June 26, 2011
Fort Worth, Texas-
As I see it; all the problems that we face in today’s world boil down to an overall lack of personal responsibility. Finance and education don’t get a free pass. Because of the sloth, distraction, abuse, or outright neglect... of everyday people… to do what’s right in any given situation, the government ends up doing what we should be doing for ourselves.
For example, recently the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) released a report showing that the average person does not have the financial literacy required to navigate the modern economy. The same study also shows that financial literacy has actually improved in the United States since the 1970’s!
While these results may be accurate on paper, they do little more than simply sidestep or whitewash the underlying issue, which is:
When it comes to banking and finance, American people are just plain IGNORANT.
Does anyone here remember learning about “fractional reserve banking” in high school Economics class?
How about the “Federal reserve system”?
…Credit default swaps, mortgage backed securities, derivatives, or predatory lending?
I didn’t think so.
Most of the youth I come in contact with have no understanding of finance whatsoever - and I feel that may be by design.
The public education system (or lack thereof) may be the single greatest issue facing the US today, that we can actually do something about. I’ll even take that a step further and say that the profound lack of responsibility exhibited by the general public, for the education of their children, has single-handedly brought about the complete and utter destruction of freedom in modern society.
If we as a society would simply stand up and accept that the “responsibility” to educate our children lies not with the government but with ourselves, we can begin to teach our children to how the world actually works instead of subjecting them to the phony, feel-good, politically correct “propaganda” that oozes out of public school textbooks.
As an informed society, we might just be able to win the war (that’s being fought daily) for the minds of our children. If more Americans can wake up to the fact that government has NO PLACE dictating how we raise and educate our children, and we cease putting blind faith in “big government” to teach our children the knowledge that they need to navigate in this world, the solution wouldn’t seem nearly as elusive. All public school does is indoctrinate our children to the status quo through a hard corps regime of propaganda from the first day they set foot in Kindergarten.
It does not educate. It does not encourage critical thought.
It installs a pre-determined doctrine of thought, through repetition, that induces students to give up basic political, social, or religious beliefs and attitudes and to accept contrasting regimented ideas.
And that, my friends is also the “Mirriam-Webster” definition of brainwashing.
While we are on the subject of dictionaries, we may as well cover a few relevant definitions so we can share an “unclouded” view of the terrain.
The words “indoctrinate” and “educate”, though similar, are not synonyms at all. They have very different meanings.
1. To instruct in a body of doctrine or principles.
2. To imbue with a partisan or ideological point of view
syn. [indoctrination - teaching someone to accept doctrines uncritically , brainwashing - forcible indoctrination into a new set of attitudes and beliefs inculcation, ingraining, instilling - teaching or impressing upon the mind by frequent instruction or repetition]
1. To develop the innate capacities of, especially by schooling or instruction.
2. To stimulate or develop the mental or moral growth of.
So, with that in mind, and discarding any euphemisms or doublespeak, what is commonly accepted as “public school education” is, in actuality, primary school indoctrination.
According to a web article at www.teach-kids-attitude-1st.com by Don Berg :
“The definition of education in common usage, that education is merely the delivery of knowledge, skills and information from teachers to students, is inadequate … Being an educated person means you have access to optimal states of mind regardless of the situation you are in…able to perceive accurately, think clearly and act effectively to achieve self-selected goals and aspirations.”
Mr. Berg goes on to say that education is “cognitive cartography… a process of mapping your experiences and finding a variety of reliable routes to optimal states when you find yourself in non-optimal states.”
I totally agree.
But, can anyone show me a curriculum focusing on good, logical decision making taught at public schools?
Again, I didn’t think so.
Due to public schools heavy reliance on federal funding, teachers are often forced to “teach the test” and cater to the lowest common denominator, rather than actually inspiring students to think on their own. Eligibility requirements for public schools to receive federal funding are so regimented and strict that more often than not, teachers only have the time to instruct students what to think, instead of how to think.
Through the study of quantum physics, we are clearly shown that there is no description of reality that is accurate unless it includes the observer in its description. Any measurement is relative only to the instrument used for the measurement, and the instruments location in space/time. There is no position from which real reality can be seen. All information is all abstracted by individual interpretation, and then aligns itself to fit within your established belief system.
While basic classes such as language and introductory mathematics run little risk of being “tinted” by the federal governments standardized schedule of indoctrination, almost every other subject from elementary to high school is fundamentally capable of programming our kids with a belief system that may run contrary to our own.
And so, our little journey comes full circle, back to a point where the main question is: Do you feel comfortable with strangers installing a foreign belief system, designed and regulated by the US government, to your children’s “Operating System”?
Once again, I didn’t think so.
Having children, the protection/providing for/of those children, and the education of those children is just one more aspect of our lives that the government has no business interfering in.
How often do you hear:
“Oh that is horrible, someone should DO something”?
How often do you see the person making that statement actually step up and take the responsibility to do what needs to be done?
Rarely, but it does happen. We call those who step up and do the right thing “heroes”. Heroes are a good thing.
Afterwards, there is always someone crawling out of the shadows to take credit for the actions of another. We call those people politicians. We mostly consider them a bad thing.
One last question: When is the last time you remember a politician (other than Ron Paul) taking personal responsibility for ANYTHING?
Again, I think you get my point.
Politicians are generally the people that exploit the heroic actions of others for personal gain and public power. Once they have it, they then use that power to legislate “their” brand of morality and kindness. Not ours, but theirs.
Trouble is, if you have to make a law to force someone into helping others or showing kindness, it isn’t kindness anymore. The requirement cancels the honor. Freedom is the only scenario in which heroes can be born.
Freedom is allows those that take personal responsibility to step up when they are needed. The free do not create situations that force the government to step in and regulate our freedoms.
We do not require legislation to dictate our morality and education.
To quote Brian Tracy-
“If you don’t like the way something is, change it. If you aren’t willing to change it yourself, don’t complain.”
Of course our kids are financially illiterate. Of course they are historically illiterate. Of course they are easy to manipulate. They are manipulated by the system from kindergarten through High School. Even Universities have their own specific political tilt, which in most cases has nothing to do whatsoever with the parent’s values, unless the parent guides and directs the children as good parents do.
Remember, it’s all in the language. No Orwellian doublespeak or euphemisms, no political correctness... just words for what they actually mean.
-And that’s the truth… as I see it.
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Don Bergs full article on education can be found at: http://www.teach-kids-attitude-1st.com/definition-of-education.html