July 31, 2013
"Ideally, what should be said to every child, repeatedly, throughout his or her school life is something like this: 'You are in the process of being indoctrinated. We have not yet evolved a system of education that is not a system of indoctrination. We are sorry, but it is the best we can do. What you are being taught here is an amalgam of current prejudice and the choices of this particular culture. The slightest look at history will show how impermanent these must be. You are being taught by people who have been able to accommodate themselves to a regime of thought laid down by their predecessors. It is a self-perpetuating system. Those of you who are more robust and individual than others will be encouraged to leave and find ways of educating yourself — educating your own judgments. Those that stay must remember, always, and all the time, that they are being molded and patterned to fit into the narrow and particular needs of this particular society." Doris Lessing, from 'The Golden Notebook'
Unfortunately, the current self-perpetuating system in America and even in most Westernized countries, is liberalism, which is just another form of collective socialism. It is a flawed, bankrupt system that emphasizes the collective and de-emphasizes the individual, the former being the very antithesis of the foundation of American freedom. Becoming an educator is a process of being indoctrinated by the current self-perpetuating system, liberalism.
Out of the almost 4,500 Title IV eligible colleges in America, 2,774 are 4-year colleges and 1,721 are 2-year institutions. We can say with considerable confidence that well more than 90% of these 2 and 4-year colleges have embedded in their curriculums, a full-fledged liberal agenda. Some of it is subtle, some of it is bold faced. Consequently, any person who decides to become an educator in the public school system or the colleges will have absorbed an entire liberal bias by the time they finish four years. As a glaring example of this fact, we have a conservative friend whose three children went through college and all three came out liberals.
Almost every single person who gets a college education today will have been converted from whatever they were to a liberal mindset. Only individual thinkers are immune. Consequently, virtually all government employees, including the teachers that teach your children, will approach every task they take on from that perspective, government or private.
Since the liberal mindset is so pervasive throughout the culture, all textbooks that your teachers use to teach your children will have built into them the liberal, international agenda of collectivism, multi-culturalism, social justice, radical environmentalism, political correctness and one-world-government.
Ladies and gentlemen, for all of the years we have been writing articles about American issues, we have warned against the centralization of power. One of America's greatest strengths was its de-centralization of power through local, county and state jurisdictions. It was because of this very de-centralization of power that was and still is the impediment to growing federal power, over and above the federal Separation of Powers doctrine instituted by the Founders in the Constitution. As long as the local, county and state jurisdictions don't succumb to federal power or federal bribes, federal power will be held in check.
But alas, federal power is not being held in check. Over the last 100 years or so, the federal government has inserted itself deep into the fabric of each American's daily life, by a constant barrage of bribing for votes, excessive taxation to pay for the bribes, complicated and un-read legislation and blatantly unconstitutional rule making. Not a day goes by that another law or rule is passed, at every level of government. Much of the impetus for this change is coming from wealthy foundations (i.e. Gates, Ford, Carnegie, Rockefeller), central bankers, international non-profit organizations (the Aspen Institute), think tanks and liberal professors in liberal academia. Their influence is not just pervasive and invasive, it's overwhelming.
You ask, what has all this have to do with liberals brainwashing our children? Our reply ..... everything!
Take the new education initiative euphemistically called "Common Core State Standards." The propaganda on "Common Core Standards" is that it is a state-sponsored initiative when in fact it is totally run and developed by liberal individuals that are deeply embedded in federally-driven K-12 curriculum. It's mission statement reads as follows:
"The Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. With American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy."
It sounds all warm and fuzzy until you start reading who is behind Common Core. The list of liberal educators, think-tank luminaries and wealthy Obama supporters tell the tale. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation put up the lion's share of the money to develop the standards. By some estimates the foundation donated $100,000,000. The group that is charged with developing the standards is Achieve, Inc. Achieve, Inc.'s president is none other than first-class liberal Michael Cohen. Michael Cohen is .....
"A nationally-recognized leader in education policy and standards-based reform, Michael Cohen became President of Achieve in 2003. He has held several key roles in education during the past 20+ years, including Director of Education Policy at the National Governors Association (1985-90) and Director of Planning and Policy Development at the National Association of State Boards of Education (1983-1985). During the Clinton Administration he served as Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education, Special Assistant to President Clinton for Education Policy, and Senior Advisor to U.S. Secretary of Education Richard Riley."
But it gets better. Michael Cohen was also a senior fellow at the Aspen Institute. So what you say? The Aspen Institute is an international non-profit organization created in 1950 under the name "Aspen Institute for Humanistic Studies," to foster values-based leadership, encouraging individuals to reflect on the ideals and ideas that define a good society, and to provide a neutral and balanced venue for discussing and acting on critical issues. [Link]
Talk about a bunch of propaganda. They presume to decide for the rest of us what is meant by a "good society." In their definition does it include a "free" society? Here you have a gaggle of over-educated globalists attempting to define what a "good society" means and then take their definition and promote it into national policy, like Common Core Standards.
Aspen's president, one Walter Isaacson, is a flaming liberal along with most of their Board of Directors and yet on their website they have the gall to say that they are neutral and non-political. Walter Isaacson, a Harvard graduate, is "...... chair emeritus of Teach for America, which recruits recent college graduates to teach in underserved communities. He was appointed by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the Senate to serve as the chairman of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, which oversees Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, and other international broadcasts of the United States, a position he held until 2012. He is vice-chair of Partners for a New Beginning, a public-private group tasked with forging ties between the United States and the Muslim world. He is on the board of United Airlines, Tulane University, and the Overseers of Harvard University."
Forging ties with the Muslim world, a world that would see that every infidel living in the West, dead and the West lying in ruins. Are they just nuts, or diabolical? You cannot negotiate or forge ties with a person or a radical group that has the full intent to see you in your grave by any means.
Can't you see that good 'ole Isaacson, President and CEO of the Aspen Institute, is just one of the guys in our local community with no federal, or international affiliations? Hardly! But Aspen is where Michael Cohen came from, who runs Achieve, Inc, who is establishing the standards of Common Core, along with the testing, that 40 states, drooling over federal money being offered, has adopted, all funded by the noble philanthropists occupying the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. So much for the de-centralization of government power.
That ladies and gentlemen, is why you are letting liberal educated globalists brainwash your kids through massive propaganda like "Common Core", "Race to the Top" and "No Child Left Behind", driven by internationalists who define for the rest of us what a "good society" means and believe in and promote the international, flawed and bankrupt agenda of collectivism, multi-culturalism, social justice, radical environmentalism, political correctness and one-world-government, all the result of the ever-growing centralization of power in the federal government.
At least one school district in Colorado (Douglas County) is saying no to Common Core Standards and they are pretty adamant about it. They are "..... standing on the principle that local leaders, not Washington bureaucrats, ought to have control over what local students are being taught. They state, ‘Our taxpayers, parents, teachers and students expect the very highest and rigorous standards.’ The board plans to meet or exceed those expectations ‘at every turn, for every student, in every school.’ The best means to do that is to leave it in the hands of those who know their students best: parents and local leaders."
Individual, free-minded minded parents, if they are smart, will "..... be encouraged to leave this liberal, globalist indoctrination that has been institutionalized in America's public education system and find ways of educating themselves AND THEIR CHILDREN — educating their own individual judgments."
Further, the residents of those 40 states that have adopted Common Cores Standards had better use whatever force they can muster to re-direct their state back to that of independence from the federal government, or the centralization of power in Washington DC will be complete.
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And finally ..... "By the skillful and sustained use of propaganda, one [a government] can make a people see even heaven as hell, or an extremely wretched life as paradise." —Adolf Hitler
The only time that Hitler's statement has power is when the people [parents] are uneducated by their own design and ignore their own intellect and when they refuse to challenge government propaganda on behalf of their children. The German people did not see through Hitler's propaganda because they failed to listen to their own intellect. As a result of their collective negligence, 60,000,000 people died needlessly. Do 315,000,000 Americans now lie on that same threshold, due to the centralization of power in Washington DC, under the likes of our imperial president, Barack Hussein Obama?
© 2013 Ron Ewart - All Rights Reserved
Ron Ewart, a nationally known author and speaker on freedom and property issues and author of his weekly column, "In Defense of Rural America", is the President of the National Association of Rural Landowners, (NARLO) a non-profit corporation headquartered in Washington State and dedicated to restoring, maintaining and defending property rights for urban and rural landowners. Mr. Ewart can be reached by e-mail for comment at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by 'phone at 1 800 682-7848.