That Mr. G Guy’s Blog does a good job finding and reposting some very interesting stuff. Here is an example.
The article (to call it a post would be to belittle it) is quite thoughtful and actually has footnotes. Mike posts it as a “must read,” and I agree. I would only add one caution. Consider this excerpt.
But during the 19th Century, Progressives took control of public schools & teachers’ colleges. They then conditioned teachers and children to abandon our Founders’ Enlightenment philosophy of Reason, Fixed Principles, & Judeo-Christian ideals; and to accept a new ideology which replaced Reason with “feelings” and denied the existence of an Objective Reality & Fixed Principles. They thus primed the objects of their conditioning to accept whatever attitudes the Progressives chose to instill in them. And the objects of this conditioning did not – do not – know what was done to them!
Whether he intends to or not, the author, Publius Huldah, describes an organized plot by “Progressives” to condition teachers and children. If challenged, I expect Publius Huldah would provide clarification.
Did Progressives suddenly decide to condition school children during the 19th Century? No. That is something we did to ourselves. How? We believed the promises of politicians. We gave politicians the power educate our children, and they did an awful job.
Consider what our educational system represents to politicians, POWER — control over yearly budgets of hundreds of billions of dollars. Because politicians want power, every year they give away money that should be used to educate children. In particular, politicians buy off teacher’s unions in return for campaign contributions and campaign workers.
What do parents get? We get sweet promises and an excuse to neglect some hard work, making certain our children get a decent education.
Communists call religion “the opiate of the masses.” Yet our traditional religious beliefs insists that we think about and take personal responsibility for our decisions. Opium “encourages” us to do the opposite. With innumerable rationalizations, progressives encourage us to substitute collective responsibility for individual responsibility, meaning that we should make government responsible. Yet collective responsibility actually means everyone is responsible — so no one is responsible.
As it increasingly preaches progressive philosophies, the public education system has begun to work on the minds of our children too much like opium, a drug that masks cause for alarm with a pleasant sensation. In fact, when their efforts fail, some public school system recommend drugging children (Medicating Kids and Are drugs the solution to the problem of ADHD among young people?). Medication can be put to good or bad purposes. Unfortunately, because government monopolizes education, we risk powerful drugs being used to cover up deficiencies, in this case the simple inability to maintain discipline.