If education is beaten by training, civilization dies-C.S. Lewis
“Apparently,” declares Kimball Young, “the only way in which collective conflicts, as well as individual conflicts, can be successfully and hygienically solved is by securing a redirection of behavior toward a more feasible environmental objective. This can be accomplished most successfully by the rational reconditioning of attitudes on a higher neuro-psychic or intellectual symbolic plane to the facts of science, preferably through a free discussion with a minimum of propaganda. This is not an easy road to mental and social sanity but it appears to be the only one which arrives at the goal.”
They regard social conflict as only an expedient of the moment “until broader principles of education and cooperation can be established.” Anarchism, with an uncoerced and voluntary justice, seems to be either an explicit or implicit social goal of every second social scientist.
==Reinhold Niebuhr: Major Works on Religion and Politics: (Library of America #263) (Niebuhr, Reinhold)
The basic line (I’m partly quoting) is that the general population are “ignorant and meddlesome outsiders.” We have to keep them out of the public arena because they are too stupid, and if they get involved they will just make trouble. Their job is to be “spectators,” not “participants.” They are allowed to vote every once in a while, pick out one of us smart guys. But then they are supposed to go home and do something else like watch football or whatever it may be. But the “ignorant and meddlesome outsiders” have to be observers, not participants. The participants are what are called the “responsible men” and, of course, the writer is always one of them. You never ask the question, why am I a “responsible man” and somebody else, say Eugene Debs, is in jail? The answer is pretty obvious. It’s because you are obedient and subordinate to power and that other person may be independent, and so on.
A 1990 survey showed that an astonishing number of Congressmen and other elected officials believed that the pyramids may have been built by aliens. Even worse, one of the groups that came out with the highest levels of general ignorance was newspaper editors. Over 50 percent of these media leaders felt that dinosaurs and humans had inhabited the earth at the same time. (Humans, in fact, didn’t show up until some 65 million years after the dinosaurs had abandoned their bones and departed from the scene.) The bottom line: The men and women spooning facts into the brains of most Americans have apparently gotten their scientific education from the Flintstones.
One of the most pervasive and yet poorly understood influences on American society is the high school textbook. Thanks to the virtual monopoly of public education, textbook publishers have a wide-ranging power to shape the ideas of young people. Textbooks do more to misinform and mislead than almost any other print media. Some of our most basic beliefs, including our conception of ourselves as Americans, are shaped and distorted by the school textbook.
==You Are STILL Being Lied To: The NEW Disinformation Guide to Media Distortion, Historical Whitewashes and Cultural Myths (Disinformation Guides) (Russ Kick)
The education system is not tailored to develop the multiple skills and unique gifts of the individual but to turn every individual into part of a clueless, dumbed-down mass which is just intelligent enough to be a slave but too stupid to see that they are.
==The Perception Deception – Part Two (Icke, David)
the digital age has made a wider range of the sore-beset middling masses stupider, more susceptible to unsound memes, as the diminishing returns of instant communications and multiplying media platforms drive out quality information for trivia, pornography, propaganda, and fantasy. The present is a remarkable period of stupidity, even within the spectrum of what passes for extremes in our history.
==Too Much Magic: Wishful Thinking, Technology, and the Fate of the Nation (James Howard Kunstler)
In short, contrary to the founders—and in ways they do not realize themselves—Americans today are heedlessly pursuing a vision of freedom that is short-lived and suicidal. Once again, freedom without virtue, leadership without character, business without trust, law without customs, education without meaning and medicine, science and technology without human considerations can end only in disaster.
Those of you who have been through college know that the educational system is highly geared to rewarding conformity and obedience; if you don’t do that, you are a troublemaker. So, it is kind of a filtering device which ends up with people who really, honestly (they aren’t lying) internalize the framework of belief and attitudes of the surrounding power system in the society. The elite institutions like, say, Harvard and Princeton and the small upscale colleges, for example, are very much geared to socialization. If you go through a place like Harvard, a good deal of what goes on is a kind of socialization: teaching how to behave like a member of the upper classes, how to think the right thoughts, and so on.
==A Free People’s Suicide: Sustainable Freedom and the American Future (Os Guinness)
If one understands the current dismal state of the collective American intelligence and the vast mass of people in this country totally bereft of knowledge of even the most rudimentary sort, try and comprehend how stupid and ignorant America will be in another generation, as the brainwashed, PC lobotomized, narcissisticly self-indulgent rise to maturity. Well trained to suck at the benevolent teats of governments largess and perform the many service tasks needed to provide for the elites, a vast, permanent proletariat class is being clones by the scientific method of intentionally dumbing down the children of this nation.
Unfortunately, the process has been going on for so many years, that the majority of citizens already have succumbed to an existence of total inconsequential lives with life’s meaning derived from their TV’s, sports and an ever growing licentiousness. The ruling power and wealth elites and their generations of inherited privilege yet to come have little top fear from the bewildered herd, for we really have become more accurately, the befuddled herd.
Only a civilizational collapse will allow the detritus of this Orwellian system to be cleared away and from which a new civilization can finally emerge. The process is going to be far more painful than most can imagine. I say this often to most unbelieving ears, but then what can one expect from a population with an attention span less than that of a goldfish!
I used the verb “stupefying” to describe a long process in our nation’s schools that has produced several generations of Americans, dumbed down and resulting in more than half who are functionally illiterate, nor can do math, and, as a recent headline reported “Student’s Results in Social Studies Stagnate.”“U.S. middle-school students’ performance on social studies didn’t improve much between 2010 and 2014, federal test scores released Wednesday (April 29) show, underscoring concerns about the uniformed citizenry and workforce.” When it comes to U.S. history, the share of students scoring at or above proficiency last year was 18%, up one percentage point from 2010. In other words, over 80% failed to have a grasp on the subject, critical to every citizen’s understanding of U.S. history, its Constitution, and governance.
America watches in horror as ravaging mobs of young, mostly black, people tear through American towns burning cars and businesses, looting and vandalizing, screaming obscenities and mindless chants. Our president blames slavery — gone now for over 150 years, blacks blame the cops, journalists blame poverty, but so far no one has blamed the educational system.If you spend between 12 and 16 years telling kids:that they are victims of gross unfairness,that they have no hope unless somebody else fixes things for them,that the system is rigged against them,then you shouldn’t be astounded when they blow up. This is a fuse that’s been burning for a long time and for the last few decades the left has been vigorously fanning that flame, so KABOOM!
The federal government will be forced to step in if parents continue opting their children out of Common Core testing, according to U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan. Asked Tuesday whether states need to do more to reduce the number of Common Core opt outs, Duncan replied: “We think most states will do that … If states don’t do that, then we have an obligation to step in.” The remark comes as hundreds of thousands of students throughout the nation are opting out of the testing.