Patriotism & the Failed Enterprise of American Public Education

Scattered as my thoughts appear to be, and sometimes I am aware they are way scattered, usually there is some logic behind seemingly Grand Canyon logical leaps.  Both a blessing and a curse, my brain is rarely off.  Today was no different, so I will attempt to explain the connection between patriotism and the failed American public education system.

Don’t let schooling interfere with your education.

Education consists mainly of what we have unlearned.

Mark Twain, one of my heroes since I was a child certainly did not believe in the American public school system or politicians, but he did believe in humor, exposing hypocrisy, and being true to oneself.

It could probably be shown by facts and figures that there is no distinctly native criminal class except Congress.

One reason I have always wanted to be a vampire, particularly after learning of Blade and his day-walking ability, was so I hypothetically could have kicked it with cats throughout time I respected and/or found fascinating.  Mark Twain is near the top of my list for someone to experience an adventure with.  I can only imagine the whiskey guzzling and limp dicks.  Anyways, not only did Mark Twain distrust public education, but also fondly disliked “patriots”.

We teach them to take their patriotism at second-hand; to shout with the largest crowd without examining into the right or wrong of the matter — exactly as boys under monarchies are taught and have always been taught. We teach them to regard as traitors, and hold in aversion and contempt, such as do not shout with the crowd, and so here in our democracy we are cheering a thing which of all things is most foreign to it and out of place — the delivery of our political conscience into somebody else’s keeping. This is patriotism on the Russian plan.

I think the connection between public schools that fail to educate, mindless braying about patriotism and one’s political party, and the increasingly secretive and corrupt (I know it is hard to believe) federal government is glaringly obvious.  My work experiences in public school has done nothing but strengthen my belief that the collapse of the American public school system will be a huge blessing.

I have worked with ESL (English second language) students who were advancing grades despite the fact it was clear they could not read.  How can a child be going into 5th grade and practically be illiterate?  By working with American-born first and second graders after school, I have discovered that a few of the children have been passed into first grade without knowing the whole alphabet, let alone being to read appropriately leveled books.  The thing that really puzzles me is these children apparently have supportive family environments.  All children develop on their own time table, but by first grade you should definitely know the alphabet.  How can their parents allow their children to fall behind?  Catching up is much easier to do at the beginning stages of education.  Once a child is entering his/her teen years, it is way too late to start catching them up.

In the first place, God made idiots. That was for practice. Then he made school boards.

Disregarding the appalling low standards in public schools (lets not set high expectations the child’s self-esteem will be hurt if they don’t meet them), the most infuriating and disheartening aspect of public education is the evisceration of critical thinking skills and emphasis on rote memorization, especially in these No Child Left a Dime, (sub)standardized testing days.  Do not be mistaken that this is a failure on the part of educators, although unquestionably they deserve some of the blame.  The federal government does not want public schools to produce critical thinkers.  Critical thinkers ask questions, and the pillagers running the system do not want the curtain pulled back and their scheme revealed.

A person who won’t read has no advantage over one who can’t read.

A critic of the Gilded Age, and of imperialistic wars, Twain did not hold his tongue even when it was unpopular.  Twain’s idea of loyalty was a bit different than Bush’s idea of loyalty.

My kind of loyalty was loyalty to ones country, not to its institutions or its officeholders. The country is the real thing, the substantial thing, the eternal thing; it is the thing to watch over, and care for, and be loyal to institutions are extraneous, they are its mere clothing, and clothing can wear out, become ragged, cease to be comfortable, cease to protect the body from winter, disease, and death.

A libertarian at heart, Twain realized ideals cannot be regulated and enforced from above by government.  His lowly opinion of those serving in kongress, certainly did nothing to temper his dislike of government.

Laws control the lesser man… Right conduct controls the greater one.

All Congresses and Parliaments have a kindly feeling for idiots, and a compassion for them, on account of personal experience and heredity.

Certainly, evidence of kongresses “kindly feeling for idiots” is obvious in its’ bailout of Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae and all speculating predatory lending institutions.  As much as I sound like a heartless bastard by saying it, it also is present whenever those living in hurricane alley are bailed out in hurricane alley, or complaining they weren’t bailed out.  Or wanting to be rescued from a hurricane zone after having ignored orders to evacuate. Where is the common sense?  Is Dr. Phil hogging it all? Dr. Phil is America’s doctor, so why should he not be America’s president? Dr. Phil in ’08! (Plus, maybe he can get Oprah to pay off some of our national debt)

The mania for giving the Government power to meddle with the private affairs of cities or citizens is likely to cause endless trouble, through the rivalry of schools and creeds that are anxious to obtain official recognition, and there is great danger that our people will lose our independence of thought and action which is the cause of much of our greatness, and sink into the helplessness of the Frenchman or German who expects his government to feed him when hungry, clothe him when naked, to prescribe when his child may be born and when he may die, and, in time, to regulate every act of humanity from the cradle to the tomb, including the manner in which he may seek future admission to paradise.

Please realize you are ultimately responsible for your own education.  And please check out http://www.historyisaweapon.com/indextrue.html.  History is a weapon.  The only question is will you let the Establishment control the weapon by not educating yourself, or will you be the one holding it?  For all their attempts to control us and the ideas they disagree with , they cannot win if we do not let them win.  The biggest threats are intellectual laziness, a lack of curiosity, and a hoarding of knowledge.  Learn, synthesize, and disseminate.  Spread the seeds of free thinking and revolution like Zeus spread his Olympian jism.

This is a nation of inconsistencies. The Puritans fleeing from oppression became oppressors. We fought England for our liberty and put chains on four million of blacks. We wiped out slavery and our tariff laws and national banks began a system of white wage slavery worse than the first. Wall Street owns the country. It is no longer a government of the people, by the people, and for the people, but a government of Wall Street, by Wall Street, and for Wall Street. The great common people of this country are slaves, and monopoly is the master…Our laws are the output of a system which clothes rascals in robes and honesty in rags. The [political] parties lie to us and the political speakers mislead us.

We are in control of our minds for as hard as Madison Avenue tries.  Much like the fervent capitalist who will sell rope to a mob about to use it to hang said capitalist, the Establishment provides the tools (libraries, fast internet connections) needed for overthrow and upheaval.  Their underbelly is soft and sagging with the weight of opulence and age.

One last note.  Beware of what you read in newspapers, or watch on the news.

Advertisements contain the only truths to be relied on in a newspaper.”


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