January 17, 2014 | By: Matthew and Ellen Gerwitz
In my last post, I talked about the agenda behind the educational system in the United States and how it has been implemented in the last 100+ years.
We know that the goal of the educational system is socialism. But, where did it come from? And, how did it get here? Let us start with the question of where it came from. To answer that, we need to travel back to Germany in the early 1800s. Known as Prussia, this country implemented a new form of education which would eventually influence the whole world.
Before we look at the description of the Prussian educational system, let’s take a moment to review the educational system we currently have here in America. For now, I’m going to focus on the colleges or universities, but remember that we are told that our elementary and high schools exist simply to prepare children to enter these institutions. College students have three basic choices available to them in today’s society.
- The first option is a private university. This option is often one that costs a great deal of money and requires a great deal of academic ability from its students. These conditions create an environment that only a few students are able to experience. Students who attend private universities are considered the cream of the crop and are often revered for their intellectual capabilities. These universities provide society with many of our academic and think tank experts.
- Just below these private universities, we have public universities that are not as expensive, but still require students to have a certain level of academic achievement. A larger percentage of students attend these schools as compared to the private universities. These universities produce many of the degreed professionals in our society.
- Finally, we have community colleges. In our modern society, this is where the many students attend college and earn certification or a degree – often over two or three years. They may move on to a four year school after that. The cost of the community college is kept rather low and the requirements to enter these colleges are minimal at best.
I am sure that the system is quite familiar to you as it has been in place in our country for the past 100 years in one form or another. What might surprise you however is how similar it is to the Prussian system of education. In his book, the underground history of American education, John Taylor Gatto gives us a description of this system. See if you can find similarities. (I’ve placed the three types of schools in bold to make them a bit easier to pick out.)
“The familiar three-tier system of education emerged in the Napoleonic era, one private tier, two government ones. At the top, one-half of 1 percent of the students attended Akadamiensschulen, where, as future policy makers, they learned to think strategically, contextually, in wholes; they learned complex processes, and useful knowledge, studied history, wrote copiously, argued often, read deeply, and mastered tasks of command. The next level, Realsschulen, was intended mostly as a manufactory for the professional proletariat of engineers, architects, doctors, lawyers, career civil servants, and such other assistants as policy thinkers at times would require. From 5 to 7.5 percent of all students attended these “real schools,” learning in a superficial fashion how to think in context, but mostly learning how to manage materials, men, and situations—to be problem solvers. This group would also staff the various policing functions of the state, bringing order to the domain. Finally, at the bottom of the pile, a group between 92 and 94 percent of the population attended “people’s schools” where they learned obedience, cooperation and correct attitudes, along with rudiments of literacy and official state myths of history. “
Were you as astounded as I was when I first read this description? Remember, that NEA president George Fischer said in 1970 that they had been working for 113 years to reach the point where they could control who practiced which profession.
A good deal of work has been done to begin to bring about uniform certification controlled by the unified profession in each state … With these new laws, we will finally realize our 113-year-old dream of controlling who enters, who stays and who leaves the profession. Once this is done, we can also control the teacher training institutions.
This was the same goal that Prussia had during the 1800s. The Prussians wanted a completely managed society that could be used to bring both material and military prosperity to the country. They set about to do this using the educational system. Of course, when you have a completely managed society, that means that someone must do the managing. It also means that there must be people to manage. It is not surprising to learn that those who wished to do the managing were strong proponents of socialism.
Where did this new form of education take Prussia? That is an easy question to answer. One only needs to look at World War I and World War II to see the results. It was not enough for the Germans to control their own citizens. Why? Because power and control are insatiable desires. That desire to create a perfectly managed society quickly spread to the desire to create a perfectly managed world. This is what Hitler wanted – a utopia made up of only Aryan people. In other words, Nazism. And the German people went along with it. How? Well first, they voted Hitler into power. Secondly, they did not stand up and stop him when they realized what was going on. Thirdly, many of them chose to remain ignorant and stay uninvolved. As a result, millions of Jews and other people lost their lives.
You may be thinking that we don’t really have that type of educational system here. you may be thinking that it is just a coincidence that the two systems are so similar. But that is not so. The Prussian (German) form of education was brought to this country during the late 1800s and early 1900s by American citizens who went to Germany to attend the universities.
Throughout nineteenth-century Prussia, its new form of education seemed to make that warlike nation prosper materially and militarily. While German science, philosophy, and military success seduced the whole world, thousands of prominent young Americans made the pilgrimage to Germany to study in its network of research universities, places where teaching and learning were always subordinate to investigations done on behalf of business and the state. Returning home with the coveted German Ph.D., those so degreed became university presidents and department heads, took over private industrial research bureaus, government offices, and the administrative professions. The men they subsequently hired for responsibility were those who found it morally agreeable to offer obeisance to the Prussian outlook, too; in this leveraged fashion the gradual takeover of American mental life managed itself.
— John Taylor Gatto, The Underground History of American Education
These American citizens were educated according to the Prussian worldview and brought their indoctrination home with them to the United States. From there, it spread to our universities, government, and businesses. Just as socialism spread throughout Prussia to create the Nazi movement, it has been spreading throughout our country for the past 100 years to eliminate liberty.
And guess what? We Americans have wholeheartedly embraced it. American Christians in the early 1900s agreed to send their children to compulsory government schools. From there, they began to teach their children that the epitome of being educated was getting a college degree. One can see the transformation happen during the lives of our grandparents and great grandparents. We went from being a society in which only a few careers required advanced education to a society in which everyone required a degree in order to get a job. The reason? If everyone requires an education in order to get a job, everyone will be exposed to the government’s indoctrination.
Of course, you may say that you homeschool and that your children are not being indoctrinated. But, have you noticed how often homeschoolers measure their success by using the world’s measuring stick? Homeschoolers fret about doing well on the SAT and getting into college so that they can be successful. Homeschoolers often use the materials that are “approved” by the public schools so that their children will be educated “properly”. We look to professional educators (whom are are certain must have the answers because of their degree) for advice in teaching our children. In that sense, homeschoolers are just as indoctrinated as the rest of society.
We homeschoolers thought we were radical by pulling her children out of school and in many ways we were. But, I’m beginning to discover, that we were not nearly radical enough. We are still helping to bring socialism to this country by our very attitudes, goals, and actions. In future posts, we will discuss these attitudes, goals and actions and what we can do about them.