A LITTLE BIT OF KNOWLEDGE IS A DANGEROUS THING

school counselorAsylum Watch has a post I want to share: John D. Rockefeller Got Half Of His Wish: A Nation That Doesn’t Think. Although I agree with the main thrust, the post mixes some fantasy with its facts. My main problem is with this video.

Except for some of the nonsense it contains, the video is very well done. The film stars Maya and portrays her eventual suicide. Supposedly, our public education system drives Maya to her death with incompetent instruction and psychoactive drugs. And what does Maya’s Mama do while this is happening? She docilely accepts that what the “experts” are telling her is true.

So what is wrong with the video? We tend to demonize our opponents. We also tend conflate unrelated issues with each other, and this video does both. There is no massive plot to deliberately dumb down America. There is no conspiracy to poison our children with fluoride and vaccinations. It may not the best idea to fluoridate our drinking water, and some of the vaccinations we give our children may not be as safe as they ought to be, but people doing this video obviously understand neither fluoridation nor vaccinations. So they should have stayed away from both subjects.

Even with the paranoia, the video is, oddly enough, still largely on target. We don’t have a massive plot, but we do have a bunch of greedy Americans who insist upon feeding their bank accounts at public expense.  Parents, not government, have the obligation to see to the education of their own children, but government has usurped that responsibility and taken from parents the money they would otherwise used to educate their children. What happens to all that money? In a nightmare of mismanagement, politicians at four levels of government (Federal, state, local, and school boards) now scramble to buy votes and influence. Therefore, with no one fully in charge we end up such absurd atrocities such as incompetent idiots administering dangerous drugs to millions of our nation’s children.

So what is the solution? Are you a parent? Then pray and do your best to take responsibility for the education of your child. If we can competently choose the right automobile for our families in a competitive marketplace, then why do we need politicians telling us how to educate our children? Unless we are stupid enough to believe them, we don’t. We just need to replace public education with a competitive market that gives us a choice.

Anyway, check out John D. Rockefeller Got Half Of His Wish: A Nation That Doesn’t Think. It is worth thinking about.

I don’t want a nation of thinkers.

I want a nation of workers.

- John D. Rockefeller

Asylum Watch took that quote from a video that was posted at Adrienne’s Corner the other day. When you have twelve minutes to spare, it would be well worth your time to watch and listen to the entire video.

The empirical evidence is clear the Mr. Rockefeller got half of what he wanted after he and his Foundation supported the likes of John Dewey. How often have you scratched your head wondering how it is possible that over sixty percent of Americans believe the country is on the wrong track; yet the majority believe President Obama is doing a good job? It is because the majority of Americans do not relate the problems of America with anything this President has done or not done. That is pathetic! (continued here)

An afterthought

Because we live in the Misinformation Age, I decided to check that quote from John D. Rockefeller.  Wikiquote (here) says it is disputed. We have to wonder why Rockefeller would have ever said any such thing, but we do love to believe the worst of others.

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6 Responses to A LITTLE BIT OF KNOWLEDGE IS A DANGEROUS THING

  1. I made this comment over at Asylum Watch and want to leave this same comment here too….

    The damage that John Dewey wrought upon education cannot be denied. The tentacles of that damage are everywhere now.

    “Child-centered education” is one of the greatest scams ever perpetrated upon mankind, IMO.

    The phrase “critical thinking,” a phrase very much in vogue throughout all venues of education, is yet another scam. Take if from me. I know! I’ve been a teacher for over 40 years.

    Yes, critical thinking skills do exist and should exist. But public education is geared toward NOT encouraging those skills.

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    • Citizen Tom says:

      If you have links that back up those assertions (and I am not disagreeing), you are most welcome to post them.

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      • HERE is one link.

        Not everything pertains to what I mentioned, but some clearly does.

        About critical thinking:

        We oppose the teaching of Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) (values clarification), critical thinking skills and similar programs that are simply a relabeling of Outcome-Based Education (OBE) (mastery learning) which focus on behavior modification and have the purpose of challenging the student’s fixed beliefs and undermining parental authority.

        All education shapes ethos. In many ways, children are clay in our hands (I am a teacher). We can and DO shape them. As the Word says, “Train up a child in the way he should go’ and when he is old, he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6).

        Look at the reading materials for children — materials that often undercut Biblical values. Moral relativism abounds in those readings; Of Mice and Men is one example. My Christian-based students also read those materials, but with a different kind of discussion, one which measures the deeds of the book’s characters against what the Word says. The discussion in a secular classroom is much different.

        One of my personal gripes….Why are educators having students read The Catcher in the Rye? Is it any wonder that so many young people today have a skewed moral compass?

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  2. I’ve run into this video before and I agree with your assessment. Weird how it has such wild conspiracy theories and yet gets the other details right. Somebody once told me there are countless ways to be half-right. Guess this is an example. Cheers!

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    • Citizen Tom says:

      nooneofanyimport – I agree; it is weird.

      We all see the world from our own point-of-view. Since none of us have a perfect view, more often than not, it is arrogant to just blow off what somebody else believes. I think it is reasonable to blow off most conspiracy theories, however. The human race just is not that smart. We do far more harm in fear, ignorance, greed, or cruel malice than we do out of any devious cleverness.

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