How well do the late George Orwell's insights on education relate to America's current educational system?
Very well indeed, according to Bruce Deitrick Price, in an article that appears at the American Thinker website today:
- YB LogicalLv 78 years agoFavorite Answer
Control of the American system has long been recognized as the key for control in the US.
Toward Soviet America by William Z. Foster. Head of the Communist Party USA, Foster indicates that a National Department of Education would be one of the means used to develop a new socialist society in the U.S.
Dare the School Build a New Social Order? is published. Educator author George Counts asserts that:
"... the teachers should deliberately reach for power and then make the most of their conquest" in order to "influence the social attitudes, ideals and behavior of the coming generation... The growth of science and technology has carried us into a new age where ignorance must be replaced by knowledge, competition by cooperation, trust in Providence by careful planning and private capitalism by some form of social economy."
1933 -- The first Humanist Manifesto is published. Co-author John Dewey, the noted philosopher and educator, calls for a synthesizing of all religions and "a socialized and cooperative economic order." Co-signer C.F. Potter said in 1930:
"Education is thus a most powerful ally of humanism, and every American public school is a school of humanism. What can the theistic Sunday schools, meeting for an hour once a week, teaching only a fraction of the children, do to stem the tide of a five-day program of humanistic teaching?"
The Teacher and World Government by former editor of the NEA Journal (National Education Association) Joy Elmer Morgan is published. He says:
"In the struggle to establish an adequate world government, the teacher... can do much to prepare the hearts and minds of children for global understanding and cooperation... At the very heart of all the agencies which will assure the coming of world government must stand the school, the teacher, and the organized profession."
NEA Associate Secretary William Carr writes in the NEA Journal that teachers should:
"... teach about the various proposals that have been made for the strengthening of the United Nations and the establishment of a world citizenship and world government."
1948 -- Walden II by behavioral psychologist B.F. Skinner proposes "a perfect society or new and more perfect order" in which children are reared by the State, rather than by their parents and are trained from birth to demonstrate only desirable behavior and characteristics. Skinner's ideas would be widely implemented by educators in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s as Values Clarification and Outcome Based Education.
The Secret Constitution and the Need for Constitutional Change is sponsored in part by the Rockefeller Foundation. Some thoughts of author Arthur S. Miller are:
"... a pervasive system of thought control exists in the United States... the citizenry is indoctrinated by employment of the mass media and the system of public education... people are told what to think about... the old order is crumbling... Nationalism should be seen as a dangerous social disease... A new vision is required to plan and manage the future, a global vision that will transcend national boundaries and eliminate the poison of nationalistic solutions... a new Constitution is necessary."
- 8 years ago
To be fair to your question I'd have to study this article and not with a quick glance
as I just did.
But as to the "middle" taking power and leaving the "lower" behind,
'that's kind of disputed by something I recently read written by Thomas Sowell.
He used as an example the income/wealth gap between the top 20%
and the bottom 20% of Americans. The liberal intelligentsia says
this gap is forever widening. That's bullsh*t.
Over a twenty year study, ending in 95, 70% of those in the lower
percentile moved upward and out of the lowest bracket.
Surprisingly, 50% of those in the top bracket fell out of it.
These brackets, top 20%, lowest 20%, are NOT STATIC.
There is movement in and out of them all the time.
IRS data shows over a twenty year period only 10% or those
originally in the lowest bracket stayed there.
The left-wing intelligentsia wants us to believe that every economic level is frozen in time.
NOW, that's where the real danger is to be found!
The left-wing wanting to change our system to compensate for imagined
differences in wealth and income where none really exist.
We should all remember Mark Twain's' adage:
"There are three types of lies":
2) Damn lies
3) And then there's statistics.