2: A Brief History of Education Subversion
The entire history of education restructuring and transformation
would fill a book.
It dates back to the early efforts by psychologists like John
Dewey whose work began to change how teachers were taught in the
nation's teacher colleges. The changes were drastic. Education
moved away from an age-old system that taught teachers how to
motivate students to accept the whole scope of academic
Instead the new system explored methods to manipulate students
through psychological behavior modification processes. Once this
power was established, the education process became less of a
method to instill knowledge and more of a method to instill
specific political and social agendas into the minds of
The entire history of the education restructuring effort is
carefully and thoroughly documented in a book called The
Deliberate Dumbing Down of America. The book was written by
Charlotte Thomson Iserbyt, a former official at the Department
of Education in the Reagan Administration. While there in
1981-1982, Charlotte found the "mother lode" hidden
away at the Department.
She found all of the education establishment's plans for
restructuring America's classrooms. Not only did she find the
plans for what they intended to do, she discovered how they were
going to do it and most importantly why.
Since uncovering this monstrous plan, Charlotte Iserbyt has
dedicated her life to getting that information into the hands of
parents, politicians and the news media.
Iserbyt's book details how several wealthy families and their
foundations began to implement a goal for a seamless
non-competitive global system for commerce and trade.
Schools were transformed from institutions that produced well
individuals into training centers to produce compliant workers
for a collectivist society. The wealthy families and foundations
included The Carnegie Corporation and the Rockefellers. Their
foundations today continue to lead the way in the development
and funding of programs that are at the center of America's
The process to restructure America's education system began in
the opening years of the twentieth century and slowly picked up
speed over the decades. The new system used psychology-based
curriculum to slowly change the attitudes, values and beliefs of
the students from those of earlier generations that identified
strongly with liberty, patriotism, the work ethic, and
comparable American values.
The new school agenda was very different from most peoples'
understanding of the purpose of American education.
National Education Association leader William Carr, secretary of
the Educational Policies Commission, clearly stated that new
agenda in 1947. Writing the NEA Journal, he said, "The
teaching profession prepares the leaders of the future…The
statesmen, the industrialists, the lawyers, the
newspapermen…all the leaders of tomorrow are in schools today.
"The psychological foundations for wider loyalties must be
laid…(to) teach those attitudes which will result ultimately
in the creation of a world citizenship and world government…we
can and should teach those skills and attitudes which will help
to create a society in which world citizenship is
Professor Benjamin Bloom, known as the father of Outcome-Based
Education (OBE) said: "The purpose of education and the
schools is to change the thoughts, feelings and actions of
B.F. Skinner determined that applied psychology in the class
curriculum was the means to bring about such changes in the
students' values and beliefs simply by relentlessly inputting
specific programmed messages. The education system is now a
captive of the Skinner model of behavior modification
In 1990, Dr. M. Donald Thomas outlined the new education system
in an article that appeared in The Effective School Report
entitled "Education 90: A Framework for the Future."
"From Washington to modern times, literacy has meant the
ability to read and write, the ability to understand numbers,
and the capacity to appreciate factual material. The world,
however, has changed dramatically in the last 30 years. The
introduction of technology in information processing, the
compression of the world into a single economic system, and the
revolution in political organizations are influences never
imagined to be possible in our lifetime.
Dr. Thomas provided the blueprint for today's education system
that is designed to:
De-emphasize academic knowledge;
Establish the one-world agenda with the United Nations as its
center, moving students away from a belief in national
sovereignty, i.e., patriotism;
Replace individual achievement with collectivist group-think
And invade the family authority with an "It takes a
These ideas permeate every federal program, every national
standard, every textbook and every moment of your child's school
day. It explains why today's children hasn't any time to
actually learn the fundamentals we call the Three R's.
Without a strong basic education, today's children are mere
pawns in the hands of those who have a far different world in
mind than the one in which the first generations of Americans
set the nation on its path to high achievement. It is not for
nothing they are called Gen-X'rs, the tenth generation of
Americans and, for those setting educational policy, perhaps the
last to pledge allegiance to one nation, under God, indivisible,
with freedom and justice for all.
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Tom DeWeese is a national recognized expert on
educational issues. He is the president of the American Policy
Center. The Center maintains an Internet site at americanpolicy.org.
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