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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

An Open Letter I Sent To Parents At My Children's School Before I Brought Them Home

Before my children were homeschooled, they actually went to a "Christian" private school for a while before we pulled them out. One night after coming back from a "parent information" night, I was so incensed at the unbelievable propaganda on this slide projector during this presentation I wrote a letter to other parents at the school that night.

Of course it was pointless and failed to get a single response. It was an exercise in futility. Instead, I pulled my children out of that school and we educated them at home until their senior year.

One of the points emphasized after this long, bewildering spiel about our "fragile planet" (Any Christian would be ashamed to sit and listen to this tripe) we got a big speech about the school's emphasis on homework.

I found the letter in my email archive and thought somebody might be interested in reading it here ...

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HOMEWORK AND ENVIRONMENTALISM

I don't actually send this with the expectation it will accomplish anything. It won't. I know a lot about modern people and I know they are impervious to reason in general. I'm just sending it because it is my responsibility as a Christian to do so. The watchman (a person designated to be vigilant) will be required to stay awake and will have to give an account of himself if he didn't raise the alarm. Nothing in there about getting people to listen.

It's important to keep in mind while reading this that average IQ has declined from 104+ (spectacular!) in Australia in 1955 to 97 today. In 1965 an IQ of 95 was considered clinically mentally defective and is the origin of the term "cretin" in psychiatry. Koko the Sign Language gorilla has scored 91 on the exact same test under supervision by psychologists. A loss of 7 points of IQ in two generations is equivalent to two complete derivations in the IQ test when placed on an appropriate Bell curve. An average score of 97 in Australia means that more than half of the population scores less than 97 and well into the same range as a large silverback ape taught sign language who lives in a trailer behind the Smithsonian Museum. It could be worse - recent collation of results in America indicates the average IQ there is 96 as of this year.

All of this shift has occurred during the period of "progressive" education in the schools and ever increasing amounts of homework.
 
http://childrensministryandculture.wordpress.com/2007/01/20/schools-turn-down-the-heat-on-homework/
 
http://blogs.usatoday.com/oped/2006/09/kids_may_be_rig.html
 
http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1376208,00.html
 
http://www.alfiekohn.org/news_3/news_detail.asp?id=19
 

  • International comparisons offer no reassurance. In describing the results of their analysis of student performance across 50 countries, which was published last year, Pennsylvania State University researchers David Baker and Gerald LeTendre said: "Not only did we fail to find any positive relationships," but "the overall correlations between national average student achievement and national averages in (amount of homework assigned) ... are all negative."
  • Finally, no study has supported the claim that homework teaches good work habits or develops positive character traits such as self-discipline and independence.

In every single peer reviewed study done where students were given more than 30 minutes of homework, there was a decided negative penalty to scholastic achievement. In others words, 90 minutes of homework 5 nights a week is guaranteed to harm your child's development and their grades. Amongst many other detrimental effects there is a significant rise in teenage suicide rates where homework is more than 30 minutes a night. Cortisol levels at bedtime are much higher in students assigned regular homework. Adolescent liver damage is associated with some precincts of Japan which formerly assigned lots of homework to students. (Japan has had a sea change on this subject since then.) Mental illness and high levels of neurosis and anxiety are most commonly found in teens assigned large amounts of homework they can never quite keep up with and which they will be punished for failing to complete. Physiologically, children given lots of homework share hormonal profiles similar to rats given constant electric shocks, forced to swim to survive and not permitted a darkness cycle in their cage in which to sleep. This has the net effect on rats of producing smaller brains at maturity, a higher incidence of cancer and brain tumors and an earlier death.

To really understand why homework is so important to academics, read influential marxist Antonio Gramsci's writings on the utility of "education" to turn children into mindless vegetables and slaves of the State. In order to truly "take possession of their souls," as Gramsci described it, it would be necessary to limit their interaction with parents when they were away from the "schools." This could most effectively be accomplished by requiring a "second shift" of them at home which would consume all of their time and leave nothing but meals and provisions of clothing and board to the parents. (Gramsci called this the "cuckoo" strategy, after the Cuckoo bird's trick of leaving his egg in other bird's nests to get them to raise their young on their behalf.)

Gramsci is seen by many as one of the most important Marxist thinkers of the twentieth century, in particular as a key thinker in the development of Western Marxism. He wrote more than 30 notebooks and 3000 pages of history and analysis during his imprisonment. These writings, known as the Prison Notebooks, contain Gramsci's tracing of Italian history and nationalism, as well as some ideas in Marxist theory, critical theory and educational theory associated with his name, such as:

  • Cultural hegemony as a means of maintaining the capitalist state.
  • The need for popular workers' education to encourage development of intellectuals from the working class.
  • The distinction between political society (the police, the army, legal system, etc.) which dominates directly and coercively, and civil society (the family, the education system, trade unions, etc.) where control is instituted through ideology or by "means of consent," as Gramsci put it, referring to parents fooled into relinquishing responsibility for the formation of their children to the academic classes.
  • 'Absolute historicism'. (Control of history)
  • The critique of economic determinism. (Control of all economics theory to deny all rational laws of economics)
  • The critique of philosophical materialism. (Postmodernism, teaching that reality isn't real and is whatever the State says it is)
Gramsci has been called the "secular Christ" of the academic class throughout the Western world and the single most important influence on the educational curriculum that is now uniformly pushed in Western countries. Albert Gore's father (indicted for spying for the Soviet Union twice) raised his son on Gramsci's writings and carried a picture of Gramsci in his suitcase everywhere he went. Gramsci's "big idea" was to conquer the world through a fake environmental crisis of some kind. Gramsci suggested if you could scare people badly enough with a fake crisis it would no longer matter whether communism worked or didn't work, people would surrender their freedoms to it. Gramsci coined the ideological phrase "fragile environment" you saw on the slide projector at the Hillcrest school presentation last night. Antonio said people must be trained to think of the planet as a delicate abused waif that only the State could protect once given sufficient power. Of course, the planet has watched as 99% of all the species that have ever existed on it have become extinct (mostly from cyclic climate changes) like water rolling off a duck's back without so much as flinching, but we are supposed to believe that it was just barely scraping by until humans appeared and bandit classes formed the State to organize theft from agrarian producers.

Remember, before John Howard left office, he and his staff were shocked to discover that hardcore marxist radicals had somehow wormed their way onto the boards at the National Educational Curriculum committee despite clear and blunt instructions to avoid putting politically motivated activists on it. Further discussions had one senior official in Parliament describing the committee as "loaded with people you would expect to find planning education in Red China, not Australia." This quote was splashed on the front page of the Gold Coast Bulletin when it came out.

Regards,
Cleve Blakemore
 

10 comments:

IronKlara said...

Thank you. It just happens I have been brooding over exactly these things all day, as they relate to my personal experience. Somehow, knowing that there was a system to it, a man behind it, makes me feel less despairing. (I've known that for a few years, but it can be hard to keep in mind. The constant Gramscian program wears you down.) Perhaps it's just knowing that my unhappiness isn't the inevitable human experience. Also, knowing that someone else sees it.

L said...

The problem is that teachers are trained by the same institutions, accredited by the same institutions and made to teach the same curriculum.

The benefit of a properly Chrstian school, at least that we've found, is that while they teach the official narrative in the academics, Christ is woven into the fabric of the classroom. The Truth of the Gospel stands as a standard by which to measure all other truth claims. With the appropriate parental guidance, such an education can be a powerful antidote to the prevailing orthodoxy.

You don't get that in state schools.

-L

twoandtwoisfive said...

Hey Tex,
I noticed that in your letter you made a number of comments that seemed to be relating to 1984, and I was wondering if that was intentional, or if the situation you're describing just happens to resemble it closely. Also, on a different note, I was wondering what you think of Judaism. I am not currently part of any religion, and I was thinking about joining the Jewish community in my town. (Forgive my rambling, I'm only 17, and I'm in school right now, and I haven't been getting much sleep. Sorry about that.)

Chad Landgraf said...

Excellent letter.

This is one of the almost perfectly put pieces that I always want to spam all over social media.

Like you said, it'll fall on deaf ears, but it is well done none the less.

Thanks for posting it.

podrag said...

Thanks. I feel like my life of state education and working in large corporations has subjected me to nothing but stress and heartache but still there is a part of me that will never give up. There's a part of me that will keep going against it despite the fact it's all I've ever known. Thanks Tex you're like this single star of pure sanity in a pitch black night sky. Twinkle twinkle.

Luke said...

@twoandtwoisfive

Hello, its nice to see another young person around here (I'm 23).

Asking about Judaism can be a bit like opening Pandora's box. I am 1/4 Ashkenazi Jew and I have thought a lot about what it means.

Here is a Vault-Co article to get you started:

http://vault-co.blogspot.com/2013/01/the-majority-are-always-wrong_28.html

Amy said...

Tex, this letter is excellent and echoes, or better articulates, many of my own sentiments.

For various reasons, our children will be attending public school. I know all of the arguments against it, all of the Gatto videos and Holt essays and Sayers' writings on the subject, but my husband has decided on PS for the children, until we can afford a different option. So please, with all due respect to you and your readers, don't advise "do X; read X, watch X".

In any case, you raise the Christian question in terms of conservation, and it is a vital one, perhaps the most critical one we should consider, and no one ever addresses it. Ever.

Loss of belief in a Creator God who loves us and designed this planet purely for our benefit and well-being leads to all sorts of nonsense, to null-return branches of philosophical code. It is self-hatred, pure and simple, because we forgot the simple command to "fill the Earth and subdue it, and have dominion over it." Dominion being the charge of good and proper stewardship - not to rape and pillage resources.

Forever, and ever, over and over, man has forgotten his responsibility to the planet God has given him. God will not let his creation suffer; rather, with wrath, he will excise the canker that harms his creation and make it all whole and new again.

We forget to look to the welfare and betterment of our fellow man, comforting ourselves that our money accomplishes the actions of teaching and holding accountable that we are not willing to engage. We shun shaming and allow all manner of behavior to go unchecked, and then seek to punish ex-post facto those permitted deeds only when it goes to bad PR, even though any God-fearing man would know from his childhood that some behaviors are plain wrong. But that man, the God-fearing man, he musn't dare call out the wrongs, lest he be purged.

Why does this cycle continue? Holy Scripture has already told us everything we need to know about people and yet collective amnesia is always the zeitgeist.

Ah, I always ramble when I'm agitated; I'll stop now and let you carry on. But, this is good stuff, something for me to print for my hard-copy archive of important blog posts I don't want disappeared.

Texas Arcane said...

@Amy

This is how they get you. Seriously, who can afford a private school for their children nowadays? It costs more than a new house to put your kids through primary school in private.

The complex economic monopoly needed to maintain private schools so only wealthy people can afford to send their children there will be broken with a voucher system. With price competition, costs will drop rapidly across the entire spectrum of "education" starting with textbooks.

Only a cartel backed by government could ever keep prices as high as they are for private schools. So people without their own oil well royalties end up with no options but to send their children to public school for indoctrination.

This is why I support a voucher system, I think it would totally destroy the existing socialist cartel on education and ordinary people could easily afford a real education for their kids instead of the Gramsci Method.

Texas Arcane said...

@Amy

If you got a libertarian government, polluters would be sued right off the planet.

In a libertarian society, if your manufacturing process deposits sulfide compounds into the air which damage another man's crops downwind, you have to pay him the difference you cost him in yields. Instead of a collective communist approach like the EPA (hasn't accomplished anything in 50 years) you would have simple property rights and enforcement of contracts.

The reason polluters get away with it is that the government stands over them and protects them while telling everybody else this is their jurisdiction, they will regulate it. They never do.

Abuses of the property of others (like their air and water supply) is a matter for the civil courts. After a couple hundred companies had to close their doors, the new ones would learn to produce their product without destroying half the state's ecological system. Nowadays the government says this is too complicated, sit back while their regulators protect us. They never do a thing.

Russell said...

That single letter is so full of badthink it's amazing, Tex, that you are allowed to roam free!

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