Re-education Centers — Liberal Education In America

Most of our leaders in the media and in government are products of a flawed educational system, one that has traded the harsh truths of reality for utopian fantasy.  Liberal Arts education, as is promoted by most State colleges and even more intensely by elitist Ivy League schools, has traded free thinking for propaganda.  The world of theory and wishful thinking has replaced a world of fact.

I listened today as when one recent graduate was asked how they would stop the beheadings.  Their answer started with, “We need to get the Muslim community to come  together and….”

That approach is not much different than that of Marie Harf at the State Department telling us we need to get the radicals jobs so that we can reach down and change the root causes of terrorism.   Seriously,  their religion, their ideology tells them to kill infidels. (That is everyone who does not believe as they do.)  It’s not about jobs, its about their belief in how to get to heaven.  (Saying that no true religion is violent is fantasy.  1500 years ago the Mayan’s played soccer with the heads of their enemies to appease their Gods.)  Just because you don’t like how something is conducted does not make that thing something else.    That is what I mean about liberal fantasy.  They redefine things based on what they want not based on what is.

This liberal educational process has created generations of leaders ill prepared to handle the challenges we face.   Below are several tenets of this education where propaganda and wishful thinking is taught and encouraged rather than facts.   Each will be listed and explored in greater depth as we progress.

1.) The necessity for a strong military to protect our freedom and our lives is denigrated.

2.)  That the free market promotes inequity and poverty while socialism and communism produce more prosperous societies.

3.) Evolution is taught as the only way humanity could have developed.  Believing in a creator is actively discouraged.

4.)  Unrestrained sexual freedom and unlimited abortion are promoted as the hallmarks of modern enlightenment.

5.)  Those with different beliefs are penalized with poorer grades, made fun of and ostracized by their professors.

6.)  Courses are taught from non historical perspectives to reframe history to support current social agenda’s.

Please hang with me as we explore these points.  This approach to education has had a tremendous impact on the way our current leadership approaches managing government and the affairs that affect our lives.

Let’s start with the military.  Throughout a number of courses at liberal arts colleges the student is introduced to the concept of the military industrial complex.  All that industry, invention, and scientific development is treated as a drain on society.  If only those resources could go for food or social work then we would be so much better off.  Students are told that the evil corporations are taking from us and from the poor in order to create better and better weapons.   They are told that these weapons and the military itself are not needed.

The fact that the military protected us in WWII, freed Kuwait from Sadaam, and has kept the now resurgent Soviet Union out of the main part of Europe is not mentioned.   It is the ability to defend  land and territory that protects us.  There will always be those in the world that want to take from others or cause harm to others.  Without a strong military those people will do just that.  There has never been a case where one side lays down their arms and their enemies do not attack.  It is the way of human nature.  It is what makes unilateral disarmament a formula for disaster.  Still many students are taught that this is a good thing.    We see the result of our unilateral reduction in arms.  The level of chaos in the world has increased 100 fold.  Here reality clearly shows the academic theory to be nothing more than fantasy and wishful thinking.

As to economics.  The facts again outweigh the theory.   Societies with greater economic freedom and lower tax rates have a far greater average standard of living than those with significant socialist and communist elements.  Sure there is a disparity between the wealthiest and the poorest, but if the poorest are doing better than 90% of those in the rest of the world, then those poor are doing pretty well.  In the United States, the poor by and large all eat well and have TVs, cell phones, and cars.  Compare this to the poor in South America or Africa where they lack roads, running water and electricity in many places.  Capitalism built the world that has this high level of prosperity.  Over the past 6 years that prosperity has started to diminish in direct relation to the amount of social reform put into place.  A greater number of American are living pay check to pay check because of the socialist policies.

Here in economics, the facts belie the theory.  Students are not taught the truth, but what professors wish to be true.   As they grow up and become leaders they fail to understand how to create wealth and prosperity.  These same students are unprepared for both the marketplace and for leadership.

A student who says openly that they believe that God created human kind is treated as a leper by his or her professors.  Evolution, which to this day has failed to show one thing actually turning into another is taught as gospel.  Nevertheless,  neither evolution nor the big bang answers the question as to why we exist at all.   Here again, reality,  the fact that there is existence is ignored in the pursuit of liberal arts truth.

Perhaps one of the most insidious pairs of thought have to do with sexual freedom.  Students are encouraged not to bond but to have ‘free sex’.  The idea of marriage is discouraged.   Nevertheless, countless psychological studies have shown that such an approach diminishes self esteem and self worth.  When pregnancies occur these same students are told that the fetus is only a mass of tissue.  The result is countless of individuals that fear they have murdered their children and know in their hearts this is the case.   The value of life is diminished and the harm done, all in the name of enlightenment and pleasure.    Had these same promoters examined the studies of psychological health and the benefit of family, they would teach these students differently.

Again, what is taught and promoted has nothing to do with ‘good’ as has been proven by time and studies, only with desire. It is the world these teachers desire, not the world that is best.

The power of the grade and its future impact on students is used to promote the views above to the exclusion of fact and thought.  Students that write a positive piece of communism are rewarded with higher grades.  Those that promote capitalism or who suggest that the protestant church was a force for good are ostracized and given D’s and F’s.      Instead of rewarding scholarship these schools are rewarding ideology.  A belief in capitalism promoted by a scholarly work is excoriated while support of Keynesian economics is lauded as brilliant, even without facts to back it up.    Instead of being a bastion of free thought and speech, Universities have become the re-education centers of modern America.

Tenure was provided to professors so they could speak their minds without being fired.  Now those same professors use that system to prevent free thought and ideas.  They forbid those who have different ideas from getting tenure and encourage students to be intolerant of others views.  That is why politically correct speech has become the norm. The crime is offending, even if it is truth that is spoken.  It is as if 1980 China lives well on campus.  There is not even enough juice for a Tiananmen square type protest.

This is by no means a new phenomenon, but is one that has progressed for the last 50 years.    In the 1970’s I had a medieval history course which among other things examined the role of Christianity in the development of Western society.  As the discussion covered the Council of Nicaea and a number of other venues where much  of early Christianity worked itself out with the politics of the time. The professor would make point after point to say how history invalidated Christian beliefs.    Much of that information was not even within the scope of the class.     Looking back, it is clear that the information he presented was to a large extent contrived to discourage Christian beliefs.

The real harm that our institutions of modern liberal arts are causing are from the contrived and often one sided interpretation of curricula.  Instead of being a world filled with the exploration of knowledge our universities have become re-education centers aimed at producing only one type of thought.    As our society declines, government gets bigger, and poverty increases, we can lay that blame squarely on the academic institutions that have traded teaching theory and fantasy for teaching fact.   Until that changes the United States will continue to be a nation in decline.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Future Totalitarian States of America. –The Failure of Liberal Arts and Common Core

Harvard’s Extension School is hosting a Black Mass including a speech by an Harvard Professor.  This exercise passes as an educational experience for Harvard students.  This is an example of the elite thinking and activities expected of our future leaders. Just as the Southern Poverty Law Center is branding those that oppose Common Core as extremists, and names Tea Partiers and conservatives as troglodytes, known however for their traditional religious beliefs.  The Black Mass and Common Core are both symptoms of the assault by those that want big government control over every aspect of American Life. 

I am particularly appalled by the Southern Poverty Law Center’s attitude as so much of Common Core is a full on invasion of each kid’s personal information.  It is a step toward complete totalitarianism where the government controls what people are suited for and what jobs they are prepared for.  The new name for it “College and Career Ready” says it all.  That is the direction.  Further, the implementation by the Federal Government of Common Core has been accomplished by bribing States, educators, and Governor’s with funds to entice them to adopt common core even without the full details being available.  The one state, Indiana that has pulled out has already been threatened that it will lose other funding.  That is coercion.   Watching the implementation of Common Core in Alabama, many of the implementations are leaving a wake of confused and less accomplished students than what existed before this was adopted.   

So from the stance of the Southern Poverty Law Center I can conclude that they support government coercion and the data collection on all American children.  Essentially they support totalitarianism.  Harvard is moving to strip traditional religious views from education and to replace them with views that diminish or even discredit those views.  Our laws are based on those traditional views and much of our Constitution depends on those views remaining a part of our society. These two activities have one thing in common creating a base for future government control of people.  The only valid moral view becomes that of the father state and the only valid job is the one the government tell you fits your personality based on the data it collected.

Wake up.  This has been tried in China, Vietnam, and the Soviet Union.  It failed. All three have moved back toward capitalism but remained totalitarian as well.  It is a shame former stalwarts of freedom, such as Harvard and the Southern Poverty Law Center have now become extensions of the Future Totalitarian States of America.

Teachers Supporting Government Oppression — Who Would Have Thunk It.

The Federal Government is getting ready to put its fiscal boot on Indiana and to make an example of the State because it has opted out of Common Core.  In a letter, a clear threat to the State,if the Federal Government deems the State’s new standards as less stringent than Common Core the State will lose its No Child Left Behind exemption and millions in education funding.  The fact is, whether the State’s standards are stricter than those of Common Core or not, the Feds will say they are not up to snuff.  The Feds are planning to make an example of Indiana in order to make sure other States stay in line and don’t opt out.  Common Core opens the door for this oppressive Federal Education grab.  

Hidden in Common Core is revisionist history, dumbed down math, and a data collection protocol designed to let the Federal Government  “guide” your children into the the career that the Feds think is best for them.  The Soviet Union before it failed did just this by identifying talents and putting kids where they though those kids should go.  Of course, if the need is for factory workers, suddenly the kids are suited for the factory.  If the kid is a great athlete and a great artist he will be forced to be one or the other because the government has a hole he fits in.  Common Core is totalitarianism at its worst.  

There are teacher’s ads running nationwide supporting Common Core and telling everyone how wonderful this ultimate power grab of your children’s future is.  The concept of being College and Career ready is nothing more than being able to say to a child; “based on your prior achievement you are going to have to be a plumber.”  Einstein would have been a janitor based on his early schooling. These teachers that support Common Core are traitors to freedom and traitors to the very principles that teachers should follow. 

Common Core is about dumbing everyone down to the lowest common denominator not bringing everyone up to their greatest potential.  It used to be that teachers cared about every students maximum achievement, not their minimum test passing ability. Teachers unions protect the weakest teachers while not rewarding the ones that really care about their kids’ future. This leads to less and less true education. Common Core solves this by dictating not the education but the tests the kids pass.  Education as such is destroyed.  The ability for kids to think and be their best is destroyed. The bleak future of government assigned jobs and dictated work roles is well on its way to being created.  

Wake UP —————-  This Failed in Every Country that Tried It. (Chine, USSR, Eastern Europe before  the wall came down.)

Common Core is the single largest step toward a state run economy.  If you think the failure of the economy in the last five years is something, Common Core will make today look like the good old days spreading misery and poverty beyond reason.  If you are a teacher, learn your history, learn the facts, not what the government is telling you.  Oppose Common Core.

Our Failing Educational System

In all the hubbub about common core, which is already starting to create havoc in our schools systems, I seldom see anyone ask what type of product our school systems need  to produce.  To look at some of the exam questions today the answer might be that we are trying to produce avid environmentalists, or crusaders for social justice.  Instead of molding our youth to become successful career minded, conscientious, independently thinking positive contributing members of society we are inundating them with propaganda and government approved theories of how society ought to function.

Yes, education should accomplish specific things.  Below is a list of the things I see that should be part of a minimal education.  Judge for yourself, but I do not see our system as doing these things consistently.

1.)  Reading — every child should graduate high school and be literate.

2.) Writing — every child should be able to write coherently.

3.)  Arithmetic — every child should have master addition, subtraction, division, and multiplication and basic Algebra.

4.) American History — every child should know why we exist and the history behind out Constitution.

5.)  World History — every child should have a general understanding of world history, of empires and wars, atrocities, and governments.

4.) Science — every child should have a firm foundation in chemistry, physics, and biology.

5.)  Economics — every child needs to understand how goods and services are produced and how that results opportunity.

6.) Critical thinking and memorization  — every child should be taught critical thinking skills and be required to memorize substantial amounts of material ranging from history to multiplication tables.  The most important thing education can do is train children’s minds so that they can absorb the skills needed in an ever increasingly technological world.

You can teach someone a set of manual skills which when that process becomes automated those skills become out of date.  However, if you train someone how to manage the automation they can now work in multiple industries at a higher wage than when it was just manual labor.    Further, if schools will provide their students with basic set of work conventions and expectations skills then the graduates would be better prepared to support themselves and their families.

Education in this country has been on path where it is not meeting the goals outlined above.  Nevertheless it costs more than ever.  It is not about the money, it is about the curriculum and the time focused on having standards for the students.  Many of the processes in Common Core, although advertised as creating those standards, actually lowers the standards and dumbs down the curriculum.  That is why home-schooled children often outperform their in public school counterparts.  If the focus was education and met the goals above our society would reach new heights.