My few additions to this excellent article are in green. It is not completely the fault of the American people that they are so foolish, a lot of thought and billions of dollars were spent on the process since early in the 1900's. However it was not until the 1960's that the students became targeted in the classroom and the situation has only grown worse by leaps and bounds.
October 19, 2010
Your source of information depends upon
who you are and what position you hold
in society. Your source of information
determines the reliability of what you know."
~ Steven Jacobson, Mind Control in the United States
“If one class possesses all the wealth and the education, while the residue of society is ignorant and poor, it matters not by what name the relation between them may be called; the latter, in fact and in truth, will be the servile dependents and subjects of the former.” ~ Horace Mann, 1848
Americans never ask who is telling, government, news organizations, industry or is there really some secret organization running everything, some backroom cabal of devil worshiping war mongers and cannibals?
This brings another card into play, the internet.
Americans generally accept that news organizations are controlled by some evil force.
Many Americans believe that Fox News, the pro-Israeli and ultra-right wing network is the purveyor of all that is good and true. Others follow CNN or ABC, perhaps MSNBC.
However, even the most rudimentary investigations show ownership and management of all these sources, newspapers, magazines, all are intertwined. They are all the same and any imagined differences are just that, imagined.
In fact, things go much further than that. Where “normal” news is designed to cause fear and hopelessness, pretty-much everyone has caught onto this one by now the internet goes so much further.
The same forces, the villainous cabal, whose financial stranglehold on media and entertainment has “dumbed down” America, uses the internet to drive many to the edge of insanity, the edge and well beyond the edge.
Stupid is one thing but when combined with outright insanity and the inherent paranoia and lack of judgment that go with it and the utter lack of discernment that stupidity is famous for, an opening is created, more like a festering wound.
The plutocratic cabal want a working class that merely trained to do a particular job, not think about social or political issues. They created an educational system focused on training instead of learning. They wish the people to work so hard that, when they get home they are too tired to do more than raise a beer and watch tv, rather than sit together and discuss how they are being screwed.
More accurately, truth becomes “conspiracy theory” and the wildest conspiracy theories, the really dangerous ideas, are parroted across the airwaves, and even make it into our schools and text books.
Another definition for idiot: An American who doesn’t know that the term “goyim” means “stupid cattle.”
DUMBING DOWN SOCIETY PART ONE: FOODS, BEVERAGES, MEDS
Bentkowski: The Destruction of Math
Eakman, Beverly, The Cloning of the American Mind
Gatto, John Taylor, The Six-Lesson Schoolteacher
Gatto, John Taylor, Gato Website
Gatto, John Taylor, Dumbing Us Down: the Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling Green, Fitzhugh, Bush and Gold, Looking Forward
Hirsch, E.D.,The Schools We Need
Iserbyt, Charlotte, The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America
The Subversion of Education in America
Jones, Kenneth J.,The Enemy Within
Lionni, Paolo, The Leipzig Connection
Peter Sacks, Standardized Minds: The High Price of America's Testing Culture
The Rabid Right Attacks Education
The Drugging of School Children in America
Updates: 7/26/08: Literacy Debilitates Katrina Victims
5/3/08: Governator Arnold Schwarzenegger Destroys California Public Education; Supporting Privatization of Education
3/5/07: Textbook Propaganda
2/16/07: The "No Child Left Behind" Scam
8/22/06: Bush Family Profits from "No Child" Act
12/16/05: Even persons who have college and graduate degrees are illiterate!
3/1/05: Bush Cuts Education Funds for Poor, Disabled & Immigrant Students
1/25/05: Bush Family Loots U.S. Education Funds
8/13/02: US “school reform” throws students into the street
7/6/02: Vouchers and Government Control
7/1/02: US Supreme Court authorizes school vouchers: a simultaneous assault on freedom of thought and public education
2/2/02: How Neil Bush Hopes To Make Millions Off His Brother's Education Program
1/11/02: "Reading Between the Lines:" The New Education Law is a Victory for Bush -- And for His Corporate Allies