The Subversion of Education in America

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I’ll bet you
think that the problems with our nation’s schools are a fairly recent
phenomenon. Wrong. It dates backs to the 1960’s. Those that have
implemented the subversion of our educational system have sought
to fly well below the radar of public awareness, depending on stealth
and duplicity to achieve the wreckage that has already stunted the
lives of thousands who have passed through it.

No other topic
has evoked as much email as did our weekly "Warning Signs"
commentary, "Indoctrination, Not Education." Good. Time
to wake up America!

In this and
three other commentaries, I will walk you through the history of
the problem with the help of an extraordinary book, The
Deliberate Dumbing Down of America by Charlotte Thomson
Iserbyt. The facts I will share with you are found in a fat compendium
of research by this former senior official with the US Department
of Education who discovered the mother lode, copied it, and fled.
She is one of America’s unsung heroes.

As Iserbyt
points out, in the 1960’s "American education would henceforth
concern itself with the importance of the group rather than
with the importance of the individual." The purpose of education
would shift to focus on the student’s emotional health, rather
than academic learning. Remember the 1960’s? Sex, drugs and rock’n
roll? Drop out, tune in, and turn on? Just about everything that
is wrong with America today had its genesis in this pathetic decade
of youthful self-indulgence.

In 1965, there
were two major federal initiatives developed with funding from The
Elementary and Secondary Education Act passed that year. One was
the 1965–1969 Behavioral Science Teacher Education Program
and the other was the publication by the government of "Pacesetters
in Innovation," a 584-page catalogue of behavior modification
programs to be used by the schools.

Let me repeat
that: a catalogue of behavior modification programs!
We’re not talking of programs to teach students anything. We are
talking about programs to indoctrinate children passing through
the system to believe in values contrary to those on which this
nation was based.

In brief, the
intention was to create a generation or two of Americans who would
accept the United Nations, not the United States, as their new "nation,"
a global nation, one-world government. The last thing the conspirators
wanted was a nation of individuals who could or would actually think
for themselves. This is how we ended up with Bill Clinton, the classic
student achiever of the 1960’s.

Iserbyt writes
that, "In 1960, the United Nations Educational, Scientific
and Cultural Organization’s Convention Against Discrimination was
signed in Paris. This convention laid the groundwork for control
of American education, both public and private, by UN agencies and

Now connect
the dots. In 1960, "Soviet Education Programs: Foundations,
Curriculums, Teacher Preparation" was published under the auspices
of the US Department of Health, Education and Welfare. It was the
blueprint for the US school-to-work restructuring that would take
place and it would rely on the "Pavlovian conditioned reflex
theory." The mastermind of mind control and conditioning was
a psychologist, Dr. B.F. Skinner, who was the guru of the mess that
passes for education in America today.

Though hard
to believe even now, the US adopted the Soviet Communist approach
to education. In 1961, Rep. John M. Ashbrook tried to alert Congress
to what was happening. Citing a document published by the Department
of Health, Education and Welfare called "A Federal Education
Agency for the Future," he called the new education programs
"a blueprint for complete domination and direction of our schools
from Washington. Guess what? He was right.

That is why
the educational reform this nation really needs is the complete
elimination of the US Department of Education. It won’t happen.
For the same reason we are now only learning that those "Red
baiters" of the 1950’s were right to assert the Department
of State was shot through with Communists, no one in 2001 is going
to believe that the US Department of Education is modeled on Communist

11, 2010

Caruba founded The National Anxiety Center in 1990 where this series
is posted. An author, business and science writer, he blogs daily

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