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Why Americans Are Stupid

After watching the viral video of the Obamaphone lady in October, I thought to myself — we are in a lot of trouble.

It forced me to consider just how literate are the voters and people of the US. It’s very hard to tell given so few studies nail it down to specifics. For some reason the federal government does not want to get an exact account of how many illegal immigrants we have or how much illiteracy there is in the US.

The census bureau delves into high school graduation levels, but not literacy rates. Perhaps because literacy and immigration and the problems of inner cities are connected. Such studies would not interest the multicultural US elites who do not really want to know the truth. In order to come to some conclusion about how educated the people of the US might be, one is forced to do guess-and-by-golly observations regarding why so many Americans seem so dumb, crude, and uncivilized.

As I discovered, educating for dumb and a dumber in the US goes back some time in our history.

Up until the late 1800’s a good education in the United States could be obtained without government interference or oversight. Surprisingly, 50 percent of a population of 3 million in 1776 were indentured servants and 20 percent were African slaves. Yet during that time 600,000 copies of Thomas Paine’s Common Sense had been sold in the United States and had been read by countless Americans.

By 1812, with a population of approximately 7 million, Pierre DuPont wrote in Education in the United States, “…that out of every 1,000 persons fewer than four can’t read or do numbers.” He attributed this fact to traditional dinner table debates over passages read from the Bible. In other words, children learned how to read with an understanding of what they were reading and they knew their numbers. All this education took place at home or in one room school houses, or “Dame Schools,” primarily taught by women. The children who came out of these schools grew up to be self reliant and individualistic, in marked contrast to the Prussian system which produced an obedient, collectivist trained populace..

Implementation of the Prussian System was to become the goal of Edward Everett, America’s first PhD. As Governor of Massachusetts, Everett had to deal with the problem of the influx of poor Irish Catholics into his state. In 1852, with the support of Horace Mann, another strong advocate of the Prussian model, Everett made the decision to adopt the Prussian system of education in Massachusetts. Unfortunately for the children and poor Irish Catholics of Massachusetts and elsewhere, the system produced a willing, cheap labor force with minimal reading and numbers skills. The Everetts of the world understood that people who could read and understand are dangerous because they are intellectually equipped to find out things for themselves, thus becoming a threat to already established power elites.

Shortly after Everett and Mann collaborated to adopt the Prussian system, the Governor of New York set up the same method in 12 different New York schools on a trial basis. Incredibly, within two weeks he declared the system a total success and took control of the entire education system in the State of New York. In a “blitzkrieg” action with no debate, public hearing, or citizen involvement, government forced schooling was on its way in America.

The Results of the Prussian System

The history of American education since the acceptance of the Prussian system is checkered with failure and elitism. From the time of John Dewey, who felt people should be defined by groups and associations and who believed that people who were well read were dangerous, to our own era, U.S. education has suffered. We have, in this day and age, the disheartening statistics showing 33 percent or our nation’s college graduates can’t read or calculate well enough to perform the jobs they seek.

Working against the concepts and principles the Founding Fathers provided in the Constitution, the Prussian system has produced a gradual but statistically provable decline in literacy and intellectual capability of typical Americans. We can track the five different stages that American education has gone through: 1750-1852—The idea of government controlled schools was conceived; 1852-1900—It was politically debated in state legislatures; 1900-1920—We had government controlled industrialized factory modeled schooling; 1920-1960—Schools changed from being academically focused to becoming socialized; and 1960 to the Present—Schools became psychological experiment labs.

In the year 1941 the Defense Department was preparing for World War II. In testing 18 million men between 1941 and 1944, the Defense Department found 96 percent of those tested were literate. During this same period, among African Americans who were tested—the majority of whom had only three years of schooling—80 percent were found to be literate. By literate we mean that Americans, both white and black, could read with understanding.

During the Korean War the Department of Defense tested three million men for service and only 19 percent were found to be literate. In less then 10 years there had been a 500 percent rise in illiteracy. Perplexed, the Defense Department investigated and found that the same test had been used during the two wars and the only difference was that those men and women tested during the Korean War had more schooling—at a significantly higher cost.

Twenty years later, around 1970, the same test was used at the time of a new war. Among the Vietnam draftees and enlistees who were tested for literacy only 27 percent were found to be capable of reading with understanding the material which they needed in order to serve in the armed forces. Again the major difference between American soldiers in the 1940’s and the 1970’s was more schooling for the latter group at a higher cost to the taxpayers.

Consider that the billions of taxpayer dollars were spent over the time period from the 1940’s to the present increased by some 350 percent with totally unacceptable results despite all the increased spending. In 1996 statistics prepared by the National Association of Education for Progress showed that some 44 percent of African Americans could not read at all. The same set of statistics shows that illiteracy among whites has quadrupled. Incredibly, educating Americans continues to cost massive amounts of taxpayer dollars to achieve unacceptable and devastatingly poor results.

Manipulating for the Collective State

As education expert and author Beverly Eakman states in “The Culture Wars: “… Americans bought critical changes in behavior, beliefs, and worldviews. By applying advertising and agitation in just the right proportions, our adversaries learned they could create a mob mentality and suppress independent thinking. Technically, this is called the science of coercion. If done properly, one can fool nearly all the people all the time.”

Mastery Learning, Outcome-Based Education, School-to-Work, Goals 2000, Profiles in Learning – all fads and educational trends put into operation in the nation’s school system since the late ’60s and early ’70s.

Now, those of you who have followed along thus far are asking: What does all this have to do with Emmanuel Kant, Hegel, Marx, the Frankfurt School of Sociology, Freud, Jung, Adler, Rogers and Maslow and the price of tea in China?

All these things are connected because they betray and explain a mindset. A worldview, a philosophy that seeks to shape humanity, the individual as a moral relativist, undiscerning, while building a thought pattern that denies or deconstructs facts – even those in math and science.

Because children are not given the grounding by doing the hard stuff of learning, the memorization, the drills, the creation of pattern and discipline, they will never be truly free to THINK on their own. Without the base, the technique, someone will always be manipulating or recreating them according to the latest fad, trend or totalitarian frame of reference that intellectuals usually succumb to.

According to Bev Eakman, one of the techniques that the educational mind Gestapo uses is that “Teaching techniques were … OBE [Outcome Based Education] inspired: cooperative learning, multi-age grouping, minimal failures, constant retesting and remediation, teachers as coaches or facilitators, inclusive classrooms, and the vacuous mantra, ‘All children can learn [at a high level].’ ”

The problem is that for most children, especially recent immigrants, inner city kids, and some rural areas, education is not obtained at a high level. Pew Hispanic Research claims that 75 percent of Hispanics graduate from high school. Meantime, American born black males have a 47 percent high school graduation rate. What this means is we have a home grown lower class that is ill educated and ill prepared in an era when college grads are flipping burgers and driving cabs. The outlook is not good and Obamaphone lady may be the new normal.

Conclusion

The cost to America of the under or ill educated can’t be measured in just dollars and cents. While the economic cost is monumental as indicated by the $30 billion annual Department of Education budget and billions more spent by local communities, the lack of results for the dollars we spend is catastrophic. We are paying billions to maintain a system which is ineffective and dangerous—because it is not teaching people the critical intellectual skills which are crucial to making economic and political decisions for themselves.

What is the answer? While the privileged class may choose to send its children to private schools, most Americans have only one option, public education. Public schools are the country’s largest employer and the largest mediator in contracts. Unfortunately, the public education establishment is so powerful it can outlast public outrage. Consequently Americans face a dismal educational future unless we insist on parental choice. Until then there is little likelihood that a Prussian inspired educational system will change and deliver the desired results—a literate, intellectually capable citizenry.

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http://nces.ed.gov/naal/estimates/

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22 comments

  1. Be sure to check out the findings of the 1954 Reese Commission reeport by Norman Dodd on the non-profit foundations sabotage of education in America.

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  2. They are getting exactly what they want. The violence in the schools are being looked at as intolerable by O because home schooling might increase. Educated people are harder to herd than the stupid.

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    • We curruntly have a RUSSIA/CHINA Model of Education. Not kidding! I heard this recently from many Concerned Teacherrs in their 40’s, 50’s etc. That’s what School Choice’, Voucher system and CORE Curricculm is about in the Schools. CONTROL and MONEY. Not for the KIDS.Charter Schools are NOT better. All Schools that take just ‘one penny’ from the Gov’t are RUSSIA/CHINA Model of Education.

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  3. Fact is things are exactly as those in authority and the media elite want them. A populace that is so insulated from reality they can be shaped and made to act and react exactly as needed to further the agenda of these so called elite. Social change through contrived crisis. They have long ago discovered Patience is the key to the very change they wish to exact upon the populace, force is not necessary.

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    • floride [rat poison] also pacifies the populace 75% of the water is floridated. monsanta with its gmo foods destroying our immune systems ,chem trails,harrp the list goes on an on.

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      • This is where I disagree with you… because what’s worse than floride, is sewage, which we would be drinking if we didn’t treat our water.

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  4. Excellent article. We have a nation full of ignorant people who desire to stay that way, so I don’t see any vast changes happening. As long as they get their do nothing checks and food stamps, what would motivate them? This is exactly the outcome oBlamer wants because it insures voters will vote for him and others of his ilk every time. My granddaughter was homeschooled to the ninth grade, when she begged her parents to allow her to go to public school so she could play soccer. She went in as a freshman ranked second in the class, but by the time she was a senior all the enthusiasm for learning had been drummed out of her and she was ready to be one of the herd. She graduated 11th in a class of 150. She had so much potential and we saw that and her creativity just beat out of her. After watching her decline, her younger brothers and sister all said, “Please don’t send us to public schools!!” The second girl is graduating this year and is taking dual credit courses at the local junior college. I realize the local JC is not the greatest school, but this girl, who is dyslexic, has aced her classes. She still works hard at it…plus she has a job and is saving her money to go to a private Christian university. She will make it. I’m not sure about my public-school educated granddarling.

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    • As long as we have People like yourself, so willing to place others ( Strangers to yourself) in a, “Class” Below your’s, We’ll never see a change. Yes, You, are part of the problem. Your only solution is to repeat the errors of past generations, Just what this Article was about.
      I know that you feel better about yourself, just from the words & sentence structurer, that you use. The Bragging, that all Grand-Parents use, When speaking of their Grand Children is as common as the wind, It’s great that your’s has overcome her disability & placed it behind herself, as is her desire to future her education, but to what end?
      The last thing this New Generation ( Under the Dictatorship of B.H.Obama) will want is better educated citizens, than themselves, running around free!
      Class Warfare, should be a problem in other ” Backward ” countries, Not Ours!
      After all of these years, & we still see ” Racial Hatred, Weak Mental Attitudes, from both, our Adults & Children,” & Yet it can only end when this Nation, Wakes up to the truth, That being, ” WE Are The Bosses, We The American Citizens, Pay the Bills, & WE have the power to FIRE Every Last ONE of those, ” Disloyal, Contemptible Persons in Washington D.C.”!! BY THE LAWS of our Country! WE the citizens must stand united in this cause, or be led to the Slaughter reserved for all sheep!
      The choice is Y.O.U.R.S.

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    • alot of the homeschooled kids that get brainwashed when they go to college and come out liberial as the rest.it is a shame.

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  5. “Until then there is little likelihood that a Prussian inspired educational system will change and deliver the desired results …”

    The educational system is delivering PRECISELY the DESIRED RESULTS – of the masters whose objective is amassing power and control.

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  6. Fantastic article articulating what many of us had observed but for which we did not have a clear understanding.

    The election of Barry Soetoro showed me we had an ignorant electorate. His re-election cemented that observation. An anonymous observed from the Czech Republic summed up our dire political straits when he opined that it wasn’t necessarily Bathhouse Barry that was the problem but an electorate so dumbed down, so unenlightened as to have him for their president.

    Fortunately for me I have more history than future, but I am deeply concerned for my children and grandchildren. Having been born in the first wave of baby boomers I can recall what America was like in the ’40’s and ’50’s. It was the most fabulous nation on the planet. I cannot imagine how horrible it will be to live in tomorrow’s America.

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  7. Thank you so much for your excellent (and hard-hitting) column.

    I would like to be on your email list, please.

    B

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  8. I agree 10000%. I was born in 50 and I know that our children and grandkids dont realize just how bad it is because they didnt see it [good] and then decline so much. Gods Word is true, it is waxing worse and worse. I am thankful also that I have more history than future. I believe Gods Word about’ blesed are the barren’ is now.I too, am concerned for our grandkids and on, so all I can do is pray for them and trust God to care for them.

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  9. Very good article, I occasionally have to hire employes in my office and
    I can tell exactly what school they have attended by listening to them speak. They have to be directed to do any and everything it seems they have no desire to further themselves. So sad. My granddaughter is in her junior year at a state university and had to change her major because she could not grasp the math involved. She will spend the summer taking
    extra classes to change back to her original plans.

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  10. The author of this article mistakenly blames the Prussian system of education introduced in the 18th century for the poor education of many people in this country. She also blames if for allowing the government to dictate how and what students learn. What she forgets is that strict education under the Prussian educational system also emphasized ethics, duty, discipline and obedience. Something that is grossly missing today in most public institutions today. It also emphasized critical thinking without political correctness and historical revisionism shoved down the throats of students today. Moreover, the Prussian educational system did not advocate dumbing down public learning institutions so that less intelligent children would appear smarter. I think the author missed the mark on this one. It is not the type of schooling that is to blame, but what is being taught as curriculum. Big difference

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  11. I was a teacher in the public high school system for 11 years before I quit and went into the private sector as a technical trainer for several high tech companies. I left because of the low pay, status and working conditions. The citizens of this country want a good education for their children but aren’t willing to pay for it – not just finanancially but also timewise.

    Too many parents consider the schools as a baby sitting service rather than an educational insitutuion. If a teacher tries to push his or her students to excel and was to fail too many students because they did not even try, the teacher would be fired or demoted. Private schools have the ability to remove troublesome students who come from parents who do not care about their children. Public schools do not have that luxury and have to keep such students in class even though they interfere with other students who want to learn.

    I can remember a student who had overdosed and passed out in my class. We called the ambulance and sent the student to the hospital to get his stomach pumped out. The school’s police consultant told them their son had passed out from a drug overdose but they refused to believe it – according to them, he just had a bad case of the flu. I can’t count how many incidents like this I and other teachers have experienced and the parents are in denial.

    You will notice that most high schools have an armed police consultant in the building and some schools have metal detectors in all of the doors to catch any student who might bring a knife or gun to school. One principal I know made up a board where he placed all of the guns and knives (over 100) that were confiscated during the school so he could show the parents on parent night what he had to contend with.

    Many students have to contend with bullying and go to school in fear because of gangs and other problem students, but little is done by the administration.

    Many of the public school teacher associates I know are leaving for jobs that are better paying and they do not have to deal all of the hassles they have put up with in teaching. Ask yourself this – why would anyone spend four or five years of their life gettng an education degree and get stuck with large student loans so he or she can go to a schol where they are treated like second class individuals by the parents and administrators (who are mostly highly paid secretaries), have to put up with rude and ill mannered students and now even have to be worried about physical violence.

    I read a lot of articles like this where everyone complains about public education but no one has an answer. If you go to other countries you will find they have the same basic system we have but their society places a higher value on education. Go to Japan or the scandanavian countries where teachers are treated with respect and you will find higher levels of success. Our school system reflects our society – a society gets the kind of government it deserves and this also holds for our schools.

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    • DEAR DIANE ALDEN, I READ YOUR WONDERFUL ARTICLE OF THE ‘PRUSSIAN-system’. I HAVE A LONG-TERM RESEARCH PROGRAM AND WOULD LIKE TO SNAIL YOU A COPY OF MY 15 PAGE OUTLINE/BOOKLET! IFF YOU COULD REPLY TO MY E-mail ADDRESS AS TO YOUR ADDRESS SO I COULD GET THIS TO YOU! I AM TROLLING FOR OPENINGS TO GET THIS PROGRAM “OFF THE RUNWAY”! THANKS and have a happy!

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    • don’t want to pay for education, we pay almost $8000.00 per student per year in this country some states ever more. the teachers make good money plus all the benifits they get ,and how is paying a teacher more money going to make them a better teacher.

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  12. I would like to see these stats in correlation to sales and ownership of televisions as well. Because there is at least a parallel development of the TV and the decrease of literacy.

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  13. I will say this the one’s that voted for obommer are l)stupid, 2) lazy and don’t want to work and like to be told what to do, 3)cannot read or write or are a mix of all of the above.
    It has been said by other people that all of these mass shootings were a conspiracy to get rid of our consitutional rights; “the Second Amendment”. even at the brink of tyrney.
    W h a t C A N b e d o n e t o the p e o p l e t h a t v i o l a t e t h e O A T H O F O F F I C E?

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  14. read romans chapter one u will find that this country is reprobate of any intelligence and CANNOT make any righteous decisions since ending prayer and God in schools (1963) finding abortion in the constitution (1973) and tax for obamacare (2012)

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