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The Ongoing Destruction of the Minds of Children

The Future of Freedom Foundation – by Gary D. Barnett

There can be no greater stretch of arbitrary power than to seize children from their parents, teach them whatever the authorities decree they shall be taught, and expropriate from the parents the funds to pay for the procedure.
— Isabel Paterson

Compulsory schooling is a travesty. To call it education is absurd. Real education is lifelong learning as an individual, while compulsory public schooling is the indoctrination of children as a collective exercise to bring all down to the lowest level.

Prisons called schools are simply the forced means to stifle individual brilliance while promoting sameness and monotony. The result of this brainwashing is meant to teach children to obey orders, and to be satisfied spending their lives in a virtual cage of ignorance, to never become entrepreneurs and dissenters.

With the recent death of the great John Taylor Gatto, the loss of a giant is evident. He was not only a pioneer in real education, but he discovered the true nature and genius that exists in so many children. The controllers who use the government school system as a way to dumb down the masses fully understand this potential genius. They are very fearful of it. So fearful in fact, that more than 100 years ago, they designed a mandatory school system as a way to control the common people. By training them to be good citizens and members of a collective society instead of individuals, the few could continue to control the many.

The experiment called compulsory schooling, now referred to as “public education,” began in Massachusetts in 1852, and became widespread just after the turn of the twentieth century. By 1910 the majority of children were in public schools. Since that time “education” as administered by the state has been a horrible failure, if learning was the desired end. But learning and knowledge were never the goals of forced schooling; training the young to honor authority, discipline, and nationalism were the true goals sought. In that regard, public schooling has been completely successful. These institutions became the vehicle used to teach children to be managed instead of managing themselves. They have produced a soft society consumed by doubt and incompetence, and one that can function only as a mass.

In order to change this dynamic, a real education is necessary, but so long as parents continue to shirk their responsibility by allowing unknown state employees to raise and train their children, things can only get worse.

John Gatto knew that teaching reading, writing, and arithmetic could be accomplished in as few as 100 hours. The improvement of those skills would be self-taught at the appropriate time and place, as self-taught persons are far more advanced than those subject to and dependent on mass schooling. Any real study of most kids educated at home will expose this truth.

As I see it, it is up to parents to save their own children. That will not be an easy task, as most parents are products of the same state-schooling system that exists today, and were taught long ago not to rock the boat or question authority. Everything should be questioned, and everything should be scrutinized. Questioning authority is the bane of the state apparatus, which is the reason compulsory schooling was implemented in the first place. It continues unabated as the dominant training discipline of this country’s young.

Take a look around and you may be shocked. How many have lost their imagination? How many seek counseling? How many feel inadequate and consider suicide? How many do you know who manage their lives by taking prescription drugs? How many are bored, emotionally wrecked, and afraid? Most of those people, a very large portion of the population, can no longer function as individuals. Such behavior should be expected, as the product turned out by the mandatory government school system has little ability to think and act without guidance. That is a direct result of being a prisoner of state-sponsored indoctrination centers from infancy to adulthood. That is why public schooling is anathema to free-thinking, self-reliant, and responsible individuals.

Mass schooling guarantees a weak and compliant population, one that has lost the ability to think critically. It is an all-consuming addiction to mediocrity, and an escape from excellence. No society can continue to be free and prosper under such conditions. Why, as John Gatto asked, are we turning our kids over to total strangers who can mold their minds with state propaganda for twelve years? It is time for parents to take back their children, and rescue them from a life of dependency.

This article was originally published in The Future of Freedom Foundation’s March 2019 issue of Future of Freedom.

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/the-ongoing-destruction-of-the-minds-of-children/

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10 Responses to The Ongoing Destruction of the Minds of Children

    • Martist says:

      *ONLY submitted for the timeline the article offers.

      • galen says:

        Yeah, I do not align with the “Thrive” movement but that 1913 quote is pure murder. How long they have tampered with us. Gig up. But thanks, Martist. Just have to post the deadly quote:

        “In our dream we have limitless resources, and the people yield themselves with perfect docility to our molding hand. The present educational conventions fade from our minds; and, unhampered by tradition, we work our own good will upon a grateful and responsive rural folk. We shall not try to make these people or any of their children into philosophers or men of learning or of science. We are not to raise up among them authors, orators, poets, or men of letters. We shall not search for embryo great artists, painters, musicians. Nor will we cherish even the humbler ambition to raise up from among them lawyers, doctors, preachers, statesmen, of whom we now have ample supply.”
        — Frederick T. Gates, Business Advisor to John D. Rockefeller Sr., 1913

        #1’s gesture graphic more than welcome.

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        • galen says:

          “School reform is not enough. The notion of schooling ITSELF must be challenged!!”
          — John Taylor Gatto

          “Genius is an exceedingly common human quality, probably natural to most of us.”
          — John Taylor Gatto

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  1. Bob M says:

    I live in rural Northern Commiefornia. In these areas, there is no economy by design, just .gov Commie workers. The county paper Plumas News is like the Agenda 21 Times. Articles which play off of the exact things this article mentions. There’s the school shooter drill article- creating fear and paranoia. Then the “how to spot mental illness” article. Then the pump article for the new $30M jail in a county of 20K. Then the “riding with CHP” article, aggrandizing a revenuer ticketing for cell phones. Of course, the paper would go broke if it didn’t publish .gov syndicated propaganda articles which are the bread and butter income.
    So, in rural America anyway, the vote roll is .gov commies. Check. The towns and county are broke because enviros shut down logging, so they rely on state and fed grant money. Check. And then the paper is bought off by .gov. Check. Just like the article you posted on jews giving grant money to introduce Holohoax education. It’s all bought off by the Zionist mob. It’s the mob, paying off the shoeshine boy all the way to the president.
    I gave a couple dollars to some girls collecting money for some cause. It was for their CZ church. They didn’t smile or say thank you. I see kids with mean looks who don’t look mean.
    These SOBs are hurting kids so bad, demoralizing them, turning them into “warriors” with out a clue. I was thinking how easy it would be to teach kids reality. Just ONE class per year by, say, Professor Henry, and in one year the kid would have direction and dignity. instead young whiteboy Jimmy will consider suicide and take drugs.Meanwhile, there’s a booming economy in destroying America. Mac Slavo and Tyler Turden can write their articles for silver pieces about the downfall of rural America. And duck and cover alarmists like Lisa Haven and the fakriot nurse sell you their shite and get monetized. The enviro lawyers and land planners and “stakeholders” shutting it all down while buying fancy cars and houses. Communist teachers getting bookoo retirements for teaching Communism. The journalists and PACs and political apparatchiks cashing their hefty checks on Friday. And now young whiteboy Jimmy’s safe, on prozak…..soon headed straight to the new $30M jail….

  2. # 1 NWO Hatr says:

    “But learning and knowledge were never the goals of forced schooling;…”

    Had they been, the trivium method would have been used.

    “Take a look around and you may be shocked. How many have lost their imagination? How many seek counseling? How many feel inadequate and consider suicide? How many do you know who manage their lives by taking prescription drugs? How many are bored, emotionally wrecked, and afraid?”

    HOW MANY WERE RAISED ON TELEVISION ‘PROGRAMMING’???

  3. # 1 NWO Hatr says:

    Cr@p! Sold out, closing up. I’m done.

  4. mary in TX says:

    by now you know my mantra…..home births and home schooling…..it has to be done to turn things around

    ‘The controllers who use the government school system as a way to dumb down the masses fully understand this potential genius. ‘….BAM and SHAZAM!!! …..and that is another reason for the seemingly incessant ‘necessary’ vaccinations…..they are to help with the indoctrination process

    ‘John Gatto knew that teaching reading, writing, and arithmetic could be accomplished in as few as 100 hours. ‘

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