Where does our modern education system in the west come from? Many believe our educational systems, public or private, are the process of facilitating leaning or acquiring knowledge, values, skills, beliefs and habits that will help them improve their status or position in this world. Education has not been about uplifting and enlightening, but has always been about social control. Plato’s Academy and Alexandria were places of learning. Problems were posed here to be studied and solved by others. Members were encouraged to discover the simplest solutions. Both of these places encouraged freedom of thought and they were both destroyed.Our education is not about teaching individuals to have freedom of thought. It is more about making them think the same and reprimanding a person for thinking different. As H.L. Mencken said:

“The most erroneous assumption is to the effect that the aim of public education is to fill the young of the species with knowledge and awaken their intelligence…Nothing could be further from the truth. The aim of public education is not to spread enlightenment at all; it is simply to reduce as many individuals as possible to the same safe level, to breed and to train a standardized citizenry, to put down dissent and originality. That is the aim in the United States, whatever the pretensions of politicians…and that is the aim everywhere else.”

He is talking about public education here. The only difference with private education is whoever is running the private facility, whether it is religion, corporation, government or the person with the most money, it is their pretensions and beliefs that are forced on the individual.

From what I can tell, the beginning of forcing people to mold was done by the Spartans. Children were taken from their parents and housed in military schools with the idea of forcing total obedience to the Spartan state. This is why Plato started his Academy and Socrates said:

“Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.”

The beginning of our compulsory schooling began in 1524 by Martin Luther. Martin Luther was supposedly the primary figure in the Protestant revolution. Many don’t know he was a paid stooge for the Vatican. He had church, government and Freemasonry using him to create another tyrannical religion in order to keep a world-wide revolution from occurring. He wrote a letter to the German leaders urging them to make a mandatory schooling system. This is his letter:

“I maintain that the civil authorities are under obligation to compel the people to send their children to school…If the government can compel such citizens as are fit for military service to bear spear and rifle…and perform other martial duties in time of war, how much more has it a right to compel the people to send their children to school, because in this case we are warring with the devil, whose object it is secretly to exhaust our cities and principalities of their strong men.”

What is considered the devil by Martin Luther? Here are a few more quotes so we can understand what this schooling is that he wanted to start:

“Nothing is more poisonous, harmful or devilish than a man in rebellion.”

“Reason is a whore, the greatest enemy that faith has.”

“Throw spit in the face of reason because she is the devil’s whore, rotten with the itch of leprosy, and should be kept in the toilet.”

Luther understood schooling could be used to indoctrinate young minds. As a result of his pleadings, several German states created the first modern public schools. This puppet was able to get people to be indoctrinated by both church and government, which are two sides to the same coin.

However, this schooling was perfected by Frederick William I of Prussia. He established the National Compulsory Schooling system in 1717. This became our Factory Model of Schooling today. Factory Model of Schooling emphasizes standardization of teaching, testing and learning rates, respect for authority over the exploration of truth and uniformity and orthodoxy over innovation and progress. By 1900 practically all of the United States had adopted this system and Canada quickly followed. This system was adopted for social control and social engineering. William Torrey Harris, the United States Commissioner of Education wrote:

“Ninety-nine (students) out of a hundred are automata , careful to walk in prescribed paths, careful to follow the prescribed custom. This is not an accident but the result of substantial education which, scientifically defined, is the subsumption of the individual.”

Frederick Taylor Gates, who was a Rockefeller puppet, founded the General Education Board in 1903. Gates gave us the exact truth of what education is to accomplish when he wrote:

“In our dream…the people yield themselves with perfect docility to our molding hand…We shall not try to make these people or any of their children into philosophers or men of learning or of science. We are not to raise up from among them authors, orators, poets, or men of letters. We shall not search for embryo great artists, painters, musicians. Nor will we cherish even the humbler ambition to raise up from among them lawyers, doctors, preachers, politicians, statesmen, of whom we now have ample supply…For the task the we set before ourselves is a very simple as well as a very beautiful one: to train these people as we find them for a perfectly ideal life just where they are…an idyllic life under the skies and within the horizon, however narrow, where they first open their eyes.”

Still think college is a good idea? Do you understand why education is in the shape its in now? Individuals who yearn to push boundaries, explore and create ideas, invent and innovate will not fit into this system. This system is all about putting down dissent and originality. Einstein said of our education system, “ one needs the obedience of a corpse”.
This is yet another system we have outgrown as a human race. This system squashes our curiosity. How can we create if we are not curious? It is time for a new system. A system that encourages students to explore, create and cultivate independence.

John Taylor Gatto wrote what education should be:

“Whatever an education is, it should make you a unique individual, not a conformist; it should furnish you with an original spirit with which to tackle the big challenges; it should allow you to find values which will be your road map through life; it should make you spiritually rich, a person who loves whatever you are doing…it should teach you what is important: how to live and how to die.”

Sir Ken Robinson says it best:

Given the challenges we face, education doesn’t need to be reformed – it needs to be transformed. The key to this transformation
is not to standardize education, but to personalize it, to build achievement on discovering the individual talents of each child, to put students in an environment where they want to learn and where they can naturally discover their true passions.

Find what you love to do, find your passion and let your kids find their passion. Once it is found, do it. Teach yourself if you have to. If you are in a school or university, demand the truth. Universities are money-making coporate entities that society thinks you must attend.  I have said it before, the only way to change things in this world is to quit the game. Once the universities and school quit making money, they will have to change. It is time to stop being the “walking dead” to these aristocrats. Become an individual.

14 thoughts on “Education”

  1. Oh, I so agree! I once did a stint as a substitute teacher. Third grade. I had them put their desks in a circle and the next thing I know, the assistant principal is there, grilling me about what I thought I was doing. She had a walkie talkie and evidently, the principal was on the other end. I still remember her saying to him, “She says she wants them to be more creative and feels sitting in a circle will help.” The 3rd graders actually looked scared as the principal’s voice squawked through the walkie talkie. The Vice Principal kind of growled at the poor kids, telling them to put their desks back the way they belonged. Needless to say, it was not a very productive day. I felt embarrassed and I think the children did also. So much for innovation… 😦

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  2. Interesting, although not entirely new take on the formation of the modern school system. I agree with Gatto and Robinson to a point, but also am not in favour of the amount of different teaching techniques following this line of thinking can lead to. I believe what is lacking most in formal education, from elementary school right through to most post-secondary institutions is critical thinking guidance. People should have to be able to form their own opinion, or at the very least acknowledge and understand the reasoning for another’s opinion.

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    1. Critical thinking is great. Wouldn’t changing teaching techniques be a great way to show kids the power of critical thinking. Why make a kid adapt to teaching techniques that obviously are not working? Why not change the technique to fit the individual kid? I think there should be as many techniques as there are kids in the group. Use whatever technique it takes to fan the flame of curiosity and intelligence in each individual kid. Instead we mold kids into obedient zombies.


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