Who Controls the Children (Schools Deliberately Dumb Down Children)

This is an old video that synchronuosly crossed my path right after a discussion about the dumbing down of American education. I went to high school in Pennsylvania, and this videotaped meeting from 1992 may explain some of the reasons that I feel so grateful to have benefited from an elementary, middle school and high school education that emphasized individuality, critical thinking, soul-based decisions about right or wrong, intuitive and intellectual gifts, and actual instruction about how propaganda works and how to see through it. I’ve always realized that I had an unusual education, and I did watch my siblings’ curricula gradually get watered down as the years went by. Still, when I look at some of the (now retired) teachers that my siblings and I had, in contrast to the standardized test happy current education system I hear about from clients, I feel a mixture of gratitude and, “Wow! What are we going to do about it?”

I had heard that decades ago, the CIA hijacked the US education system with specific goals to dumb down the population and create workers smart enough to perform basic tasks but too dumb to question authority. It sounds like conspiracy, and yet, when I talk with teachers, retired teachers, parents and students and then look at course topics and required reading, it’s clear that something drastic has happened to our education system. Critical thinking certainly seems to get a lot of children into trouble these days! Until watching this video, I had been contrasting this with my own education, thinking things really ramped up after I graduated high school in 1991. The controls and standardized tests are in place now, for sure; however, this video made me aware of how long this battle had already raged before I became aware of it. I thank all the concerned parents in Pennsylvania who did what they could to stand up to the State. Perhaps their vigilance accounts for why so many of my teachers managed to buck the system for as long as they did.

According to this videotaped informational meeting, based on actual documentation, here’s what American schools were really testing, even as far back as the 60’s:

“Locus of control: are you internally or externally motivated? Will you go with the crowd or think for yourself?” “The correct answer is go with the flow.” In Citizenship, the EQA admits that it did not test anything in the factual domain [such as what is the UN, or what’s the history of your country]. Citizenship tested ‘threshold of behavior. How do I vary reward and punishment in order to get you to do what I want you to do?’ … [The State-desired response was], “Avoid punishment, but go with the group. … The goal was Collectivism.” “The State-desired response was ‘rapid adjustment to change without protest.’ That was the State desired response.” The EQA, which I remember taking as a student, measured attitudes and then rewarded or punished school systems based on how compliant their students were to the State-desired responses. “The tests didn’t just discover the students’ attitudes, but scored the responses. There is a right answer and a wrong answer and I say what it is.”

Education funding favored those school systems who created the most compliant students and deprived and ostracized those school systems in which students failed to demonstrate a “minimum positive attitude” — i.e. evaluating situations and choosing behaviors based on more than peer pressure or authority’s ability to intimidate and punish. Curricula needed to be changed in order to enhance “positive attitude.”

This video is about children’s education, but it asks important questions about how we each make our own decisions, and under what circumstances we might be willing to stand strong in the face of tyranny or abuse. As products of some sort of educational/propaganda program, we each have varying degrees of “automatic filters” imparted not for our own benefit, but rather for the State’s survival. In a world of Patriot and Ex-Patriot Acts, corporate fascism, anonymous drone murders, kill lists and dehumanization, these questions have become uncomfortably less theoretical.

I found this video fascinating, so I’m sharing it here. Perhaps it will start some parent-child or parent-teacher discussions. I know in Seattle, many teachers have already banded together to boycott administrating the MAPS standardized test. I see signs of life in the rising interest in homeschooling as well as Waldorf and Montessori schools. I do hope something shifts in public education, since that’s what most people get. For now, we have a free(ish) internet, but people still need to know what to search. This video shares how parents have stood up in the past. Perhaps we will see a return of self-respect and the recognition that the government rules by the consent of the governed. This woman’s got a lot of good ideas, energy, information and questions. As the YouTube channel says:

“PLEASE forgive the quality… THIS IS WORTH WATCHING.

“Charlotte Thomson Iserbyt was Former Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of Educational Research and Improvement (OERI) in the US Department of Education under President Reagan. Due to her unique perspective she was able to observe firsthand the methods the Federal Government used to deliberately dumb down the American public education system with Soviet style “brainwashing”.

“Disgusted with the American Government’s policy to use a behavior modification system designed to churn out unthinking, uncritical “citizens of the world” trained to accept socialism, Charlotte set out to wake up her fellow Americans.

“This documentary is a MUST WATCH for any home-schooler, teacher, parent or anyone interested in methods of education or anyone wondering why we as a people seem to grow less intelligent and less able with each passing generation.”

From what I can tell at the end credits, the speaker is Mrs. Peg Liksick:

Wife and Mother
Panelist in White House briefings 1984-85
Gubernatorial candidate
Founder and CEO of Mom’s House International

17 responses to this post.

  1. This is not about Democrat or Republican, btw. It’s about corporate control and brainwashing. See also: https://laurabruno.wordpress.com/2012/04/21/the-bankers-manifesto-of-1892/

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  2. Fantastic post, Laura – thank you so much for bringing these ideas into open focus. The video is terrific, too. (Weird that a video from 1992 is “old”…but it’s true: digital cameras didn’t exist and DVD wasn’t invented yet…so yeah, it’s an old video. 😉

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  3. For a more up to date assessment of societal pressures on brain function and critical thinking, check out this new film: http://shiftfrequency.com/crossroads-labor-pains-of-a-new-worldview-full-movie/

    Within the first 12 minutes you can see a controlled study of how group-think gets people to go against what they know is correct. Interesting stuff … and then you’ve got interviews with visionaries and scientists regarding the crossroads of human evolution right now. Cool stuff!

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  4. LOL, it makes ME feel a bit old … In today’s world we can make a video in a moment with a phone, upload it to YouTube and boom, instant commentary, so watching something videotaped 21 years ago and the fact that 21 years ago was already “the 90’s” seems a little bizarre. It’s totally relevant to now, though, especially as humanity tries to awaken. If memory serves me, 1992 was also the year that Codex Alimentarius popped onto the horizon. Thanks for commenting!

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  5. How does someone who cannot afford to homeschool going to escape? I was a bit of a sheep in school, but that might have been my intuitive self acting out what teachers wanted. Can I teach my little nephew how to survive?

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  6. You might want to read Bruno Bettelheim’s book, The Uses of Enchantment. That would be for you, but it would give you insights into yourself as well as the power of faery tales for children. Then you can read faery tales with him and also familiarize yourself with real faery tales, not the Disney versions. Just like the body recognizes REAL food when we start bringing in fresh, organic, live food, so the soul recognizes real wisdom from Nature, ancient stories, and faery tales. The more time kids spend in Nature, the more they will be able to access themselves and recognize unnatural influence.

    Those would be my suggestions, anyway … as well as painting, singing, or doing creative projects with him. Again, the more kids (and adults) access their natural creativity, the more that empowers them to find creative solutions to oppression or manipulation. Faery tales, in particular have lots of stories of small, weak children finding ways out of danger and oppression through use of their wits. 🙂

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  7. Thanks. There is a bookstore in town that might have that book, and I will look at the book next time I go.

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  8. Thanks for the post & video.
    No one should be sending their children to be educated by any branch of the system. and be leery of the term “kids”, which was put in place intentionally (like bitch), to start referring to children as nothing more than immature sector of the herd (goats).

    The solution for parents that can’t homeschool, is something called “holistic schools”. It’s where parents from a neighborhood or community get together as a group to school their children….like a co-op! You only need a small handful of parents, who are passionate, willing to sit down once a month and discuss curriculum, and volunteer one day every week/every couple of weeks. If the money is available…the group can also hire a tutor, indie teacher (or 2, rotating) to teach the children. Might try posting an ad at a local college. Just ideas.

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  9. Thanks for the tips, and yes, you’re right about the word, “kids,” now that I think of it. Words are powerful!

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  10. This short Rudolf Steiner video also has some wonderful ideas for children’s education: https://laurabruno.wordpress.com/2012/08/08/challenge-rudolf-steiner/

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  16. Posted by student with a free mind on January 14, 2014 at 8:08 pm

    the video is creepy. It’s true American society has changed – especially since this downturn – in my lifetime. This is an issue on which both “conservatives” and “liberals” can agree – I have read many conservative responses to the Common Core that are concerned about its tracking people into fixed classes, assigning you to a position in society (i.e. in the bottom x%). Unfortunately most of our politicians in both parties endorse this kind of thinking – that they are the “superior race” who can decide for the rest of us how we will live. A lot of blogs make fun of “the sheeple,” but don’t discuss our unquestioning obedience-focused school and workplace systems. Love that Gatto does not like the word “workforce”. Neither have I. It always smacked of Newspeak to me – the Alphas determining where I, a Delta or lower, would be assigned.

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  17. Yes, the whole follow mentality is really baked into the system. Without showing people HOW that’s done, it can be very difficult for them to step outside the programming. Most people can’t imagine being that horrid to another human being or to a group of humans, and so they just assume it’s ridiculous. Um … sometimes it really pays to think and educate yourself outside the box!

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