In 2012, I seen a video on YouTube titled, “School Sucks: The American Way.” This video is narrated by a self-teacher who questions Hitler’s rise to power and the how the rise of the third Reich happened and why the German people were not only tolerant of a leader like Hitler but why they cheered his rise to power. Most importantly, why were they so short sighted to the long term consequences of the Nazi agenda? What had been done to them? The video explains how in the early 1800s, in the kingdom of Prussia, Germany’s geographic and cultural predecessor, the rulers, intellectuals and elites were determined to solve a problem: the individualistic nature of their soldiers who would run away from gun fire in an attempt to preserve their own life instead of gladly sacrificing themselves for the needs of the state. In an attempt to strip out this independent thinking and replace it with obedience and conformity, they devised a system that they called schule, pronounced “schc-ool” or as we know it today, school. The video goes on to state that we were told school was for education but upon a closer look, you can see that it’s been for indoctrination and for the needs and desires of the rulers and elites.
How The Elite Gained Control Of Public Education
Did you know that John D. Rockefeller created the public education board in 1902 that cost him $129 million? You have to question the motives of someone who would invest such a large amount of money into anything. That’s not a cynical question but rather a knowing that investments usually have motives with a desired profit. I will add that it’s been stated in historical documents that he did this in the name of philanthropy. Nonetheless, in 1914, the national education system became alarmed by the activity of the Carnegie and Rockefeller foundations stating:
“We view with alarm the activity of the Carnegie and Rockefeller Foundations—agencies not in any way responsible to the people—in their efforts to control the policies of our State educational institutions, to fashion after their conception and to standardize our courses of study, and to surround the institutions with conditions which menace true academic freedom and defeat the primary purpose of democracy as heretofore preserved inviolate in our common schools, normal schools, and universities.”
In 1946, the Rockefeller foundation granted the General Education Board $7.5 billion. So it would seem that they bought the education system and that’s how they gained control of it. I read an article titled, “The Origin of Education and Mandatory Schooling,” in it there’s an interesting timeline that shows each stage of John D. Rockefeller’s involvement and co-creation (along with Frederick T. Gates) of the General Education Board in 1902. One part of the timeline that stuck out was in 1852, Massachusetts passed the first mandatory attendance law. Upon reading this, I remembered the last part of the School Sucks video where Horace Mann is mentioned. He argued that universal public education was the best way to turn the nation’s unruly children into disciplined, judicious, republican citizens. Mann won widespread approval from modernizers, especially in his Whig Party, for building public schools. Most states adopted one version or another of the system he established in Massachusetts, especially the program for “normal schools” to train professional teachers. Mann has been credited by educational historians as the “Father of the Common School Movement.” He also happened to be in Massachusetts at the time when the first attendance law was created. In the 1840s, Mann lobbied to have Massachusetts adopt the Prussian school system with full understanding of its capabilities and why it was created in Prussia. In his seventh annual report of the Massachusetts board of education in 1843, Mann praised the Prussian education system even though he knew the destructive power it had.
“Among the nations of Europe, Prussia has long enjoyed the most distinguished reputation for excellence of its schools. In review, in speeches, in tracts, and even in graver works devoted to the cause of education, its schools have been exhibited as models for the imitation of the rest of Christendom. For many years, scarce a suspicion was breathed that the general of education in that kingdom was not sound in theory and most beneficial in practice. Recently, however, grave charges have been preferred against it by high authority. The popular traveller, Laing, has devoted several chapters of his large work on Prussia, to the disparagement of its school system. An octavo volume, entitled, “The Age of Great Cities,” has recently appeared in England, in which that system is strongly condemned; and during the pendency of the famous “Factories’ Bill,” before the British House of Commons, in 1843, numerous Tracts were issued from the English press, not merely calling question, but strongly denouncing the whole plan of education in Prussia, as being not only designed to produce, but as actually producing a spirit of blind acquiescence to arbitrary power, in things spiritual as well as temporal,-as being, in fine, a system of education, adapted to enslave and not enfranchise the human mind. And even in some parts of the United States,-the very nature and essence of whose institutions consist in the idea that the people are wise enough to distinguish between what is right and what is wrong,-even here, some have been illiberal enough to condemn, in advance, everything that savors of the Prussian system, because that system is sustained by arbitrary power.”
I think if people actually knew that our public education is the exact system that was used to indoctrinate the German people to join the military to fight and die for the needs of the state and later allow Hitler’s rise to power; no one would ever enrol their children in it. Not to mention that a century ago rich and powerful men became even more powerful by buying the education system and using it to further their fortunes and lust for greed by creating an employable society that works for them while they hold 99 % of the world’s wealth. Knowing how public education started is important because it is one of the very reasons our society has become what it has. I don’t believe school is for the benefit of the society. I believe that it is employment training; to find a job and do your job but not question what you are doing. Not only that, but not question how things are being run by the governments, not question who is really in control, not question the fact that we are being controlled, not question anything really, and to believe that the systems in place are for the people’s benefit. This programming is so good that it actually teaches people to defend and fight for the very system that enslaves them. I know this isn’t happy news and as a mother it shook me when I learned of it but I will say that it validated my complete and total disobedience towards oppressive, authoritative figures at a young age.
Upon further research into Horace Mann and his work, I found some interesting things about his character and his goals with public education. He felt it was important to instill values such as obedience to authority, promptness in attendance, and organizing the time according to bell ringing to prepare students for future employment. Mann faced some resistance from parents who did not want to give up the moral education to teachers and bureaucrats and with good reason. Some would see those values as just but if you take a look around, most people have been raised with these values because their parents were raised with those values. And at this time in history there are masses of people who have no clue who they are or their beautiful place in this world. From these eyes, I feel it’s plain to see that the authoritarian rule has created a society of enslavement that values commercial profit over human, animal and ecological rights. How can anyone who values life justify all of this?
I believe we are at a pivotal time in our existence. The Earth is being destroyed, children are being drugged, the animals are experiencing genocide, and the majority of the population is so unhappy that they can’t fully be alive or appreciate their lives because they are waiting for something better to happen. Most people start their week off anticipating Friday because they despise their job which causes them to be miserable. And when Friday comes, they drink themselves stupid to help them let loose and free themselves from the shackles of the work week and by the time the weekend is done, they only end up with a hangover and having to start their dreaded week all over again; repeating again and again and again until they retire or die. This my friends, is not living and it doesn’t have to be like this! I know because at one point in my distant past, that was my existence. From that experience I found that the first step is to make the necessary changes to educate yourself about how this all started and then taking back your power through education so that you can live the life you truly want to live and deserve. Not “when this happens” or “when that happens,” but starting today, right now! As soon as you realize that you have the power to create any life you wish to live, you can!
The Indoctrination Is Fading Away
Another video that I seen that is just as important as the first was titled, “Public Education has Become Indoctrination and Distraction.” The video came in a very synchronistic way (as most things do these days). I was going over possible solutions for various world issues that I’m aware of and this video kind of just fell in my lap. It highlights what public education has caused and some solutions that may help remedy what’s been done.
One solution is self-education! The internet is honestly one of the best if not the best thing that happened to our society. Because of it, we can look up just about anything we can think of and learn whatever our hearts and minds desire. The library is also an awesome place. If you are interested in learning more about self-education and un-schooling yourself, I have information about it on my website under expansion classes. Although the idea of a group of individual’s desire and achievement of indoctrinating an entire society is disheartening, please don’t take it to a place of fear. Many of us didn’t fall for it. We question things, stand up for what’s right and not blindly obey oppressive, authoritarian rulers. You reading this is a rebellion all on its own. So bravo to you! Let’s change the world, starting with sharing knowledge of what’s been left hidden all these years. And know that every bad thing was created for the evolution and growth of our souls.