And immediately recognizing what we are dealing with and its actual antecedents throughout history is what I am once again grateful for this day before Thanksgiving. Because as outlandish and unexpected as some of what I write about may initially be to you, it is true and I can prove it. If I had not pulled all of these facts together, 2014 would be the year in which so many political and social institutions and their leaders globally decided to go for broke. With our lives, children, future, and tax money. And no one on the outside of these schemes without a lucrative grant or rich employment contract would know how all these pieces fit. Before I let the remainder of the post be the popular philosophical essay from last year, let me add a few updates that I am thankful for.
I am thankful my book Credentialed to Destroy: How and Why Education Became a Weapon is now available on Amazon and for kindle and that I let it simmer on a shelf for more than a year while as I started this blog. The events that left me so alarmed and the unexpected intensity of the psychological focus of the real implementation helped me properly frame what I was dealing with when I went back early last summer. Those of you waiting for the sequel or for me to tell the story through the blog will need the foundation I lay out in the book to appreciate what the blog encounters weekly and what I now know but have not written up yet.
Another thing I am immensely grateful for is the unbelievably confessional nature of certain used books I have obtained in the last year. And that various people had the wisdom to get those still relevant plans and intentions off of library shelves but left them still available for sale for an enterprising, not so young, lawyer trying to piece together the why of what she had located. I hope each of you get much of what you cherish over the next few days and avoids as much as possible that which drives you crazy. No, please do not take that as an indication I will try to hide from any of my children. I can’t anyway. I am cooking the main meal.
One more update to the previous post. I can promise that together we will be able to piece together and properly interpret every machination and theory and intended policy change anybody comes up with in 2014. Game on, ears open, eyes observant, and mind fully engaged. Typing still hunt and peck but speedier. Here we go…..
I had actually outlined another barnburner story but the day before Thanksgiving is no time to serve up indigestion. So I thought I would write a tale of appreciating why individual liberty has mattered in the past and why Freed Markets resulted in mass prosperity would be a nice tribute. And I do not mean that in a Pollyanish sense. One of the books I am tackling this holiday week is Robert P Moses’ radical equations: Civil Rights from Mississippi to the Algebra Project. I want every child to learn to the best of their ability. I want to really appreciate the desperation that is driving this Equality for All even if it guts the economy philosophy. It is why I read what attracted Van Jones to the Green Growth Economy as a manifestation of his self-confessed preference for Communism.
I think the history lessons of the Predator State declaring its Goals for People and then using its powers to coerce are too easy to forget. It’s not an ideological preference. It’s a factual story. A repeated pattern once government reaches a certain size of the economy. I think history consistently bears out the truth of what Nobel Prize-winning economist Friedrich Hayek said in his 1945 lecture Individualism: True and False. I give extra credit for people who have first hand experience in what led to most of the great tragedies of the 20th Century. It’s called Walking the Walk and there is great validity to the hard-earned wisdom it imparts.
“There is all the difference in the world between treating people equally and attempting to make them equal. While the first is a condition of a free society, the second means, as De Tocqueville described it, ‘a new form of servitude.”
There is just no getting around the fact that government officials and their Business Allies deciding they get to fine tune personalities and reset Values, Attitudes, and Beliefs to guide an Individual’s Future Behavior is a 21st Century form of servitude. Especially when the inappropriately named Positive School Climate is now a tool to retrain each student’s filtering Mindset. The worldview they will use from now on as they encounter daily reality. With their preferred non-Axemaker Mind and habits grounded in emotion. All quite consciously cultivated and monitored.
But we now know all this up front and that really is something to be Thankful for. As an active pursuer of these plans and blueprints this is decidedly unauthorized knowledge that was not supposed to become available. A 2012 Deerstalker Gold Star Award for Me. The most common question I get from frustrated parents especially is Why? What I am saying simply rings too true with their daily reality to discount it. But why the Deliberate Operant Conditioning towards a Future that’s not really about prosperity?
Like I have said, I take great comfort in putting all this in its Historical Context and its real Self-Dealing Context. Because honestly that is where it belongs. So I am going to quote you a passage from Hayek’s 1944 book The Road to Serfdom (page 176 in my 2007 copy). He really nails the drivers behind making education miseducation. Notice he also nails down the frequent unholy alliance between government and the media. Simply refusing to report or cover accurately anything that might caste a poor light on desired government policies. My bolding and snark is in the brackets.
“Facts and theories [Sustainability, Man-made Catastrophic Global Warming, Diversity, Social Justice] must thus become no less the object of an official doctrine than views about values. And the whole apparatus for spreading knowledge–the schools and the press, radio and motion picture–will be used exclusively to spread those views which, whether true or false, will strengthen the belief in the rightness of the decisions taken by the authority; and all information that might cast doubt or hesitation will be withheld. The probable effect on the people’s loyalty to the system [Peter Senge just swooned that we so understand the essence of Systems Thinking and Why It Must Be Pushed] becomes the only criterion for deciding whether a particular piece of information is to be published or suppressed. [Benghazi; Actual Employment Numbers] The situation in a totalitarian state is permanently and in all fields the same that it is elsewhere in some fields in wartime. Everything which might cause doubt about the wisdom of the government or create discontent will be kept from the people. [Hard not to think of Candy Crowley and that 2nd Presidential Debate]. The basis of unfavorable comparisons with conditions elsewhere, the knowledge of possible alternatives to the course actually taken, information which might suggest failure on the part of the government to live up to its promises or to take advantage of opportunities to improve conditions–all will be suppressed. There is consequently no field where the systematic control of information will not be practiced and uniformity of views not enforced.”
There you have the incentive of Government officials for using education for merely Competent, Mentally Hobbled Citizens. Especially ones who are being bred to see a Duty to the State. And the Business Angle. They are politically connected and want special privileges and protections from their Cronies. That’s not Capitalism though. It’s Mercantilism where there is no mass prosperity. It is what Adam Smith rejected as he accounted for Britain’s phenomenal 18th century economic growth.
So enjoy your friends and loved ones on this cherished American holiday. Whatever happens in education in 2013, we WILL understand what is really going on and what the likely consequences are actually going to be.
And that really is something to be Thankful for.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, Robin. Your book is great!
Thank you for providing this excellent opportunity to see the inside workings of this agenda.
Yesterday I completed lesson 19 in teaching my 4 year old phonetic reading. If it were not for the book and your blog I may not have understood why it is so important for her to learn reading in this manner, so thank you!
Good on you LL, doing right by the next generation. We need all the independent thinkers we can get!
LL-Portland was certainly well represented at this recent Smart City World Congress. http://media.firabcn.es/content/S078013/docs/SCEWC13_Program.pdf is the program. Also plays into yesterday’s post. There is a global determination to achieve the Great Transition through empowering localities to rule.
Thankfulness In An Open Communication World
As a Canadian cousin of the US I like to follow what gratitude and thankfulness means of us all. We celebrated our Thanksgiving last month and mainly, I would say, we are grateful our economic system withstood the 2008 global economic meltdown reasonably well.
From this post by Robin I conclude that Americans are grateful that there is open discussion and still some dispute allowed about the common core, which seems to be swamping the public education system at the moment. And, in Robin’s view, actually threatening future prosperity.
I have a theory about this relentless push, which is even now being propelled in Canada. I wrote this today on one of our education blogs (Society for Quality Education):
When THE ENFORCER Comes To Town, Be Afraid . . .
How come no-one makes the connection?
Al Gore comes to Toronto and meets with Premier Wynne. She makes statements such as:
“We need to find space to focus on higher-order skills like creativity, collaboration, community and critical thinking . . . Quite frankly, I know that many of you have been pushing for this for some time and fostering this learning in your own schools and boards.
“We need to learn what’s working and what’s not, and then we have to use that knowledge to move the whole system forward.”
Headlines in the papers during this love-in included environmental issues:
“Ontario Premier Wynne vows to ban coal-powered electricity”
“Environmental/Eco blogger, 10 year old Hannah Alper meets Al Gore”
At the same time, coincidentally, a principal who is leading a move to have problem-solving , multi-age groups in schools for collaborative learning says:
“There’s plenty of evidence that the traditional method doesn’t work for everyone . . . We have an obligation in education that as the world is changing around us, that we continue to find ways to keep up with those changes.”
That last quote is very telling and chilling. Does it signal a total rejection of the “traditional” (which works for some) for a total adoption of the “progressive” style of education which obviously ALSO doesn’t work for everyone?
Why is “choice” between traditional or progressive not to be available? Why not have other alternative approaches of learning styles and settings added to the buffet?
Professional teachers, in consultation with parents of individual students, should be able to select from a number of best practices.
So, the question remains. Why does there seem to be a steady, determined push to one style only? The progressive way? Constructivism? The socialist agenda?
Well, the tortoise is slowly going to cross the finish line in 2014, or so goes the plan.
Look up Fabianism, official mascot — the tortoise! 130 years later they would like to celebrate the victory of incrementalism, gradualism, and attrition of old ways. Education is a key to mass adoption of attitudes, values, and emotional predispositions to collective statism.
Marcus Roberts, Deputy General Secretary, Fabian Society, “worked on the Al Gore, John Kerry and Barack Obama US presidential campaigns.”
So, don’t be surprised when Al Gore is acting as an enforcer for laggards, dragging their tails, as the 130-year anniversary of Fabianism draws nearer. Motto — Educate, Agitate, Organize.
Considering her current course of action, it’s reassuring;
This is the best site online for learning and thinking about what has gone wrong and where we’re headed. Thank you Robin for your relentless effort. I have included a link from Gary North that I believe will be interesting and probably has been covered in past posts.
I am a senior in age. I attended the University of Georgia in 2012/13 and am at Georgia Southern now. I enrolled to revalidate a 35 year old teachers certificate in History. No university charges – free tuition at 62. I was in a senior education class for future teachers at UGA. The two female professors were solid Marxists
We had a polite battle. I am a practicing political conservative. I sent the copies of the Marxist propaganda to the Senate , (30). The professors used no texts, the subject matter was too radical. I protested to the Dean of Education. The education department was controlled by the Homosexuals. I am working on the problem, full time and worked with groups all year/ 2014, lobbying the Senate. The Senate voted Common Core out, but the House watered down the bill, so the Senate killed it and will try again next session. I heard about your book, it is excellent! Thank you for your book, it is an exact version of what I have experienced at these two universities. The Education department invalidated my
fees because I made inroads, complaining about the militant professors. Several students who quietly protested the agenda had their property destroyed. The Georgia Senate passed an Academic Freedom Law in 2004. Bias is illegal in all State supported universities in Georgia. Georgia Tech was taken to court in 2006
by a female student for bias. The Federal judge placed Georgia Tech on probation for six years. Robin, I would like to talk with you privately.
Oh Barbara. I am so sorry. UGa, as the book explains has been thoroughly into constructivism for decades. I still cannot believe the band that was concentrated there by the mid-80s. Jeremy and Von Glasersfeld?
Ga Southern has been a part of John Goodlad’s National Network for Educational Renewal for a very long time. The book explains what he is pushing quite well.
I have had this conversation with so many people. In education and elsewhere, the radicals feel like they have waited long enough. They were foiled to some extent in the past and this time nothing is supposed to be an obstacle.
I suppose I am as I accurately perceived other elements. Tomorrow’s post has “political science, sociology, anthropology, and psychology” as the disciplines that should be driving a social science centric transition to new visions of the future.
What? Last Wednesday I attended a forum at Emory with their Pres along with four others–Ga State, Tech, Agnes Scott, and Morehouse. It was called “Higher Education and the Evolving Social Contract,” but it was sponsored by the Office of Religious LIfe. So my wrestling with both K-12 and higher ed is quite current.
Just send me an email via Contact Us. Easily have more offline discussions than in the comments. Both are tremendously valuable.
Barbara-you may find this helpful. The phrase ‘cognitive justice’ has been coming up so I have been looking around. It has to to with radicalizing the very definition of knowledge to get to social justice in a global world. UNESCO is heavily involved and it is seen as an essential component of the UN’s post-2015 development agenda. https://beyond2015.acu.ac.uk/submissions/view?id=30
Many things like this are influencing colleges of ed since they are both higher ed and places creating change agents to renorm K-12.