Thursday, January 15, 2015

A Brunswick Education: Sit, Ubu, sit. Good Dog!

"Coexistence on this tightly knit earth should be viewed as an existence not only without wars...but also without (the government) telling us how to live, what to say, what to think, what to know, and what not to know." Alexsander Solzhenitsyn  (September 11, 1973)

It's said understanding occurs when one can see the pattern(s) ...and then connect the dots. Sometimes the revelations are followed by a sense of shock. How can this be? Why didn't I see this before? A recent Bangor Daily News comment to an article related a loss of innocence when he/she realized the truth, followed by the accompanying feeling of sadness. Once known, there's no going back. That comment resonates with me. Having a gut feeling alone isn't enough; the intuition is there for a reason and a niggling feeling begs asking why... to start searching, and then to act. And so it's been with the questions about education. What's going on in this country and why are we failing so miserably, in general, to educate our children when they are our hopes for the future?

First of all, to be perfectly clear, the failures in education are not the teachers' fault; we're losing a lot of excellent teachers because many are realizing what's been going on. As Charlotte Iserbyt (former Senior Policy Advisor, U.S. Department of Education, and whistleblower) explains, a model for teaching, based upon a goal, has been forced from the top, down; and the only mechanism currently stopping it has been by informed citizens, including parents, pressing elected officials to represent them in the form of school boards.

The goal put in place by those in control of our government (not us) is to create compliant human resources which is "...necessary to the U.S.' participation in a socialist world government scheduled for the early years of the 21st century..."

The insidious gradualism (two steps forward, one step backwards) has been part of the long-term strategy. Seems the public can be easily manipulated if the goals are couched in certain words, and common ground and consensus created so long as those in control maintain the control, and are willing to practice patience.

How are they doing this? B.F. Skinner, a social engineer in totalitarian theories says human beings' behaviors are easily sculpted like a lump of clay. Children are viewed as human animals, akin to rats, chickens, and dogs; and through operant conditioning (stimulus-response-stimulus conditioning techniques) human organisms' behaviors can be shaped, conditioned, reinforced, extinguished, rewarded or punished until learners achieve the target behavior.

The public is buying into this scheme because there are tools, proven in effectiveness, over many years of experimentation on people. One such effective tool is "semantic deception". Similar to Rosa Koire's comment about U.N. Agenda 21 environmental strategy guise to take private property rights (who doesn't like the words: walkable, bike-able, vibrant, progressive, etc.?), who would object to the words regarding educational goals, such as: back to basics, excellence, accountability, equity, effective schools, critical thinking skills, etc.?

The programs used include: Whole Language, Mastery Learning/Outcome-based Education, Direct Instruction, Moral Relativism (no right/no wrong, the end justifies the means), No Child Left Behind, School-to-Work, etc. Sound familiar? If the programs don't appear to be working, a new method will be substituted (Hegelian dialectic), but it's the same Skinnerian/Pavlovian animal-training methods - programming for a desired behavior only if the positive reward or response is forthcoming.

When parents catch on and start resisting the programming, there's still another effective control tool: dialectical process - deliberately creating an educational "crisis". Radical reforms are then sold to the public, which wouldn't have been accepted without the "crisis" (pick your poison). The "change agents" are ready and continually deceive because, after all, most will only believe the "experts".

Iserbyt says the high cost of education is because of the Skinnerian program put in place, and that money predominantly comes from the American taxpayers. We're paying for an education not with an outcome of how to think, but rather what to think in order to fulfill an international elite's socialist quota for human resources. Most may believe the U.S.A. is mandating our country's education independently, but that's not true. Iserbyt's The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America shows the history, and the players: 
The U.N.'s original reason for existence immediately following World War II is defunct; the U.N. today is a different animal. Major contributors in funding education globally include the U.N.-created UNESCO (United Nations Educational Scientific Cultural Organization; nineteen out of twenty members are from Russia), OECD (Office of Cooperation and Development), the World Bank, with oversight by organizations such as the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)... and think of names like Rockefeller, Carnegie, Ford, etc.

Lastly, Iserbyt warns of the Charter School Trojan Horse. She warns the Charter schools are tax-funded - no books (focus on technology/computers), workforce training, no grades, no competition. No elected board. Common Core cannot be fought, because the name will be changed, and it'll be taught in Charter schools because there's no elected board to stop it. So kudos to those parents and citizens in Brunswick paying attention and staying connected with elected officials of the Brunswick School Board. 

In all, it sounds similar to the movie, The Matrix. One can choose to know or not to know. Take the red pill and there's no going back.

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