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"All who have meditated on the art of governing mankind have been convinced that the fate of empires depends on the education of youth." Aristotle - Greek Philosopher.

Friday, May 11, 2007

'Indoctrinate U'

I ran across this video trailer at History and Education, a fascinating blog about - you guessed it - History and Education. I got lost there for awhile. I'm not even sure how I found the blog, but to my horror I accidentally closed the window that it was open in. I thought I had lost them forever, but Old Grizzly Mama still has a few synapses with some life left in them - and I found it again. *Whew* You know what they say about old age and treachery, well it's saved my butt a few times and it did it's work tonight.

Click the entry title, and you will be magically transported to a web site with a movie trailer showing the leftist influence on our institutions of higher learning. It's not just primary public education, folks. It's all the way on up. You knew that, but here it is for all the world to see. I signed up requesting a showing in the Philadelphia area. I hope that you do, too. For your area, of course. Looks like it's been screened in New York and Washington DC. Always New York and Washington DC - always. That's right, just skip right over Philly. It's like we don't even exist or something. The armpit - I tell ya.

I tried doing that nifty thing with YouTube - embedding the video right here in this post. Didn't happen. I have to check out that new website that the people who think right started up for videos. Y'know - where they won't delete stuff with a conservative slant like YouTube does? I'll employ that Old Age trick to find them after school. Or - anyone who knows what I'm talking about could just leave me a comment reminding me what the hell it's called.

God save the Republic!


Here is a review of the film.



Blogger Logan said...

The site you are looking for is
http://www.qubetv.tv/ It's very new, still has some bandwidth type issues but it's growing. You Tube had the same issues for a long time till google bought them and fixed up their server farm etc.


11 May, 2007 11:25  
Blogger Grizzly Mama said...

Thank you so much Logan!

12 May, 2007 00:34  
Blogger tshsmom said...


13 May, 2007 10:08  
Blogger alix said...

just wanted to pop by before it's over...

i hope you had a lovely mother's day!

13 May, 2007 23:04  
Blogger Grizzly Mama said...

Thanks so much - Happy Mothers Day to you ladies, too! I had to work tonight - but had a lovely day.

14 May, 2007 00:29  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

Happy Mother's Day!

14 May, 2007 01:42  
Blogger Grizzly Mama said...

Thank you Wordsmith!!

14 May, 2007 02:14  
Blogger Hanley Family said...

I have a half-prepared post I'll probably never finish, but it is related. We now give diplomas out from "the school of oz" where giving out the diploma is what makes you smart, not the work put into earning it.

22 May, 2007 08:37  
Blogger BillT said...

David Horowitz is great at pointing out the bizarre that gets passed off as mainstream.

23 May, 2007 13:06  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm so late - been more or less out of circulation for a while, but this is such an interesting issue (the Leftist influence in education) that I just have to get it off my chest anyway.

Believe it or not, the Leftist influence began even before the government school system was established as a national phenomenon.

With very few exceptions, education was all but entirely private throughout history until the Enlightenment (which took off in several different directions).

Even though government control over education began with Luther and the Reformation, and took hold in a big way in Prussia under Frederick the Great (who believed that children belong to the government, not to their parents), it was still an off-and-on thing until the mid-1800s in both Europe and the U.S.

Except for a few municipalities with local government controlled systems in Puritan New England, education remained private in the U.S. until Horace Mann and his buddies began a huge push. They undertook a campaign to persuade the public that a government system was essential to the salvation of society by enforcing a single belief system (his). He said that through education, they could eliminate poverty, which would eliminate crime, and form a stable society.

During that time, it was thought (long story) that "nurture" was everything, and that "nature" was all but nothing, and that kids could be "molded" into pre-determined characters if caught early enough. No autonomy possible here!

At the same time, there were a couple of people, Robert Owen and Francis Wright, both dedicated socialists, who wanted a system where the government would have control over the kids between two and sixteen, 24 hours a day, and teach them that wealth and property must be equally distributed, and that no one should be allowed to deviate. They even formed a political party (The Workingmen's Party of Philadelphia) to lobby for the concept in Congress, and were widely admired.

The Party dissolved in a couple of years, but the Owen/Wright influence remained, and by the time Horace, a so-called "liberal Protestant" came along a little later, the socialists and the liberal Protestants formed an alliance to solve the "Catholic problem." It was a HUGE conflict of religion; Horace et al. insistened that a stripped-down version of liberal Protestantism be taught in the schools, the orthodox Protestants and the Catholics objected, with the upshot being the Catholics formed their own school system (still with us today). Eventually, many Christians did the same (also still with us today).

Just as the public had been persuaded that the fact that over 90% of the population was already literate was insufficient, and that government schools were the way to go, the NEA was formed - a direct result of the followers of Owen and Wright. They controlled the curriculum in the newly established Teachers' Colleges, and heavily promoted their socialist views. Eventually, the Left was teaching every kid in public school, and they, of course, graduated and entered all kinds of fields, from entertainment to the universities, publishing, politics, the law - you name it.

And so it goes. There has never been a system under government control where the agenda of the power group du jour. They, of course, have a vested interest in maintaining their position of power, and to do this, they allow no deviation from the "party line."

Here is where innovation and competition in the realm of ideas ends - along with progress. It was government control of education that made Sparta a footnote of history (a pretty good movie notwithstanding), ended the so-called "Golden Age of Islam," and kick-started the U.S. down the road to - well, you know. To today's state of affairs.

We must all be greatful for the remnants of private means of education (even though the Left, via government "help" such as free lunches, student aid, etc. has severely limited freedom in private schools too). Really, the only truly private education system left is the home-schooling movement, and it is in this movement that the future hope of civilization resides.

This is not a drill...

Thanks, people. I just had to let off some steam.

29 May, 2007 14:04  
Blogger Grizzly Mama said...

It's always good to hear from you, Cubed. Thanks for popping by!

08 June, 2007 11:10  
Blogger Jesus H.W. Bush said...

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19 August, 2007 07:36  

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