Declining SAT scores. Falling literacy rates. Reduced critical thinking ability. American children today appear to be getting dumber – and that’s exactly how the government wants it, according to one journalist who has covered education topics extensively.
“The schools are actually doing exactly what they were designed to do: dumb down the American people,” declared international journalist and teacher Alex Newman.
Newman, coauthor of the newly released book “Crimes of the Educators: How Utopians Are Using Government Schools to Destroy America’s Children,” says education bureaucrats in Washington are not sincere when they claim to possess solutions to America’s education problems.
“In response to the very real crisis in what passes for government-run ‘education’ in America today, the educational establishment is rolling out various so-called ‘solutions’ that will only make the problems worse,” Newman said. “That is primarily because the phony remedies, which will extort taxpayers for more billions, only purport to treat the symptoms rather than the root cause – the fact that the system was literally designed to dumb down American children as a crucial element of replacing liberty and self-government with collectivism and tyranny.”
In “Crimes of the Educators” Newman and coauthor Samuel Blumenfeld expose many of the false solutions to America’s education woes. They write about the increased use of psychotropic drugs to try and treat ADD and ADHD in children. They unveil “cooperative learning” as a classroom teaching method based on communist ideology.
But perhaps the most notorious faux government solution is the Common Core State Standards Initiative, they report.
Get “Crimes of the Educators: How Utopians Are Using Government Schools to Destroy America’s Children,” and see what Common Core really is doing to children.
Common Core has created national standards in math and English language arts for every student in America to meet at the end of each grade level. However, the standards are complicated and obtuse, as Newman and Blumenfeld describe in their book.
They are so complicated, in fact, that many parents can’t even help their children with math homework because they can’t understand the problems, either.
“As just one example of how bad these national ‘standards’ are, consider that both of the subject-matter experts selected by Common Core’s own architects for the Validation Committee refused to sign off on them,” Newman revealed. “The math expert cited, among other problems, incorrect math. The English Language Arts expert blasted the fact that the standards will reduce the ability of children to think for themselves.”
In addition to imposing questionable standards, Newman reports the Department of Education is collecting obscene amounts of data on every student in the country – even data such as the number of teeth a child has lost and the condition of his or her gums.
“The data-mining schemes exposed in the book would make George Orwell blush,” Newman asserted.
Conservative icon Phyllis Schlafly told WND she is no fan of Common Core, either.
“Basically, it’s to violate the law and the Constitution by having a federal gang decide what kids learn and what they don’t learn,” she said.
Schlafly believes Common Core is designed to replace an American mindset with a global mindset in children.
“The people behind it want to make our kids internationalists and globalists and think they’re citizens of the world instead of being proud of America as an exceptional and wonderful country,” Schlafly said.
Newman agrees. He sees Common Core as but the first step on the road to a worldwide curriculum.
“Under the global miseducation regime right now being imposed on mankind, the uneducated masses will be trained like Pavlov’s dogs from a young age to fulfill their roles in what top establishment leaders regularly refer to as the New World Order,” Newman said. “The efforts are hardly a secret. The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), which partnered with Common Core financier Bill Gates on education, already has a set of global standards that it calls a ‘World Core Curriculum’ just waiting to be completely foisted on humanity.
“Education – and the future of humanity, by extension – is at a crossroads today,” he continued. “On one side stand educational liberty and the burgeoning homeschooling movement. On the other: the United Nations, UNESCO, the Obama administration, Bill Gates, Common Core, Achieve, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the totalitarian-minded establishment. Their vision, as we document in the book, involves centralizing education and all power over schooling for the purpose of creating what quite literally amounts to global tyranny.”
WND CEO Joseph Farah praised “Crimes of the Educators.”
“There have been any number of books indicting America’s educational establishment,” Farah said. “But this is the first that appropriately describes what’s happening in our schools as a pattern of criminal behavior against children and parents. It’s about time. It’s not just Common Core that’s the problem – not by a long shot. But Blumenfeld and Newman have done the best job yet of explaining how and why this disastrous and insidious curriculum is being rammed down our throats by activists and unaccountable bureaucrats.”
Newman firmly believes Common Core will actually worsen America’s educational crisis.
“The problem with public education was never a lack of uniformly horrible standards, so imposing such a scheme on the entire nation will not fix the crisis,” he said. “Instead, it will make it much harder for anyone to fix as Common Core’s tentacles spread into every school district and major textbook publishing house in America.
“The future of the nation and its liberties depend on the education – or lack thereof – received by today’s children,” he warned.