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“Was it possible I had been hired not to enlarge children’s power, but to diminish it? That seemed crazy on the face of it, but slowly I began to realize that the bells and the confinement, the crazy sequences, the age segregation, the lack of privacy, the constant surveillance, and all the rest of the national curriculum of schooling were designed exactly as if someone had set out to prevent children from learning how to think and act, to coax them into addiction and dependent behavior." 

-John Taylor Gatto

“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.” - Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.

I won’t try to convince you here that my views are right, this is just something to think about for a bit.

Public schools had 15 thousand hours to convince us that government is good, necessary and that it makes us safe and ensures prosperity.

That is a heck of a head start, 15,000 hours.

They had us when we were young and impressionable, so the lessons learned at that time seem pure and basic in a sense; however when I look around I see people who shut down when I try to talk about the edges of what they feel is “allowed” to be discussed. I see people safeguarding their emotions beyond what’s reasonable, beyond facts themselves.

But at the same time, most will admit our world is jam packed with BS, liars, marketing jazz, and control freaks; that things are essentially fake, reality has an illusory nature to it. If life has become an endless series of sarcastic jokes and pop references, a competition to see who can care the least, it seems we’ve made a collective misstep. Could this be the cause of emptiness and existential malaise?

So what are my views, the ones I don’t expect anyone to accept right now?

Government is not our friend. Government injects every situation with the threat of violence. Government doesn’t serve to protect the public from corporations and the rich, they enable them. Politicians have never been moral or well-intentioned, that was just what their historians said. Please don’t disagree automatically. I know, the urge to reject “nonsense” was implanted a long time ago. You don’t need to believe or reject, just hold the possiblity in your mind and listen to your inner judgement.

Take your time. Just don’t take 15 thousand hours.

Public education serves a few different purposes for your kids. They may or may not get some great things out of it if they pay attention and/or apply themselves, depending on the school. But regardless, your kids will be exposed to this in public education regardless of how they apply themselves:

      Being put int a babysitting building for a period of time designed to encourage 9-5 weekday jobs. Being watched by an authority figure constantly. Compliance and dependence on authority by giving punishment for not seeking an authority for any and all problems. Distrust for authority by giving punishment for seeking an authority figure for any and all problems. Excessive punishment, especially for boys, minorities, mentally challenged kids, and people who stand out of the crowd. Government propaganda. Being punished for merely questioning the validity of material or school methodologies. Being punished for the actions of others, including being attacked, whether it was provoked or not. Constantly being on a task they did not choose and do not benefit from, for the majority of the day. Punishment for attempting to teach themselves anything useful off task, including in study hall. Being indoctrinated by corporate lobbied textbooks into beleiving profitable superstitions about all aspects of life, especially diet, health. Potential sexual exploitation that, if the charged faculty member is a woman or community leader, won’t be convicted. Being indoctrinated into some degree of ideological beliefs lobbied into the curriculum by religious and political groups. Being conditioned into an empty and depressing corporate environment. Cult military recruitment. Pharmaseudical sales and salespersons attempting to sell you amphetamines to give to your children. Not art or creativity. Extensive training in conformism, authority, groupthink, and compliance. Community driven efforts with people on the ground attempting to recruit your children into various ideologies and factions without your knowledge, especially during any extracurricular activities.

I’m not saying get rid of it, I’m not saying dont get rid of it, but
I am saying it’s current form is scary when you consider that’s what they are teaching kids. Especially this Zero Tolerance shit, which teaches them similar lessons as our completely backwards ass “”””criminal correctional”””” system


Azadi Tower - Tehran, Iran

Translating to Freedom Tower or Liberty Tower, it was built in 1971 to commemorate the 2,500th anniversary of the Persian Empire.

It was originally named Shahyad (Kings Memorial) in honour of the Shah but was changed after the revolution.

The iconic Martyrs Memorial in Algiers, Algeria, was strongly influenced by this tower.

Jeb Bush: Common Core is great and no one can convince me otherwise

If you thought Jeb Bush might try a flip flop on the awful Federal educational standards known as Common Core, think again.  Not only is he not backing away from his support, he’s cementing it. 

from NY Times:

Jeb Bush, making his first visit to New Hampshire as a likely presidential candidate, implicitly criticized his Republican rivals for the nomination for changing their positions on difficult issues.

Discussing his support for the Common Core education standards, which are viewed unfavorably by many Republicans, Mr. Bush said, “you don’t abandon your core beliefs” just because a position appears unpopular.
“The way I’ve sorted it out is: I think you need to be genuine, I think you need to have a backbone. I think you need to able to persuade people this is a national crisis, this is a national priority,” Mr. Bush told a group of New Hampshire business and education executives.

Asked after his remarks who exactly lacked backbone, he said: “I have it — that’s all I said.”

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So, control over the education system by unelected bureaucrats is a “core belief” of Jeb Bush’s.  Taking flexibility and personalization away from parents and teachers is a “core belief” of Jeb Bush’s.  

The GOP can’t seriously be considering nominating another big-government loving Bush, can they?

The people cannot be all, and always, well informed. The part which is wrong will be discontented, in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive. If they remain quiet under such misconceptions, it is lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty. … What country before ever existed a century and half without a rebellion? And what country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.
—  Thomas Jefferson
Without Freedom of thought there can be no such thing as wisdom; and no such thing as public liberty, without freedom of speech.

 Benjamin Franklin 

Undermining freedom of speech undermines  free thought, which  inevitably has the effect of “dumbing down” a society.