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Government Education?

A favorite graduate school professor of mine; Dr. George Barnard use to say: “ life is too short just to read people you agree with!

Critical thinking! It is the foundation of a solid healthy education. It is freedom to an artist. It is the foundation to innovation. It is the heart beat of an inventor! It is life’s blood to an entrepreneur! It is that intangible which genuinely establishes an educated person. Critical Thinking,  there’s the ticket to solid well balanced educational system which leads to a healthy Democratic Republic such as America was and can be again.

In many, to many to list, published documents of the U.S. Department of Education (et. al.) the goal of successful education is to produce well rounded responsible citizen for the 21st century. Unfortunately this requires far more than just academic education.  Let me quote from the United States Department of Education: ” The cornerstone of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 is academic achievement and professional success built upon a foundation of moral strength and civic virtue. As Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings has said, “We must not simply teach children how to count, we must teach them what counts.” … just one of literally thousands of similar documents. Sounds good, looks good and is almost true. There is just one huge problem.

Who’s values? Who gets to say , “what counts”? Who gets to define the morality of what is or is not a civic virtue?

What is the moral, civic virtue advocated by the US Dept of Education?

Do you understand the foundational issue here? Public Education, with purpose and forethought is establishing itself as the “State Church” in America. They get to define what is or is not moral. They, the Educators have the final say of what is a virtue. Not you, not the old fashion church, not the grandparents or traditions. No these tradional ethical systems only get in the way of those who are smarter, more moral and understand virtue far better than you. They are currently teaching and should teach your children morality from their perspective. Your understanding of what is right and wrong is just not, well, trustworthy.

No longer do they teach math, science or English composition (international scores demonstrate that clear enough). No longer do they teach skills where students think for themselves. No, in today’s America the Highest levels of Education in America want to supplant the historical role of theologians.

Critical thinking? Well read? Eclectic? Things of the past! In today’s America an Educated person yields to those who tells them what to think and what is: smart, clever, artistic and even funny. The US Dept of Education has a directed agenda who’s apparent outcome is to produce George Orwell’s 1984 citizen.  To Quote Mr. Orwell from 1984: ” When finally you surrender to us, it must be of your own free will. We do not destroy the heretic because he resists us; so long as he resists us we never destroy him. We convert him, we capture his inner mind, we reshape him. We burn all evil and all illusion out of him; we bring him over to our side, not in appearance, but genuinely, heart and soul. We make him one of ourselves before we kill him. It is intolerable to us that an erroneous thought should exist anywhere in the world, however secret and powerless it may be.”

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