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Draining The Swamp – Part 40 – Schooling Is Not Education

Draining The Swamp – Part 40 - Schooling Is Not EducationThere is an old saying: You can take a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink.

The same can be said of learning. A child can be forced to attend school, but you can’t force that child to learn. A child will learn what they want to learn. It is the child that learns, it is not the teacher that teaches. The teacher assists in the learning process.

Consider, if you will, that babies learn to walk and speak on their own, not by teaching. Parents assist the baby, but the baby learns to do it because he/she wants to walk or speak. They want to be mobile, or to communicate.

Education, of any type, is a process of learning that cannot be forced. Yet, in today’s “educational system” we call schools, that is precisely what is being attempted. Children are forced to attend schools, where they are dictated the things to be taught and the time and manner in which they are to be taught. The child, the supposed learner, has no say in this. A child may, or may not, learn something in this environment. It is a hit or miss situation, because the basic ingredient of the desire to learn is missing from the equation.

I can honestly say that I learned very little from my 12 years of public schooling. I could read before I entered school, and was a voracious reader from the time I learned to read. My parents and siblings helped me learn more about math and science than any of teachers did. Schooling, for me, was basically a waste of time. That wasted time robbed me of the chance to explore things I was interested in.

Meanwhile, the regimentation and indoctrination they were constantly shoving down my throat caused me to distrust the very authoritarian institutions I was being indoctrinated to submit to. I became a rebel, watching the supposed authority figures carefully, and usually rejecting what they proposed. I took from them only what I valued, which wasn’t much.

Most students become rebels in their own manner. Some are openly rebellious, while others are silent rebels, because they see what is being done to them. One size does not fit all, though the authorities would have us believe it is so. Students recognize that something is wrong. Some sense the source, while others don’t. Still, they all see that something is wrong.

I remember quite clearly the brainwashing of the “experts”. A teacher with a Phd. was said to be an “expert”, yet I had two teachers in high school with Phds who I considered fools, lacking all common sense. Throughout my life I have met many so-called “experts”, who I would put in the same category.

The establishment proclaims people to be “experts”, who go through a specified number of years of schooling, taking specified courses, who regurgitate facts on tests, and who lack critical thinking. They merely regurgitate the memes and theories they were force fed throughout their indoctrination. Nothing more. They merely follow the course that was given to them. These are “experts”? No thank you. I will decide for myself who is an expert on anything.

Forced schooling, which is nothing but indoctrination, is destroying America, and the world. Education should be about learning to think for oneself, with critical skills, not about indoctrination. Once the skills of reading, writing, public speaking and critical thinking are learned, any student can learn anything they have a desire to learn. That is the one fact that the “schooling establishment” won’t admit. Schools are not necessary, and in fact are detrimental to learning. Schooling crushes the desire to learn, which is one of the reasons we have schools in the first place.

A free society values knowledge, not subservient, indoctrinated citizens. A free society values the free interaction of ideas. Forced schooling is the antithesis of freedom.

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  1. Here is food for thought, especially for those who support “public education” and rally about the doctrine of “socialization” that they claim is lacking in “homeschooled” children.
    Let’s look at what “public education” has to offer:
    1. Cliques and rampant bullying, quite often the victim of bullying punished more harshly for fighting back. Many times, bullies are part of a “protected” class–racial minorities, jocks, etc. Strong official disapproval of students making friends outside their grade level. “Peer pressure” used to push conformity.
    2. Teachers that don’t teach reading writing and arithmetic. Pushing communist principles such as rabid environmentalism, blaming humanity for conditions beyond our control as well as pushing “communitarianism” (“it takes a village”)–actually communism. This also ties in with teacher-recommended feminizing and drugging (mostly boys) to make them “less fidgety” and more compliant–all for the “benefit” of the teacher.
    3. Non-existent moral guidance…the communist concept of “values clarification”, allowing each student to set his own moral standard with no discussion permitted as to guidelines. A student dare not mention God or the Bible in “public school”–not permitted…discussing Islam is OK…even field trips to mosques are encouraged.
    4. Sex education that normalizes homosexuality and other deviant practices, actually encouraging deviant behavior and downplaying heterosexuality and abstinence.
    5. Insane zero tolerance practices, punishing students for pop-tarts shaped like guns or a student having an “unauthorized aspirin” or plastic butter knife. Of course, abortions and birth control are available without parental notification.
    6. Lockdowns and backpack/locker searches by police utilizing “drug dogs”, getting the upcoming generation used to random unconstitutional searches. Quite often, students “roughed up” by “school resource officers”…just because they can…Lockdowns should be reserved for prisons–not schools…
    Since these “socialization” practices seem to be the norm in our “public education” systems, parents who send their children to these dysfunctional “indoctrination centers” are guilty of child abuse…
    Children who are homeschooled actually do much better in life as they are comfortable with people of all ages. True socialization takes place outside the classroom.

  2. Mr. Dawkins, I can give you a simple statement that is true of EVERYONE
    “It is not what you know or think you know that matters or is actually true. It is WHO you believe.”
    Even you chose who you believed. And in that choosing, you decided what was true for you. That does not make it so.
    Believe David Koresh and burn to death in Waco.
    Believe a Christian and have eternal life.
    Proof: YOU cannot prove just about anything you believe. As you said, most of what we KNOW is true, we learned on our own. And ever some of that is not true, but we believe what we believe.

    1. G. Giant,

      You make some excellent points. We all, as a defense mechanism, create “filters” through which we view reality. The search for truth is never ending, but if you wish to find truth, you must be willing to adjust your “filters” as truth is revealed.

      Shorty Dawkins

      1. Anybody that does not realize what we call our educational system is actually an indoctrination system is simply not paying attention or honest with them self. Our current state of education is a serious bad joke on the populace at every level. Intelligence, knowledge or any form of understanding or wisdom does NOT come from what we call schooling or education here in USA today, quite the opposite ! It is all about ones own mindset as a starting point and nothing at all to do with religion of any type.

        Most people are easily controlled by various forces present from government entities today. That simple understanding is the basis for the only real starting point to go forward and understand much of anything. It is all about realizing and understanding the many illusions created to control you ! Without that understanding and realization you can never break free to actually THINK !

        1. And both are now falling by the way side. More and more families are home-schooling, and even when they don’t, the kids have access to the internet and therefore can look for themselves. And that is also why the mainstream media is losing its effectiveness as a propaganda tool. It no longer has a monopoly on information.

  3. Education is supposed to be about the students; it has become an institution all about the union thug teachers. It is worse than many parents realize, and the indocrtination starts in Kindergarten.
    I operate in the trenches, and every day I see teachers and entire systems unbdermining our nbation,our culture, and our history. The lies are incredible, and all aimed at we dreadful Europeans who established Western Civilzation and America.

  4. The left (communists) have succeeded in taking control of the education system from K through PHd. Hard science is not immune, they indoctrinate those students with climate change, sustainability and other social control methods. Today’s young people grow up not hearing the real history of America and the world, only the communist version. I fear it is too late to save America. There will probably be a civil war and everyone will suffer during and after no matter who (if anyone) wins. I fear for my grandchildren.

    Be Prepared !

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