John Dewey: Education Was Never About Learning

(Makow) – No one has had a more pernicious effect on American education, and by extension the corruption of American society today than John Dewey. Born in 1859, John Dewey turned historic American values and logic upside down.

In Dewey’s view, the individual existed only to serve society. “Socialization” (i.e., the individual’s conformity to a group) was seen as more important than factual learning. This twisted view of education infected all of his work, resulting in a century of ever diminishing American academic achievement, with the resultant corruption of American society. Continue reading

MSM: The Best High School Valedictorian Speech

(DailyMail) – Comment: The following speech was delivered by top of the class student Erica Goldson during the graduation ceremony at Coxsackie-Athens High School on June 25, 2010

Here I stand

There is a story of a young, but earnest Zen student who approached his teacher, and asked the Master, “If I work very hard and diligently, how long will it take for me to find Zen? The Master thought about this, then replied, “Ten years . .” ?The student then said, “But what if I work very, very hard and really apply myself to learn fast — How long then?” Replied the Master, “Well, twenty years.” “But, if I really, really work at it, how long then?” asked the student. “Thirty years,” replied the Master. “But, I do not understand,” said the disappointed student. “At each time that I say I will work harder, you say it will take me longer. Why do you say that?” ?Replied the Master, “When you have one eye on the goal, you only have one eye on the path.”

This is the dilemma I’ve faced within the American education system. We are so focused on a goal, whether it be passing a test, or graduating as first in the class. However, in this way, we do not really learn. We do whatever it takes to achieve our original objective. Continue reading

MSM: Los Angeles Students to Be Taught That Arizona Immigration Law Is Un-American

(Fox) – The Los Angeles Unified School District school board wants all public school students in the city to be taught that Arizona’s new immigration law is un-American.

The school board president made the announcement Tuesday night after the district’s Board of Education passed a resolution to oppose the controversial law, which gives law enforcement officials in Arizona the power to question and detain people they suspect are in the U.S. illegally when they are stopped in relation to a crime or infraction.

Critics of the law say it will result in racial profiling.

The school board voted unanimously on Tuesday to “express outrage” and “condemnation” of the law, and it called on the school superintendent to look into curtailing economic support to the Grand Canyon State. About 73 percent of the students in the school district are Latino.

But supporters of the law say the school board is way out of bounds and that the measure will just distract from the children’s education. Full article here

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(BigJournalism) – Video: Si, se puede! — Yes, We Can Enforce the Arizona Law

La Raza, MALDEF, MEChA, and all the rest of the shameless open-borders crowd should be quaking in their collectivist sandals. A fiery, well-spoken, and very wise Latina says that Arizona has the right to “protect our state from foreign invasion.” Continue reading

Open proposal to US higher education: end oligarchy economics, save trillions with education 3 of 4

(Examiner) – US universities and colleges could end unlawful US wars and stop banksters’ rigged-casino fraud if they taught the central facts of these issues. This four-part series of articles is an open proposal for their action. Feel free to share it.

This is my proposal for the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) Ed.L.D. program. I’ll add one link a day: Read More Here

The Future Technocracy of Digital Education and Governance Plan

If you are familiar with my blog, you will remember a series of articles I wrote on the Future of Educational Technology and Education 3.0.  I tried to bring out an accurate vision of the future direction our educational system must take to keep current with trends in the dawning digital age.  My main arguments in this article center on the need to focus educational institutions and practices into a standardized platform of delivery and measurement.  In another article, OiPC (One iPad Per Child), I try to point out the folly of spending billions trying to find solutions to problems that can be easily addressed with common sense.  There is no question that our compass of governmental spending is a bit off its declination. Continue reading

Video: Student loans crushing future for young people

“Unlike other kinds of debt, student loans can be particularly hard to wriggle out of… ditching a student loan is virtually impossible, especially once a collection agency gets involved. Although lenders may trim payments, getting fees or principals waived seldom happens.”
(TheComingDepression) – Some governments believe that the future of their country lies in a well educated healthy population. With this in mind they make post secondary education free (tax payer subsidized, remember) to all who wishing further education as long as they can pass the academic standards and complete the course in the allotted time frame. Continue reading

Welcome to Prison-Prone America

“American primary and secondary schools fail to educate because that is not their function, Dmitry Orlov writes. “Their function is to institutionalize children at an early age.” In due course inmates of the U.S. education enterprise “will go on to other institutions – jails, psychiatric hospitals, the military.”
“… There is a reason why jails, hospitals and schools are often architecturally indistinguishable: they are but different parts of the same system, representing different phases of the institutionalization life cycle.”

What of higher learning? Continue reading

Change blindness: research and history how Americans are as blind to US fascism as Nazi-era Germans

(Examiner) – Psychological research demonstrates that large-scale dramatic change can escape attention when the change is unsuspected, unannounced, and agents causing the change act as if nothing is different. Two areas of this cognitive study are “change blindness” and “inattentional blindness.”  When we include consideration of “cognitive dissonance,” the rejection of facts when they conflict with important beliefs, we can approach an explanation of how educated citizens could accept fascism when it was unsuspected, unannounced, and the responsible agents fraudulently represented the new government as no different from the old. Cognitive dissonance would deter many people to accept the new reality, even when the facts were clear. Continue reading

Video: Government Hijacks Kids TV To Propagandize For Swine Flu Shots

Desperate brainwashing campaign to coerce suspicious parents into giving their children dangerous H1N1 vaccine accelerates Continue reading

Obama and the fiscal crisis of the states

The class character of the Obama administration is clearly indicated by one statistic: President Obama has made available more than $12 trillion in cash infusions, loans and guarantees to the financial industry, but for state governments that are facing massive budget deficits, Obama has thus far provided only one quarter of 1 percent of that amount in federal stimulus funds—about $30 billion. Continue reading

A Postal Strike In Britain Is The War At Home – John Pilger

The postal workers’ struggle is as vital for democracy as any national event in recent years. The campaign against them is part of a historic shift from the last vestiges of political democracy in Britain to a corporate world of insecurity and war. If the privateers running the Post Office are allowed to win, the regression that now touches all lives bar the wealthy will quicken its pace. A third of British children now live in low-income or impoverished families. One in five young people is denied hope of a decent job or education. Continue reading

Obama Demands Children Spend More Time in State Indoctrination Centers

It’s not enough the government has its hooks in America’s children most of the year. Now Obama wants to do away with summer vacation and have children spend more time in the government’s indoctrination centers. Continue reading

MSM: Global warming propaganda infiltrates schools

(WAExam) – Scientists see no temperature increase (on average) in the oceans or on the surface of the Earth over the last decade. That hasn’t stopped an activist group from infiltrating high schools with the panicky message that we are on the verge of a “planetary emergency” due to global warming. Continue reading

Sick and Wrong

How Washington is screwing up health care reform – and why it may take a revolt to fix it Continue reading

Video: C4L Legislative Update – Ron Paul

In his latest C4L video, Congressman Paul addresses President Obama’s Tuesday speech to students, the health care debate, and more as he gives a preview of what to expect now that the congressional recess is over. Continue reading

Obama’s Plan to Indoctrinate Students Hits Speed Bump

Democrats and followers of the Obama cult of personality are annoyed at “rightwing” parents who do not take kindly to government indoctrination of their children via telescreen. Continue reading

Video: Town Hall Meeting with U.S. Congressman Brian Baird

MSM: California board votes to drop healthcare coverage for 60,000 children

(LATimes) – As a result of state budget cuts, the Healthy Families program will have to begin terminating coverage for more than 60,000 children on Oct. 1. Nearly 670,000 children could be dropped by June 30. Continue reading

“Working Poor” report: Nearly 30 percent of US families subsist on poverty wages.

A report released in October 2008 by the Working Poor Families Project reveals that more than 28 percent of American families with one or both parents employed are living in poverty. Continue reading

Schools Set To Become Mass Swine Flu Vaccination Clinics

“Highly likely” that large scale operations will be implemented in US and UK Continue reading

MSM: Fiscal ruin of the Western world beckons

(Telegraph) – For a glimpse of what awaits Britain, Europe, and America as budget deficits spiral to war-time levels, look at what is happening to the Irish welfare state. Continue reading

Ignorance in America

Ignorance is pervasive in America; it affects the rich as well as the poor, the powerful and the powerless, the famous as well as the obscure. It’s prevalent in the suites of our nation’s CEOs, the Congress, the military, and even our universities. It defines this nation. Continue reading

Is the US the Next Mexico?

As I learn about the elite conspiracy (“New World Order”) I am feeling like a turkey who is finding out about Thanksgiving. Continue reading

“Myth America 10 Greatest Myths of the Robber Class and the Case for Revolution”

(CindySheehan) – It’s time to break the sick relationship that we have with the Robber Class and do something about it! They can only rob us, if we allow them to. Continue reading

Lies, Lies, Lies!

It was fine for the US to cultivate the notion that it had been founded to be a “shining city upon a hill”, the envy of the rest of the world. Nor could anyone blame the US for believing it was an admirable democracy, whereas in fact, blacks were discriminated against and persecuted and any surviving native Americans routinely butchered. Continue reading

Judgment day: broke California faces shutdown at Arnie Schwarzenegger’s hands

The state’s top finance officials warned that unless an emergency austerity plan is agreed by Monday — and there is little chance that it will be — they will not be able to borrow the billions of dollars needed to keep the current government functioning. If California was a company, it would have gone bust months ago. Continue reading

We have created a monster … banks with access to public funds

The government doesn’t want to admit this because it is banking on our flexible friend, inflation, to come along and pay off the debt for it. The Bank of England is in the process of effectively printing billions of pounds through Quantitative Easing, which will have the effect of undermining the purchasing power of the pound. Continue reading

California contemplates ultimate reform – no welfare

Could California become the first state in the nation to do away with welfare? That doomsday scenario is on the table as lawmakers wrestle with a staggering $24.3 billion budget deficit. Continue reading

MSM: ‘Orwellian language’ in schools turns pupils into ‘customers’, finds damning report

(DailyMail) – Schools using the ‘Orwellian language of performance management’ are undermining teenagers’ education by turning them into ‘customers’ rather than students, a landmark report says today. Continue reading

Weaponized Education: Controlling Tomorrow With The Youth of Today

There has been and continues to be an effort by some of the worlds most elite families to establish a global community, with a global government, some call it the new world order.The plan always benefits them at our expense, and they believe as long as we show no opposition they can retain control. The massive goal is to bring the global populace into harm-ony, but it is an impossibility unless family loyalty is dissolved and individuality is eradicated. Continue reading

California will run out of cash in 14 days

The state wallet is empty. The bank closed. Credit has dried up, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger told lawmakers in a special Tuesday morning address at the Capitol. Continue reading

UN report issues dire forecast for world economy

The United Nations’ Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) updated its “World Economic Situation and Prospects” report last Thursday, forecasting world growth this year of negative 2.6 percent. World trade is expected to decline by 11.1 percent—the sharpest annual contraction since the 1930s. Continue reading

America’s Anti-Militarist Heritage – Campaign for Liberty

Americans don’t have much historical memory anymore. That isn’t just because of the dumbing down of the educational system and the fact that most young people read very little on their own. It’s because most of what little they do hear about our history is colored by statist theology. Continue reading

Wall Street rallies as unemployment rate soars – US shed another half-million jobs in April

The official US unemployment rate jumped by 0.4 percentage points to reach 8.9 percent last month, according to figures released Friday by the Labor Department. The economy lost another 539,000 jobs in April, as total job losses reached 5.7 million since the start of the recession in December 2007. Continue reading

The militarization of Education: Marine High School to Open in Atlanta

Earlier this week, residents of Atlanta, Georgia, voiced opposition to a military high school in DeKalb County. The DeKalb Marine Corps Institute is scheduled to start classes in August at the Heritage Center off Briarcliff Road in north DeKalb, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. It will be funded with public money. Continue reading