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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Education As Bigotry


Monday, January 13, 2014

More From The Racist-In-Chief

Attorney General Eric Holder, who has done more than any Federal official in recent memory to exacerbate relations between the black and white communities, is at it again.

John Steele Gordon’s article on the Commentary website details the latest: School Punishment According to Race, not Behavior

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Training America’s Socialist Youth

A Textbook That Should Live in Infamy: The Common Core Assaults World War II

Monday, April 22, 2013

Letters From A Former Progressive

Mike Adams’s distillation of liberal-progressive, secular religion on college campuses.


…the main problem in higher education is not that we don’t teach religion at the university. The problem is that we teach false religion.

We teach kids that they may define the unborn as property if it will facilitate their sexual lifestyle or their economic well-being.

We teach kids that both their conduct and idea of right and wrong are determine by society and culture respectively.

We teach kids that man has the capacity to construct a utopian society so long as he is freed from the constraining idea that he is broken by sin and separation from God.

All of this is dangerous because it amounts to self-worship. That is dangerous because it requires a rejection of God, not just a rejection of tradition. Somewhere in the process, the idea of inalienable rights gets lost. Rights suddenly come from man. And that means man can take them away. These ideas have consequences.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Withered Fruit Of Progressive Education

While liberal-progressive educators preen themselves about teaching students “to think,” knowledge gained in public schools has declined dangerously since student activist days in the 1960s.  Along with the diminished breadth and depth of subject knowledge has come a reduced ability to reason systematically and to understand the nature of the degradation of society wrought by liberal-progressivism.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Unexpected Aspect Of Education Cost

See Three Cheers for Emory University, by Joseph Salerno on The Circle Bastiat website.

Mr. Salerno’s article highlights the strong connection between graduate education and the social sciences (a concept invented by French socialists in the late 18th and early 19th centuries).  Since the ending decades of the 19th century in the United States, graduate study in social sciences understandably has been driven by the ideology of socialism.  This led to creation of the eastern liberal establishment, notably Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Roosevelt, and our present-day liberal-progressive-socialist, Barack Obama.

The underlying precept of social sciences is the scientistic belief that only the intelligentsia understands what is wrong with society.  Only the intelligentsia, our self-appointed guardians, have the special knowledge to create social and political structures to compel the rest of us to conform to behavioral modes that the socialist intelligentsia find acceptable. 

For more extensive background, read The Corruption of Public Education: How It Happened.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Teachers’ Unions Promote Anti-American Socialism

Teachers Fill Marxism Conference to Map Future Indoctrination of School Kids

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Another Reader Reaction To Education Reform

Regarding Reform Education If The Constitution Is To Survive, Frank Madarasz emailed the following:

I have been preaching to my friends for sometime about how the progressive/socialists have taken over our educational system.  Johnson formalized the take over as you point out in the article, but the progressives have been at it since the turn of the 19th century.

I have often told my friends about the Frankfurt School, an institute of Jewish Communists, headed by Herbert Marcuse.  They taught that Communism as practiced the Soviet Union was wrong; it should not be done through economic reform but through education and social engineering.  They brought their ideas to topflight American universities when they were forced to leave Germany in the late 1930s.  Here they imbedded themselves in departments of Social Studies, Education and Journalism.  By the 1960s their protégés had infested the university educational system and Johnson’s Elementary and Secondary Education Act opened the gates for them to get into grade and high schools.

And to think I was made to study Eric Fromm in my English class at Alfred.

As your article points out, it will take a “long-term” strategy to reclaim education from the liberal-progressive-socialists.  My question is, just who will do this?  Certainly not the Republican Party.

Response To A Critique Of Education Reform

A thoughtful reader, with whom I usually disagree, commented in response to Reform Education If The Constitution Is To Survive:


I find it interesting that you hold up pre-Christian Greek theories of education as a model for inculcating religious teaching into the schools to save us from the clutches of the evil liberals. The Greeks did not espouse Christian ideals, because, of course, they predated the Christian era. 

One could turn your argument around and ask why the Greeks did OK without Christianity if religious teaching in the schools is so necessary to hold on to our culture.

My response:

Yes, the age of Plato and Aristotle pre-dated Christianity.  But it was contemporaneous with the age of the Old Testament prophets.  Both Plato, et al, and the prophets envisioned the same new ordering principle for society: the individual human soul opened to God and individually responsible for his actions.

It was this ordering principle, universally taken for granted in our nation’s founding era, the ordering principle that underlay our unwritten constitution, of which John Adams said, “We have no government armed with the power capable of contending with human passions, unbridled by morality and true religion. Our constitution is made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” John Adams, to the Officers of the First Brigade, Third Division, Massachusetts Militia, October 11, 1798.

Liberal-progressivism is a severely retrograde movement, reverting to the pre-Greek, pre-prophetic era of the Pharaohs of Egypt and the oriental despots of the Babylonian, Assyrian, and Persian empires.  In those societies the individual counted for nothing.  All flowed from the ruler, usually worshipped as divine, and, in all cases, the only conduit between the gods and the masses.  While all of them had legal codes and rules of societal conduct, those rules were whatever the sovereign political state saw fit to impose.

This is an accurate description of the essential nature of a liberal-progressive-socialistic political state in which the relentless thrust is to reduce all citizens to dependence upon the collectivized welfare state.  The liberal-progressive-socialistic state tends inherently toward tyranny, as in Lenin’s Soviet Union and Hitler’s National Socialist Germany.


Monday, November 12, 2012

Reform Education If The Constitution Is To Survive

Traditionalists (conservatives who wish to preserve our original constitutional ethos) need to create a long-term strategy to reclaim education from the liberal-progressive-socialists.