calvin Klein.”
First, Calvinism is the purest expression of the Christian faith and even if you disagree with Calvinism your children should be aware of how Calvinism has influenced all of Protestant Christianity.
Even if you dislike Reformed theology a good education would include information about Calvin since Calvin was considered by the world renowed German Historian Leopold Van Ranke to be “virtually the founder of America.” Historian George Bancroft could say of Calvinists, “The fanatic for Calvinism was a fanatic for liberty, and, in the moral warfare for freedom, his creed was his most faithful counselor and his never failing support. The Puritans … planted … the undying principles of Democratic freedom.” Should your child graduate clueless about the principles of Calvinism that informed both our Republican form of government as well as the Christian faith soil out of which that Republican form of government flowered your child is not educated.
9.) Your children were never offered the blue pill
Reality is not what we are fed by the major media outlets in this country. A complete education will make your child aware that if they want the truth they will have to dig beyond the mainstream publishing houses, media networks, and WORLD magazine. Truth can be found but it is not something that will be found without searching for it.
10.) Your children graduated realizing that many more Christians than Jews were slaughtered by 20th Century Tyrants
The biggest manipulation ploy of the second half of the 20th century is the constant reminder of the Jewish deaths during WW II. Those deaths were tragic and yet their numbers pale in comparison with the number of Christians who were slaughtered by Jews as they were key leaders in the Bolshevik revolution. In the Ukraine alone millions upon millions of Christian Kulaks were slaughtered by the Communists. The Christian Armenian were slaughtered by the Turks. The 20th century has been a blood bath for the martyrs of the Christian faith. Your children should know this by the time they hit 18.
11.) Your children realize that Democrats and Republicans are two wings of the same bird of prey.
Both of our major parties are working in concert towards the same end as designed by the New World Order.
When considering contemporary conservatism as embodied by the Republican party both parents and graduating seniors should be familiar with this quote.
This is a party which never conserves anything. Its history has been that it demurs to each aggression of the progressive party, and aims to save its credit by a respectable amount of growling, but always acquiesces at last in the innovation. What was the resisted novelty of yesterday is today one of the accepted principles of conservatism; it is now conservative only in affecting to resist the next innovation, which will tomorrow be forced upon its timidity and will be succeeded by some third revolution; to be denounced and then adopted in its turn. American conservatism is merely the shadow that follows Radicalism as it moves forward towards perdition. It remains behind it, but never retards it, and always advances near its leader. This pretended salt bath utterly lost its savor: wherewith shall it be salted? Its impotency is not hard, indeed, to explain. It is worthless because it is the conservatism of expediency only, and not of sturdy principle. It intends to risk nothing serious for the sake of the truth, and has no idea of being guilty of the folly of martyrdom. It always, when about to enter a protest, very blandly informs the wild beast whose path it essays to stop, that its “bark is worse than its bite,” and that it only means to save its manners by enacting its decent role of resistance. The only practical purpose which it now subserves in American politics is to give enough exercise to Radicalism to keep it “in wind,” and to prevent its becoming pursy and lazy from having nothing to whip. No doubt, after a few years, when women’s suffrage shall have become an accomplished fact, conservatism will tacitly admit it into its creed, and thenceforward plume itself upon its wise firmness in opposing with similar weapons the extreme of baby suffrage; and when that too shall have been won, it will be heard declaring that the integrity of the American Constitution requires at least the refusal of suffrage to asses. There it will assume, with great dignity, its final position.
~~R. L. Dabney. “Women’s Rights Women”
12.) And most important of all your children will know that God is King, and because His Kingdom is Spiritual it is therefore concrete and growing in history, and consequently in Him we live and move and have our being.
“The subject will make great strides when it is taken up by scientists under a scientific dictatorship….The social psychologists of the future will have a number of classes of school children on whom they will try different methods of producing an unshakable conviction that snow is black. Various results will soon be arrived at. First, that the influence of home is obstructive. Second, that not much can be done unless indoctrination begins before the age of ten. Third, that verses set to music and repeatedly intoned are very effective. Fourth, that the opinion that snow is white must be held to show a morbid taste for eccentricity. But I anticipate. It is for future scientists to make these maxims precise and discover exactly how much it costs per head to make children believe that snow is black, and how much less it would cost to make them believe it is dark gray.”
Russell concluded with a warning:
“Although this science will be diligently studied, it will be rigidly confined to the governing class. The populace will not be allowed to know how its convictions were generated. When the technique has been perfected, every government that has been in charge of education for a generation will be able to control its subjects securely without the need of armies or policemen.”
20th Century Cultural Marxist
Our government has been in charge of education for over one hundred years and it simply is the fact that most Americans have the convictions they have because of the propaganda swallowed in government schools. This is true of Christians as well, but with Christians the crime is doubled because Christians then baptize their pagan convictions with a thin coating of “Christianity.”
Government education from pre-schools to University is not about educating people. It is about controlling the populace. Government education is not about learning, it is about creating a citizenry that is shaped to think the way the state desires. Government education is not about disseminating intelligence, it is about creating cogs that will fit in the state determined culture — cogs that are smart enough to be an effective drone work force, but not smart enough to think critically and analytically for themselves. Government education is not about personal growth for the student, it is about Corporate America producing a generation that will be consumers for their products. Sadly, all that I’ve just said about Government education is also largely true of the agenda of even conservative Churches today.
The quote by Russell above could be re-produced repeatedly by people who are in the know. If you’ve been trained in Government Schools, you simply must acknowledge what they have done to you and determine that you are going to begin to think outside your previous thought patterns.
Take the blue pill. You’ll be glad you did.
“One of the most treasured civil liberties is freedom of speech. At the same time, most people would agree that some forms of racists and sexist speech are hateful and demeaning to their targets. As you have read in the chapter, language shapes the attitudes of those who hear it.
How do you reconcile the principle of free speech and the need to minimize hateful and discriminatory messages? Do you think that laws and policies can and should be made that limit certain types of communication? If so, how should those laws be written to protect the right to free speech? If not, justify the protection of even racist and sexist language.”
Note that this is not a communications class. This is a cultural Marxist class dressed up as a communications class. What does any of this have to do with individual students learning the skills of communication?
In the below I tease out the agenda of this assignment.
1.) the whole underlying emphasis of the assignment is to get the student to believe that the fist amendment needs to be ignored, or reevaluated and rewritten.
2.) How does the teacher know what most people agree to? Gratuitous assumption with no proof.
3.) I would say that language only shapes the attitudes of those who hear it when those who are shaped by what they hear are stupid. People who are epistemologically self conscious are never shaped by what they hear but instead are those who shape by what they teach.
4.) first question, second paragraph … Teacher assumes what she has not proven and with this question she prejudices the answer to the second question of the second paragraph.
5.) Third question is a contradiction and resolves to
How do you write laws to protect the right to free speech when you are writing laws to restrict the right to free speech?
6.) The final question is simply answered by appealing to the first amendment as it is already written.
“California Teachers Association President Lois Tinson had a simple answer for why test scores remain stagnant despite ever increasing public resources devoted to education. ‘Today’s low scores’ she explained, ‘are evidence of the high quality of today’s system.’
Tinson compared the disappearance of high test scores to the disappearance of the ….400 hitter in baseball. ‘The so-called decline in test scores is just the opposite. Instead of an elite five percent scoring 1100 , we have 50% or more scoring 900. And that is not decline, that is a spread of excellence. Further, just as the extinction of the .400 hitter reflects greater excellence in other aspects of the game of baseball, current test scores reflect the greater excellence of public education.’”
Cited in Peter Brimelow’s “The Worm In The Apple”
Out of their own mouths, advertised with a positive spin, we see what socialism always does. Socialism is a system that reduces everybody to lowest common denominator misery. In this case, socialism as applied to education, contrives to make all the students equally stupid. Now the genius in this is that the educational establishment has, for years, been lowering the bar on standardized testing so that lower scores are masked by dumbing down the tests. So a test, that has been dumbed down, finds more children being equally stupid but it is spun as fewer children being elite so that more children can be above average.
This kind of reasoning makes my head hurt.
From a book written for teachers of preschoolers,
This is paraphrased,
Daycare staff should re-write children’s books. The story of the three pigs and the big bad wolf is racist. The story implies that European brick houses are superior to third world straw and stick houses. The way to eliminate this racist narrative is to change the story so that we have a elephant instead of a big bad wolf. (Of course everyone knows how delicious pork is to an elephant — but never-mind [BLM].)Instead of a big bad wolf blowing down a house thus revealing the inferiority of third world dwellings, you could have an elephant spraying water. The straw and stick houses are thus seen as superior because the Elephant can’t spray his water high enough to reach those houses which are built on stilts. The European house is seen as inferior because it floods with the Elephants torrential water spray.
What I call attention to though is the contradiction between these pastors’ call for limited government regarding the family and their frequent requests for the state to uphold and defend the true religion. To put this matter graphically, would Bret and Tim be so willing to see a Wiccan family conduct home schooling? Maybe they would given their opposition to big government.
But how big a government would you have if the Westminster Assembly was right about the powers of the civil magistrate and Hilary Clinton as the next president of the United States had the power and duty to call and preside over the PCA General Assembly or the CRC Synod? At this point I believe Bret and Tim might finally come around to a 2k outlook (mind you, I no longer speak of worldviews).
Sigh … Dr. Hart should quit calling me “Rabbi,” and start calling me “Catnip,” for that is what I am to him. Our Hillsdale Scholar just can’t resist me.
First, we should note again, for Dr. Hart, that every government is in the business of upholding and defending a religion that they count as the “true one.” As there is no government from nowhere (i.e. — no government that isn’t animated by some religion) all governments always uphold and defend the religion that birthed them. Our current State upholds and defends the true religion of religious secularism. One wonders if Dr. Hart will get as exercised over the reality of our current government upholding and defending a pagan religion as he is over the currently remote possibility that some future government might defend and uphold the one true religion?
Second, with Darryl’s complaint about my call for Government officials to “Kiss the Son lest they perish in the way, by upholding and defending the one true catholic faith, he shows that it is his desire that Government officials not “Kiss the Son thus revealing a real lack of concern over the reality that government officials who will not kiss the Son will perish in the way.” Now, for a man who is both a Doctor and a Christian that is not very compassionate on his part.
Third, whether or not I would approve of a Wicca family homeschooling would depend upon whether or not they taught the finer arts of live human sacrifice (complete with a lab demonstration) in their curriculum. If they stay away from human sacrifice I’m sure Wiccans, with their solid family structures, should be allowed to home-school.
Fourth, Dr. Darryl reveals his worldview by insisting that he no longer speaks in terms of worldviews.
Fifth, what difference would it make if Hillary called and Presided over a Reformed Church general Synod? Much, if not most, of the Reformed institutional Church, as seen by Rev. Stein and Dr. Hart are simpatico, to one degree or another, with Hillary Clinton. Still, to answer Dr. Hart query I would say that if a pagan calls a convocation with the intent to violate the true religion it would be the responsibility of the Church to resist.
Dr. Hart’s profound insights was then followed up by a equally profound comment by another shining example of Christian intellectual depth,
Jolene Z. Commented,
I am shocked at the depth of “rage” (his words) and the tone of language used by “Rabbi Bret.” One thing missed in all his raging about the Pagan State intruding into families and education: the whole system of required education, with goals of universal literacy, educated citizens and community, is all a matter of law. Why not come out with a call to repeal mandatory education laws?
The key verb operating in Bret’s screed: “control” – He’s not interested in liberty but in control. If you can wrap schooling and education under ministerial/ecclesiastic control, so much the better for control-oriented ministers.
Jolene, obviously has never read much of Iron Ink because I do call for the repeal of mandatory education laws.
And certainly this lady must be kidding about the government schools providing universal literacy, educated citizens, and community or even having goals to that end? What planet does this lady live on?
The fact that Miss Jolene probably wrote her comment while smoking peyote can be seen in her accusation that I’m all about control. “Psst … Jolene … I am the one who wants parents to have the opportunity, apart from statist management, to educate their children.” Further Jolene, honey, whenever children are educated they are under the control of some ministerial control even if that ministerial control is the ministerial control of the parents in the home.
Maybe it is good that Darryl, is calling me Rabbit Bret now because whenever I read his blog I sense that I’ve fallen down Alice’s “Rabbit Hole.