Numbing Our Children’s Minds, Imprisioning Their Bodies – The True Goals of Our Entrenched Educational System

by Ravi and Sunna

Having a child is – if one takes it seriously on all levels – simply revelatory.  One’s choices for oneself are one category of decision making, but the choices you make for your child, well, that’s a whole different ballgame.

In raising a child to the point of its own ability to choose, you are, quite plainly,  making daily God-like choices for that infinitely-impressionable creature that will undoubtedly impact them their entire life.  It’s not so much the heavy “responsibility” that weighs on your soul, but rather a more hopeful wish – the wish that your child will essentially “stand on your shoulders”, seeing more, learning more and achieving a more spiritually evolved state than you had the opportunity to in this life.

For a wide variety of reasons, realizations and experiences, we have chosen to go the path of home-schooling – or rather “un-schooling” our Lola.  We will post much more in this vein as we experience the process (Lola just turned 3) and try to provide awakening information for others who may be open to this path with their children.

One of the people who has become “awake” to the real purposes of our educational system is John Taylor Gatto.  His story is intriguing and compelling. After 30 years of teaching in some pretty rough schools in NYC, Mr. Gatto in 1991 – that very year being recognized as “Teacher of the Year” in New York – quit institutionalized teaching and started a more real teaching, informing people of the true intent of our industrial-revolution era schools, that is to produce a consuming, placid, fearful and easily controlled consumer – a “product” to happily and unquestioningly consume other “products”.

The heretofore unconventional and exciting schooling paradigm that was beginning to form in America in the late 1700’s and early 1800’s (and that was admired by much of the world) was quickly and efficiently co-opted into a mechanism of social control and designed for creating a populace of workers and consumers that followed orders, and whose only real interests in life were consumption.

John Gatto has become a true lighthouse beacon – a bright light in a very dark and controlling world of public and private institutionalized education.  Upon first reading Mr. Gattos first book “The Underground History Of American Education” – (provided free here), the pragmatic and revealing sentence that strikes flat in the face is:

“You aren’t compelled to loan your car to anyone who wants it, but you are compelled to surrender your school-age child to strangers who process children for a livelihood…”

Here is a link to Mr. Gatto’s site where he present a deeply disturbing short illustrated essay as to the real purposes of our educational system and just how it came to be. He clearly lays out the reasons and the purposes – as well as the actual persons – behind our current mind-numbing, creativity-squelching, and outright dangerous schooling system.  Please take the time to view:

The Fourth Purpose, The Business Of Schooling

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6 Responses to Numbing Our Children’s Minds, Imprisioning Their Bodies – The True Goals of Our Entrenched Educational System

  1. Kelli says:

    Oh, public education is definitely meant to dumb you down and destroy all non-conformity. Thats what it always tried to do to me for the 12 years I had to suffer through the American “educational” system. How I wish now that I had been homeschooled. It would have done me a world of good.

    I had “learning disabilities” as a kid and my brother severe ADHD. Well, our mom fed us the world’s crappiest diet and we had everything vaccine known to humankind because she was never one to question authority. So that probably had something to do with it. I remember struggling through school just to concentrate in yet another boring mind-numbing class while my brother was yet again being expelled. Then there was the constant of other kids as they simply did what they were told and harassed anyone who didn’t along with anyone unlucky enough to be in a “learning disabilities” class.

    Your daughter will definitely thank you one day for homeschooling her. Kids need to learn in their own time and you won’t have to shoot her up with any dangerous shots if she isn’t in a government funded future consumer teaching machine.

  2. I took my kids out of public school a few years ago and I have not regretted it once. I discovered Gatto a few years ago. Thanks for spreading the word about the truth.

  3. Holly says:

    We home educate also. I love Mr. Gatto’s material. Holly

  4. Kim says:

    We free learn as well! Looking forward to following you ~

    Coming over from the Friday Blog Hop!

  5. hellaD says:

    Wow thanks for this post, good to do home schooling indeed! I only attended one year of school in LA when I was a junior in highschool and it was traumatising for sure. But even the missionary boarding school I attended was also taking over the children’s minds, I think I had a really bad experience with a teacher when I was in grade 1 — made me run away from home so I wouldn’t have to go back to school, so I have never really trusted teachers. Sometimes this is bad as I also will not trust good teachers when I should a bit more. Anyway thanks for posting that link to that other site. I will check it out. I watched a documentary about the residential schools here in BC called Unrepentant check out the website, which show the terrible things they were doing–even a 5 year old was killed by a nun kicking her in the neck in the 1960s! It is very disturbing, but shows the true purpose behind the institutionalized schooling system for the masses.

    Your daughter sounds lovely 🙂

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