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It will be difficult or even impossible to go back to a system where learning is actually a discipline that requires hard work and dedication.

Public education in the United States, if measured by results, has been producing graduates that are less competent in language skills and dramatically less well taught in the sciences and mathematics since 1964, when Scholastic Aptitude Test scores peaked. The decline in science and math skills has accelerated in the past decade according to rankings of American students compared to their peers overseas. A recent assessment, from 2015, placed the U.S. at 38th out of 71 countries in math and 24th in science. Among the 35 members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development OECD), the United States came in at 30th in math and 19th in science. Those poor results must be placed in a context of American taxpayers spending more money per student than any other country in the world, so the availability of resources is not necessarily a factor in most school districts.

Much of the decline is due to technical advances that level the playing field for teachers worldwide, but one must also consider changing perceptions of the role of education in a social context. In the United States in particular, political and cultural unrest certainly have been relevant factors. But all of that said and considered, the U.S. is now confronting a reassessment of values that will likely alter forever traditional education and will also make American students even more non-competitive with their foreign peers.

Many schools in the United States have ceased issuing grades that have any meaning, or they have dropped grading altogether, which means there is no way to judge progress or achievement. National test scores for evaluating possible college entry are on the way out almost everywhere as they are increasingly being condemned as “racist” in terms of how they assess learning based solely on the fact that blacks do less well on them than Asians and whites. This has all been part of an agenda that is being pushed that will search for and eliminate any taint of racism in the public space. It has also meant the destruction or removal of numerous historic monuments and an avoidance of any honest discussion of American history. San Francisco schools are, for example, notoriously spending more than $1 million to change the names of 44 schools that honor individuals who have been examined under the “racism and oppression” microscope and found wanting. They include George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Paul Revere.

The new world order for education is built around the concept of “equity,” sometimes described as using the public education system to “ensure equitable outcomes.” But the concept itself is deeply flawed as the pursuit of equity means treating all American unequally to guarantee that everyone that comes out of the schools is the same and has learned the same things. That is, of course, ridiculous and it penalizes the good student to make sure that the bad student is somehow pushed through the system and winds up with the same piece of paper.

And the quality overall of public education will sharply decline. One might reasonably observe that imposition of a totalitarian style “equity” regime based on race will inevitably drive many of the academically better prepared students out of the system. Many of the better teachers will also move to the private academies that will spring up due to parental and student demand. Others will stop teaching altogether when confronted by political correctness at a level that prior to 2020 would have seemed unimaginable. The actual quality of education will suffer for everyone involved

All of that has been bad enough, but the clincher is that his transformation is taking place all over the United States with the encouragement of federal, state and local governments and once the new regime is established it will be difficult or even impossible to go back to a system where learning is actually a discipline that sometimes requires hard work and dedication. In many school districts, the actual process of change is also being put on the back of the taxpayer. In one Virginia county the local school board spent $422,500 on a consultant to apply so-called Critical Race Theory (CRT) to a new program of instruction that will be mandatory for all employees and will serve as the framework for teaching the students. When schools eventually reopen, all kindergarteners, for example, will be taught “social justice” in a course designed by the controversial Southern Poverty Law Center and “diversity training” will be integrated in all other grade levels. Teaching reading, writing and arithmetic will take a back seat of “social justice.”

Critical Race Theory, which is being promoted as the framework for reorganizing the schools along lines of racial preferences, has been fairly criticized as it pretends to be an antidote to systemic racism but is itself racist in nature as it opposes a race neutral system that equally benefits everyone. It proposes that all of America’s governmental bodies and infrastructures are racist and supportive of “white supremacy” and must be deconstructed. It requires everything to be examined through a value system determined by identity politics and race and it views both whites and their institutions as hopelessly corrupted, if not evil.

Fortunately, some pushback to the Jacobins of political correctness is developing. Parents in many school districts are starting to attend school board meetings to register their opposition and even some school board members and teachers are refusing to cooperate. The teachers do so at risk of losing their jobs. At the elite Dalton private school in New York City parents have sent a letter to the Head of School Jim Best complaining how the newly introduced “anti-racist” curriculum has been gravely distorted by Critical Race Theory and the pursuit of “equity” to such an extent that it has included “a pessimistic and age-inappropriate litany of grievances in EVERY class. We have confused a progressive pedagogical model with progressive politics. Even for people who are sympathetic to that political viewpoint, the role of a school is not to indoctrinate politically. It’s to open the minds of children to the wonders of the world and learning. The Dalton we love, that has changed our lives, is nowhere to be found. And that is a huge loss.”

The letter also stated that “Every class this year has had an obsessive focus on race and identity, ‘racist cop’ reenactments in science, ‘decentering whiteness’ in art class, learning about white supremacy and sexuality in health class. Wildly age-inappropriate, many of these classes feel more akin to a Zoom corporate sensitivity training than to Dalton’s intellectually engaging curriculum.”

Ironically, much of the new curriculum is being driven by a core of radicalized Dalton faculty members, who in December signed on to an “anti-racism manifesto” which demanded that the school “hire 12 full-time diversity officers, abolish high-level academic courses if Black students’ performance isn’t on par with White students’, and require anti-racism ‘statements’ from all members of the staff.”

Inevitably what is going on at Dalton and elsewhere is also playing out at many of America’s top universities, so the rot will persist into the next generation when today’s college students themselves become teachers. A black Princeton professor of classics is calling for all classics departments to be done away with because they promote “racism, slavery and white supremacy.” America’s education system, once upon a time, benefited the nation and its people, but we are now watching it in its death throes. And please don’t expect the Joe Biden administration to do anything to save it. They are on the side of the wreckers.

Philip Giraldi, Ph.D. is Executive Director of the Council for the National Interest.

(Republished from Strategic Culture Foundation by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. Public education is not about educating citizens or preparing competent, well-rounded, civic-minded professionals. At least not when it’s controlled by bureaucrats and teachers’ unions. Maybe such ideals survive in truly locally-controlled school boards, but such independence is being aggressively undermined on purpose through the unbelievable centralization of curriculum, standards, and achievement testing.

    Public education is really just a conditioning program, with some career training mixed in. Obey. Do your job. Believe the Truth. That’s really all that matters in a public education system, and that is exactly the direction it will head in when voters are complacent and don’t want to show their fangs to the federal government.

    Very little of high school or college in America has anything to do with learning employment-relevant skills, and virtually nothing to do with true education or learning about our heritage.

    The real question I have is why being obsessed with blacks is such a long-standing American national pastime? It’s led to racial-cultural decline, provided the Jews with plenty of vulgar nonsense for their media monopoly, and created the self-destructive phenomenon of white guilt. Saying “I’m not a racist!” is almost like a signature of American whites, as they try to outdo their fellow citizens in demonstrating their “colorblindness” and love for black people.

    Race ranting aside, one of the best things that could ever happen to this country is for the financial-political-ideological power base of the educational sector, from universities to public schools, to have its back broken worse than a mouse in a rat trap.

  2. anonymous[247] • Disclaimer says:

    It is pathetic, but racial divide-and-rule in education is just one symptom of an overarching syndrome. The US is undergoing retrograde development, and the 171 treaty parties of the ICESCR have left it behind to pursue ECOSOC’s interpretation of the right to education (along with all other world-standard economic rights.)

    https://docstore.ohchr.org/SelfServices/FilesHandler.ashx?enc=4slQ6QSmlBEDzFEovLCuW%2bKyH%2bnXprasyMzd2e8mx4cYlD1VMUKXaG3Jw9bomilLKS84HB8c9nIHQ9mUemvt0Fbz%2f0SS7kENyDv5%2fbYPWAxMw47K5jTga59puHtt3NZr

    When you can find a school board that’s not utterly ignorant of this universal requisite of sovereign states, then US education won’t be such a worthless crock of shit.

    https://tbinternet.ohch r.org/_layouts/15/treatybodyexternal/Download.aspx?symbolno=E%2fC.12%2f1999%2f10&Lang=en

    https://www.right-to-education.org/sites/right-to-education.org/files/resource-attachments/UNESCO_ECOSOC_Joint_Expert_Group_on_Monitoring_Right_to_Education_2006_en.pdf

    https://en.unesco.org/themes/right-to-education/resources

    The IB is the only part of US education that comes anywhere near meeting these standards, and that’s limited to expensive private schools or public schools in dominant-class districts.

  3. KenR says:

    Based on my experience the hope of pushback from parents against the school boards is a chimera. It simply does not work. In our case we had an absolute eruption two years ago over the gender identity agenda. It is astonishing how heated that battle was, with the halls packed full of angry parents as if they were sardines. Hot opposition to the agenda was running about 90%, I’ve never seen this kind of unanimity on anything, and this was passionate unanimity.

    But that just did not matter. We lost badly, handed resounding defeat on every score without exception. We thought revenge could be taken at the school board elections, and indeed record turnout occurred for them. But no, once again resounding defeat faced us in every single race and an even more radicalized board became elected. Now, how is that possible? Well, you tell me, but it happened. Another dagger in the heart of this idea of democracy in America if you ask me.

    No, and then the past year the public schools have been completely derailed by COVID and equally hostile and unsympathetic to the interests and concerns of the families.

    I contend that the public school system cannot be mended. It’s a total loss.

    The only recourse is to avoid it altogether. Find homeschool groups, do private or parochial school, do something, anything, but if you love your children, you will not subject them to public school in America today.

  4. The public (mis)education system–hell, the whole friggin’ academic world–is a shitload of sloth, incompetence, and political correctness.

    The U.S. is definitely on the way out. . . .

  5. A country without education
    Is a mass pit of putrefaction.

  6. Chris Moore says: • Website

    Pack ’em in. Got to pay for Zion and wars for Israel somehow. Bankers love the Ponzi, too. Kills two birds with one stone. Well, maybe three: dillutes whites/founders of democracy, pays for wars and Israel, gets the Grifter Class rich before departure to their lodestar. Oh, it also proves that democracy is weak and doomed — a major Zionist imperative.

    Democracy could have worked as the next natural step of Christianity, but for Zionists and their ilk. Kinda makes you think…

  7. Education since 1950 has been a scam to fool proles into thinking tugging their bootstraps produces net upward force.

    Current education is shit, because you don’t need to know shit to function as a member of the elite. being a good ruling class elite has absolutely no rigorous role attached to it (such as leadership skills or problem solving ability). the only required skills are networking and refraining from unfortunate comments.

    which is what the education system teaches. The educational system’s sales pitch to the proles is “give us your energy and resources and we will educate you how to behave like the elite so you too can enjoy the elite life”

    However to enjoy the elite life requires capital, and capital is precisely that which the educational system demands from individuals and the state.

    The state ethic of individual advancement and discipline prevents the necessary collective advancement and discipline required to create a better future for the proles. But then again who gives a shit about the proles? not the elite and certainly not the proles themselve.

    I am a sino-Triumphalist because they are clearly up against the undisciplined useless elite of the West and the low grade proles of the west trying their best to imitate elite habits and basing their political views on propaganda (both mainstream and “alternative”).

    A better more entertaining summary of my views is any George Carlin rant you can find.

  8. Anon[237] • Disclaimer says:

    Still our system takes care of the connected well heeled who are largely white with smattering of Chinese and Indians . Education is top heavy . Money spent on education doesn’t actually better the skill of the students but lines the pockets of the superintendent , lunch provider , and promote sports .

    Blacks poor white or Latinos are left out to fend for themselves . These kids express their jealousy hatred and desperation by falling victims to this sort of race baiting which does entrench the top echelon of the society who goes to top tier school and goes to medical and law school or business school .

    Undergraduate students go hungry eating once a day .
    Their dorm sucks .
    Teachers do not teach .

    Counselors control who goes to the school of his or her choice .
    School divert attention from scholastic elements by focusing on shitty things like – travel abroad , voluntary work in Kenya , or knowing Swali language or knowing how to play Native Indian musical instruments. They float the ideas that these are more important than grades to get to the best colleges . Then the same people use the grades and scores on subjective assessments to pick and choose the student .
    It’s a scam that gives impression of addressing the disadvantaged but actually secures the future of the rich white and other rich sections .

    • Replies: @Resartus
  9. Stealth says:
    @KenR

    That is the most demoralizing thing I’ve read in forever.

  10. @KenR

    School board election contests are always a non-choice between a dumbo soccer mom, a left-wing activist looking to impose her pet project (e.g. organic bean sprouts offered in the cafeterias), or some lifetime union member, retired ex-teacher looking to boost salaries (taxes) for her friends.

    But who really cares? Even if a public school board:

    • consisted of a set of business all-stars, e.g. Musk, Zuck, Brin, et al, and it were

    • able to recruit Bill Gates to serve as its district superintendent, i.e. by offering him a 100% performance based, front-end loaded, compensation package worth up to $10B,

    that district would STILL suck.

    Public education is controlled by literally thousands of government regulations; the two most destructive are compulsory attendance (the draft) and the 180-day @6+ hrs school year (school must be expensive).

    [MORE]

    Did you see that board-related story out of the CA East Bay?

    A local board was preparing to start a virtual meeting with parents. The agenda was how/when district schools would re-open.

    On hot mic’s, before the meeting started, board members were overhead denigrating parents. One said that parents were just looking to get their babysitters back. Another said that parents were merely upset they couldn’t smoke pot with the kids at home.

    • Replies: @Mustapha Mond
    , @Curmudgeon
  11. ruralguy says:

    As a father of children in K-12, for the past 13 years, I’ve observed teachers are social creatures, often very effeminate and sensitive, even the males. Those personalities are quite toxic to impressionable children.

  12. Ugetit says:

    Dear Phil,

    It ain’t education yer writin’ about. It’s only called that for obvious reasons.

    Sincerely,
    U

  13. Resartus says:
    @Anon

    Even back in the ’80s,
    around 40% Affirmative Action students failed to complete
    their first Semester….
    Being allowed into College, doesn’t mean you are ready….

  14. Richard B says:
    @Fallingwater

    Race ranting aside, one of the best things that could ever happen to this country is for the financial-political-ideological power base of the educational sector, from universities to public schools, to have its back broken worse than a mouse in a rat trap.

    Oh, that’s going to happen alright. In fact, it’s happening now. It’s even implied in the article.

    The real question I have is why being obsessed with blacks is such a long-standing American national pastime?

    Just as we had the choice in the second half of the 20th century to become more like Switzerland or Brazil, so too did we have the choice starting in the 19th century to value individual genius or social conformity. We choose social conformity.

    The result? We stopped producing geniuses whose work we could benefit from. They appeared, but mostly accidently and they were easily marginalized or simply ignored.

    And I’m not talking about the STEM’s geniuses. What good are they in social institutions run by dumbbells who don’t know, understand or value the culture they live in? What good are they if their science is subordinated to a political system held together by a torn tissue of absurdities?

    Orwell wrote about the power of facing unpleasant facts. And it is a power. One we’d all do well to acquire since we’re being bombarded by them daily. In any event, the unpleasant fact of the matter is that the population explosion of the 19th century produced millions upon millions of people who truly did not know about, understand, or value the civilization they were born into.

    The population explosion was its own kind of internal mass migration and we’ve never really recovered from it. It was exactly these people who needed to be assimiliated into the cultural patterns of the West. Forget about immigrants from non-European countries. It was the American and European citizens who had to be assimilated.

    But there was just too many and in too short a time. In no time flat they were running the show. But they didn’t know what they were doing and they didn’t much care, so they pissed it all away. And that truly is an unpleasant fact. But it’s a fact none the less.

    For this reason, the best course of action would be to simply get out of the way. There is nothing at all courageous or wise about a small group of people getting together to stop an avanlanche. Because you know it’s going down. You know that what’s described in this article and touched on in your excellent comment is simply unsustainable.

    • Thanks: Fallingwater
    • Replies: @RoatanBill
  15. Richard B says:

    It will be difficult or even impossible to go back to a system where learning is actually a discipline that requires hard work and dedication.

    This was said, in so many words, at a meeting in Cooper Square in NYC between corporate executives, university presidents, invited speakers and guests.

    One speaker even came out and said that the university was unsavable, adding that, since it takes a greater capital investment to restore a dying institution than to build a new one, they should let the university go its declining way and build new institutions that are truly and shamelessly dedicated to higher learning.

    Because it is only that kind of education that will ever produce individuals who are competent in and dedicated to the exhausting task and unrewarding responsibility of social management.

    But, of course, that didn’t happen.

    The year was 1971!

    Nine years later, the great cultural historian Jaques Barzun said the university never recovered from the campus disturbances that happened throughout the country from 1965-68. Who today could possibly deny it?

    The point is, this has been a long time in the making and should come as no surprise to anyone who knows anything at all about teaching-learning institutions in general, and higher education in particular, in the US, and not just the US.

    The good news? The Pyrrhic Victory of The Hostile Elite is guaranteed.

    For anyone who doubts this, just reread the article.

  16. One wonders if the private Jewish day schools are piling this onto their K-12the grade students. If not, SPLC has a hell of a nerve pushing it on public schools.

    Pretty obvious the who of this one. Or whom. Or whatever.

  17. Gov’t should have absolutely nothing to do with education. Period! All public schools should be closed, the teachers fired, the facilities sold to the highest bidder and related taxes rescinded. Private schools are the only ones accountable to their clients, the parents. Teachers unions and school boards shouldn’t exist.

    It’s just like the gov’t intrusion into what is considered money. They debased the concept of money by creating fiat currency. The debased education by controlling it to become a propaganda platform.

    The lack of a proper education is why we have welfare and the minimum wage. When you produce millions of dolts and can’t send all of them overseas to die as soldiers, you have to feed them and use them for BLM and Antifa protesters or allow them to become criminals so there’s a reason to have the phony police forces and the prison system.

    Having a poor education system is a feature, not a bug. TPTsB need millions of morons to control the working class and vote in the next generation to keep their political system alive.

  18. onebornfree says: • Website

    Education is a disaster directly _because_ of government involvement/takeover.

    This just in: there is _no_ constitutional allowance for the Federal government to be involved in “education” in any way whatsoever.

    Get the governments [federal, state and local] out of ALL “education”, from kindergarten through university level and beyond, because:

    “Everything government touches turns to crap” Ringo Starr

    “Government is a disease masquerading as its own cure” Robert LeFevere

    “Governments don’t want a population capable of critical thinking, they want obedient workers, people just smart enough to run the machines and just dumb enough to passively accept their situation.” ~ George Carlin

    “The kind of man who wants the government to adopt and enforce his ideas is always the kind of man whose ideas are idiotic” H.L.Mencken

    regards, onebornfree

  19. @KenR

    Did those school board elections use voting machines or mail in ballots? Who counted the votes?

    The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything.
    Joseph Stalin

    • Replies: @KenR
  20. @Richard B

    if their science is subordinated to a political system held together by a torn tissue of absurdities?

    Look at what’s happening in Texas right now. The science for what to do with energy has been around and tested since Alvin Weinberg patented the molten salt reactor at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the late 1960’s. Politics, the military’s desire for plutonium and corporate profits have kept that technology on the shelf for decades.

    Wind and solar are always going to be niche players. The entire world needs nuclear reactors, but not the problem prone high pressure Uranium reactors currently in use. If the Iranians had any sense, they’d be pursuing Thorium Molten Salt reactors to get out from under the Uranium and weapons of mass destruction cloud, but they also have a political agenda to keep their population under their control by having the US threat as the bad guy.

    • Agree: Fallingwater
    • Replies: @Realist
  21. The purpose of public “education” has always been to force square pegs to fit in round holes, and to accustom the future workers of America to spend your whole day, five days a week, being somewhere you’d rather not be, doing something you’d rather not be doing.

    There have always been two educational systems, one for the rulers and one for the ruled. As George Carlin observed, the powers that be need you to be just intelligent enough to run the machines, but not so smart that you ask too many questions.

  22. So what to do?

    The unconstitutional and destructive federal Dept of Education should be closed.

    The fact that this is 100% sure not to happen with a Dem-controlled House/Senate/Presidency trifecta….and equally unlikely with a similar Rep administration does not mean it should not.

  23. Public education in the United States, if measured by results, has been producing graduates that are less competent in language skills and dramatically less well taught in the sciences and mathematics since 1964….

    Sure, if you measure by those quaint standards, government schools are indeed failing. As centres to educate and condition the nation’s youth to properly engage in the daily two minutes of hate against advertised enemies of the state, they are largely successful.

    If we could just get problemmatic parents, who insist on their children learning national values and real-world knwledge, skills, and abilities, out of the way, then they would be wildly successful.

  24. anon[819] • Disclaimer says:

    Ango American attitude to education was that it was a private effort and gov had no role in it .Chaplin religious order and priests introduced education at home and abroad from 1700. Anti science bias was deeply embedded in education. Now society has fully soaked itself with those ideas leading to vulnerability to mind control from left and right , from political correctness and hate speech to bravado and self-glorification. and to faith in universal American exceptionalism from both sides of the stupidity .

    Instead of creating safe and finest education from grade 1 to K 12 , we waste time on political correctness and spend time on how to hide the failures by rewarding a few colored guys rather the quality, skill, training and depth of education.
    We hurt both blacks and whites and we have already created an entrenched class on both sides of color divide who profit from this system . The system depends on political correctness and empty slogan for the survival.

    • Agree: Rev. Spooner
    • Replies: @Hibernian
  25. The coarse and animalistic minds of today’s so-called “college students” can’t process the unfamiliar words and challenging syntax that the great thinkers in the Western tradition used to express their thoughts about the human condition, so colleges have to dumb down the curriculum. What did you think would happen to the canonical Western works in this regime, any way?

    • Replies: @Rev. Spooner
  26. Realist says:
    @RoatanBill

    If the Iranians had any sense, they’d be pursuing Thorium Molten Salt reactors to get out from under the Uranium and weapons of mass destruction cloud, but they also have a political agenda to keep their population under their control by having the US threat as the bad guy.

    Agreed, but the US is only too happy to comply

    • Replies: @anarchyst
  27. @Abolish_public_education

    “….able to recruit Bill Gates to serve as its district superintendent…”

    Bill Gates and his ilk are a BIG part of the problem, and certainly not the solution.

    Check out this story and learn that the Gates Foundation is bankrolling organizations that want to get rid of mathematics as a ‘discipline’ in our public schools and replace it with a ‘woke’ substitute that eliminates the requirement of showing your work, or even getting the right answers to math questions, which are, as we all know, horribly ‘racist’:

    “The Gates Foundation is the only donor mentioned on the homepage of A Pathway to Equitable Math Instruction, a group of 25 education organizations whose curriculum states that asking students to show their work and find the right answer is an inherently racist practice.”

    (See here: https://freebeacon.com/latest-news/bill-and-melinda-gates-foundation-behind-anti-racist-math-push/)

    Looks like Psycho Billy Gates is all about keeping Americans and their children dumbed down and shot up (with his lovely vaccines.) Of course, when it comes to engineering, coding and programming, they’ll simply import lots of east asians and Indians to work for far less, until they too can be eliminated by AI algorithms and programs that work for nothing, rarely complain, and never need medical leave or vacation.

    Bill Gates is an anti-human oligarch. And yet he pales in comparison to those above him who pulls his strings and make him dance. Their agenda embodies what probably the greatest thinker of the 19th/20th centuries, Nikola Tesla, summed up perfectly circa 1896: “You may live to see man-made horrors beyond your comprehension.”

    It is appearing more and more likely by the day that truer words were never spoken……

  28. Tom Verso says:

    How does the introduction of Critical Race Theory curriculum and instructional methods affect the teaching of science and math (STEM) education?

    I taught vocational computer skills (Microsoft word processing, spreadsheet, etc) in a welfare to work program. My students were largely unwed African American mothers; high school drop outs with reading and math levels about middle school average.

    However, at one point a group of Bosnian refugees were assigned to my class. They were college educated.

    There was no difference in the curriculum in terms of job skills taught or the instructional method. The only variation between the respective groups was rate of learning. A Bosnian student would progress to proficiency more quickly than the high school drop out.

    I should think the same would hold if I were teaching math or science. Like vocational computing, math and science are perfectly defined curriculums (algebra, geometry, chemistry, etc.). While there are many variations in the instructional methods due to variations in student background (e.g lower vs upper middle class), there is no variation in the curriculum (i.e. what is to be learned).

    The above article implies that critical race theory is affecting modification in math and science curriculum. While it is understandable that humanities and social science curriculum would be adjusted per race theory, it does not make sense to say the math and science would be similarly affected by race theory.

    Accordingly, there must be some other sociological explanation for the decline in math and science proficiency. For example, as a society we have turned away from what is characterized as STEM knowledge and skills. We place far greater emphasis on, for instance, Law and Finance.

    Manufacturing/industrial societies emphasize STEM education. Financial/ merchandising place much less emphasis on STEM. The economist Michael Hudson in a recent UNZ article “Financial Capitalism vs Industrial Capitalism” describes in detail the different types of economic systems, and I would suggest that education follows the economic system.

    Also, it is interesting to note that in a current UNZ article, “Russian Holds the key to German sovereignty”, Pepe Escobar writes:

    German industrialists and the business classes know exactly what Nord Stream 2 represents: increasingly assertive German sovereignty guiding the heart of the EU, which translates as increased EU sovereignty.”

    The implication is that Germany is tracking towards an industrial economy, and I would expect that their education would emphasize STEM curriculum.

    In sum, social analysis should stop positing jerk knee racial theories to explain all social phenomena. Society is much too complicated to use one catch all theory to explain every facet of society and culture.

  29. gnbRC says:
    @Fallingwater

    Please accept my apologies in advance if anyone is offended by this comment. It’s not personal and no offense is intended – only the exposition of talking points from (perhaps misplaced) decades of study and observation.

    If one takes ideology out of the education equation, then one can see a multidimensional problem in the social control and greed arena. But yes, it is hopeless, and you would expect the U.S. education to result in a stupid, crazy, brutal, and hysterical society with everyone at each others throats.

    First, boiling down to basics, the issue behind how ‘education’ is accomplish is a function of specific characteristics of the human species that are controllable. In males, it’s the inherent/intrinsic tendency toward cruelty, brutality, and dominance; in females it’s the link between the rise of emotion and the subsequent [sometimes hysterical] psychological reaction.

    Second, control the psychological terrain to induce a feeling of powerlessness (thus minimizing future threats from the general population). So why not create an isolated ‘echo chamber’ to impress on students how to view the world around them and what’s important (top-down authoritarian environment w/ punishments, competition with the jocks, cheerleaders, those with good clothes and bling, well-to-do parents, etc.) – essentially, suppression/traumatization by belittlement.

    Third, one would have to control the actual content of the knowledge that is ‘learned’, i.e. divorced from reality. Modified economics [Rockefeller], modified history [Carnegie], modified science, modified medicine, modified sociology.

    Finally, fourth (and I believe this is a relatively recent development based on old religious methodologies {B&M Gates [Foundation?]}), create false narratives in the isolated ‘echo chambers’ of student psycho-social environments (e.g. diversity, reparations, whiteness, gender oppression, gender dysphoria, etc.) using advertising company studies/strategies with resultant social conditioning programs supported by government agencies and social media. [I particularly like this one because the result is everyone exposed to this type of ‘education’ appears to be somewhat insane (now being divorced from reality in toto).]

    At this point in the ‘education’ system, the student’s mind is floating, with no fixed reference and individuality ceases to exist – essentially ‘sitting ducks’ that will just continue to take any type of abuse imposed upon them. (I think we’ve all seen it – a child goes into the ‘education’ system smiling, happy, optimistic and comes out depressed, cynical, and angry with a bent toward self-destruction.)

    Once these four objectives are met, then the playing field is set for unbridled greed. You can create [or import] ‘downtrodden’ groups that require special local/state/federal funding to correct; create special housing, medical, dental, social support programs; create special food programs, etc., with contracts controlled at the state level to ensure the money is directed toward political supporters or other ‘privileged’ groups.

    And, of course, it is not possible such an elaborate system without allowing money to be funneled into the finance, insurance and real estate sectors – and so, elaborate infrastructure building contracts with conc0mitant bond issues, are allocated to political supporters in a pay-to-play controlled high-price contracting scheme (and, complete with political kickbacks!).

  30. @KenR

    How about not having secret ballots? How about all votes being pinned on “For or Against” on a notice board and each vote signed named, and no online voting allowed???

  31. We are in an existential battle with China. I mean, they probably won’t kill us, but they will happily demote us to second-rate power as they ascend to world domination. Who will lead us against them? Who will make the critical decisions? Who will outsmart the disciplined, tenacious technocrats who run China? Where is Churchill? Where is Teddy Roosevelt? Where is Eisenhower? Nowhere to be found. Instead we have a dementia-addled, diaper-faced old fool and a corpulent, slovenly real estate bungler / reality TV star. Neither of whom can string together a coherent paragraph. In short, we’re doomed.

    • Replies: @Hans Vogel
  32. Maybe this isn’t so bad.

    Asians did well on exams and went to good schools, but most became agents of globo-homo empire.

    Btw, will there be equity between Jews and Arab-Americans in power and influence?

    Me thinks this ‘equity’ thing is really just a ruse to hide the fact that US is a deeply hierarchical Jewish-supremacist state.

    Also, this ‘equity’ doesn’t mean making things equal between Jews & affluent proggy whites AND the white working class. It seems like Jews and elite whites using blacks as symbolic allies to cover up their elitism. As for working class whites, they sink further below.

    And using ‘equity’ as excuse can cut down on Asian enrollment in top schools. Not only blacks but whites have something to gain from that.

  33. @Abolish_public_education

    Public education is controlled by literally thousands of government regulations; the two most destructive are compulsory attendance (the draft) and the 180-day @6+ hrs school year (school must be expensive).

    It’s not the regulations, its the control of the curriculum. The State is in control of content. It doesn’t matter if it is a liberal, conservative, Republican, or Democrat government, the people behind the scenes are the ones really in control. People who think teachers’ unions are in control are deluded. It is the ones who are in government departments, year after year who dream up shit like “new Math” to confuse kids, or turning social studies, which used to be a sky high overview, into woke-ism. Where are the teachers indoctrinated? In universities that provide the “expert advice” to the contoller hidden behind the scenes.
    The attendance rules were there to mimic a work day. Even on the farm, no one slept in, and there were chores to do. It was about helping you to be responsible for something.
    Education used to be about teaching kids how to think, not what to think.

  34. @advancedatheist

    You are mistaken in blaming the students.
    It’s the teachers and mentors who have to educate and process the unfamiliar words and challenging syntax that the great thinkers in the Western tradition used to express their thoughts about the human condition.
    Yet if teachers and professors are doing it to to stay afloat in times of uncertainty and at the mercy of of the small hats, I do not blame them.
    Let me list the professions doing the same:-
    *The US president
    *The former US Presidents since Truman
    *The US senate
    * The US Congress
    * The US Supreme Court.
    * The so called free press
    *The Social Media
    * The Judiciary (when has it ever been fair?) Etc., etc.
    If your country has been captured and you do not even realize it, then your child’s education should take a backseat and your own education should be of utmost importance to you.

  35. @Mustapha Mond

    You missed my point.

    Government regulations are all either unnecessary or destructive. BG could not do a thing to eliminate them (even if he wanted to).

    In any event, the schools are incorrigible. As my ID makes clear, I don’t want to deregulate (i.e. reform) the schools. I want to get rid of them.

    [MORE]

    I had seen that story about the GF. Somehow, I think the spin is fake news. I can’t see BG ever favoring kooky math.

    • Replies: @anarchyst
  36. @Curmudgeon

    Curriculum control is regulation.

    The legislature imposes the most politically charged mandates, such as sex ed (e.g. WA Ref#90), instruction related to observance of certain legal holidays, etc.

    In many states, the State Dept of Ed must set textbook standards; many probably just adopt CA’s.

    Core curriculum is largely dictated by the local school board. It decides which textbooks will be assigned (purchased), how many years of PE will be required to graduate, etc.

    If those are not regulations, then nothing is.

    I won’t quibble over which special interest group secretly controls public education. (I say it’s DEM controlled, public unions and GOP controlled, school contractors.) What matters is knowing that the schools are not “for the children”.

    • Replies: @anarchyst
  37. anarchyst says:
    @Realist

    Wrong.

    The threat of developing nuclear weapons is the only thing keeping the international oligarch system which is controlled by and is run out of “poor little israel” that has (undocumented) nuclear weapons of its own.

    Iran is doing the right thing by keeping its nuclear program operational. Aside of murdering Iranian nuclear scientists “poor little israel” knows better than to “tweak the bear”. israel’s military is not invincible, getting its nose bloodied in Lebanon. Without the USA “poor little israel” is nothing…

    You can bet that if Iran did not have a nuclear program, it would probably be like Iraq, under a constant threat of total annihilation.

    A major problem for the world is that Iran’s nuclear program resides totally in Iran while israel’s (undocumented) nukes are already “in place” in major cities around the world.

    • Replies: @FLgeezer
  38. anarchyst says:
    @Abolish_public_education

    Agree.

    Public indoctrination (brainwashing) centers should be abolished.

    That being said…

    It was just as bad in the 1960s. In fact, Detroit high schools had “black students unions” that were successful in getting the American flag removed from the front of the schools and replacing it with the “black nationalist” flag.

    The ordeal that us white students had to go through was harrowing, to say the least. White students did not use the restrooms, as a “beatdown” by multiple blacks was usually the result.

    Blacks never fought one-on-one, the subhuman animalistic “pack mentality” was evident then as is today.

    Any attempts by whites to defend themselves was met with indifference, and even outright hostility from school officials. You see, even then, blacks were not “responsible” for their behavior. The frequent beatdowns of whites and Asians by roving black gangs were not only tolerated but ignored by school officials.

    Blacks did not want to learn, the same situation that still exists today. As is the case today, blacks considered excelling at school as “acting white”.

    Even then, blacks were very disruptive. Most of the teachers just shrugged their shoulders, let the disruptions go on until the next class period.

    Almost all teachers were deferential to blacks, although there were a few good teachers who tried to carefully shield their white and Asian students from predatory blacks, giving us additional attention and coursework, knowing that we could excel in our coursework despite the, violent, raucous atmosphere.

    Anywhere blacks go, they destroy…

    • Agree: Pop Warner, AceDeuce
  39. @KenR

    Covid has shown how viable homeschooling is in the modern age. Currently, in public school districts around the country, kids are still learning through a computer, staying at home and interacting only with digital apparitions. The parent has to be involved in this arrangement, even though the benefit of public school was that someone else would be watching your kid while you worked/did errands. If public school can’t even offer that, then what is the point of logging into Zoom?

    Homeschooling would be little different from current public schooling, except kids would interact with their parents or other neighborhood kids, not to mention the parent actually has a say in the curriculum. No antiwhite bullshit, no historical revisionism, just what is important for the child. There are endless resources for homeschooling curricula online, and they don’t involve a kid languishing in a video chat while a bureaucrat tells them why their race is evil.

    I’m involved in education and have seen how Zoom classes work. The kids are completely disengaged and disinterested. Many of them, especially those who have trouble in class to begin with, are clearly suffering under this arrangement. Kids are not autonomous self-starters; sometimes you can’t expect any results if you simply bark orders at them through a computer. Many kids need hands-on help and the actual physical presence of a teacher, not a garbled voice barely qualified to operate a cash register let alone a class full of impressionable youth. Take back your children and take back their education. Use modern technology to free yourself from public school, not be enslaved by it.

  40. Anonymous[197] • Disclaimer says:

    On the debate over classics, I disagree.
    Here, we have the all-too-common straw-man misrepresentation of someone’s legitimate criticism of some aspect of supremacism, followed by a facile attack on the straw-man misrepresentation, culminating in a self-satisfied grin over the fake triumph. I for one, agree with Padilla, and wish him Godspeed in his efforts to clean classics scholarship from the supremacism is has both attracted and spawned over the centuries.

  41. Does anyone teach the Great Books anymore? St. John’s @ Annapolis, Albuquerque? U of Chicago? Western canon core curriculum @ Columbia, Harvard, Yale?

    I have read that Oxford and Cambridge are clearing the shelves of white-authored books. Poor Shakespeare, you are being canceled.

    Mortimer Adler, editor or the Great Books series, called them the Great Conversation. He felt they were integral to our being conscious, responsible human beings. How is being unconscious equivalent to “woke”?

  42. anarchyst says:
    @Abolish_public_education

    Albert Shanker, (another jew), the head of the American Federation of Teachers once quoted that he “would take the interests of children (students) seriously when they start paying union dues”.
    So much for union teachers as a “noble profession”…

  43. Sirius says:
    @KenR

    I’ve always understood different states to have different public education systems, different curricula, etc. Sure, some copy each other, but with 50 state school systems there must be some variety or variances between them, no?

    • Replies: @KenR
  44. @Pop Warner

    There’s a HUGE gap between a serious home school and the public schools’ current fad of one-size-fits-all, virtual instruction.

    First of all, for most kids under age ~14, the idea of internet-based (self!) learning just won’t work. For the elementary grades, it’s obvious that the only thing the schools are trying to accomplish is to keep up attendance (i.e. per student funding) figures.

    The older kids are already ruined. There’s little doubt that 85% of them, if they’re logged in at all, are either tuned out, or else focused on gaming or something non-education related.

    We homeschooled all the way. We devised and followed a traditional curriculum. The teaching was hands-on, one-on-one. It was tailored to our kids’ individual abilities and interests.

    All the kids turned out fine, thanks, both academically (ranging from 2-yr college to graduate school) and socially. No drugs, pop-culture, promiscuity, left wing politics, etc.

    And we didn’t cost our neighbors a cent. In fact, they were eager to contribute as no-charge, adjunct faculty. Bless them.

  45. KenR says:
    @Sirius

    I’ve always understood different states to have different public education systems, different curricula, etc. Sure, some copy each other, but with 50 state school systems there must be some variety or variances between them, no?

    Local variation exists, but increasingly less so. I think the biggest enemy we faced in our battle was the federal government, specifically the lure of its money. If school boards want to get their full measure of funding then they will do the things that Washington requires. The second biggest enemy were the leftist activists, who are uniformly the same everywhere in terms of their radical demands and intolerance. And the last biggest obstacle were the teachers’ unions, which are national.

    Locals are turned by all of these forces into being merely another special interest, even in their own children’s schools, and also the ones who come bearing the least lucre of appeal to school boards.

    All school districts of major US cities and surrounding suburbs are largely conformed to the will of Washington, not the parents.

  46. Wokesters are insane. I’m not a psychologist so I can’t diagnose their disease, but I’m rational enough to know there is one. It’s not Schizoid PD b/c there is so much emotion involved, it’s not Thought Disorder b/c they seem to be able to focus on the idea of diversity – but without understanding that diversity means from many nor do they justify it somehow, and it’s not exactly Delusional Disorder but it comes close.

    The DSM 5 needs to be upgraded.

  47. There are no more worthy recipients for woke ideology than whites too poor to send their kids to Catholic or International Schools. They deserve what they get.

  48. Anon[672] • Disclaimer says:

    We are demagnetising America with stuff like this. Nobody wants to sit through a guilt trip. This includes Asians and Hispanics.

  49. RobinG says:

    Phil,

    You have allies in Glenn Loury, John McWhorter, et al. (The Glenn Show at bloggingheads.tv)

    Did you see this in the WaPo today? (This is the free edition, lol.)
    Blueprint for a raid: Documents shed light on plan to buy U.S. helicopter gunships for assault on Tripoli
    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/blueprint-for-a-raid-documents-shed-light-on-plan-to-buy-u-s-helicopter-gunships-for-assault-on-tripoli/ar-BB1dQfdD?ocid=msedgntp

  50. anonymous[400] • Disclaimer says:

    Anecdotally, I’ve never met a Chicago public school teacher who was very bright or well informed. A lot are on psychiatric drugs or are weird people in general. Their union is led by ideologue leftists. After striking for more pay and less work they now are pretending to be too scared to go back to work and want to cruise easy doing it all by Zoom. Get paid for doing as little as possible, basically a high-end welfare scheme for themselves. It’s a job where there is no correlation between their pay and the quality of their product. Only about nine percent of students in the public system are white even though the city population is almost a third white. The stories of the actual moronic level of the black-brown student body are hard to believe for the average naive white person. With this new equity nonsense thrown in things can only get worse even as it all gets more expensive.

  51. @Cool Daddy Jimbo

    You are forgetting the mixed-race, frustrated harpy waiting in the wings for the moment the “dementia-addled, diaper-faced old fool” collapses, to take over.

    The fact that a nation of 330 million has over the past decades not been able to come up with any really competent candidates is in itself eloquent proof that not only the educational system is a mess.

    It proves that the occupant of the White Madhouse is just a stooge who needs to sign the papers.

  52. scamDemic says:

    The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country.

    Just so you all know, I had a very successful YouTube channel with 240k subscribers. It was first sanctioned, then then totally removed by YT. I started a second channel, off to a good start, suddenly 22 of my videos were removed, now I’m blocked from posting. Punished for telling the truth. Finally I opened a BitChute acct, and posted my first video yesterday, so far zero views.

    People like myself are being wiped out. It takes a tremendous amount of time and energy to produce a video, only to have it instantly deleted. To have to restart from zero, on an alternative (non-monetized) platform is a steep hill to climb. Even this post right here is subject to approval, and maybe I cannot even say almost nothing here?


    • Replies: @RobinG
  53. onebornfree says: • Website

    “It isn’t a coincidence that governments everywhere want to educate children. Government education, in turn, is supposed to be evidence of the state’s goodness and its concern for our well-being. The real explanation is less flattering. If the government’s propaganda can take root as children grow up, those kids will be no threat to the state apparatus. They’ll fasten the chains to their own ankles. H.L. Mencken once said that the state doesn’t just want to make you obey. It tries to make you want to obey. And that’s one thing the government schools do very well.”
    Llewellyn Rockwell

    Regards, onebornfree

  54. RobinG says:
    @scamDemic

    The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country.

    Quite. The deep state that we’re not supposed to believe exists.

  55. Sink says:

    Maybe much of the money paid for “education” in the USA goes to fund pensions and not for students?

    • Replies: @Intensifier
  56. @Sink

    Its even worse than that. Much worse.

    The pensions are totally unfunded in reality. They will come from future taxation, borrowing and money printing and are not properly speaking pensions at all but are a sort of post-retirement half pay arrangement. The only way they will be afforded is if the currency is further debased and inflation eats away real value.

    The current budget goes largely on salaries including the massive sick pay allowance for teachers who don’t want to report for work and the outlandishly long holidays during which poorer kids regress markedly in comparison to richer ones.

  57. HVM says:

    That’s the truth. Don’t I know it.

  58. @Intensifier

    The money given (“salary”) to public schoolteachers should be viewed as a form of welfare.

    When said teachers retire, they merely exchange one form of welfare, e.g. one that requires them to show-up at the school (Zoom!) for 1080 hr/y, for another form, e.g. one that provides money and benefits for the rest of their lives in exchange for doing nothing.

    [MORE]

    Those huge, unfunded pension obligations are really something. In the last 30 years or so, as the time-bomb has become harder to conceal, the crooked politicians have been able to avoid declaring PERS bankrupt by, as is often noted, skimming money off of appropriations for popular items and diverting it to PERS.

    Now that taxpayers have started to notice that their taxes are buying fewer services, i.e. the money goes to guys who retired long ago, the politicians are resorting to ultra-scams wherein literally many billions of federal tax dollars at a time are surreptitiously shoveled into PERS, under the guise of it being “COVID stimulus”.

  59. Hibernian says:
    @anon

    Catholic schools were traditionally more disciplined than public schools and to this day have generally, on the average, not been quite so taken over by political correctness.

  60. olde reb says:

    Phil explains why Economics taught by Business Schools never reveal how the Federal Reserve is never exposed as embezzling from the government.

    The method by which Wall Street has virtually unlimited funding for academic corruption, global domination, and endless war-mongering is detailed at https://www.spartareport.com/2020/07/the-federal-reserve-for-dummies/. FEDERAL RESERVE for DUMMIES.

    A few of Wall Street’s atrocities by are listed at –
    https://thedailycoin.org/2020/09/17/none-dare-call-it-sedition/ More are listed by John Perkins in CONFESSIONS OF ECONOMIC HIT MAN.

  61. Very well-thought-out article. The only things I might add: the very idea of “Equity” is on its face a sham. “Men are not equal. Neither shall they become so.” (Nietzsche). The only way to guarantee equality of outcome is to pull down everyone to the lowest common denominator.

    As the article notes, the value of credentials has been vastly watered down, as has the entire educational process that in the past made awarding that certification valuable. In the USA, this has been going on for at least half a century. It’s wel known that quotas are widely used, both in education and the workplace. While the claimed benefit of this is to help the disadvantaged, few ever seem to consider its downside: the assumption will be made (correctly) that a person of color, a woman, etc. acheived his/her position because of demographics, over ability. Ironically, this will lead to prejudice against the rare but truly talented minority person.

    The problem of phoney academic credentials is world-wide. In many countries, students “buy” a degree irrespecitive of any learning they receive at a university. That is partialy why, in the past at least, the USA was so popular with foreign students. Increasingly, a degree, especially from a (once) prestigious university, is seen as entre into the elite. But increasingly, it is just an expensive piece of paper. If the Left are doing anything that we can credit them for, it is to increasingly make manifest for all to see, the moral bankruptcy of their plans.

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