Sunday, July 12, 2020

Schools Do Not Exist To Indoctrinate Children

I was prompted to write this after seeing a post which states that the reason we go to school is to ensure that “you can be molded into a state approved homogeneous drone that cannot think outside of the prescribed consensus. You will learn to repeat information instead of how to think for yourself so that you don’t become a threat to the status quo. When you graduate you will get a job, pay your taxes, in order to perpetuate the corporate system of indentured servitude for your political overlords.” Sufficient to say, I had some thoughts. 

So, we need to talk about this.

  1. This gives the actual attempts to control people WAAAAAAAY too much credit. A conspiracy on this scale has never managed to stay hidden because you would need too many people involved to pull it off.

    1. The Manhatten Project was deliberately distributed so that few people knew all of the information, and even still it was started with the understanding that it would never stay secret forever. Their goal was to keep it secret as long as possible.

    2. The US is subject to Freedom of Information Act requests, and you can put one in yourself too. If you want to know more about any particular government project or program or entity you’re entitled to see the records, provided they’re not currently classified.

    3. And, the stuff that is currently classified, won’t be classified forever. 

    4. All of the mind-control experiments that were a part of the larger MKUltra program didn’t work (not a single one)

    5. Legitimate psychologists will tell you that the implication of this statement could not possibly work out because people are too complicated 

      1. There’s no one magic way to get people to perform in a certain way. If it existed, we’d know. See the previous comments about keeping secrets, and also there’s a HUGE body of evidence that shows that it doesn’t work

        1. Side note, if we could magically control people, do you think we’d still have rape and murder? Or theft? Or speeding? If the government had the ability to influence people on this level they would, and they wouldn’t start with making kids learn to read.

  2. There IS a real, legitimate, conversation that needs to be had about the instructional materials that are provided (and not provided) to schools in the US. 

    1. There are a couple of companies that produce the vast majority of the textbooks in the US

      1. These textbooks can be adjusted based on community, so there are literally places in Texas where they’ve chosen to NOT have a critical conversation about the 2nd amendment. Sincerely. 

    2. These same companies also produce

      1. Statewide testing

      2. Educator licensing testing

      3. Test-prep help

        1. This is one of the real kickers. If the content they were producing worked, would they need test prep stuff for the tests they write? 

    3. The top 5 publishing companies are all for-profit and, as a group, took in no less than 10 billion dollars from governments and individuals, turning an industry profit of 1.9 billion dollars (Cengage Learning, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, McGraw-Hill Education, Pearson Education, and Scholastic)

      1. And for that 10 billion dollars we get textbooks which DELIBERATELY OMIT parts of history which are considered less than palatable 

        1. How is slavery taught in America? Schools struggle to teach it well

        2. Opinion | How Texas Teaches History

        3. Why Calling Slaves 'Workers' Is More Than An Editing Error

    4. And, even in this world of horrific, lazy, and expensive curriculum, there are still lots of schools where, if they have textbooks, they’re not even from this century.

      1. 2018 - 25-Year-Old Textbooks and Holes in the Ceiling: Inside America’s Public Schools

      2. These crumbling textbooks show why Oklahoma teachers are walking out

    5. Much of the “support” provided by these curricula for students who are not exactly cognitively exactly median adhere to an outdated philosophy which could be best summarized as students who are ahead do more work, struggling students do less.

      1. This strategy has the exact opposite effect of the one intended. Students who would normally be thriving or running ahead of their classmates quickly discover that they’re being penalized for doing well and stop doing well. Students who struggle are never exposed to enough content to ever catch up because they’re never exposed to everything.

  3. If people would repeat what they were taught in school the US would not continue to lose every...single… geography... challenge.

  4. For any of this to be true, you would have to be able to get all teachers, administrators, parents, and community members to agree on, and faithfully execute a specific, curriculum.

    1. No such curriculum exists

    2. Even if such a curriculum did exist, we wouldn’t adopt it. We attempted to voluntarily adopt standards for the entire country and only 32 agreed

  5. We have been encouraged as a society to make specific, and potentially (often) detrimental choices, but not by schools.

    1. Advertising has a much more significant impact on the behavior of adults and their dollars than any school could ever hope to attain

    2. From the fact that we accepted “halitosis” as a legitimate condition to the glut of personal, unsecured (read: credit card) debt, we’ve managed to accept lots of different ways to waste our current, and future, resources


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