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The Grand Chess Board

February 5, 2013

It is often said that “children are our most valuable resources.”
If that is coming out of a parent’s mouth, it is probably meant with the best of intentions.
If those are the words of a politician or a political change agent, the meaning is likely entirely different.
While parents naturally see children as the next in line to take up the torch for the previous generation, politicians view kids as nothing more than human resources or pawns.
Children have unwittingly become the pawns in a vicious political game of Chess, with politicians and bureaucrats charged with protecting special interests (the Queen and King) in the back.
We’ve seen our national leaders shamelessly exploit children to push a political agenda against the Second Amendment.
We hear our state leaders, Democrat and Republican, using the “this is what’s best for our children” card to promote whatever education scheme their particular party endorses.
Some of our Republican leaders have at least had the guts to state that the ultimate agenda of education “reform” surrounds industry and jobs.
Money is the root of this evil Chess game.
Since the game began, thousands of Mississippi students have been sent to the front lines to fight the bureaucrats’ war.
Psychological warfare and mass testing have been the greatest weapons used by the Educational Industrial Complex.
Some students survive, only to live out the rest of their lives with Post Testing Stress Disorder (College Remediation). The rest are left for academic dead in no man’s land.
Many who have come out against charter schools have done so on the premise that they are against “for-profit” schools being set up in the state.
The psychological war profiteering that has gone on in this state, thanks to the Mississippi Department of Education’s inept and flawed education policy far exceeds any amount of profit that will be made through charter schools.
Untold millions of taxpayer dollars are spent each year on education consultants by school districts. Do you think that these consultants are there as part of community service?
Teachers and administrators who have left their positions to become consultants often double or triple their yearly salaries by doing so.
And let’s not forget the teachers and administrators who collect a check each month from the school district. They are not doing charity work.
Today’s culture teaches us that “profit” is a bad word. It tells us that people who want to make money in life are greedy.
Profit is a good word. There, I said it.
The more our culture denounces capitalism and competition, the lower our productivity has gotten and the higher our unemployment has risen.
Thus, non-competitive (differentiation or work at your own pace) curriculum has had the same devastating effects on test scores and academic performance.
Proponents of charter schools say they will serve to inject competition into the system. That would work well if education operated within the tradition capitalist framework. It does not.
There is a reason why the curriculum has been changed within the Social Studies to make teaching the concepts of capitalism a parting gift for high school seniors instead of it being a part of the curriculum throughout the child’s life.
Capitalism is the bane of the behavioralist culture.
If a Mississippi school district has an operating budget of $30 million, it is likely to receive only a small portion of its funding from local taxes.
The vast majority of the money comes from state funding, with the Federal government coming in second.
This system has created a culture of dependency with these social programs for education.
Instead of the district realizing it begins its fiscal year $24 million in the red, the district only considers itself in the hole if it does not receive the same amount of state and federal dollars it got the previous year.
Thus, the incentive for the district is not to try to make itself self-sustaining financially, but instead devote all of its resources to making sure the federal and state checks keep rolling.
Where truancy was once seen as a tragedy for the individual missing his/her education, it has now become a tragedy for the school missing federal and state dollars.
Where a meal once served to provide a student with nutrition for the day, school food is now a weapon in the war for federal money.
Where tests were once used to gauge people on an individual level, they are now used as one portion of a formula to grade the collective for overall school grading that is tied to, you guessed it, money.
School districts have spent millions of dollars bringing behavior psychologists into classrooms, while ridding their entire school system of textbooks.
So when they say, “we need mandatory early childhood development” rest assured that there is but only one thing at the root of this calculated Chess move-money.
When they tell you they want to consolidate your districts to “save on administrative costs” they only intend to deny communities of elected representation and centralize the money and political power into fewer hands.
The leaders on both sides of the “reform” Chess board have promised willing participants a cozy spot in the back, next to the King and Queen.
They’re putting children out on the front lines to fail folks. Don’t think for one minute they won’t do the same to you.

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