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The Deliberate Dumbing Down of Education


The Deliberate Dumbing Down of Education

The New World Order’s Agenda to Enslave Your Children and How You Can Fight Back – Part 1


In this summary of Samuel Blumenfeld’s important book Revolution via Education, I attempt to capture the key points that will help you understand and fight back against the New World Order’s agenda to use government schools and state textbooks to enslave your children. Secondly, I will examine the dismal dysfunctionality of government schools in South Africa and will elaborate on the deliberate destructive methods that are being used to dumb down children (most of whom already have a poor start in life). Lastly, I will show how the case for home education has never been stronger.


A New Kind of Behavioural Psychology

Following the famous experiments of Pavlov, a new kind of behavioural psychology was developed in the experimental laboratories of Wilhelm Wundt at the University of Leipzig in Germany. The major American figures who studied under Wundt - James McKeen Cattell and G Stanley Hall, Charles H Judd and James Earl Russel – came back to the United States to revolutionize American education. Hall returned in 1878 and in 1882, created America’s first psychology laboratory at John Hopkins University. Two of Hall’s students were James McKeen Cattell and John Dewey.


The Lenin of America – John Dewey

Vladimir Lenin helped to spearhead the 1917 communist Bolshevik revolution in Russia and was the head of the Soviet Union from 1917 to 1924. His Marxist political theories known as Leninism, promoted a violent form of communist revolution. John Dewey was never a politician, yet his radical socialist theories revolutionised America through state-controlled education. The philosophy of the classroom will become the philosophy of government within one generation.


In 1894, Dewey became professor of philosophy and education at the University of Chicago where he created his famous Laboratory School. The purpose of the school was to see what kind of curriculum was needed to produce socialists instead of capitalists, collectivists instead of individualists. Dewey believed that the ideal classroom is a psych-lab and the pupils within it are laboratory animals.


Socialist Revolution Through Education

It was the intensity of Dewey’s ideological commitment that made him the philosophical leader of the American socialist revolution - the Lenin of America. In 1899, Dewey published School and Society, his blueprint for a socialist revolution via education.


Dewey and Lenin shared a basic worldview. They both rejected belief in God, both became materialists, both believed in evolution, both believed in behavioural psychology as the means of studying and controlling human nature.


Dewey’s joining Cattell and Thorndike at Columbus, brought together the lethal trio who were to wipe out traditional education and kill academic excellence in America. It would not be accomplished overnight, as an army of new teachers and superintendents needed to be trained.


To Dewey, our minds are not the property of the individual, but of humanity which is a euphemism for the collective or the state. The most important of the reforms to be instituted was changing the way children were to be taught to read. Since it had been decided by Dewey and his colleagues that literacy skills were to be drastically deemphasised in favour of the development of “social skills”, a new teaching method that deliberately reduced literacy skills was needed.


Dewey’s Agenda

Dewey wanted to socialize (indoctrinate) children so that they become the kind of unthinking egalitarians who would serve the state willingly and without complaint. “You can’t make socialists out of individualists,” he said. “Children who know how to think for themselves spoil the harmony of the collective society which is coming, where everyone is interdependent.”


Dewey blasphemously borrowed Christian terminology to describe the new world order he wanted to create: “I believe that in this way, the teacher always is the prophet of the true god and the usher in of the true kingdom of god.”


What did Dewey’s disciples replace reading, comprehension, numeracy and other essential academic skills with? Perverse, explicit pro-homosexual, pro-abortion sex “education”, values clarification, death education, political propaganda, twisting of history, evolutionary biology and many other indoctrination classes.


Look-Say Method Dumbs Children Down

Traditional schools taught the phonics or phonetic method of teaching reading. That is, children were first taught the alphabet, then the sounds the letters stand for and in a short time they became independent readers. The new method – the look-say or whole word method, taught children to read as if it were Chinese or Egyptian hieroglyphics. The new method had been invented in the 1830s by Rev Thomas Gallauder, the famous teacher of the deaf and dumb. They were taught to read by a purely sight method consisting of pictures juxtaposed with whole words. The progressives realised that an authoritative book would be necessary to give the new method the seal of approval of the new psychology. Cattell enlisted one of Hall’s students – Edmund Burke Huey, to write a book arguing that the look-say method was the superior way to teach reading. The book, The Psychology and Pedagogy of Reading, was published in 1908. What is astounding is that by 1908, Cattell and his colleagues were well aware that the look-say method produced inaccurate readers. In fact, Huey argued in favour of inaccuracy as a virtue! The book was immediately adopted by these “progressives” as the authoritative work on the subject. Today the look-say method permeates the American education system so thoroughly and in so many guises and is so widely and uncritically accepted, that it takes expert knowledge by a teacher or parent to know the good from the bad, the useful from the harmful.


An essential step to revolutionising education was for the New World Order engineers to hijack the teachers’ training colleges. As Flesch described in Why Johnny Can’t Read (1955): “Every grade school teacher has to go to a teachers’ college; every teachers’ college gives at least one course on how to teach reading; every course on reading is based on a textbook; every one of those textbooks is written by the high priests of the look-say method.”


William Scott Gray developed the Dick and Jane reading programme utilising the Look-Say, or Whole Word Method, which, in the 1930s, became the standard method of teaching reading in American schools.


Causing Dyslexia

EW Dolch was a professor of education in the early 1920s, who composed a list of the most frequently used words in English. It was thought that if children could learn several hundreds of these words by sight, before they even knew the alphabet or the letter sounds, they would have a jumping head start in learning to read. But what Dolch didn’t realise, is that once the child began automatically to look at English printed words as whole configurations, the child would develop a holistic reflex or ingrained habit that would then become a block against seeing our alphabetical words in their phonetic structure. That block would cause the symptoms of what is known as dyslexia.


In grade one, the child is taught to memorise several hundred words by sight. He develops a holistic reflex habit for reading in this manner. Then in grades two and three some phonics is introduced. But now the reflex for seeing whole words is so ingrained, that it cannot be unlearned. Even worse, the introduction of phonics now causes confusion in the brain which causes some children to develop dyslexia.


A staggering 5 to 15 percent of Americans have dyslexia which, Blumenfeld argues, is also part of the New World Order Agenda. The social engineers who introduced these methods deliberately experimented on animals to find out what would cause neuroses. They knew that if similar circumstances were introduced with humans, where an ingrained reflex was suddenly challenged, it would also create some sort of brain neurosis and that it would contribute to the dumbing down of children everywhere.


“See to it that no-one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ” Colossians 2:8


See also:

War Against Fathers

Education or Indoctrination?

Education in South Africa is a Battleground
Universities: Hijacking our Youth?
Change the Campus – Change the World
Why We All Need a Biblical Worldview
South Africa’s Education Crisis and the Biblical Solution
How Marxists Subvert Churches and Society


Agenda 1 and Agenda 2 films

Biblical Principles for Africa book (also available in Afrikaans)

Reforming Our Families book


Taryn Lourens

Africa Christian Action

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Claremont 7735

Cape Town South Africa

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