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On April 20, 1999, two 17-year-old students at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, after a year of careful preparation, carried out a murderous rampage in their school, resulting in the shooting deaths of 14 students (including themselves) and a teacher, and wounding 23 others. The two teen-agers were heard by witnesses to proclaim, “This is what we always wanted to do,” “This is awesome,” and “Today’s the day we die.”

Columbine was not an isolated event. It was just the most spectacular of a string of school massacres that have taken place in the last decade, including last March’s shooting rampage at Santana High School in Santee, Calif., when a 15-year-old freshman killed two students and wounded 11 other students and two staff members.

Why are these school shootings occurring with increasing frequency? What is turning some children into killers? And why, in particular, are they venting their murderous rage within the walls of their schools?

Beyond the sensational school shootings, what of the less publicized but far more pervasive public school epidemics of functional illiteracy, “learning disabilities,” sexual activity, suicide, drug and alcohol abuse, occult involvement and other dysfunctional behaviors?

Why is it that today’s public schools increasingly offer — in place of the rigorous academic and moral instruction of yesteryear — multiculturalism, situational ethics, drug education, sex education, death education, sensitivity training, gay studies, condoms, look-say rather than phonics, behaviorism, cooperative learning, outcome-based education, Skinnerian mastery learning, magic circles and transcendental meditation?

Why is it that, according to a $14-million study by the U.S. Department of Education, 90 million American adults can barely read or write?

And why is it that, in 1996, the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) was re-normed because scores had dropped so dramatically since the average (or norm) was established in 1941 that the disparity became embarrassing to the educational establishment?

The October edition of Whistleblower, now available from WND’s online store, is titled “DUMBED DOWN: The deliberate destruction of America’s education system.” It tells the true and dramatic story of public education – of how government schools were consciously, intentionally transformed, over the course of decades, into what they are today — institutions that have profoundly failed millions of young people.

“This edition of Whistleblower is electrifying,” said WorldNetDaily CEO and Editor Joseph Farah. “It will make you mad, but it will also open your eyes as to what the government’s education system is really all about.”

Each monthly issue of Whistleblower, WND’s popular print magazine (formerly called WorldNet), focuses on one “big-issue” topic of major interest to our readers — crucial topics typically glossed over or ignored by most of the press.

Recent editions included:

(Note: There is no issue dated “August,” since when the WND editorial team redesigned and renamed the magazine “Whistleblower” last month, they changed the way the issues were dated as well, so that what would have been the August issue is now dated September.)

September’s issue, “Guns in America: Myth-busting research says firearms in more hands result in less crime,” shows conclusively that in geographical areas where the right to own firearms is the most restricted, crime flourishes; but where gun ownership and possession are least restricted, crime falls – often dramatically.

What about future editions?

In response to the acts of war perpetrated on American soil by Islamic militants, WND is devoting the November issue to the incendiary topic of Islam.

Although America has for decades been home to many Muslims who have worshipped peacefully at their local mosque, a radical form of Islam is spreading rapidly throughout much of the world – and in America as well – that regards Christianity and Judaism, as well as Western culture and freedoms, as Satanic, and is intent on destroying them.

“One key purpose of this special in-depth investigative report on Islam,” said Managing Editor David Kupelian, “will be to differentiate between peace-loving Muslims in America who are minding their own business and living and worshipping as they see fit, and outright enemies of America, bent on its destruction.”

After that, “December’s issue will be one of the most inspiring editions of any publication in history,” promises Farah.

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