EDUCATION -- BRAINWASHING
During the Korean War, American prisoners were brainwashed to question their previous beliefs and learn new doctrines. Some of the younger, less mature prisoners didn't have much knowledge of political dogma, so it wasn't a matter of relearning, but rather filling a void. Those who were slow to absorb material received special attention. The sessions were compulsory; those who questioned or resisted were punished.
In America, a child has the choice of going to kindergarten; most do because their
friends attend and it sounds like fun. The next year, the first grade is compulsory, by
law. The first minute of the first grade, a change takes place: the child is subtly,
without his or even his parents knowledge, brainwashed with a very important shift in
their whole makeup. The freedom known and lived in the first years of life is gone.
Government authorities now know what is best for the next, very formative years, "for our own good."
This lesson of authority and government approved versions of history and the world, is
in the worthwhile programs of reading, writing, arithmetic, hot lunches, playgrounds, etc.
Kindergarten (a German word) brings this about on a painless installment plan.
This is a benign, though just as effective form of an authoritarian youth program.
Government approved history is from George Orwell's "1984";
government compulsory education is subtle brainwashing.
This early, premeditated ignorance is the strength, the foundation, the first cause of any paternalistic authority:
IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH.
A "free" education that enslaves the mind, is a very high price to pay.
Maria Montessori 1912
"We can't know the consequences of suppressing a child's spontaneity.
Perhaps we suffocate life itself. We must respect this first individuality."
Pink Floyd THE WALL 1979
"We don't need no thought control. Hey teacher leave those kids alone.
All in all, you're just another brick in The Wall."
tao: Avoid dogmatic learning for the blank minds of the young.
Ironically, American schools teach that socialism (government ownership of the means of production) is inefficient, then drive the lesson home with the educator's own socialist waste. But the worst lesson compulsory government schools teach at an early age is that it's okay to rob at gun point from others to solve your problems. Taxing those without children, to pay for schools -- from each according to their ability, to each according to their need -- is American Communism. Then this brainwashed, bureaucratic, Big Brother premise permeates our society.
If an individual or group is concerned about the poor obtaining an education, they can
just pay for it.
The fact that governments want to control everyone's learning suggests a larger, ulterior program.
Harriet and John Stuart Mill 1865
"A general state education is a mere contrivance for molding people to be exactly
It establishes a despotism over the mind, leading by natural tendency to one over the body."
"Textbooks shall promote citizenship, emphasize patriotism and respect for
Textbook content shall not encourage life-styles deviating from generally accepted standards of society."
We have a socialist, semi-communist education system in a democratic, semi-libertarian society; it's counter-productive. It is a sad comment on America that we have allowed the government to act as if it owns the minds of our children. It goes against our sense of justice and fair play that some families are forced to support government schools, then pay again for private education. Many students, parents AND teachers and administrators would like to have alternatives to compulsory political schools, regulations, and tamed universities.
Choice, a department store marketplace of education, solves the problems of what to put in textbooks, who can pray, which programs to improve, and what is taught. The resulting independent learning will be competitive, innovative, productive... and fun.
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