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Open a can and grease the schooling machine

A really efficient totalitarian state would be one in which the all-powerful executive of political bosses and their army of managers control a population of slaves who do not have to be coerced, because they love their servitude. To make them love it is the task assigned, in present-day totalitarian states, to ministries of propaganda, newspaper editors and schoolteachers (emphasis mine)…. The greatest triumphs of propaganda have been accomplished, not by doing something, but by refraining from doing. Great is truth, but still greater, from a practical point of view, is silence about truth.    ~ Aldous Huxley

Where’s the resistance?  The American system of schooling has quenched the fire of resistance in our youth.  Rebellion is drugged out of kids.  Unquestioning obedience is demanded. Compliance to “authority” is the goal.

I’d just turned 16 and was the proud owner of my first car, a brown, four-door, Ford LTD.  That baby would fly.  In my first summer driving, my brother, our two best friends and I went cruising.  Back then it was on dirt roads.  One of the Einstein’s in the back seat wanted to lift a couple of crates of empty soda bottles from an old mans front porch…for gas money.  To make a long story painful, the plan went off without a hitch – we thought.

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Someone saw us and called the Sheriff.  In our little town, they didn’t need a tag number.  Everybody knew everybody’s business…and parents.  Sheriff Jones called my daddy to let him handle us pranksters. We got back home and saw Daddy standing in the driveway.  Nobody was nervous yet.  As we piled out of the dusty, brown land yacht, we suddenly realized our fate.  Daddy shouted for us to get in the back of his plumbing truck.  We did so with terror etched in our eyes.

My childhood friend later told me, “I thought he was taking us to woods to beat our asses with a stick!”

Daddy flew up the two miles of dirt road faster than safely allowed with no conversation from the four rogue teenagers squeezed between oxy/acetylene tanks, side-body tool boxes, and a homemade pipe rack served as our razor wire fencing.  When he reached pavement, he slammed on the brakes and the line from “Cool Hand Luke” rolled through my mind: “Any man playing grabass or fightin’ in the building spends a night in the box.”  We walked seven miles to town picking up bottles to pay for our deed.

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I distinctly remembered rebelling and refusing to pick up bottles as we walked.  Why?  Because Daddy told me to, and I justified my guilt.  I was just the driver.  Plus, I hated being told what to do, by anyone.

The more righteous reader might say I got what I deserved and need a humbling lesson.  A good ol’ country ass-whooping was probably in line.  Well, that and many other contumacious moments have served me well on my pilgrimage of knowing my self.

Coercion and fear was needed for us to scour the ditches of our main highway on that hot  July day.  Please don’t think that I equate my dad to a tyrant.  He’s my hero actually.  I want to be like him one day.

It just seems that servitude and serfdom is embraced today by our young.  When I see a kid that’s been tossed into our halls, I’ll stop, if I’m not jumping through some stupid, bureaucratic, time-wasting, paper pushing hoop.  It brings back memories of my school days.  I have a new respect for the ones labeled as trouble makers.  When I ask them what’s up, they get all defensive.  I tell them I hated (and hate) school too.  That usually tears down the student-teacher wall and allows us to talk freely.

For the most part, students are obedient slaves.  This isn’t a recent phenomenon.  Upon accepting the New York City Teacher of the Year Award on in 1990, John Taylor Gatto dropped a bomb on those in attendance still denying the truth about schooling by saying,

“The truth is that schools don’t really teach anything except how to obey orders.  This is a great mystery to me because thousands of humane, caring people work in schools as teachers and aides and administrators, but the abstract logic of the institution overwhelms their individual contributions.”

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Today, government schools promote: socializing (brainwashing) students for selfless good-of-the group mentality, individualists are not happy and probably mentally ill, forced association, robotic answers to stupid questions teachers say are important, vilifying self-interest, stripping souls of courage, wussification of boys, placement in an educational caste system through standardized testing, “education” is the only redeeming hope for society’s collective paradise, and above all, compliance.  Students are viewed as soft globs of clay in need of molding.

What’s with all the doom and gloom about our public school system?  History.  Truth.  All it takes is a small amount of effort to open one’s eyes and dare a peek at reality.

If you can’t pry the lids open, don’t worry, forced schooling will keep lubricating the State’s tyrannical machine like a good can of WD-40.

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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

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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.