“Is there aught a remedy for this neglect of rural life? Let us, at least, yield ourselves to the gratifications of a beautiful dream that there is. In our dream, we have limitless resources, and the people yield themselves with perfect docility to our moulding hand. The present educational conventions fade from our minds; and unhampered by tradition, we work our own good will upon a grateful and responsive rural folk. We shall not try to make these people or any of their children into philosophers or men of learning or of science. We are not to raise up from among them authors, orators, poets, or men of letters. We shall not search for embryo great artists, painters, musicians. Nor will we cherish even the humbler ambition to raise up from among them lawyers, doctors, preachers, politicians, statesmen, of whom we now have ample supply.” Frederick T. Gates’ “The Country School of Tomorrow” Occasional Papers No. 1 (General Education Board, New York, 1913)
"And for poor kids who need help the most, this lack of access to preschool education can shadow them for the rest of their lives." President Barack Obama – 2013 State of the Union Address (Portion on Early Childhood Education)
The push for the state to possess your child at the earliest age possible continues.
This is the state which has federalized education, gutted curriculum of liberal arts, turned policy over to behavioral psychologists and has produced a generation of unproductive and vulgar citizens.
The state claims that it needs the child at the “earliest possible age” in order to make sure the child is ready for vocation upon graduation.
And how benevolent the state to make “poor kids” the focus of its campaign to gather more test subjects for its already failing laboratory system.
Never has the agenda been more clear than when it came from the mouth of President Barack Obama on Tuesday night.
While headlines marked the impassioned call for the disarmament of the American people in terms of guns, little has been noted of the President’s not-so-subtle call for the disarmament of brains in American schools.
The President made no promises to discontinue the psychological warfare that was waged on American children 100 years ago in the above Gates quote. He made no declaration toward the end of “outcomes-based curriculum” and the standardization of knowledge.
The only major change the President noted in education in his address was that your child will now be asked to join this flawed and absurd system at the ages of 3 and 4.
How else can the state make it easier to fulfill Benjamin Bloom’s goal for education in which he stated “ . . . the purpose of education and the schools is to change the thoughts, feelings and actions of students.”?
For those unfamiliar, “Bloom’s Taxonomy” is utilized by your school as a blueprint for increasing “higher order thinking” in the student.
In a previous column, I used a quote from author C.S. Lewis in which he stated that “civilization dies” when vocation claims victory over traditional education.
Lewis’ words were both accurate and prophetic as we examine the words of our President from Tuesday night.
“These initiatives in manufacturing, energy, infrastructure and housing will help entrepreneurs and small business owners expand and create new jobs,” the President said. “But none of it will matter unless we also equip our citizens with the skills and training to fill those jobs. And that has to start at the earliest possible age.”
In the previous column I also wrote about the preordination of the coming technocracy.
How can we commit unborn children to be workers for industry? How can we commit 3 and 4 year-olds of today toward vocational ends?
The traditional definition of education, as opposed to Bloom’s is “the drawing out of a person’s innate talents and abilities by imparting the knowledge of languages, scientific reasoning, history, literature, rhetoric, etc.—the channels through which those abilities would flourish and serve.” – The New Century Dictionary of the English Language (Appleton, Century, Croits: New York, 1927)
If the above definition reflects true education, vocational training will serve to suppress innate talents and abilities rather than enhance them.
The President is kind enough to tell you the most honest way it has ever been put to the people what the ultimate vision for this horrible system is.
“Let’s also make sure that a high school diploma puts our kids on a path to a good job,” Obama said. “Right now, countries like Germany focus on graduating their high school students with the equivalent of a technical degree from one of our community colleges, so that they’re ready for a job. At schools like P-Tech in Brooklyn, a collaboration between New York Public Schools, the City University of New York, and IBM, students will graduate with a high school diploma and an associate degree in computers or engineering.”
This is not the first time Americans have had such careless regard for the German education system.
The following lines are the most important of this column if you wish to fully understand what is happening in American classrooms.
The education system the President described is the fullness of the “dream” in Gates’ opening quote.
The idea is to train every student for vocation. The result is the suppression of innovation.
Their vision for the future of this nation is not one where common men and women yield the next round of technological advances. The commoners are merely task workers for the elite.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is the main driver and writer of modern education policy.
Bill Gates is more than happy to create a generation of workers to put his gadgets together at poverty wages, as he’s done in Asia, but he will not allow a generation that has the innate ability to advance society through technology.
Thus his foundation has supported and helped to initiate the culling of the liberal arts education that would draw from brilliant minds for the good of society.
They are replacing textbooks with computers.
““Over the next few years, textbooks should be obsolete,” declared Arne Duncan, head of the Federal Department of Education last year.
That is why education lingo contains industrious wording like “on-task” and “rigor.”
These have replaced innovation and creativity.
What President Obama described to the nation on Tuesday night was a generation to come of docile and willing laborers.
A high school diploma will not be the path to personal fulfillment through the understanding of language, science, history or literature. It is the “path to a good job.”
I’ll leave you with the words of our President. Decide for yourself whether you want his vision for your child.
“Tonight, I’m announcing a new challenge to redesign America’s high schools so they better equip graduates for the demands of a high-tech economy,” Obama said. “We’ll reward schools that develop new partnerships with colleges and employers, and create classes that focus on science, technology, engineering, and math – the skills today’s employers are looking for to fill jobs right now and in the future.”