Archive for December, 2011

“I’m selling my baseball cards.”

English: The famous Honus Wagner T206 card, ci...

If only I owned this one.

My wife was shocked.  She’s witnessed me lugging storage boxes from attic to shop to moving trucks for years.  They were my “precious”.  They ranged from the 1970’s to 2002.

Can’t remember when the hologram cards came out, but I never really liked them much.  They’d look cool in my bicycle spokes I bet…if I still rode bikes.  A hologram is “an image of technically sophisticated refraction purporting to be a solid due to its 3-D appearance.”  Another definition is “a document falsely representing itself as an accurate metaphor.”

English: "Aleph 2 (8X10 in.)" Hologr...

What we have in American schools is a hologram of education.  If schools were one of those fancy hologram baseball cards, you could hold it up at the right angle and the light would reflect to make schools appear to be solid institutions of leaning.  Only the slightest twist of the wrist changes the image into a new look.  Kind of like schools today.

This sophisticated refraction we call education, at its roots, is nothing more than the machine of the State to maintain obedience, submission, and supremacy.  The State is concerned about the education of children to the extent that VBCs (victims by choice) of government schooling become useful servants to their government and industry. I’ll be tarred and feathered at the lunch table when I come off Christmas break.

The governing intellectual elite hoodwinked the commoner and forced their will at the expense of the individual.  Taxes on the citizens were levied to maintain public schools as a tool of government whose purpose was to create an atmosphere of respect for America’s institutions.  Government schools eventually became an essential institution for the new experiment called America.  If they couldn’t control the liberty-minded adults that helped forge this republic, Uncle Sugar decided to use the force of government to indoctrinate their children.  Feel the creepiness up your spine yet?

Aristotle said, “All who have meditated on the act of governing mankind have been convinced that the fate of empires depends on the education of youth.”  The State is very concerned about your children.  Children belong to the State.  Parents are guardians to simply provide food, clothing and shelter similar to slave quarters of old.  Don’t believe me?  Try resisting.

Let’s stroll through one case of resisting law.

The idea of the judicial branch of our government balancing justice gives us warm-fuzzy feelings.  Reality, if you’re able to stomach it, paints another picture.  If you resist the State Compulsory Attendance “Law” on the basis it violates your natural rights as an individual to raise and educate your children in the way you see fit, you’ll be pursued and prosecuted not for your beliefs, but for contempt of the law or court.  The State has little patience for  contumacious parents.  Just the threat of legal force to arrest is enough to bring compliance. If you’re a hard case and resist enough, the State will kill you.

The story of John Singer can be found here, and here.  Hidden at #1,909,423 on Amazon is “Death of an American: The killing of John Singer” by David Fleisher.  The ranking does not reflect the value of the story.

The Singer’s broke the “law” by refusing to subject their children to collectivist’s ideals and corrupting influence of State mandated schooling.  Charged by the State with “contempt of court” and “criminal neglect”, unsuccessful attempts were made to arrest the bandit Singer.  Singer defended himself from physical assault by the tax-feeders.  The State, hellbent on saving face, issued a “felony warrant” which allowed the hired-guns of the court to use any means necessary to bring fugitives to justice.  Deadly force is preferred.

The State’s death wish came true on the morning of January 18, 1979 when a jack-booted-thug of the State fired a blast of buckshot into the back of Singer, ending the “renegade’s” life.  The benevolent State was only interested in saving the “neglected” children.

A more recent story of State child snatchers illegally kidnapping a child who has been home schooled her entire life.   The mother won this round, but it ain’t over yet.  Child “Protection” Services and the State prosecutor were knocked down but not out.

Embarrassed, prosecutors are gearing up for another siege on the physically handicapped child and her family.  They used a SWAT team the first try.  Maybe they’ll just burn ’em out next time.  It’s not nice to flaunt individualism in the face of the State mafia.  “Family Court Judge Lynne Pierce told Assistant Attorney General Deborah Carley, who complained it appears the girl has never received anything other than homeschooling her entire life, she is not barred from pursuing criminal truancy charges if she feels the parents are flouting state law that required the education of children.”

How dare this mom.  She believes she has a right to make medical and educational decisions for her own child.  If you are a lover of statism, can I get an AMEN!

I just threw up in my mouth.

Leaning is “so easy, a caveman could do it.”

Can education be as simple as the GEICO ad?  Education, yes!  Schooling, no!

Two years ago I discovered “The Primal Blueprint“, thanks to Karen De Coster’s article over at LewRockwell.com.  I was 50 pounds overweight with aching joints.  I decided to go primal because it seemed so easy.  It was.  I lost the excess weight and started making choices for my life and health.  What’s my primal experience got to do with learning like a caveman?

Answer: Simple is better.  The institutionalized school system was set up to bastardize the learning process.  The rules, bells, standardized testing, and structured control, to name a few culprits, are all part the corruption of meaningful learning.  Sides are taken on how to reform “education”.  What the intellectual reformers miss is so simple.  Look to the caveman for the answers.

If you assume there wasn’t much to being a hunter-gatherer in pre-agricultural society, you’d be wrong.  Young Grok’s survival depended on skills learned from birth.  He learned animal tracking, weapon construction and usage, physics, weather patterns, structural engineering, free market economics, plant identification, navigation, medicine, social interaction, music and dance, self-defense for both two and four-legged animals, athletics, art, negotiation, and the list could continue.  Grok and his buddies learned this stuff without being schooled.English: illustration from Leech's comic latin...

Here’s 3 Easy Ways To Learn Like A Caveman

Teenage Cave Man

1. Play.  Allowed to play, Grok discovered things about himself as he explored the world around him.  Mom and Dad were wise enough to give him all the time and freedom he needed for discovery.  This was the surest path to education.

My experience with play as a child taught me much about myself and what I enjoy.  By age 7, my dad loaded up the family and moved to the country.  The nearest neighbor was a mile up the dirt road.  My brother and our two best friends spent our daylight hours and some nights in the woods.  We explored creeks, caught crayfish, built forts, had BB gun fights, and camped on horseback.  We didn’t have video games.  We played in real life.

2. Observation.  Grok and his friends learned new skills by watching the adults in the tribe.

I learned how to shoot, not from cowboys on TV, but by watching my dad and his adult friends while hunting or target practice.  Around 10 years old, I showed genuine interest in learning to shoot a shot-gun.  Daddy would take me with him to the landfill when it was time to dump a load of trash.  He’d throw glass bottles into the air and I learned to bust them with some helpful coaching.  I wanted to be as good a shot as my dad.

It was not always my dad I learned from.  There was people I respected of all ages and backgrounds.  Those that were successful at certain skills, I followed if I was interested in learning.

3. Explore.  Curiosity and inquiry naturally leads to exploration.

As an adult, I’ve become more curious about things I never was interested in growing up.  A question pops into my head and I begin my journey of exploration.  I’ve always been a serial multitasker.  I pursue what interests me.  That was not the case for me in school.

Subjects were forced on me.  I hated history.  Now I love it.  Why?  Because it interests me. I love learning as an adult.  School, on the other hand, was brutal.  I honestly can’t remember 90 percent of what I was “taught” in school.  I’d estimate even less during my college days.

The classes I remember learning in were Shop, Art, Physical Education, 4th grade Math, and 6th grade English.  I loved to draw, play sports, build stuff, and write.  The 4th grade Math class was fun because I learned all my multiplication tables that year.  The English class was taught by my aunt.  That’s not the only reason I loved that class.  Aunt Lucy would send the whole class outside to write or draw.  Our class published a poetry book that year.  One of my drawings and short stories got included.  I still remember the winter scene I drew.

I learn best when I really want to learn.  I bet the same is true for you.  Play, observe, and explore your passions.  Discover how easy it is to learn.

Fight the urge to think that kids need to be taught.  Kids are able to teach themselves if the right environment is provided.  If they need or want help, they’ll find it.

The bumper sticker read, “Hey, At least we’re winning the war on education!”

My attempts to flag down the driver almost caused a pile up. The owner of the car probably thought I was a stalker.  Or worse, another crazed State worshiper with an “Educator” license plate looking to violently defend my State religion.  Smartly, she switched

Former President Jimmy Carter

Who cares? It's other people's money. Thanks Jimmy...

lanes and made an abrupt left turn and lost me.  All I wanted was information on obtaining that brilliant bumper sticker.

After the chase, I made up a few of my own slogans:

  1. “Education” sounds so much better than State propaganda, coercion, legal bullying, and dumbing us down
  2. Public Schools: Promising Dreams while Delivering Disaster
  3. Forced Schooling = Redistribution of Ignorance
  4. Public Education Is A Triumph Over Common Sense
  5. Modern Schools Are Tools For Tyrants

The War on Education has been raging for many years.  It really got traction when Jimmy Carter gave birth to the Department of Education.  In 1983, the National Commission on Excellence in Education reported, “If an unfriendly foreign power had attempted to impose on America the mediocre educational performance that exists today, we might well have viewed it as an act of war.”

There has always been the need for education.  Was the State’s forced take over of schooling needed?  Were children raised during the founding of our country lacking real education?  Not hardly.  The average literacy rate in early America was over 90%.  Today, modern public education has pillaged billions of dollars from the private sector to “educate” children.  This black hole called the Department of Education has produced school violence beyond belief, mindless obedience to authority, many functional illiterate graduates, a you-owe-me mentality, hatred for learning, and a collective mentality.  Ask students how they like their educational experience and most will tell you, “School sucks!”

So, how do we educate a multicultural society?  We don’t.  One size does not fit all.  No matter how many experts promote the public education solution, it’s difficult to deny that we are unequal.  Individuals are – individuals.

If public schools lost compliance by force, laissez-faire education would thrive.  My oldest daughter attended an alternative high school during her senior year.  Most of her studies were offered on-line.  This allowed her freedom to choose when, what and how to learn.  She accelerated and finished her last year of high school five months ahead of her classmates at her former school.  At one point, she was required to take trigonometry.  Her teacher wasn’t able to teach the subject so she taught herself.  She figured it out.  The internet is a great tutor.

All students are intelligent if we leave them alone to learn and quit ringing bells every 45 minutes.

We are told to put aside our logical nature by the intellectual elites and embrace “education”…and give ’til it hurts, for the children of course.  The destruction of this War on Education can’t be measured in dollars only.  It’s generational rape by the State, crushing individual freedom and instituting cultural conformity.  The only way for forced schooling to survive is the continued robbing at the point of the government gun.

This is no longer a skirmish, it’s all out war.  Who will win?

Forgive me if this song gets stuck in your head, but I can’t resist humming this parody of Tina Turner’s hit, “What’s Love Got To Do With It”.  Here’s my version, “Oh what’s learning got to do, got to do with schools?

Indeed.  What’s learning got to do with schooling (AKA, Public Education)?  Most of my students respond with robot percussion when asked why they are in school.  “To get my education” or some other mindlessly obedient response usually follows.  When I challenge them with the thought that they are getting schooled not educated, I’m met with opposition and unbelief that, in their propagandized minds, a teacher would think such things, much less utter such sacrilege.  Thinking for one’s self is such a scarce commodity in today’s Pavlovian Conditioning Centers (PCC).

The PCCs train individual students to exhibit specific response to a stimulus.  The test subjects quickly learn stimuli lead to a good or bad outcome.  The powers of good, kind, and fair subdue all but the most selfish individualists.  A right to one’s own life is extinguished in PCCs. Knowledge is power and the schools of the State own a monopoly on force, not education.  It’s for the good of the group.

To the casual observer,  what is seen looks like education.  Generations have been brainwashed to view their local PCC as education centers.  This is what is seen:  A structured learning environment, decorated classroom walls, the latest technology, climate controlled setting, anti-bullying posters to make students feel safe, “free” transportation to and from school, books and school supplies, caring teachers, resource officers, no weapons signs, no smoking signs, and “nutritious” lunches.

What is not seen: The huge success of public education. Don’t let all the hype about the crisis in American education fool you.  The system is in place to create more dumb, compliant, obedient victims.  John Taylor Gatto calls it Dumbing us Down.  This leviathan of the State has a lot more ruin left in it.

I sit through endlessly boring meetings watching the hand-wringing as self-professed educated professionals complain and worry about test scores and whether or not we will make AYP (Annual Yearly Progress).  Weariness accompanies me.  There’s much bitching about the administration, the parents and the students.  From time to time, I try to show my colleagues what is not seen.  Once, I left the reservation by suggesting that our efforts to educate children via coercion will never work. We are employed by a government-run institutional system.  The system can’t be fixed.  Get used to it or go get another job flew from my lips.  My words were met with gnashing of teeth and  fiery daggers.  The unseen truth is still the truth.

What is not seen is the hypocrisy:  Authority figures in the school have the right to tell their captive clientele what they need to learn, how they need to learn it, and when the learning will take place based on superior knowledge.  We have credentials.  We are the experts.  Therefore, students owe us a debt of obedience and honor.  Kids today don’t obey or honor teachers out a respect for higher knowledge or virtue, but because we can use force  to make them comply. The school bully takes another kid’s lunch money.  The threat of force and violence creates conformity – and victims.  How’s that different from teachers threatening students with “legal” force?  It is much like a prison system.  The guards have power to punish the prisoners.  The inmates know it and conform most of the time.

What is not seen is the arrogance: The expert teacher with superior knowledge and the ignorance of the students.  If you are uneducated and want to become educated, you would seek out an educator.  If you follow the teacher’s advice and instruction for 12 years and find that you are still uneducated, what are you to do?  First, you might inquire about the teacher’s credentials.  Then ask your teacher his definition of “education” to ensure you’re both on the same page.   A more probing question would follow concerning what my education would look like and whether he really understands my educational goals and is able to assist me in my leaning.

Any logical person would use this process if he received bad advise from a doctor, mechanic, or financial planner.  Why not with teachers?  The response to these questions will reveal their true nature and motive.  If the teacher gets angry and defensive, changes the subject, refuses to take responsibility for giving you bad instruction, then storms out, you will know that he never intended on giving you good instruction.

Once the shock wears off, the unseen truth is revealed.  Forced schooling is not about education, but all about controlling the herd.  What’s leaning got to do, got to do with schools?  The State = legal force.  The State is a dangerous servant and horrible master.

Education was and can be provided by private individuals more efficiently and morally than by the State.  But what about the poor?  You must be a racists!  Oh, I didn’t realize that “poor” was a race.  This myth has been used to pick the pockets of producers for hundreds of years.  We’ll bust this myth in another post.

Exercise your free will and learn.  Always look at what is not seen in forced government schooling: Designed control of every human action.

Copyright © 2011 by TheEducationVigilante.com. Permission to reprint in whole or in part is gladly granted, provided full credit is given.

Curiosity counts.  We’re all curious at birth.  Out of painful labor we emerge.  All we knew for nine months was a pink sack of fluid.  It was warm and cozy and comfortable.  Then we’re forced out with lots of adult words, sweat and bloody goop.  Our world changes.  Exploration begins.  Our senses throw the lever into of hyper-drive.  Things are forced into our mouths and poop ends up in our diaper.  Why is my birthday suit no longer enough?  And why is it pink?  Pink is the only color I’ve known for nine months now!

As the shock of this new environment wears off, inquiry begins.  Our nature takes over.  Information and experience grows.  Questions are asked.  Learning starts.

Fast forward a few years.  Our curiosity takes a hit from a re-enforced concrete wall.  School begins.  “No!  Put that down!  Get back in line!”  Your position in the group is established.  The teacher introduces himself as the expert.  He begins the Procrustean process of schooling.  Welcome to disenchantment.   Put your curiosity and wonder in the cubbyhole by the door.  Get use to it.  You’ve got 12 more years in this iron bed.  Too short or long to fit?  No worries.  You’ll be hammered or cut to fit and painted to match.

I witness the brutal process daily.  Pools of bloody limbs are hacked off and twitch on the tiled floors.  Young bodies screaming in pain as if they are strapped to medieval racks.  Eyes are empty, yet defiant.  They know the jig is up on real learning.  To stay in school, one learns to conform to the bed.  This prepares and breaks individualists to take his place in the collective.  It’s for the good of the group you’re told.

The boundary lines is drawn for your action and your mind.  What interest you is not our concern.  Those pesky inward questions you brought to school will cease with time – and force.  Those deep, penetrating thoughts will give way to rote memorization and superficial  facts that we think you should know.  Thinking for yourself has to stop.  There’s mediocrity waiting in these green institutional halls and we’ll be sure you achieve it.  Who says?  The State says so.  Step this way, as all the pilgrims before you, to be fitted for our iron bed called schooling.  On the upside, you’ll never have to worry about what you don’t know.  We know what you need to know.  I’ve got a parchment degree on my wall to prove it.

If you’ve made it this far without directing bad words and obscene gestures toward me in your screen, keep reading.  If not, stop reading now!  Find something else to occupy and stroke your “truth”.  If, however, you find some truth, or even a slight possibility of this being true about schooling today, read on.  Maybe you were one of the students who had the arrogance to think for yourself.  You got a labeled as a trouble maker or with a contrived disability like ODD (Oppositional Defiant Disorder).  After examining it’s symptoms, I’m stricken with this “disability” at times.  I medicate daily to overcome.

Here are the symptoms according to The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry :

“In children with Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), there is an ongoing pattern of uncooperative, defiant, and hostile behavior toward authority figures that seriously interferes with the youngster’s day to day functioning.  Symptoms of ODD may include:

  • Frequent temper tantrums
  • Excessive arguing with adults
  • Often questioning rules
  • Active defiance and refusal to comply with adult requests and rules
  • Deliberate attempts to annoy or upset people
  • Blaming others for his or her mistakes or misbehavior
  • Often being touchy or easily annoyed by others
  • Frequent anger and resentment
  • Mean and hateful talking when upset
  • Spiteful attitude and revenge seeking

The symptoms are usually seen in multiple settings, but may be more noticeable at home or at school.”  This is just another tool/weapon in Procrustes’ hand.  What’s wrong with questioning rules often?

I know it’s a hard pill to swallow.  Arguing about the truth is a waste.  My advise to parents in the Procrustean system is to pull your head of the sand and your kids out of forced schooling and allow them to re-discover their imagination and curiosity.  Real education will follow.

The model of forced public schooling is broken.  No amount of money stolen from producers at the point of government guns can fix this rudderless, sinking monopoly called public education.  The ship’s crew are constantly rearranging chairs on the deck, but public education will sink.

Is reform possible?  No.  Let her sink!  But what about your teaching job?  I’ll take my chances on plying my skills on the free market.

 

Copyright © 2011 by TheEducationVigilante.com. Permission to reprint in whole or in part is gladly granted, provided full credit is given.


 

Welcome

Posted: December 19, 2011 in Uncategorized

Welcome to The Education Vigilante!  I’m on Christmas break from school and trying to figure out this whole “setting up a blog” thing.  If you’re patient with me, I’ll get some stuff up soon.  Until then, check out my “about” and “resource links” tabs.

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