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RandyEhrler

Blue Pill or Red Pill? - This Book is for Those Wh

by RandyEhrler on May 22, 2012

If you have kids in public schools, went to public school or live near a public school - you should read this book. If you wonder why schools are in a constant need of "saving," why so many are failing and why they resemble prisons - this book will answer those questions and many more. Schools are a mess. Even the "best" public schools are rife with behavioral, drug, gang and academic troubles. Public schooling represents one of the very few things in our society over which we do not get a choice. We are told which school we must attend. Each school is a one-size fit's all government jobs-project that may or may not serve your child's or your best interests. Yes, well-meaning adults staff these schools, but they are merely pawns in a system over which they have very little control. Students and teachers are told where to go, when to go, what to learn (teach), what is important and what is not (according to the powers-that-be of course). The trend in most curriculum development is racing toward math and science - a very left-brained concrete thought process. "Science pays," is the mantra of the day. This is because, schools are not built to educate students but, instead, to create malleable workers. The liberal arts, particularly history and civics, have been relegated to mere after thoughts. Why? Because a society of engaged and educated citizens make terrible consumers. Thoughtful independent people are not good followers. The goal is a strong workforce filled with insecure, immature and rootless technocrats who will consume without remorse, restraint or reflection. Before anything can change in this world you must understand your foe. If you take issue with the control and influence all things BIG have on your life, this book is a great beginning. The growth of Big Parma, Big Medicine, Big Education, Big Unions, Big Government, Big Prisons, and Big Corporations seems to go on unabated. The trajectory we are following stands in opposition to individual freedom. This book will help you to understand the mindset of those who seek power and the methods used in society, especially through education, to produce people who serve their ends (mindless consumption & cooperation). Big anything hates independent, thoughtful and reflective citizens. Warning: This book will open your eyes, like Neo in the Matrix, once you go this way you may not return, so it is not recommended for those who wish to remain asleep.

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makonetruth

Fabulous

by makonetruth on Jan 31, 2008

A great book...highly recommended. Gatto does a great job tracing the history of our modern education system, though it's a scary one...

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