The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America

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The Purpose of Education in a Democracy or Totalitarian Regime

After signing up for this course, I was really surprised as to the true content discussed in our class meetings, and was rudely awakened at the true nature of our education system. Never in my wildest dreams did I expect to question my entire time in the public education system, but I am better off for this. The purpose of the lower to middle class education, was never to mold the populations’ critical thinking abilities stronger, as to question the status quo. No, this education system was to continue the status quo, and continue the oppression by the corporate oppressors. We were simply designed to be a means of production, and we now are living products of a corrupt system. So for this final paper, I wanted to dig a little deeper, and read between the lines to find out the truth behind this corrupt system. I wanted to get something that would start from the beginning of the public education system, and really break down different legislation by government to unveil the corruptness of the system. This is when I came across the book, The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America (Available for free pdf download as well).

The author, Charlotte Thomson Iserbyt, is an American freelance writer and whistleblower who served in the U.S. Department of Education as a Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of Education and Research during the first term of the Ronald Reagan presidency. The main goal of the book as indicated in its preface was that the changes brought gradually into the American public education system attempted to eliminate the influences of a child’s parents, and prepare the child for a socialist world of the future. The book contains many quotes from government documents that detail the real purpose of the American education such as: * To use schools to change America from a free nation to a socialist, global “state” as part of the United Nations Charter, and not the Unites States Constitution * To brainwash the children, starting at birth, to reject individualism * To reject freedom to choose one’s career in favor of the totalitarian K-12 school-to –work/ OBE process, creatively named “limited learning for lifelong labor” I found this book incredibly interesting and wanted to read the book and summarize some of the main underlying proofs of foundations of the corrupt system that rules our lives. The United States has carefully and concisely created a formula to robotize the American people into labor slaves. This book will be the smoking gun at declassifying documents during the time of the Reagan administration, as well as previously and after his term. The public education system was designed to destroy the individual human, and welcome in the idea of socialism by promoting a subservient, obedient, monotonous worker. “The Human Brain should be used for processing, not storage,” Thomas A. Kelly, Ph.D. – The Effective School Report The book starts depicting the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries which blatantly shows a shift from the standard definition of education which was published in 1927: 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. 1 To a more dehumanizing definition used by experimental psychologists found in, An Outline of Educational Psychology, 1934, which claims that: learning is the result of modifiability in the paths of neural conduction. Explanations of even such forms of learning as abstraction and generalization demand of the neurons only growth, excitability, conductivity, and modifiability. The mind is the connection-system of man; and learning is the process of connecting. The situation-response formula is adequate to cover learning of any sort, and the really influential factors in learning are readiness of the...
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