Thursday, June 2, 2011

Life in US Public Schools Just Like Prison

Have to share this one...

"18 Signs That Life In U.S. Public Schools Is Now Essentially Equivalent To Life In U.S. Prisons"

They are indoctrinating young people in public schools. I've worked in the schools as a teacher and substitute teacher [both in inner city schools and others], and well, this was during my pre-Christian days, but I remember the "UN world citizen badges" that one teacher left for me to have her 3rd grade students color in and this was by the early 90s. While I did enjoy many things about teaching, many things I saw give me heartache to this day, seeing a special ed classroom, where the punishment was to put kids in basically this locked closet with air holes--[I didn't put any in there and never returned to that school], being told to teach kids "visualization" to "achieve their goals", seeing poor schools with barely any supplies , one long time sub assignment where the classroom teacher's scheduled a "meditation time" after lunch and reading books that celebrated witchcraft, pre-Harry Potter days that would have been a variety of others including Madeline L'Engle books. "Daddy's Roommate" and "Heather Has Two Mommies" was on more then one school bookshelf. Being told to use ungodly psychology protocols on troubled youth to "control" them such as rational-emotive therapy also happened. One thing the NEA is one of the most liberal groups on earth, and many teachers are indoctrinated into full-blown liberalism in college, "outcome based education", liberal professors that teach Marxist politics and even worse. By the way if you hold the "wrong" opinions, they do try and weed you out. Back then I was a deceived liberal but being too much of an independent thinker got me almost weeded out by one education professor. There are a few teachers who are Christians out there and others who are well-meaning and seek to do the best for their students but the system with a few exceptions is growing more and more anti-Christian.

Homeschooling should be supported the ways things are going though we can understand and have compassion for why some parents are economically unable to do it, needing two incomes to even put food on the table. Often the schools have become more about the warehousing of youth and socialization that seeks after conformity rather then any true learning. Bullying has become commonplace as when forcing young people into an overly large peer group, anyone who is "different" often becomes abused.

Huge impersonal high schools are troubling, where many students are lost in the crowd moving along to bells. I noticed the trend towards "control" years ago, but realized it has grown worse in recent years, where the schools have become more locked down, maybe one can see some of the desperation that leads to this in the most violence ridden inner city districts but it only makes things worse, instead of removing the disruptive students who do not want to be there, and gang members, they turn the whole place into an armed camp now with armed security or police in some places at every door.

These developments are affecting the schools as a whole. Schools have become more holding pens rather then places where learning and growth in character is to be advanced. Ask yourself why so many students are being literally drugged to sit in desks quietly for 6-7 hours a day, Ritalin being prescribed all over the place, and no one says, "Hey maybe little boys and girls too, were never meant to sit still that long!", especially since they have cut a lot of the gym, recess, and the arts.

The American Dream blog author states:

"In the United States today, our public schools are not very good at educating our students, but they sure are great training grounds for learning how to live in a Big Brother police state control grid. Sadly, life in many U.S. public schools is now essentially equivalent to life in U.S. prisons. Most parents don't realize this, but our students have very few rights when they are in school. Our public school students are being watched, tracked, recorded, searched and controlled like never before.

Back when I was in high school, it was unheard of for a police officer to come to school, but today our public school students are being handcuffed and arrested in staggering numbers. When I was young we would joke that going to school was like going to prison, but today that is actually true.

The following are 18 signs that life in our public schools is now very similar to life in our prisons....

He lists different articles, about how they are searching students laptops, recording via laptops even at home! This includes in one state, bringing in a TSA official to help with a prom search, searches of students for contraband, students being banned from bringing food from home for their own lunch in Chicago, cameras in these cafeterias, fees for using bad language in the hundreds of dollars range, kids being ticketed by the police in school or being arrested and given a record for fighting and other things that just years ago would have meant maybe a few days suspension and going to the Principal's office. This also includes the crazy 'zero-tolerance" rules with no exceptions-kids expelled for plastic knives , in their lunches, even one girl whose father accidentally left one in a lunch box being given a misdemeanor, and far worse.

He shares this video and I agree with his conjecture the schools are being used to bring in a police state.

Years ago, I used to say the schools seemed to have become mere warehouses for the youth, a glorified babysitting service to keep kids off the job market for a longer time, and a control mechanism more then any real emphasis on education which as we know the education being offered day by day is being more and more dumbed down. I saw changes within a short period of time, where the work being done got more and more simplified. Did we have remedial reading classes in the colleges 50 years ago? True learning comes from reading, doing and being shown practical things by those with more wisdom who work with a personal approach to the young person instead of the child being one among 40 in an over-crowded classroom.

Years ago I discovered John Taylor Gatto, he is not a Christian but is independent minded. I found this essay published in Harper's magazine called "Against School" He talks about the boredom in schools, the expensive ventures against common sense, and points out that many successful people weren't forced into 12 years of compulsory education. He makes some good points.

"By the time I finally retired in 1991, 1 had more than enough reason to think of our schools-with their long-term, cell-block-style, forced confinement of both students and teachers-as virtual factories of childishness."


"Do we really need school? I don't mean education, just forced schooling: six classes a day, five days a week, nine months a year, for twelve years. Is this deadly routine really necessary? And if so, for what? Don't hide behind reading, writing, and arithmetic as a rationale, because 2 million happy homeschoolers have surely put that banal justification to rest. Even if they hadn't, a considerable number of well-known Americans never went through the twelve-year wringer our kids currently go through, and they turned out all right. George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln? Someone taught them, to be sure, but they were not products of a school system, and not one of them was ever "graduated" from a secondary school."

Please check the rest of this article out, he talks about the importance of learning to educate one's self, and brings up the historical ramifications of the modern school system being formed to form submissive, well trained workers for the factory floor and how the school system worked for a stupefied, submissive, conforming consumerist population. He wrote this book, I'd like to read called "The Underground History of American Education." He sees the public school system as the suppressor of genius. I agree on many counts. With homeschoolers who I've had contact with, while I know this can fail dependent on the family, they seem happier, freer, more able to converse with adults, less conformed to the peer group. They get a lot more learning done in a few hours a day, then they did being lined up and herded at the local public school. I know and understand not all parents can homeschool but for those who do have their children in public school, be mindful of the developments, be involved, warn your children, and seek to give them a biblical foundation to contest what negative things they may be taught at school.

The indoctrination for the police state, and values that are non-Christian is growing stronger in the public schools.

2Ti 3:7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.


Anonymous said...

I have/read Gatto's great book. Have you heard of the Swann family? The oldest daughter wrote a book-No Regrets- about how their mother home educated her and her nine siblings. They worked about 3 hours a day-5 days a week. They didn't homeschool when the father was off of work-about 6 days a year-Thanksgiving,Christmas,etc. All ten children had their high school degrees(American School) by 12 years old and masters degrees about 16 years old.

Bible Believer said...

Yes I want to get a copy of Gatto's book. Yes I would like to read that book about the Swann family does sound very interesting. I think homeschooling done well is a very good thing.