Reclaiming The Freedom To Think

Linked by BV over at Spawny’s:

https://thefederalist.com/2018/12/10/john-taylor-gatto-helped-parents-children-regain-freedom-think/

With “Bloom’s Taxonomy of Educational Objectives,” (1949-1953) school is “a tool to classify the ways individuals are to act, think, or feel as the result of some unit of instruction.” Using methods of behavioral psychology, children would learn proper thoughts, feelings, and actions, and have their improper attitudes brought from home “remediated.” Today, such a utopian agenda goes by the name “Social and Emotional Learning,” and it is being pushed hard into all of the schools under the banner of Common Core.

From Rockefeller’s General Education Board’s 1906 document:

“in our dreams people yield themselves with perfect docility to our molding hands…The task we set before ourselves is very simple…we will organize children…and teach them to do in a perfect way the things their fathers and mothers are doing in an imperfect way.”

According to the work, “Social Control,” by Edward A. Ross in 1901:

“Plans are underway to replace community, family and church with propaganda, education and mass media…the State shakes loose from Church, reaches out to School…People are only little plastic lumps of human dough.”’

Gatto attests that when people are interested in learning, they can learn all of the basics of reading, math, and writing in about 100 hours of attentive study. The mind simply fires away at the connections, when allowed and encouraged to do so. Given that fact, why would public mass schooling demand approximately 25,000 hours of a person’s life?

The obvious answer is so that person’s life can be socially engineered, and children’s independent maturity can be retarded, or even stopped. Gatto doesn’t shrink from calling this psychic violence in the name of social efficiency, and humiliation is the tool it uses: “Something in the structure of schooling calls for violence…[schools] are state-of-the-art laboratories in humiliation.”

What, if anything, good can you say about public education in this country? Here’s the PISA ranking for the U.S.:

The U.S. in 39th in Math and 25th in Science. That sucks and yet we spend more on education than any other country in the world:

The United States spends more money educating its young people than any other nation, according to Education at a Glance 2017, the most recent study from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), which compiles educational data from nations across the globe each year. In 2014, the U.S. spent an average of $12,157 per student on elementary and secondary education, over 30% more than the OECD average of $9,419.

I put a lot on the blame on teacher’s unions, which make protecting crappy teachers a priority while placing actually educating kids at the bottom of their list.

Of course, Education majors being some of the least talented students entering colleges doesn’t help:

I think people really need to consider home schooling if they can’t afford to pay for good private schools.

7 thoughts on “Reclaiming The Freedom To Think

  1. Gonna have to call that chart bullshit

    No way on God’s green earth social studies, linguist, etc all are smarter then then motor control guy who keeps shit running in my plant or the boiler guy who keeps my vapor phase running. Not to mention how unimportant the 1st group is vs how critical to our way of life the last two groups are

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  2. “Gatto attests that when people are interested in learning, they can learn all of the basics of reading, math, and writing in about 100 hours of attentive study. The mind simply fires away at the connections, when allowed and encouraged to do so. Given that fact, why would public mass schooling demand approximately 25,000 hours of a person’s life?”

    I’ve suspected this for a long time. Part of me chalked it up to the idea that it’s hard to really do good at something when you’re being dragged through by your heels…but another part of me couldn’t ignore the fact that it takes an inexplicable number of years in a child’s life to, for example, slowly learn how to be an adding machine. Does that make sense?

    Also, think about this: how much shit from elementary school do you even remember? How is it that you can spend so many years learning something, and then it evaporates as soon as you leave? I thought those were supposed to be the years when you learn the most… I like to think that I’m at least semi-literate, but when it comes to breaking down all the minutiae of grammar, I couldn’t do it. I forgot how to do long division for a few years, until I refreshed on it.

    I have to sit and think about what I spend most time in school doing… Well, most of the sit-down-and-work work that was done in school was applied to the most tedious tasks. One math problem after another after another…finding and regurgitating things you read from a book…learning how to spell a word that you’ll never see again…and getting bad grades for not being a little robot. The tedium used to get to me horribly in school, and drug me down more than anything – but not to the point where I wasn’t simply passed through to the next grade. When I wasn’t doing that, I would be out on the playground, being a loser at sports that have no value in anything in the adult world, watching movies that teach you liberal values, fighting with other kids, and creating “art” that also is not very marketable. Oh, and singing, in preparation for program night, so that it looks like the teachers are doing something with the kids.

    Yep, it’s truly designed to stifle kids. And just think – it’s even worse today.

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