An assessment in three parts
The title of this series is a rhetorical question. Sort of like asking “will the sun rise in the east tomorrow?” The material I have presented in the last few articles should have answered that question. When you look at the involvement in and promotion of public education by people like Horace Mann, Robert Owen, and John Dewey you have to realize that there has been socialist promotion of public education literally since day one. To deny that is to deny history.
That being the case, what should the response of Christian parents be? Should they just go along with the “system” and hope it doesn’t totally ruin their kids? Should they try to reform it and get it back to the “good old days” when it was only less socialistic by degrees? Should they study to find out what really makes this system tick and then expose it and the people that run it? At the risk of sounding extreme, I would vote for the third question in this little series–to which I would add–when you find out what really makes the public school tick and who really winds that clock every day – then get your kids out of it, like the lady below did.
Material about the corruption of the public school system abounds on the internet and other places as well. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to find this stuff…
Just recently I ran across an article by Terresa Monroe Hamilton from 3/14/13 on Trevor Loudon where Ms. Hamilton made some interesting points. She wrote about the Common Core curriculum, which many parents have grown to hate once they’ve looked into it. Hamilton said: “Common Core is Marxism for children. It is state run propaganda and is meant to dumb down and control our little ones. It is evil and it has been a long time coming. Obama pushed it through slyly and quickly after coming into office, but I can tell you, this has been brewing since at least the 1990s.”
Hamilton gave us a little background. She noted: “When my children were in school in the 1990s, my husband and I requested to see the school curriculum for their school in Las Vegas, Nevada. We were refused and basically told we were too dumb to understand what the teachers were instructing our son and daughter in. The last straw came when they wanted to put my daughter in the second grade on Ritalin instead of disciplining her. I was pulled in front of four teachers and accused of not raising my daughter correctly, as well as basically being an abusive and stupid parent. I promptly told these teachers they could pound sand, and pulled our children…out of school that very same day. I left the Fortune 500 and home schooled both of them until high school and in retrospect, should have kept them out even then.” She noted that her son went on to be a “gifted software developer.”
I wonder, how many parents out there have gone to public schools and asked to see the curriculum their kids were being taught from–only to be refused and informed they probably were not bright enough to understand it? Wish I had a dollar for every one. I’ve talked to some folks here in Louisiana who have told me that all their kids ever bring home are worksheets they need to do homework on–never any textbooks. Now why is that? I asked one parent about that and he gave me a very perceptive answer. He said “because they don’t want us to see the textbooks.” Bingo!!!
If I recall correctly, they had this same problem during the textbook protest in Kanawha Country, West Virginia in the mid-1970s. And when you saw what was in some of those textbooks you can fully understand why the public schools were a bit reluctant to let parents see too much of what was in the textbooks. Some of it was downright pornographic! But parents did get to see at least some of it and that was one thing that started the protest.
I never forgot about one school board meeting there where one concerned mother stood up and started to read from her daughter’s 8th grade literature book. Before she had gone very far, one of the board members told her that she could not read that kind of thing in a public meeting. I give the mother credit–she thought fast on her feet and replied “If I can’t read this stuff in a public meeting then why are you teaching it to my 8th grade daughter in her lit class?” I doubt she got a satisfactory answer.
When parents request to see the curriculum their kids are being taught from and are refused because they are “too stupid” to understand it, or for any other reason, right there, that should set warning bells off! If I am too stupid to understand it then my kids probably are better off not learning whatever it is. Every parent that gets that kind of reply from public authorities needs to collect their kids and secede from the public school system forever that same day.
Of course the public school in your area would rather you didn’t do that, as there are then that many less kids to douse with brain detergent, and besides, if your kids leave the system then the local school district doesn’t get anymore federal money for them. So they have a vested interest in keeping your kids there–just like you have a more important vested spiritual interest in getting them out.
Are Socialists Running “our” Public Schools ~ Part Two
There was an interesting article on TownHall by Justin Haskins for 1/28/19. Mr. Haskins analyzed the content of what passes for education in institutions of “higher learning” but also in K-12 public schools too.
He wrote: “The real question isn’t whether these socialist tendencies exist, but rather why they exist.” He then goes into some of the reasons why they exist. He observes (and I think he’s right on the money here) that: “As important as bias on college campuses is, it’s only one piece of the puzzle. Much of the problem goes back much further, to K-12 schools where only 27 percent of teachers identify as Republicans, according to a national survey by the Education Week Research Center. Not only are K-12 teachers more likely to vote for Democrats and favor left-wing causes, socialist ideas permeate nearly every aspect of government-run schools. From their earliest days, young students are taught by modern state curriculum standards to be cogs in the societal wheel rather than independent thinkers.”
So socialism “permeates” nearly every aspect of government-run K-12 schools. Why do you suppose that is? You have to begin to wonder just what would-be teachers are taught in teachers’ colleges today. Is that where the socialism comes from? This is something that is never addressed.
Haskins further observed that “…many high schoolers spend little time enrolled in civics or history courses compared to classes that focus on mathematics, science, or technology. And when they are in history classrooms, they are often bombarded with left-wing historical revisionism that turns American heroes like George Washington into racist moral monsters. And these examples are just the subtle forms for educational socialism. In many public schools, teachers are outright hostile to conservative ideas and openly embrace radical left-wing positions like single-payer health care. Given the state of the current educational system, it’s not surprising that many young people identify with the collectivist principles of the far left and not with the rugged individualism that has been the foundation of American life for centuries.” Again, do these ideas originate in the teachers’ colleges? And if so, what does that say about socialist control of those colleges?
It surely sounds as if the socialist worldview and its adherents have firm control in most public schools–and if that is the case, why, in heavens name, would any Christian parent in his or her right mind want to subject their youngsters to that? Yet that is what, when we were going to home school our kids, we were advised by well-meaning people in the church we attended at the time, to subject our kids to. They honestly thought socialist-influenced public education was preferable to home schooling. After all, they all had their kids in the public schools and apparently the socialism their kids brought home didn’t bother them all that much–if they even realized that’s what it was.
Maybe that’s part of our problem. We, as a people, have for decades been so influenced by socialism that we don’t even recognize it for what it is. We just accept it as the norm and don’t think about it. What does that say about the public schools we, or our parents and their parents attended? How far back does this aberration go? Well, I have some bad news for you–it goes back to the first day that public schools were started in this country–that’s right the first day!
Socialism is what the public schools have always been all about. And it’s about time that Christians came to grips with that fact. Until we do, we will forever be trying to “fix” the problems with public schools, to fine tune them, to tweak them so as to eliminate some of the problems–and all that sort of thing is an exercise in futility. People have been trying all that for decades. Are the public schools any better for all that? No! If anything, they are worse! The only thing that will work for Christians is to get their kids out of those schools and keep them out!
Look at it this way. The public school educrats don’t mind you trying to tinker with the system to improve it. They know that’s never going to happen no matter how hard you try. They know your efforts will be fruitless because the schools don’t belong to you or your community–they belong to the federal government. When the textbook protest in West Virginia was literally beaten into submission it was on orders from someone in Washington not in Charleston. Washington wanted the protest shut down because it was giving their public school system a black eye nationally and that had to cease.
Socialists Running Public Schools ~ Part Three
If you think that socialists and others on the far left have no interest in public schools in America then you are dreaming. They realize that public schools give them a big opportunity to influence the future direction of this country–if they can be a major force in those schools. History has shown that they have been there since the beginning. What Christian parents have got to realize is that they are in an ongoing culture war with the socialists and their Deep State friends and that the socialists do not intend to lose this war.
They intend to have their way with our children–one way or the other–any way they have to or can. It is up to us to protect our children from this and you cannot do that by leaving them in the public schools.
According to an article on Campus Reform for August 23, 2018: “The Young Democratic Socialists of America organization is urging socialists to ‘take jobs as teachers’ in order to exploit the ‘political, economic, and social potential the industry holds.’…’Why Socialists Should Become Teachers,’ an 11-page pamphlet crafted jointly by YDS, and the Democratic Socialist Labor Commission, contends that education is ‘a strategic industry to organize,’ and offers prospective socialist educators ‘a basic roadmap for how to get a job in education’.”
Author Alex Newman, writing for Freedom Project Media has noted that “Socialists Urge Infiltration of Government Schools.” Newman wrote, on August 27, 2018 that: “America’s most prominent socialist organization is urging socialists to infiltrate government schools so they can brainwash impressionable young children, sparking national alarm over the totalitarian ideologues’ tactics and agenda. But despite the rantings of the dangerous organization, it is at least a century late to the party, with the government ‘education’ sector having been dominated by socialists for generations.” Newman is saying exactly what many of us have been saying for decades now. Newman knows the score. If you run across any of his commentary on the educational situation in this country–read it!
As Newman says, socialist infiltration of government schools is hardly a new thing. Way back in 1974 it was noticeable in the Kanawha County textbook protest. Back in 2010, former public school teachers Karl C. Priest wrote about that in Protester Voices – The 1974 Textbook Tea Party. Mr. Priest wrote: “Coupling that with my observations of the dumbing down movement of public education confirms that classroom teachers are encumbered so heavily that there is no hope to improve the pitiful academic situation in public schools. Even worse, the public schools are controlled by the American Civil Liberties Union, teacher unions, and other left-wing extremists who make public schools detrimental, even dangerous, to all children–especially Christian children. Actually, the textbook protesters proved all of this in 1974.”
Mr. Priest has noted, on page 209 of his book that: “What happened in Kanawha County was a battle in the cultural war. It is a war that will never end… Unfortunately, many parents do not understand that the philosophy behind what is creating all this turmoil in our country is coming from our own government run public school system. We are paying with our taxes for the support of our own destruction. As parents, we are teaching our children about God and His Word on Sunday and sending them to school five days a week to learn that nothing we have taught them is true.” How often have I said exactly the same thing! And I sometimes have wondered–is anyone listening? Does anyone give a hoot?
Almost no one seems to grasp the central fact that socialists and other apostates have had control of the public schools since day one! They and the Unitarians are responsible for the founding of this institution. It was founded to combat the influence of Christian education in the churches. Unfortunately, with the help of Christians who should have known better and didn’t (and still don’t) it has almost succeeded.
If you would like to know where the Communist Party in the US stands with all this, please watch for my expanded and more in depth assessment of the Socialist takeover of the American Public School (Fool) system – coming soon to Federal Observer. ~ AB
~ The Author ~
Al Benson Jr. is the editor and publisher of The Copperhead Chronicle, a quarterly newsletter that presents history from a pro-Southern and Christian perspective. He has written for several publications over the years. His articles have appeared in “The National Educator,” “The Free Magnolia,” and the “Southern Patriot.” I addition to that he was the editor of, and wrote for, “The Christian Educator” for several years. In addition to The Copperhead Chronicles, Al also maintains Revised History.
He is currently a member of the Confederate Society of America and the Sons of Confederate Veterans, and has, in the past, been a member of the John Birch Society. He is the co-author, along with Walter D. Kennedy, of the book “Lincoln’s Marxists” and he has written for several Internet sites as well as authoring a series of booklets, with tests, dealing with the War of Northern Aggression, for home school students.
He and his wife now live in northern Louisiana.
Mr. Benson is a highly respected scholar and writer and has graciously allowed Metropolis Café to publish his works. We are proud to have his involvement with this project.