Friday, October 25, 2013

Matt Walsh hates edumacation....

Read Matt Walsh on public education.  He nails it.

Government education is designed to be an instrument of propaganda and bureaucratic control. This isn’t a side effect –it’s the whole point. If you don’t want your kid subject to government propaganda and government control, then don’t send him to a government facility 6 hours a day, 5 days a week, for 13 years of his life. Or go ahead and send him — perhaps you have no choice, I understand that — but confront the reality of the situation. ....
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And his cultural criticism is spot on. We create and pay for a system designed to depersonalize and alienate children, and then complain when they turn out to be sociopaths:
....The critics might babble about how public schools are good for “socialization,” but in the next breath they’ll complain of the bullying “epidemic.”
Read the whole thing HERE.


  1. No, "we" don't do anything. Neither do "you", which explains why no one listens to "you". Matt Walsh is not "spot on", either. Here's the bottom line: public schools are designed to teach every child without "converting" them to a specific religion. That means the education will be secular. Parents need to teach their children morals, ethics, and religious beliefs...or they could pass their responsibility off to a private, religious school to teach their children those values. If there are too many kids in public schools, then private schools, and "you" aren't doing your job to get them where you think they should be educated.

    1. I'm not really sure just what your point is. There is no doubt that "secular" education actively undermines the work of the parents to form their own children in classical virtues and values: the idea of "value free education" is merely rhetoric. The State's utilitarian values are being instilled in the children, and the purpose is to form them into a certain type of "model citizen" which is obedient to the State, good consumers and taxpayers, and servants to the technocrats.

      If it is really supposed to be all about reading, writing, and arithmetic, the State is failing miserably at that. Are you defending the success of public schools here?

      I also don't understand your use of "scare quotes", nor what your last sentence means -- the last sentence does not form a coherent thought:

      "If X then Y" where X= "too many kids in school" and Y = " then private schools, and "you" aren't doing your job to get them where you think they should be educated." does not make any sense. Perhaps you can clarify that.

    2. Yup, we can't make sense of our response, either. It happens. The quotes are to signify that "we" and "you" are used colloquially and not in reference to us, as the Five Drunk Rednecks, nor you, as Steven Schloeder, PhD, AIA.

      What Matt Walsh objects to, and many like-minded conservative Christians, is not that the public school system is failing, but that the public school systems don't teach conservative Christian philosophy exclusively. Instead of being up front and honest with their assessment, they puff a smoke screen claiming public schools are failures and a tool of the government.

      You, yourself, hint at this with your claim that secular education "undermines the work of the parents to form their own children in classical virtues and values...." It is not up to the public schools to teach your - or any parent's - virtues and values. That is the job of the parents and the family's Church. The public school's refusal to teach your virtues and values (your being used here as any parent reading this response and not you personally) is not a sign of a failed public school system.

      The claim that secular education undermines the work of parents is simply an expression of a parent insecure with his/hers parenting abilities. Contrary to popular belief among many conservative Christians, education is not a bad thing. If a parent feels that their child is not ready to be exposed to secular teachings when the child reaches school age, simply put the child in a private school that will reinforce the virtues and values you want your child to learn to the exclusion of other views of the world.

      We don't know about your state, but our state has some schools failing miserably or barely passing and some schools far exceeding expectations. That means we can't make a blanket statement that public schools are failing miserably.

      We can also look at the movers and shakers in the political and business worlds, see most of them were public schooled, and conclude that for a system continually derided as a "failure", the public schools graduate some dang good leaders and businessmen. If our public school system were truly a failure, as critics have claimed for at least the last fifty years, our country should have collapsed decades ago.