Crimes of the Educators: Why Education Is More Screwed Up Than You Think

Tom Woods just did an episode about education with Alex Newman, author of Crimes of the Educators: How Utopians Are Using Government Schools to Destroy America’s Children. Here is the episode description:

How bad is American education? Worse than you think. Alex Newman walks us through the crazy math, the crazy reading strategies, the behavioral drugs, and the historical origins of it all.

A link to the episode.

This is truth that most won’t want to hear, but I am glad they went back to Dewey to show the history of how we got here instead of just saying, “Common Core is bad”. I’m also glad they brought UNESCO into the discussion and their goal of having a one world order, global education curriculum. Common Core is just the beginning. World Core is the end. It already exists, there just hasn’t been the big push for adoption, but it is coming.

My biggest fear about education is that the establishment will eventually tire of people opting out of the system and make it illegal for us to do so. The system will not work while there are people educated outside of it to point out its flaws. Total compliance is required. If these trends continue unabated, we will lose our legal right to homeschool.

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You may not be able to define God in philosophical terms. Men through the ages have tried to talk about him. Plato said that he was the Architectonic Good. Aristotle called him the Unmoved Mover. Hegel called him the Absolute Whole. Then there was a man named Paul Tillich who called him Being-Itself. We don’t need to know all of these high-sounding terms. Maybe we have to know him and discover him another way.

One day you ought to rise up and say, “I know him because he’s a lily of the valley.” He’s a bright and morning star. He’s a rose of Sharon. He’s a battle-axe in the time of Babylon. And then somewhere you ought to just reach out and say, “He’s my everything. He’s my mother and my father. He’s my sister and my brother. He’s a friend to the friendless.” This is the God of the universe. And if you believe in him and worship him, something will happen in your life. You will smile when others around you are crying. This is the power of God.

Go out this morning. Love yourself, and that means rational and healthy self-interest. You are commanded to do that. That’s the length of life. Then follow that: Love your neighbor as you love yourself. You are commanded to do that. That’s the breadth of life. And I’m going to take my seat now by letting you know that there’s a first and even greater commandment: “Love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, with all thy soul, with all thy strength.” I think the psychologist would just say with all thy personality. And when you do that, you’ve got the breadth of life.

And when you get all three of these together, you can walk and never get weary. You can look up and see the morning stars singing together, and the sons of God shouting for joy. When you get all of these working together in your very life, judgement will roll down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream.

When you get all the three of these together, the lamb will lie down with the lion.

When you get all three of these together, you look up and every valley will be exalted, and every hill and mountain will be made low; the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places straight; and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh will see it together.

When you get all three of these working together, you will do unto others as you’d have them do unto you.

When you get all three of these together, you will recognize that out of one blood God made all men to dwell upon the face of the earth.

– Martin Luther King, Jr.

There is Truth

I finished reading this over the weekend. It is a short book but there is so much in it to take in and digest. I honestly cannot say enough about it. It is so much deeper than just, “Do this three days a week,” or “This is how you teach history.” Classical education was about instilling virtue and wisdom, about living up to an ideal. It was about teaching students to love the ideal so they would strive after it the rest of their lives. Karen Glass shows how Charlotte Mason took the best of the classical educators in service of forming virtuous human beings who know they are made in the image of God.

The function of the will is to choose, and every choice made contributes to the character of the chooser… No effort of choice is necessary to serve self – this we do naturally, and choices made to indulge our natural desires do not require an act of will. When we will ourselves to act for others, or for God, or for the sake of an ideal, we are behaving like men rather than animals… Choosing to serve something other than self is a fulfillment of Christ’s command to love God with our whole heart, soul, and mind, and to love our neighbor as ourselves. We already love self, and need no conscious willing to pursue ease, leisure, profit, and pleasure for ourselves. If our education seeks to give us character, it will teach us to choose to work for others, and inspire us by ordering our affections so that we desire to do so.

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