Archive for February, 2012

Check out this video from Lunch Scholars posted over at www.shtfplan.com.  As a government school teacher, I can vouch for the validity of this video.  These “studious” students of the State are NOT outliers.  Ignorance is intentional in our government schools.

I’ve gotta go… Off to the salt mine.

Stay in line. There's no light at the end of this school tunnel. Photo via http://www.mindat.org

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I still remember my first “fixing” as the old timers called it.  It was welded into my brain via my 8 year old eyes.

The day was cold on the weekend after Thanksgiving.  It would be a double whammy in the hawg pen.  The smell of fear and smoke swirled in the mud and November air.  The oak wood flamed with a few sticks of sweet gum popping, heating water in the split 55 gallon scalding barrel.  Daddy loaded his Hi-Standard .22 pistol and got the pig killing started. He said it was time to give that pig a .22 aspirin. He taught me the proper placement for a humane kill was two inches above the eyes, right in the middle.  It worked.

While the crew was scalding the hide of our future bacon, my uncle pulls out the razor.  Makes me cringe to this day.  Yep, one of the young pigs had it coming.  And he got it…or lost it.  No, lost both of his piglet makers.

For those unfamiliar with castrating farm animals, a very similar process happens daily in our compulsory education system.  No, they haven’t resorted to these drastic physical measures…yet.  But, they have managed to mutilate individual liberty. It’s not noticeable to the casual observer what these factory-farm style schools produce.  From the belly of this beast, I see first hand the brutal castration of liberty minded students, parents, and teachers, one nut at a time.  Thankfully, the scales of Statism are beginning to fall from the eyes of a few Leviathan worshipers.  But, as Elvis sang, “I’m caught in a trap.”  And the trapper uses a government gun and a sharp bayonet of coercion to do Uncle Sam’s dirty work.  It’s about life control and domination.  And students don’t get to choose.

Fellow liberty blogger Darjeelingzen sums it up nicely below:

Plato: The price of apathy…

“The price of apathy towards public affairs is to be ruled by evil men” -Plato

Dear Plato; {It’s not necessarily apathy, its fear, in resignation to the violence imposed in childhood and reinforced in the schools}

If the people are sheep, it is because our parenting has dominated them, and our schools have subjugated them; …

“the people” are sheep, because all their lives, they have encountered systems and institutions of domination;….

The “sheep-le” have never tasted freedom; they have never been encouraged to think independently; they know nothing other than subordination

Education-Vigilante-In-Training

Yesterday, a former student of mine dropped by my room before classes started.  Actually, EVIT #1 (Education-Vigilante-In-Training) brought him down to my room.  I’ve been sabotaging ETIT  #1’s schooling every morning the entire school year. It’s called freedom-tutoring. I’ve made it my goal this year to de-school and free as many kids as possible – from the power of the “Collective.” I tell them to do a 180 on what their teachers tell them to believe. Question everything…especially “expert” teachers.  Throw your government textbooks in the trash.  They’re filled with garbage anyway.  If you have enough energy left after 8 hours of indoctrination, try putting down X-Box and look up the real cause of the War of Northern Aggression, the Articles of Confederation, or ask yourself, “Who owns you?”

So I asked this former student, an EVIT hopeful, “What caused the ‘Civil War?'”  I used the term the propagandists like so he’d have a reference point.  He quipped with a sense of pride in “knowing” the answer, “Slavery.”  I told him, “Welcome to freedom-tutoring. We meet every morning in my room. Attendance is voluntary.”

There’s hope.  He actually thought I taught a class during their electives schedule.  On second thought, that might be a great offering.

Is liberty-castration right for you?  If so, please seek a State licensed teaching professional.  DIY is NOT recommended.  It’s not a procedure that is pleasant.  Lot’s of pain involved.

If you answered no, find a freedom-tutor immediately and save your liberty jewels!  Resist the savage do-good goobers and their force of fairness and equality.  Liberty must not be leveled down!  Free yourself from the violence of forced schooling.  Self-educate!

“Do not consider Collectivists as “sincere but deluded idealists”. The proposal to enslave some men for the sake of others is not an ideal; brutality is not “idealistic,” no matter what its purpose. Do not ever say that the desire to “do good” by force is a good motive. Neither power-lust nor stupidity are good motives.

~ Ayn Rand

Now, pass the mountain oysters please.

 

This falls in the Institutionalized Insanity Department: Boy disciplined after waving gun-shaped pizza ..

You-Can’t-Make-This-Up category…

For the rest of the semester, a Rutherford County elementary student has to eat lunch at the “silent table” for allegedly waving around a slice of pizza some say resembled a gun.

Nicholas Taylor attends David Youree Elementary School in Smyrna, about 30 miles southeast of Nashville.School leaders say the 10-year-old threatened other students at his lunch table with a piece of pizza with bites out of it so it looked like a gun and when asked about it was initially not truthful.

Nicholas’ mother LeAnn calls her son’s punishment “absolutely ridiculous” saying he was just playing around and never said anything derogatory or anything about shooting anyone.

“The kid across the table from him said it looked like a gun so he picked it up and started shooting it in the air,” she told Nashville’s News 2 Investigates.

Taylor said she learned of the incident when the school sent her a note saying her son was threatening other students.

James Evans, spokesperson for the Rutherford County School District, said the boy isn’t being punished because he had a piece of pizza shaped like a gun.

He’s being punished because “some students reported he was making some threatening hand gestures, that he was shooting other kids at the table and they reported it to a teacher,” according to Evans.

He continued, “The student didn’t tell him the truth about it so he got silent lunch for six days.”

Evans called the punishment minor but said the message is clear.

“I realize some might say we are going overboard but the principal is just trying to use an abundance of caution and send the message that we don’t play about guns and it’s not something we joke around about,” he said.

To that, Taylor said her son knows he shouldn’t play with guns.

“We don’t have a gun in the house,” she said.  “He plays with light sabers. He’s a big Star Wars fan.”

In addition to lunch at the silent table, Nicholas has spent time with the school resource officer learning about gun safety.

Taylor said the school system has made it clear that if her son eats his pizza into the shape of a gun again and there is a similar occurrence, he will be suspended.

Nicholas, next time, chew your pizza (counted as a vegetable for school lunches) into the shape of a light saber and appease the gun nazis.  May the force be with you my son as the school cop explains why he is allowed to pack heat in a No-Weapons Zone, also known as, Disarmed Victim Zone.  Your education in State sponsored force and hypocrisy will be painful.  But, it’s for your own good.
Now, be quiet and eat your school lunch in silence!

Part of my "have a ____ day" series.

Have A Silent Day!

I’m re-posting this from Karen De Coster’s excellent article on LewRockwell.com.  The video at the end is a true picture of what forced government schooling is all about.  It does not exaggerate.

In 95 minutes, THE WAR ON KIDS exposes the many ways the public school system has failed children and our future by robbing students of all freedoms due largely to irrational fears. Children are subjected to endure prison-like security, arbitrary punishments, and pharmacological abuse through the forced prescription of dangerous drugs. Even with these measures, schools not only fail to educate students, but the drive to teach has become secondary to the need to control children. Not only do school fall short of their mission to educate, but they erode the country’s democratic foundation and often resemble prisons.

School children are interviewed, as are high school teachers and administrators, and prison security guards, plus renowned educators and authors including:

Henry Giroux: Author of Stealing Innocence Corporate Culture’s War on Children

Mike A. Males: Sociologist, author of Scapegoat Generation

John Gatto: New York City and New York State Teacher of the Year

Judith Browne: Associate Director of the Advancement Project

Dan Losen: The Civil Liberties Project, Harvard University

Has the American public education system failed?

To answer this question honestly, we must look at its original goals and objectives.

Our intellectual elites brought a feral species to America’s shores.

This is not the feral species I refer to.

The goal of introducing this foreign species, compulsory Prussian schooling, was to disrupt the American spirit of freedom, individualism, and self-reliance.  It worked.  As John Talyor Gatto writes,

“The structure of American schooling, 20th century style, began in 1806 when Napoleon’s amateur soldiers beat the professional soldiers of Prussia at the battle of Jena. When your business is selling soldiers, losing a battle like that is serious. Almost immediately afterwards a German philosopher named Fichte delivered his famous “Address to the German Nation” which became one of the most influential documents in modern history. In effect he told the Prussian people that the party was over, that the nation would have to shape up through a new Utopian institution of forced schooling in which everyone would learn to take orders.

So the world got compulsion schooling at the end of a state bayonet for the first time in human history; modern forced schooling started in Prussia in 1819 with a clear vision of what centralized schools could deliver:

1. Obedient soldiers to the army;
2. Obedient workers to the mines;
3. Well subordinated civil servants to government;
4. Well subordinated clerks to industry;
5. Citizens who thought alike about major issues.

Institutional forced schooling was a foreign, feral species at America’s founding.  Since the beginnings of our experiment we call America, up until the mid-nineteenth century, government institutional schooling didn’t exist.  It was a non-native species introduced in our society from a foreign land.  Like other introduced species, it has disrupted our entire educational ecosystem.  It has successfully contributed to the extinction of an indigenous species called self-education.  In our domesticated society, we call institutional schooling education.  However, the goal of introducing this feral organism was not to educate, but to control.

Modern schooling, at all levels, pridefully struts as true education.  Discovering truth and debunking the myth of forced schooling is discouraged by all who have a financial stake in the lie.  I love how Linda Schrock Taylor puts it, “The circle of Money-Reinforcing-Ignorance continues with it’s ever-widening diameter of destruction.”  The stone of government education was tossed into the pond of America and created a tsunami of useful idiots dependent on the waves of government largess.

I guess I’ve become desensitized to the dependence on the government teat taught in schools.  Then I remember my raising.  Images of my self-taught, determined, moral parents come to mind.  Were they perfect parents?  Not hardly.  But they taught life lessons.  I say taught, but what really took place was I caught the lessons.  I spent time with them.  It’s what families used to do.

Today’s fast paced life needs to be simplified.  Kids don’t have much time to catch lessons from home or through interactions with others outside their specific age group.  Teachers prevent it.  We keep our mini-prisoners locked up in fortified walls all day and send hours of work home to occupy any free time Dick and Jane might have left to actually learn things from non-State-approved teachers.  It’s deliberate.  The introduction of this feral species, forced schooling, is the destroyer of families and any hope of true learning.

Yesterday, I was asked by a fellow teacher to watch her class for a moment while she attended to something down the hall.  I like these opportunities to cover for teachers.  She had a lot of “gifted” kids waiting for her to return.  Why not stir them up a bit.  I asked what they were doing.  Apparently, they were getting ready to play a game for a Social Studies enrichment class.  In our school, this is a time devoted to enrichment before the “real” classes start each day.  I asked if her S.S. enrichment class was fun.  They thought it was because they played games.  “Are her regular classes fun?”  They responded in unison, “NO!”  “Why,” I asked.  The reasons given were because we do boring stuff and she gives tons of homework.  I told them that I don’t believe in homework and don’t assign it.  “You liar,” was what they wanted to say but restrained the impulse.  They are “gifted” after all.  I briefly explored the concept of schools using “their” time at home.  Everyone agreed it was a stupid arrangement.  “Why not do “homework” during the school hours allowing you guys to learn what you want at home since you can’t learn what you want at school?  Just a thought.”  The discussion ended with Mrs. T’s return.

This is just one illustration of the destruction caused by the invasive species called forced schooling.  The teacher just mentioned is a great person and fun to be around.  But she has to jump through the federally mandated hoops of teachology to keep her job.

Assembly line schooling and education are not compatible.  Real education takes place voluntarily.  Forcing kids to “learn” is called schooling.  We learn only when we want to learn.  My advice to parents wanting the best education for their children is to return the lost species of self-taught, self-educated, interest-led learning.  This is the only hope of bringing balance back to your child’s learning environment.

“Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything he learned in school. It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education. ” – Albert Einstein