Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and unto God the things that are God's.
--Jesus Christ, Matthew 22:21
Note: My children do not belong to Caesar or any government of men.
What have we seen in the last 60 years of public education? Nothing but a precipitous decline in test scores, literacy, and common sense. Please take time to consider this survey from the Home School Legal Defense Association, which shows that homeschoolers outperform public schoolchildren by an average of 30 points on various standardized tests. This was regardless of the education and income level of the parent or the amount of homeschooling regulation in the various states.
I'm not knocking private schools, but as Stacy McCain points out, group learning is just not as effective as one-on-one learning. Plus it costs money, which is in short supply for most of us these days.
On average, a homeschooled child is about two grade levels ahead of his public schooled counterpart. The homeschooled child is more autodidactical and is well-prepared for academic and professional success because they are allowed the FREEDOM to explore subjects that interest them and to manage their time wisely. Socially, homeschoolers are more successful as their "peer group" is their own family. They can be themselves without the artificial pecking order that the school environment fosters. When a homeschooler encounters a bully, they are immediately confused with a "What's that guy's problem?" response. They are not intimidated; they don't hand over their lunch money - they roll their eyes and move on. Homeschoolers relate well to people of all ages because they've been socialized to treat everyone with respect, a skill you need in the "real world."
I'm not saying that there aren't homeschooled kids out there whose parents aren't teaching them anything and/or not letting them go anywhere, but this is a statistically insignificant minority compared with the hordes of cretins public school produces.
Take Away the Democrat's Greatest Weapon- Indoctrination
The liberals would not have been able to elect a dogcatcher to office had our education system not been taken over by atheistic totalitarian-minded statists. If you are not familiar with ex-KGB agent Yuri Bezemenov, please do yourself a favor and check out his lectures on Youtube here and/or read Love Letter to America. (h/t Useless Dissident) His specialty was in media and propaganda and explains how Socialists use these weapons to take over a country without a shot being fired.
Here is a sampling: This interview was done in 1985 and is the most relevant commentary I've seen about our times.
In Love Letter to America, he describes the four stages of a socialist takeover. The first is demoralization, which does exactly what it says it does - removes the morals of the target group. Yuri Bezmenov defines it thusly:
Let us start with the first stage of DEMORALIZATION. It takes about 15 to 20 years to demoralize a nation. Why that many (or few)? Simple: this is the minimum number of years needed to 'educate' ONE GENERATION of students in a target country (America, for example) and expose them to the ideology of the subverter. It is imperative that any sufficient challenge and counter-balance by the basic moral values and ideology of this country be eliminated. In absence of ANY cohesive and consistent national ideology, the task of the subverter becomes even easier. In the USA, as we all know, there is MULTIPLICITY of ideas and ideologies today, without proper emphasis on the main and basic American ideology of the original republic and the free market system. It is not even considered 'intellectual' or fashionable these days to subscribe entirely to this 'outmoded' set of ideas.
You cannot "undo" the indoctrination- unless you educate your kids when they get home from school and on weekends. That will make you so very popular and it will make them ask, "If school is so awful to tell me lies, why am I going there?" Once someone has been indoctrinated, it's like being assmilated into the Borg
Collective - an irrevocable process. Once again, ex-KGB sage Yuri tells us what to do:
To change the direction of America's future and to return to the basic American values, proven to be efficient and productive for almost 200 years of historically unprecedented freedom and affluence, you have to educate a NEW generation of Americans, this time in the spirit of patriotism and CAPITALISM. All right, you don't want to 'return.’ You'd rather have something new and progressive AND constructive, to make America once again respected and loved all over the world, so that the recipients of t he U.S. aid no longer shout 'Yankee Go Home’? In any case, even if you start the education of a NEW generation of Americans RIGHT THIS MINUTE, it will take you the next 15 to 20 years to raise this new generation to the levels of power and authority.
A lot of people have a Norman Rockwell view of school and need to wake up to the fact that the "little red schoolhouse" is a thing of the past. They sure don't have that classic picture of George Washington up on the wall. (See "And So it Goes in Shreveport: No More George Washington")
The Teacher's Unions will be Devastated - DNC hardest hit
Go on a Google streetview sometime and take a gander at all the abandoned schools in Detroit. You will discover schools built 80-100 years ago with amazing architecture sadly covered with graffiti and weeds. Recently, the Detroit school system announced that they will have to close 45 more schools. It is truly heartbreaking to see a proud city reduced to ruins--but this is the fruit of the collectivist agenda--the end that awaits us all if we do not fight.
Losing the most in Detroit's educational landscape is the local teacher's unions, which is hopping mad over it. The teacher's are losing their jobs and can't pay their NEA due money, what a shame!
The schools are closing because they're no good, plus no one wants to live in a city where 911 doesn't respond. Check out where Steven Crowder does Detroit and explores the Omega Man landscape:
Let's take this concept and expand it - if every red-blooded, freedom-loving American with kids in public school were to pull them out this summer, what kind of message would that send to our local and national overlords?
Remember that the liberals feed on dependency like a maggot feeds on trash. If we send a clear message that their "system" is no longer essential- it will rock them to their core.
The National Education Association is the largest union in the United States. It gives over $100,000,000 per year in grants to organizations like ACORN, lobbying liberals, and giving heavily to the DNC. Take away enough kids, and you'll effectively take away teachers along with their dues, thereby shrinking the NEA coffers.
I know what you're saying - I can't do that! I'm not as awesome as the Republican Mother. I'm telling you that it's your patriotic duty to pull your kids out of government school. Education is the role of parents, not government.(Shame of George W Bush and NCLB - and he never was a conservative no matter what some Republican cheerleaders tell you.) When parents cede their responsibility to government, they should be ready to reap what they sow, and we are currently sowing massive ignorance and apathy.
My School's OK - I Go to Church with my Kid's Teacher for Pete's Sake!
There are a lot of God-fearing, big-hearted people working in the public school system. But many public school teachers are union members, while an unwilling member in many cases, they are still forking over dues to the state education unions and ultimately, the NEA. The union's time and money go straight to work to undermine our country.
Consider the textbooks that public schools use. Those that teach US history, civics, and economics are chock full of liberal revisionism. Are your school's teachers so politically aware that they recognize indoctrination in the curriculum when they see it?
True Story: While in 1st grade, my daughter brought home papers about Kwanzaa. I sent back a lengthy note explaining that no one in Africa celebrates or has ever celebrated Kwanzaa, and that it was invented by '60s radicals at the University of California. I noted in my letter how the eight principles of Kwanzaa mirror the points of the Communist Manifesto. I'm sure that was a lot for an elementary school teacher to take in and she sent back a nice note saying she hoped I hadn't been offended and that she would pass on my information to other teachers. This is just an example of how curriculum that introduces 1st graders to the tenets of communism makes it into a conservative school district by well-meaning teachers.
Take a look at the required reading for high-schoolers over the summer at your local bookstore. Are they being required to read the classics? Books to stimulate critical thinking? Road to Serfdom?
No. In most likelihood, it's tripe designed to make them "question their values."
READ: There is no right and wrong, and if you believe there is, you're a bad, bad judgmental person.
Our republic rests on the bedrock of morality. Scoff if you must libertarians who say that you can't legislate morality - but laws are legislated morality. Killing and stealing are illegal because they're wrong, and now tanning beds are deemed evil.
If we educate a generation of morally bankrupt people, then we will beget a morally bankrupt nation, which happens to be financially bankrupt as well. Everything in the public school system, from the group learning to the textbooks to the social engineering programs (one word--fist) --- is designed to strip the God given sense of conscience from every child that passes through its bowels. It goes in a human kindergardener, and comes out a hedonistic, selfish teen who is too unsure of himself to be called an adult, needing to be told what to do. Like I said, BORG collective. You're not a human, you're a human resource and you exist to serve the collective state. How Depressing.
Education and Politics
We have seen how public school educators are often unwitting demagogues for the left. Using education as a political tool goes back through all of recorded history. Why would we think America to be any different? Ironically, the compulsory school laws were touted for their ability to bring a Christian education to the masses. That certainly changed -- I blame Unitarians, but that is another post.
To the get the full background on what went horribly wrong with American education, just skim through John Taylor Gatto's Underground History of American Education, which is published online in its entirety. I promise it will blow your mind! To get your conspiracy theory fix for the day, may I suggest this video featuring Charlotte Iserbyt who served as Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of Educational Research and Improvement (OERI), U.S. Department of Education, during the first Reagan Administration:
For you that are not of the Christian faith: Wiccans, agnostics, Muslims, Zorastrians, etc. - I urge you to keep your child from becoming a dependency drone and remove them from the clutches of the U.S. public educations system. Check out secular homeschooling support groups.
Christians, read on for you have a specific obligation.
Your child is God's gift to you and He expects you to protect His gift physically and spiritually. He gives us instruction in how to raise them to His Glory. From Deuteronomy 6:
4Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: 5And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.
6And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:
7And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.
8And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes.
9And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.
For a complete discussion of the role of education, faith, and home life, check out the Legacy Series by Voddie Baucham Part 1 - Part 2. His book, Family Driven Faith takes not only weak Christians to task, but the sorry excuses of churches that produce them. I highly recommend it if you need to bolster your resolve with regard to homeschooling, or at the very least -- taking your kids out of the mind-polluting public school. The biggest theme of this book is not homeschooling, but building stronger families through Christ.
The left has worked to dismantle the family in order to replace it with government. Just two generations ago, the black family, while largely impoverished, had lower rates of illegitimacy than than whites. What happened? Government happens.
The left looks down on the Christian faith. Why? If you watch the Bezmenov lectures, he wraps it up with the question-- What can you do to fight this tyranny? He writes one word on the board - God. If you have faith, they cannot touch you.
Evil looses its power when you can't be intimidated when you refuse to live in fear.
Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.--Romans 12:21
Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.--Romans 12:21
Taking your child our of government school is a good deed that will help your family overcome the evil days ahead. When you figure that a very small percentage of professing Christians possess a Christian worldview, which will warrant another post, know that our children are being indoctrinated and used as weapons against us. See Gatto's new book: Weapons of Mass Instruction. Our country is in trouble and we need to take are kids out of the government's arsenal and into ours. Check out the Exodus Mandate video - Answer the Call to Dunkirk!
Take your kids out of government school----
Do it for yourself, knowing you've given your kids the best!
Do it for your kids, give them the gift of freedom and learning!
Do it for your country, an informed citizenry is the leftists worst nightmare!
Do it for God, He's commanded us to raise them up in admonition of the Lord!