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Newsflash Public Education Has Always Been a Form of Control

Written By: Christine Dantz

Every day, you see flashes of news stories focusing on the education and the dilemmas many states face in coordinating schools systems with federal mandates. Many oppose the restrictive devices that are viewed as tools to stifle a child's individuality, claiming these methods are too intrusive and controlling. Here's a newsflash for you, the public education system has always been used as a form of control.

It's not "liberal doctrine" or social control engineered by Comrade Obama. Long, long ago, in a place called U.S. history, cities were growing fast. The Industrial Age was still budding in the early nineteenth century. It needed young, healthy boys and girls working in factories. Public schools became the first step in fixing problems faced by factory owners. A model introduced by the father of modern education, Horace Mann, would mold young children through discipline, teach them to read, write, and complete basic math. The model, a "win" for everyone, still creates disciplined, unquestioning, workers in America today.

Child Labor Laws

Factory owners found child labor the most desirable. However, early bleeding heart liberals didn't agree with the practice. They fought, and much to the dismay of the factory owners, won some reforms limiting child labor.

  • With no minimum age, children six and older worked in factories up to 18 hours a day, often in unsafe conditions. They earned a fraction of what adults earned, and sometimes were unpaid. The first laws protecting children didn't appear until 1813, and even that law was limited and poorly regulated.
  • Massachusetts led the way in protecting and educating children, passing the first Child Labor Law in 1836. It required children under 15 to go to school three months per year.
  • In 1842, Massachusetts passed another law limiting child factory workers to only 10-hour shifts.

Alas, all wasn't lost for the future one-percent. Enter Horace Mann, celebrated "founder" of America's public education reform. He introduced the solution still in use today, the Prussian-Industrial Model. This approach used public funds to prepare future workers for their factories.

The Prussian-Industrial Model

Technically, it would be King Obama rather than Comrade Obama, because Mann imported his educational philosophy from Germany. Frederick the Great, born Frederick II in Berlin on January 24, 1712 designed the Prussian-Industrial Model. Mann, born in Massachusetts in 1796, attended Brown University, studying politics, education, and social reform. He served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives and as state's senator from 1835 to 1837 before serving as the first U.S. Secretary of Education.

Having received a poor education growing up, Mann's passion was for improving education. He emphasized children should be taught together, regardless of social background and believed school should be a tool of the public for the public. Mann saw education as a way to improve the lives of all Americans, regardless of class.

Nonetheless, this is where the good ends and real social control begins--circa America, 1837. The model of education, or rather, indoctrination, order, and control established by Mann created several generations of sheeple. No, that's not an error, sheeple are real, and a leading cause of the wool pulled over too many American's eyes.

Equality in Education

It isn't about making everyone the same. Equality in education is about all citizens getting an equal opportunity. In the race for the American dream, those with a head start are above the rest-and that's not fair. If you want bragging rights, you need the same starting point as your opponents.

This isn't to be confused with forcing all children to learn at the same level, because all children, all people, learn on different levels. Some children will be more gifted than others will. That type of rigid system is the Prussian-Industrial Model, which groups children by age group. A practice that labels children like the assembly lines they are "destined" to stand in.

If Americans want to reform education and move away from ". . . producing compliant, global citizens who know not their rights and responsibilities, but only how to follow and conform."Then education needs to be a level playing field.

Social Engineering is Not Communism

Leveling the playing field includes social engineering. Merriam-Webster defines social engineering as, "the practice of making laws or using other methods to influence public opinion and solve social problems or improve social conditions."

Dozens of programs created to solve social problems and improve social conditions have a proven record of accomplishment. The only waste is ignoring the benefit of the programs to the children, families, and neighborhoods they serve.

  • Child FIRST-Developmental studies show that young children living in poverty suffer more on average from developmental delays, learning disabilities, and other disorders. This program helps children at risk for these problems and has helped reduce child mistreatment in participating communities.
  • Preschool-programs that help prepare children for a school environment. Numerous studies show the benefits of this simple school prep. Several countries include preschool as part of their public education system.
  • Career Academies-A simple program introducing careers and career opportunities in low-income high schools. Results of recent studies show measurable improvement in future earnings for participating students.

These are just a few of dozens of socially engineered programs that have improved the lives of thousands of Americans. Yes, not all programs are successful, but any scientist will tell you success comes from trial and error.

If you teach children basic reading, writing, history, science, and math, they will have basic knowledge of many subjects. A great education teaches children how to learn, a tool for lifelong learning.


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