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Groupthink and American Schools

THE TRANSFORMATION OF AMERICAN SCHOOLS

by Jon Rappoport

There is a hidden reason, among many other reasons, why American schools no longer teach the detailed meaning of the Declaration and the Constitution and the Republic for which they stand.

And that hidden reason is: schools in this country are no longer American. They are looked at, by “professionals,” as universal schools.

That is, these schools service children, many of whom don’t speak English or write English as their first language. And there is no major push to teach English thoroughly and rigorously to kids who don’t speak it or write it.

When you look at a school, moreover, as a multi-cultural institution, and you glorify the notion of “ethnic diversity,” you are basically saying that integration into the great melting pot is no longer a priority. So, under that banner, why would you consider a major grounding in the Constitution important? You wouldn’t.

What you’re left with is essentially a social event, not an educational event.

And within that social event, there are various causes allied as a cluster of favored issues: greening; the environment; global warming; recycling; cleaning up pollution; a vague “equality”; helping those in need.

These trump freedom, individuality, independence, competence, achievement.

This isn’t even training people to become cogs in the machine of society; it’s training people to become educational zeros.

This is newer than the social engineering concept of John Dewey and others. It’s training people to become, at best, community organizers.

It’s “the group is everything” and “the individual is passe.”

Am I exaggerating a bit? Yes. On purpose. But I’m pointing to the major trend. This is where education is heading. Fast.

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