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By Debbie O'Hara
October 5, 2004

According to the findings of a local area study, the "Los Angeles Daily News" reported that " 53 percent of workers ages 16 and older were deemed functionally illiterate". It was found that "More than half of the working-age population can't read a simple form". LA Mayor, James Hahn, was quoted stating "it's an emergency situation" that could jeopardize our economy. The report blames "immigration" and a "stubborn high school dropout rate" as the culprits, but do the facts bear this out?

If the cause of our high illiteracy rate is "immigration" and "high school drop-outs" (kids don't learn to read until high school? What did they do for the first 8 or 9 years?), how is it that millions of children, who are born in the U.S. and do complete high school, still can't read their own diplomas?

If we really want to know the truth behind the illiteracy crisis, we need to uncover the intended purpose behind the new "reading" programs that were introduced into American schools in the last few decades. We also need to discover the goals of those who were and still are promoting these programs. In so doing, a quite different and more sinister picture will begin to emerge as to why America's children can't read.

A most interesting fact of history is that Americans were probably the most literate people in the world before the advent of government schools and compulsory school attendance. Since the U.S. was already highly literate when parents were allowed complete freedom in educating their children, the reason behind compulsory attendance obviously had nothing to do with academics. Neither was the problem one of economics, as there was not a shortage of charity schools. If the purpose was not one of academics or to help poor children receive an education, what was the intent behind the push for government schools and more importantly, compulsory attendance laws? This is an urgent question that begs an honest answer because with ever increasing government controls and compulsory attendance, American literacy rates have steadily plummeted. With the billions of dollars spent on education can this really be an accident?

In my recent column, "Socialism - A Con Game of the Economic Elite", I mentioned the wealthy power-hungry socialists who control both major political parties and have been working behind the scenes of government for decades now to change America from a God-fearing free country to atheistic socialism. Such a change called for radically altering American culture. How does one go about altering a culture? Through control of education of course. Altering a culture makes it necessary to erase a nation's true history and replace it with "politically correct" thought. All teaching of the biblical God who demands individual responsibility must cease. The value of each individual must be discarded for the benefit of "community". Intelligence is a hindrance to socialist ideals. Cooperation is the goal, not truth or facts. Children are to learn to be much more "social", not intellectual. Independent intelligence stands in the way of the socialist "utopia" dreamed of by the wealthy elites who really run our government.

In his 1932 book "Toward Soviet America", William Z. Foster, head of the Communist Party, USA, stated, "Among the elementary measures the American Soviet government will adopt to further the cultural revolution are the following: schools, colleges, and universities will be coordinated and grouped under the National Department of Education and its state and local branches. The studies will be revolutionized, being cleansed of religious, patriotic, and other features of the bourgeoisie ideology. The students will be taught on the basis of Marxist dialectical materialism, internationalism, and the general ethics of the new socialist society."

We can see that America has fulfilled Foster's socialist/communist objectives of a National Department of Education and in revolutionizing her schools into the Marxist philosophy of atheism and socialism. The fulfillment of these goals was brought about by a carefully crafted dumbing-down process that has brought about a nation of "functional illiterates".

Introducing new "reading" programs into American schools was a major part of this dumbing-down process to bring about socialism. John Dewey, often known as the father of modern education, was one of many socialists whose mission it was to bring about a socialist society through the educational system. Ignoring thousands of years of human history that show us that language is the tool of learning, Dewey stated in "My Pedagogic Creed", "I believe that the image is the great instrument of instruction."[1] Dewey's great "genius" was taken into account in the Scott Foresman "Dick and Jane" books that used pictures with few words. There was a great push to get rid of the old phonics method and to get "look-say" like "Dick and Jane" textbooks into every classroom in the nation. Dewey knew that the new teaching methods would produce inferior readers, but the instruction he wanted children to receive wouldn't come about if they were intellectuals. He knew that high literacy was an obstacle to his dream of socialism because a person able to gain his own knowledge independently would learn to exercise his own judgment and authority. Dewey wanted the average American to have to rely on a socialist education elite for guidance and wisdom.

So what were the results after the introduction of the 1930 first edition of the look-say "Dick and Jane" books? Within five years of the advent of these primers, they became the dominant "reading" textbook in our nation's classrooms. During that same time period, there was a myriad of documented reading disabilities that were described as a "whole new syndrome".[2]

In April 1935 an article, written by foremost reading authority, William Scott Gray, was published in the "Elementary English Review", noting numerous reading disabilities that were never noted before: mental deficiency, defective vision, auditory deficiencies, congenital word blindness, developmental alexia, congenital aphasia, dyslexia, congenital alexia, strephosymbolia, cerebral dominance, handedness, eyedness, ambidexterity, emotional instability, etc.[3]

Dumbing America down through the "look-say" method went beyond the wildest dreams of its socialist promoters! Before the introduction of "look-say" methods, there were no "reading disabled" children. Organically caused dyslexia was so rare before the advent of these methods that most people had never heard of it. Even children who were not very bright or were culturally disadvantaged still learned how to read. Today, even many very bright children are "functionally illiterate" after 13 years of being government schooled. And most schools are still using the "look-say" method! Why would this be?

The only possible answer is that functional illiteracy is the goal. Children learn in school what they need to know to "function" in a socialist society, but are not literate enough to gain the knowledge they would need to escape it. Socialism must be really great if they need to dumb us down in order to get us to quietly accept it. The socialist elites need us stupid so that we have no alternative to their socialist propaganda. Socialism has to be sold to us through emotion. It cannot withstand intellectual scrutiny.

The fact that most Christian parents still send their children to these atheistic government schools is a real tragedy. While some children have managed to learn how to read in spite of these so called "reading" programs, they have not been able to escape the atheistic (which is actually becoming pantheistic) socialist indoctrination.

For those who have had the insight to get their children out of the government school system and to either homeschool or send their children to private Christian schools, they still need to realize the dangers they face. Compulsory attendance laws are a great threat to freedom in education. These laws are what give the socialists the excuse to "oversee' your schooling methods. If not stopped, it will be through these compulsory laws that ALL education will be brought into line with the socialist propaganda. NO ONE is to escape this system. Notice that the new "No Child Left Behind" school bill signed by President Bush says NO CHILD, and these socialists do mean business.

There are many states that already have laws that regulate private schools. While many have not been willing to impose those laws on church schools, there have been exceptions. Though it is a violation of the Constitution for government to regulate religion (it is also unconstitutional for the Feds to be involved in education at all), Nebraska regulates church schools that accept NO government money. Maybe at this time it is not a problem in your state, but what is going to prevent it from happening? The socialists will not let the Constitution get in their way of controlling ALL education. We can have no doubt that this usurpation of parental rights by the socialists will continue unabated all over the United States if we do not demand that compulsory school attendance laws be rescinded.

The functional illiteracy that LA Mayor James Hahn has called an "emergency situation" is happening all across the country, not just in Los Angeles. It is a monumental crisis that has been intentionally created by the socialists running our government schools in order to bring about a "new socialist society". It will be a society of anti-intellectuals unable to govern themselves and forced to pay homage to a socialist government that will control all human activity through its control of all basic human needs like jobs, education, housing, food, medical care and even water.

It is imperative that we get government out of the education business before it's too late. Private schools do a much better job educating and for much less money, too. They do a better job because if they didn't, they would go out of business. They do it for less money because they are forced to compete for students. The best thing about private schools is that they are accountable to parents for results where government schools are not! With our government education monopoly, the worse the results, the more money they extort from us! We need real freedom in education where we are not forced to pay for a government education monopoly that produces such poor results.

Before the election of local, state or federal legislators be sure to find out where they stand on the issue of education. For the Federal government to be involved in education at all is in blatant violation of the U.S. Constitution. Don't fall for socialist con words like "choice" or "accountability" in education. In socialist doublespeak "choice" means you might be permitted to choose among several different government schools in your area (all of which are promoting the same socialist programs). "Accountability" means accountable to government, not to parents. Make it known in no uncertain terms that you want to take back the educational system that made America the greatest nation on earth -FREEDOM in education!


1, "NEA, Trojan Horse in American Education", Samuel L. Bluemenfeld
2, ibid
3, ibid

� 2004 Debbie O'Hara - All Rights Reserved

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Debbie O'Hara is a homemaker, wife and mother of eight children. During her business career she held a position in management in the aerospace industry in Southern California. She left the business world to become a full time mother. She is an avid reader, and did the necessary research to provide a comprehensive homeschool curriculum for her children. This led her to closely examine the political direction our country has been following. Debbie and her children are now active in the political process both locally and nationally. Debbie is a contributing writer to  E-Mail:








If the cause of our high illiteracy rate is "immigration" and "high school drop-outs" (kids don't learn to read until high school? What did they do for the first 8 or 9 years?), how is it that millions of children, who are born in the U.S. and do complete high school, still can't read their own diplomas?