Dumbing Us Down Through Public Education

Topics: Education in the United States, High school, Education Pages: 9 (3351 words) Published: March 10, 2010
Dumbing us Down Through Public Education

Many of us believe that public education has been with us for quite some time. This stands to reason as we know that our parents, our grandparents, even our great grandparents, have participated in public education of some type, but it is at this point where things begin to get fuzzy. The truth is that public education as we know it today, free public education, available to anyone, regardless of class, social standing, race or religion, is an American phenomenon and has only been in existence, in the form that we now understand it, since the early 20th century,(Plant, Decline 213). Truth be told, at the onset, government sanctioned education was most often met with resistance, even violence, by parents and communities alike, throughout America. It has only been implemented to its current extent, through manipulation, brainwashing, false propaganda and since its inception, has caused a decline in our ability to form abstract thoughts and to think independently (Sowell, Inside 18). There is, and has been since the early 1900's, a conspiracy to dumb down our nations youth in the American educational system.

Prior to the early 19th century, public schools and state sanctioned education were largely absent from the lives of most Americans, and most of the world. Yet literacy rates before then, before compulsory public schooling, are estimated to be around 90% to 98%. Men such as Abraham Lincoln, Samuel Langhorne Clemens (Mark Twain), and Frederick Douglass were able to educate themselves and move on to contribute greatly to society without the benefit of public education in any form, as did most Americans in that era(Sowell, Inside 18-24,27). In fact, in many countries today, countries such as Switzerland, where it is estimated that only 23% of its citizens attend public high school, have the highest income per capita in the world and more scholarly individuals in comparison to other countries. This is generally attributed to the lack of public education (Murray Real 33,34). The same show similar literacy rates to that of early America, where little was available in the way of public education. At the beginning of the 1900's the captains of American industry determined that in order to obtain the required number of workers to staff their ever growing factories, and to insure that such workers were of a suitable mindset to perform the mundane tasks involved, that they would have to consolidate and control education. Some of the key architects of public education were J.P Morgan, Henry Ford and John D. Rockefeller., Their intent from the beginning was to create a public school system that would produce such workers (Iserbyt Deliberate 19-22,94). President Woodrow Wilson, who, according to numerous literary accounts during that era, long since buried by the purveyors of the conspiracy, said, among other things, "We will build a system of education that will produce a suitable labor force for the coming age."(23) Andrew Carnegie, also a captain of industry at the time issued a similar quote, "We will use the schools to change America from a free individualistic economy to a socialist planned economy in the new order."(23-24) Compulsory schooling is the result of their elitist efforts and has been seen as necessary to facilitate such an end by those who have further taken up the cause of this New World Order, (Iserbyt Sovereign Pt 1, 9:00-28, InfoWars 6:42-48).

From that point onward it has become increasingly apparent that the fruits of public education compare less than favorably, as far as the people are concerned, to those produced prior to the early 1900's. In the 21st century the average high school graduate can name only 5 presidents, cannot do basic algebra, is not able locate Iraq on a globe, cannot name the capital of more than 8 states, and does not know the difference between their, there and they're (Murray Real 12-14). Most corporations have remedial...
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