“AMERICAN EDUCATION FAILS BECAUSE IT ISN’T EDUCATION” part II

A friend sent me this article to read. This is what prompted yesterdays post (part I) as I felt some background was needed before jumping into this. It deals with how the education system is today, and explains a lot to me.

Apparently what I see happening today isn’t anything new, it is just more prevalent. This part of the article sent chills up my spine:

The new school agenda was very different from most peoples’ understanding of the purpose of American education. NEA leader William Carr, secretary of the Educational Policies Commission, clearly stated that new agenda when in 1947 he wrote in the “NEA Journal:” “The teaching profession prepares the leaders of the future… The statesmen, the industrialists, the lawyers, the newspapermen…all the leaders of tomorrow are in schools today.”

Carr went on to write: “The psychological foundations for wider loyalties must be laid…Teach those attitudes which will result ultimately in the creation of a world citizenship and world government… we can and should teach those skills and attitudes which will help to create a society in which world citizenship is possible.” Professor Benjamin Bloom, called the Father of Outcome-based Education (OBE) said: “The purpose of education and the schools is to change the thoughts, feelings and actions of students.” B.F. Skinner determined that applied psychology in the class curriculum was the means to bring about such changes in the students values and beliefs simply by relentlessly inputting specific programmed messages.

Skinner once bragged: “I could make a pigeon a high achiever by reinforcing it on a proper schedule.” Whole psychological studies were produced to prove that individuals could be made to believe anything, even to accept that black was white, given the proper programming.

I’ve noticed that we don’t seem to be teaching our kids how to live in the world. They don’t seem to be encouraged to think “outside the box” so to speak. Then we have this “no child left behind” business. Nice idea, but what does it really mean? Seems to me that critical thinking is not the norm any more. In reading this it appears that our children, or rather yours as mine is fully grown now, are being trained to want and embrace an Orwellian society. This appears to be what “no child left behind” is all about.

EDUCATION FOR SUSTAINABLE TYRANNY

By Michael J. Chapman
February 3, 2007
NewsWithViews.com

The United Nations Plan for Our Children

On September 10, 2003 in Prague at the International Conference on Education for a Sustainable Future, the United Nations declared 2005 through 2015, “The Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD).” To nobody’s surprise, the UN also named UNESCO (The United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) as the lead agency for this global effort. The official launch ceremony took place on March 1st, 2005 in New York City.[1]

Few Americans paid attention. They should have. On June 12, 2002, President Bush had announced that America would rejoin UNESCO and “…participate fully in its mission….”[2] According to UNESCO, “The Decade of ESD is a far-reaching and complex undertaking… that potentially touches on every aspect of life. The basic vision…is a world where everyone…learns the values, behavior, and lifestyles required for a sustainable future and for positive societal transformation.”[3]

Unfortunately for America, the “values, behavior, and lifestyles” that UNESCO requires for “societal transformation” run contrary to a Christian Worldview and American principles of liberty.

I have notice more and more parents home-schooling these days. Now I understand why. I don’t blame them one bit.

Though I admit I don’t get the “christian worldview” bit here either. Because believe me, the last thing I want to do is follow any organized religious dogma and doctrine. It’s just too hypocritical and stifling for me. But I can agree that this runs counter with American principles of Liberty.

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~ by swfreedomlover on December 17, 2007.

12 Responses to ““AMERICAN EDUCATION FAILS BECAUSE IT ISN’T EDUCATION” part II”

  1. I put up a set of questions about traditional school based education that don’t make sense to me. I think you might like the list.

    1. Why is k-12 the only time in your life that you’ll spend all your time with others of the exact same age?
    2. Why do we have k-12 instead of some other number of years? I know the historical reasons, but haven’t things changed?
    3. Why do we teach subject by subject, in silos, rather than cutting up and sorting what needs to be covered in other ways?
    4. Why are teachers basically at the top of their profession the day they start? (There’s a very short career path for teachers.)
    5. Why are schools all inclusive, one-stop shopping? Couldn’t kids go to multiple schools at the same time?
    6. Why don’t schools teach life and work skills?
    7. Why do we have homework instead of having kids finish their work in school?
    8. Why do schools need to have their own buildings? Couldn’t they rent out space in the community?
    9. Why do schools promote a social system that is so clickie and unlike what people experience out of school?
    10. Why is it so hard from one school to learn from and adopt the best practices from others school?

  2. Steve, I believe the answer to all your questions is MONEY. School has become a business, like health care. It’s not about doing it right, it’s about getting the most students in school to guarantee the highest grades they can get in order to produce more funding.

    Why do kids only get 18 sick days a year at a time in their life that they are building up their immune systems AND are constantly exposed to the illnesses of other children who don’t regularly wash their hands? 18 is more than enough for an adult, but if your kid gets strep throat once, you’ve used up most of the days. Easy, because for each child in school each day, the school gets X amount of money. It always comes to money anymore. Also, used to, you could take your kid to some educational event that comes up (big show at the museum, travel to another country, etc) and the kid got credit if you talked to the school (if you took them out of school for the event). These days it’s impossible to get that permission and your kid to get credit. Again, money.

  3. School funding does drive a lot of things but it’s more like a government bureaucracy than a business. Here’s the example, school system A goes to the state legislature and says, “things are great, test scores are up, graduation is up, and we’d like some more money.”

    School system B says, “Things are really bad, we’ve got violence in the school, test scores are down, our building is crumbling.

    Okay, which school gets the money?

    In business, we’d franchize school A and close school B.

    In business, we’d look at how to cut costs by compressing a K-12 education into 10 years while increasing quality.

    In education, they want to expand the number of years to improve job security for teachers. (There’s no tenure in busines)

  4. I don’t know, maybe because of everything I’ve had to go through with my kids I see a lot of corporate behavior. Demanding kids go to school still half sick because they are over the number of days, demanding children stay in the school regardless of what they need to get through school, insisting that a child that learns any way except their way is deficient instead of finding a way to help that child. Maybe I can explain it better after nap time. LOL

    I do want to say Steve, those are great questions. These are the types of questions I put to people when they give me guff about homeschooling.

  5. Homeschooling is a threat to the status quo and job security of teachers.

    Homeschooling is a good alternative until we have true competition in education and you have a range of choices. It’s just too bad you also have to pay for public school as well and not receive any benefits.

    I think that schools are more like unionized business environments that anything else.

  6. I’m just grateful my own child is an adult now and I don’t have to directly deal with schools anymore. I really do wonder exactly what they are teaching kids today. Seems to me there is an awful lot of special interest agenda being pushed on the kids, rather than any real education or critical thinking. Might be why so many kids today do drugs or get suicidal?

  7. I don’t know, L, but I can only say what I’ve seen in dealing with my kids. Each class period getting shorter as they tack on more and more classes. Lessening, or even removing, arts classes in favor of computer courses. Recess being eliminated. PE knocked down to twice a week. At the same time, more and more rules. Quite frankly, the rules suggest that they are scared of, or cannot control, the children. One of the biggest problems people have with me homeschooling is lack of socialization. However, I think the schools are doing as much damage. Just because you sit in a room full of people doesn’t mean your socializing. And if friendly behavior is discouraged by eliminating recess and not allowing discussion at lunch, then when are they getting that socialization??? Then you get into why the children have almost NO thinking skills. I had to put our planned schedule on hold for a week while we went over critical thinking as well as going over things the teacher got plain wrong. Not to mention figuring out that my kids have learned squat from second grade on up because they’ve been memorizing. No study skills, no thinking processes. I thought it was just my kids..maybe I just got a couple of dreamers. But no, not at all, other kids act even more crazy than my kids. Since we’ve been homeschooling I’ve noticed my kids are actually even smarter and act more intelligently than other children their same age. Now they are THINKING. My daughter, who has a VERY hard time interacting with other kids, has actually shown signs of interacting BETTER.It’s no wonder if so many kids are suiciding or on drugs, they haven’t been taught to cope, to think their way out of a bad situation, and adults don’t listen to them. Then increase the pressure of schooling, along with their parents political views (how bad can it be when school says this and fundie dad or hippie mom says NO), and the increased level of rules and regulations that eliminate time to blow off steam (also known as increased homework). Between the increased hours of school, increased homework load, do you realize our kids spend more time a day in school or school related work than most people do in a full time job?? Then come home to siblings, chores, parental demands. Now my kids have education in the morning, 2 hours of personal time, clean up time/chores, then 4-6 more hours personal time to just be kids. Of course, personal time, while including screen things (computer, tv, video games) in our house also consists of the interests of each child. My kids don’t zone out anymore, they WANT to do science experiments on their personal time (daughter interested in chemistry) or read about the mating habits of whales (son-marine biologist). And it’s not stressful because it’s on their own terms.

    Bah, get me started on education and I ramble like a twit forever. LOL The point is, kids burn out in 3rd grade, yet are pushed and pushed and pushed, ever increasing rules, limitations, regulations, workloads, and ever decreasing personal time, no ability to cope or think, in a world where everyone says “for the children” while ignoring them. No surprise if they become suicidal or homicidal. I would too. I promise I’m not anti-public eduation, just anti-BAD public education.

  8. Think about all the adults who really liked the socialization part of school. The hazing, the clicks, the bullying,separation from those not in your class.

    There is not structure or method for learning how to socialize. What grade school offers networking skills?

    If homeschoolers make socialization part of their curriculum, they probably can do a lot better than schools. It’s how you structure all the activities that get kids out of the house or how they learn to use computers to build their social networking skills.

    Try this. Imagine you were in charge of socialization in the schools and you could do anything you want? Would it look like anything they do now?

  9. Absolutely nothing like it does now. Right now we have socialization issues at home because the only groups in my area are religious. I just want my kids to have other kids to play with LOL Kids can learn the value of working together through games. While I appreciate group learning experiences, it’s not all there is to socialization. Real adults get together in work situations, but also in interest groups, parties, etc. Most socialization truly occurs within a select group, either of friends you’ve developed or in a group that shares your interests. If you don’t like an employee, you just have to learn to tolerate one another. There’s no need to worry too much about socialization as you aren’t going to socialize with them. Not to mention, it crosses age groups, gender, job, etc. This all the kids in one room, these are the friends you have to choose from, nothing but work together stuff is just not the real world at all. I think it causes the gender gap as well as adult/child animosities. I mean, if you’re taught that you should only associate with those equal to you..well, there comes your cliques and disrespect for the older generation (us vs them mentality). If my husband gets this new job, I look forward to the real life interaction with other parents and their different children.

    I’d also change instruction. I don’t lecture my kids, I thought I’d have to, but I don’t. We have discussions. They are so much more interested in doing their work and are eager in the mornings. Once the kids realized I actually meant discussion as the dictionary defines it, not discussion as in “I talk for an hour and you get 5 minutes class time for a few questions”, they are now offering up opinions, thinking of answers, considering consequences. I can’t tell you the difference in their behavior outside of the lessons as well.

  10. We live in an area where it’s a minimum of 10 miles to anything. So what we done instead of listening to the radio, is that we have start to listen to books on tape. It really starts to add up. We probably listen to more than 20 books a year. There are lots of good books for kids of all ages. The key is to select ones by really good readers. I find that actors and singers make the best readers.

    We’ve found that there are actually a number of books that are better listened to than read. For example, we listend to a novel about an Irish Storyteller who went around the country relating the oral history of Ireland. It was like actually hearing that storyteller.

    It’s not a substitute for reading. It’s additive. Most public libaries have free books on CD and you can download them into an IPOD.

  11. Oh, we’re a house full of readers. Just my books alone come to 3000 or so. Now the kids are adding their own collections as well as reading mine! LOL

  12. Yes it does run counter to any American principles but it seems to me that GW isn’t an American, at least not in the way I grew up with the Land of the Free and Home of the Brave. G. W. is a Nazi wannabe! And he is working HARD to turn this country into a Socialist Republic. Anyone who cannot see that is deaf, dumb, and blind!!!

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