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Control and Ignorance Are the Goals of Public Education … and Parents Are Catching On

Control and Ignorance Are the Goals of Public Education … and Parents Are Catching On

A recent viral video from the YouTube channel Fleccas Talks showed several man-on-the-street interviews testing young people in New York City on their knowledge of basic facts. Some of the questions focused on American history and civics, while others were simple, numerical-based ones. The results were depressing, as the following samples demonstrate:

Q: “When was America Founded?” A: “Probably like … 1901?”  

Q: “Do you know the capital of the United States?” A: “There’s a capital?”

Q: “How many are in one dozen?” A: “Ten?”

Q: “What’s 3 x 3 x 3?” A: “Nine?”

Given that students spend roughly 1,000 hours in school every year, what exactly have they been learning—or rather, what have their teachers been teaching?

The answer to that question was revealed during the COVID pandemic. As the new documentary Whose Children Are They explains, the pandemic brought the classroom to the kitchen counter and gave parents a front-row view of the content their children were ingesting. And parents were not happy with what they saw.

Parents learned that diversity, equity, and inclusion apparently took more precedence in the classroom than the 3 Rs. Students learned about critical race theory and sexual issues, even if those topics had to be shoehorned into classes that had nothing to do with woke concepts.

Teaching critical race theory in the schools played right into the agenda of creating a system based on Marxism, explains Cicely Davis, the former director of Blexit Minnesota, in Whose Children Are They? “It started out as a Marxist ideal where it’s actually class, but because that didn’t work in America it eventually turned into a race thing,” she says. “They can call it whatever they want,” Ian Prior, the executive director of Fight for Schools, chimes in, “but at the end of the day what they’re doing is creating an anti-American education system that teaches children to hate their country and to question everything that they do based on this concept of systemic racism.”

And just as the Communist education system-of-old trained children to view Communist leaders as their real parents—as the ones children should be listening to—so today’s education system also seeks to drive a wedge between parents and their children. During the pandemic, one Tennessee school system even tried to get parents to sign a waiver declaring that they wouldn’t listen-in on the public school instruction being streamed from the computer, the documentary explains.

But such attempts are only a more blatant version of the goals of public education that have been advanced for years. As author and scholar Steven Rummelsberg notes on a recent podcast, “The whole program, honestly, in the public schools, is meant to put a divide between the family and the child, the parents and the child.” The system is designed for that, he says, in order to separate children from the parental values which are at odds with the government’s social engineering. “There’s literally a concerted effort from [John] Dewey on to inculcate the values of the state, such that the children belong to the state and no longer to the parents,” he concludes.

The good news is that such an agenda may be backfiring. Plunging public-school enrollment is creating a “seismic hit” to the nation’s education system, a recent headline from The New York Times proclaimed. The national system has lost at least 1.2 million children since the 2020 pandemic sent schools fleeing to Zoom and staying there for far longer than anyone ever imagined.

Poor instruction, COVID mandates, truancy, and falling birth and immigration rates are all reasons The New York Times gives for this declining enrollment. Yet the NYT overlooks—or perhaps conveniently avoids—the fact that many children are fleeing the schools because their parents want to reclaim them from the system, both philosophically and academically.

Regarding that last part, parents who are considering removing their children from public school—or who already have done so but are unsure about whether they are doing the right thing—should take a look at those New York City man-on-the-street interviews. The schools obviously haven’t been teaching these poor, ignorant young people much of anything, but any parent would be able to teach his child the answers to those basic questions in no time at all. Just think what could be achieved with 12 years of a parent’s love and care and concern to teach children what is good and right and true! Children emerging out of that environment most certainly won’t be as ignorant and controllable as the hordes of public-school participants appear to be.

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    Jen
    May 26, 2022, 1:54 am

    As a mother of teenagers and a high school teacher, I would like to add the addiction to electric devises, videos, music, and social media plays a huge role in the decline of students’ cognitive abilities, mental health, and emotional maturity. Digital technology activates more dopamine receptors in the brain
    than cocaine. The withdrawal systems are horrendous, yet they demand we use tech in the classroom. From my observations, the boys are more aggressive and have a vitcim mentality which they play up to for their advantage, especially for boys of color. Everything becomes a race issue. The girls are full of anxiety and confused. They worry about being hypersexualized, so they feel more comfortable shedding their feminity and female identity. Some kids are more resilient, but I see more dealing with massive mental health issues. Young, white men are made to feel horrible about themselves, that they are born racists and sexual predators.
    There are a lot of bad teachers , but there good one too. But we have to stay quiet or lose ours jobs. The loss of faith and breakdown of the family also play a factor. I highly recommend a book called Glow Kids.

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      Robert Tusch@Jen
      May 27, 2022, 4:18 pm

      I have often wondered if church-based schools have the same problems as government schools. I think not, but I have no data. If they don’t have the same problems, is because the teachers exercise more control of the children and their environment or is it because the children in church-based schools come from families that are intact and have higher standards? It would be interesting to know.

      My personal view is that parental control of children has been lost due to a number of factors, single parent households, grandparents taking care of children, unknown day care standards, urban effects, no child left behind effects, the list is too long for me to continue.

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        Richard Hawkins@Robert Tusch
        May 28, 2022, 10:52 pm

        A parent has to be very discerning regarding Christian K-12 schools as well as homeschool curriculums. Nehemiah Institute (nehemiahinstitute.com) conducts a PEERS worldview assessment and the avg traditional Christian school student has a humanist worldview just a little better than his public school counterpart. The homeschooled students are performing much better, but require improvement. There are excellent Biblical worldview schools but a parent has to really seek them out.
        Unfortunately, Wokeness has already entered the church and many K-12 Christian schools and too many Millennial parents of pre-teens aren’t equipped to discern the lies that comes with this movement.

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    Loras J. Holmberg
    May 26, 2022, 1:08 pm

    Saw the man-on-the-street interview about a week ago. Funny but frightening!

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    Robert Tusch
    May 27, 2022, 4:10 pm

    A good read. It fits right in with my latest story titled "One Room School". This will be one of twenty stories in my new book titled "Twenty Stories".

    Ask the person on the street about diagramming sentences as a way to learn sentence structure.

    Here’s a paragraph from CNN. The logic fails me.

    "One of those studies, conducted by researchers at Stanford University, found that men who owned handguns were almost eight times as likely to die of self-inflicted gunshot wounds as men who didn’t own a gun. Women who owned handguns were 35 times as likely to die by firearm suicide, compared to those who didn’t, according to the 2020 study, which surveyed 26 million California residents over a more than 11-year period."

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      Dennis V Sinclair@Robert Tusch
      May 29, 2022, 2:43 am

      There is no logic. It is meant to trigger the emotions not inform as most of the media are wont to do these days. The media are agents of the state and Big Tech not servants of the truth the and of the people.

      "Free press" is no longer .effect with few, very few, exceptions.

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