Tuesday, October 30

9/11 for Amerikan Dumb-Down

Question: How do patient rich men outsmart the police to commit the perfect crime and
make
themselves wealthier and in control?
Answer: They rig the cops' schooling to give them with only dark, fearful minds.

Author and awarding-winning New York city educator John Taylor Gatto's book The Underground History of American Education someday may be properly recognized for clearing away the pedantic fog over the covert class war embedded in American public education

Compiling private correspondence since the 1880s among a wealthy clique of U.S. Big Business powerbrokers--chief among them John D. Rockefeller, J.P. Morgan, Cornelius Vanderbilt and Andrew Carnegie--Gattos demonstrates that the codification of American public education ensured that children from nonwealthy households are dumbed down, i.e., "structurally grounded" in "attitudes and behavior useful to management." In other words, schools program the future American worker to be "a pushover" for the owner-managerial class, which includes programing dutiful consumers of their products.
... [O]ur endless consumption completes the charmed circle, consumption driven by non- stop addiction to novelty, a habit which provides American business with the only reliable domestic market in the world. Elsewhere, in hard times business dries up, but not here; here we shop till we drop, mortgaging the future in bad times as well as good.

...I have little doubt the fantastic wealth of American big business is psychologically and procedurally grounded in our form of schooling. The training field for these grotesque human qualities is the classroom. Schools train individuals to respond as a mass. Boys and girls are drilled in being bored, frightened, envious, emotionally needy, generally incomplete. A successful mass production economy requires such a clientele.
According to Harvard-educated Dr. Leonard Horowitz, robber (and oil) baron John Rockefeller felt particularly conflicted with the notion of democracy freely bestowed on the badly-born poor and former African slaves. At least one of Rockefeller's letters in part championed a race-based plan for controlling the darker heathen masses factored into their dumbed-down public schooling.
In 1902, Rockefeller's General Education Board was founded with a mission to annihilate the causes of racial discords. This agenda was clarified two years later with the publication of John D. Rockefeller's Occasional Letter No. 1 in which he detailed his plans to mold Americans to his concept of "perfect human nature." This, he claimed, might best be accomplished by destroying parental influence, traditions and customs, while reducing national intelligence levels. [emphasis added]
Rockefeller's Final Mental Solution for an Amerika more to his likely certainly seems to have worked.

The embarrassing ignorance energetically displayed in public by Americans has spawned a cottage industry of TV comedy in the UK, Australia and Canada. For one, the British show "The Chasers War on Everything" recently tapped a program in which the TV correspondent approached random New Yorkers on the street to ask them questions about the 9/11 terrorist attacks on America.

"Apparently," according to the brief preamble accompanying the short clip below hosted at Shoutfile.com, "it occurred in October, by Hindu's.. and millions died."



I don't think Gatto would disagree with the conclusion that the shameful ignorance--granted, it's edited with dim-bulbed British TV watchers in mind--randomly evident in New York--the epicenter for U.S. 21st-century nazification--is a good case study demonstrating public education's success in undermining historical awareness and critical thinking skills.

What do elite criminals--and their proxy servants now headquartered in Washington, D.C.--have to worry about when idiot drones featured in the clip decide to express their displeasure to a radio talk show, enter a voting booth or ponder the merits of exporting U.S. "democracy" to Iraq and Afghanistan?

Indeed, for wealthy criminals, Amerika is a pirate's paradise. Perfect crimes by the rich and famous now are the norm here, not the exception.

Related: Last week (24 October), San Francisco Gate columnist Mark Moford offered additional commentary on this theme of "public-education-as-dumbing-down," but without Gatto's linkages to covert class warfare. In "American kids, dumber than dirt," Moford warns "The next generation might just be the biggest pile of idiots in U.S. history." We can only hope he hadn't yet watched the Shoutfile.com clip above when he wrote that sentence.

Moford is aghast at what a friend who is a school teacher regularly tells him about the declining state of education, at least in San Francisco:

[H]e often writes to me in response to something I might've written about the youth of today, anything where I comment on the various nefarious factors shaping their minds and their perspectives and whether or not, say, EMFs and junk food and cell phones are melting their brains and what can be done and just how bad it might all be.

His response: It is not bad at all. It's absolutely horrifying.

My friend often summarizes for me what he sees, firsthand, every day and every month, year in and year out, in his classroom. He speaks not merely of the sad decline in overall intellectual acumen among students over the years, not merely of the astonishing spread of lazy slackerhood, or the fact that cell phones and iPods and excess TV exposure are, absolutely and without reservation, short-circuiting the minds of the upcoming generations. Of this, he says, there is zero doubt....read more

Last April in a longer post, Milkhouse Mouse cited additional illuminating quotes from Gatto's book to document "Stupidity Schooling" in the US, a topic addressed January 2006 by ABC's John Stossel (see clip of ABC's coverage at bottom of page.)

Revi'd 31 October 2007--editor



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