Institutional Indoctrination

Schools have not necessarily much to do with education… they are mainly institutions of control, where basic habits must be inculcated in the young. Education is quite different and has little place in school.
Winston Churchill

There’s a line right at the beginning of the first video below about schools teaching multi-cultural lessons that strikes an *off* chord with me but overall, the video is well worth watching and the truth of it all is undeniable…

Government run schools exist to supply the government with obedient workers who will grow up to serve the government.

In our dreams, people yield themselves with perfect docility to our molding hands. The present education conventions of intellectual and character education fade from their minds, and, unhampered by tradition, we work our own good will upon a grateful and responsive folk. We shall not try to make these people, or any of their children, into philosophers, or men of science. We have not to raise up from them authors, educators, poets or men of letters. We shall not search for great artists, painters, musicians nor lawyers, doctors, preachers, politicians, statesmen – of whom we have an ample supply. The task is simple. We will organize children and teach them in a perfect way the things their fathers and mothers are doing in an imperfect way.
John D. Rockefeller General Education Board (1906)

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People are not being educated they’re being tested for levels of obedience…

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I am beginning to suspect all elaborate systems of education. They seem to me to be built up on the supposition that every child is a kind of idiot who must be taught to think. Whereas if the child is left to himself, he will think more and better, if less showily. Let him go and come freely, let him touch real things and combine his impressions for himself , instead of sitting indoors at a little round table, while a sweet-voiced teacher suggests that he builds a stone wall with his wooden blocks, or plant straw trees in bead flower-pots. Such teaching fills the mind with artificial associations that must be got rid of, before the child can develop independent ideas out of actual experiences.
Anne Sullivan

And all of this makes think of THIS -

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24 comments on “Institutional Indoctrination

  1. Many people will not like this but I wanted to say I am in agreement 100%! My children never attended public school for a variety of reasons, but the main reason is because first our “public education” isn’t even in the top anything in the entire world! Yikes!!! And it’s like sending your child to learn only one perspective not a world perspective. Bravo! Thanks for this post.

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    • Your children are SO very lucky to not have had to deal with the insanity that passes for education. A divorce/parenting agreement kept me from home-schooling my kids but I spent countless non-school hours with them going over what the classes were ‘teaching’ and doing my best to help the kids understand that everything they were being forced to memorize is a LONG ways from everything they really should learn. Thanks for taking time to drop by and comment!

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  2. genomega1 says:

    Reblogged this on News You May Have Missed and commented:
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  3. Thanks so very much for the reblogs!

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  4. Papizilla says:

    My daughter goes to public school, and we keep very close tabs on what she learns/doesn’t learn. Then we fill in the blanks at home.

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    • It’ll be a constant chore all the way through her schooling but you’re smart to not assume that s’long as the grades are good, all is well. My problem is explaining things to the kids in such a way that they don’t go running back to school spouting things like, “My mommy says you must be a real moron…” ;-)

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  5. this is why I LOVE homeschooling my children. Although we unfortunately use an online public school, I do look forward to creating our own curriculum! Hopefully as soon as next year

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    • You at least have a lot more breathing room and freedom than if your kids were stuck in public schools. You and your kids are both very lucky that you can school them at home and provide them with an actual education!

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      • My husband loves it, but my family for the most part is not very supportive… I look forward to further reading your blog and printing some of your valentine’s printables!

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        • It was pressure from my ex’s family that prevented me from being able to home school – they are convinced only paranoid nutjobs have a reason to do so. Unfortunately, there still seems to be a large segment of society that agrees with them.
          Followed your blog & look forward to chatting with you around WP! :-)

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