Exerpts from Charlotte Iserbyt book:
the deliberate dumbing down of america
- the complete book is online and ready to read at this link:
Ronald Havelock’s change agent in-service training prepared me for what I would find in the U.S. Department of Education when I worked there from 1981-1982. The use of taxpayers hard-earned money to fund Havelock’s “Change Agent Manual” was only one out of hundreds of expensive U.S. Department of Education grants each year going everywhere, even overseas, to further the cause of internationalist “dumbing down” education (behavior modification) so necessary for the present introduction of global work force training. I was relieved of my duties after leaking an important technology grant (computer-assisted instruction proposal) to the press.
Much of this book contains quotes from government documents detailing the real purposes of American education:
to use the schools to change America from a free, individual nation to a socialist, global “state,” just one of many socialist states which will be subservient to the United Nations Charter, not the United States Constitution
- to brainwash our children, starting at birth, to reject individualism in favor of collectivism
- to reject high academic standards in favor of OBE/ISO 1400/9000~ egalitarianism
- to reject truth and absolutes in favor of tolerance, situational ethics and consensus
- to reject American values in favor of internationalist values (globalism)
- to reject freedom to choose one’s career in favor of the totalitarian K-12 school-to-work/OBE process, aptly named “limited learning for lifelong labor,” coordinated through United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization.
Only when all children in public, private and home schools are robotized-and believe as one-will World Government be acceptable to citizens and able to be implemented without firing a shot. The attractive-sounding “choice” proposals will enable the globalist elite to achieve their goal: the robotization (brainwashing) of all Americans in order to gain their acceptance of lifelong education and workforce training-part of the world management system to achieve a new global feudalism.
Another milestone on my journey was an in-service training session entitled “Innovations in Education.” A retired teacher, who understood what was happening in education, paid for me to attend. This training program developed by Professor Ronald Havelock of the University of Michigan and funded by the United States Office of Education taught teachers and administrators how to “sneak in” controversial methods of teaching and “innovative” programs. These controversial, “innovative” programs included health education, sex education, drug and alcohol education, death education, critical thinking education, etc. Since then I have always found it interesting that the controversial school programs are the only ones that have the word “education” attached to them! I don’t recall-until recently-”math ed.,” “reading ed .,”" history ed.,” or “science ed.” A good rule of thumb for teachers, parents and school board members interested in academics and traditional values is to question any subject that has the word “education” attached to it.
This in-service training literally “blew my mind.” I have never recovered from it. The presenter (change agent) taught us how to “manipulate” the taxpayers/parents into accepting controversial programs. He explained how to identify the “resisters” in the community and how to get around their resistance. He instructed us in how to go to the highly respected members of the community-those with the Chamber of Commerce, Rotary, Junior League, Little League, YMCA, Historical Society, etc.-to manipulate them into supporting the controversial/non-academic programs and into bad-mouthing the resisters. Advice was also given as to how to get the media to support these programs.
I left this training-with my very valuable textbook, The Change Agent’s Guide to Innovations in Education, under my arm-feeling very sick to my stomach and in complete denial over that in which I had been involved. This was not the nation in which I grew up; something seriously disturbing had happened between 1953 when I left the United States and 1971 when I returned.
In retrospect, I had just found out that the United States was engaged in war. People write important books about war: books documenting the battles fought, the names of the generals involved, the names of those who fired the first shot. This book is simply a history book about another kind of war:
o one fought using psychological methods;
o a one-hundred-year war;
o a different, more deadly war than any in which our country has ever been involved;
o a war about which the average American hasn’t the foggiest idea.
The reason Americans do not understand this war is because it has been fought in secret-in the schools of our nation, targeting our children who are captive in classrooms. The wagers of this war are using very sophisticated and effective tools:
o Hegelian Dialectic (common ground, consensus and compromise)
o Gradualism (two steps forward; one step backward)
o Semantic deception (redefining terms to get agreement without understanding).
In going back over some of this material I was reminded of the manipulative techniques used to ruin the Republican Party Platform engaged in during the Committee process by Michael Young and Lori Sotelo at the King County level (since 2004). In 2008, for the same purposes, Dick Derham invented astonishing quorum requirements for the County Convention that have never been used before, giving them the ability to shut down the Convention, virtually at will, to prevent Platform Discussion and adoption by the grassroots.
Shutting Down Debate ~ It’s what they do
As Chair of the 2006 Platform committee, and with Young’s help and intervention, Lori Sotelo constantly engaged in and illegally dominated debate, usurped the rights of the Committee under Roberts Rules and constantly advocated the most liberal positions across the board, Socially Liberal, Fiscally Liberal, Liberal, of course, on EDUCATION and, it goes without saying, in favor of amnesty and open borders policies for illegal immigrants. All this followed the imposition of a rule that the Platform members had to keep that nefarious process SECRET.
It was because of my experience with the Delphi technique and familiarity with the parliamentary rules we were supposed to be following, that we were able, after months of struggle, to defeat Sotelo on most Platform principles in 2006.
The cost, of course, was personal: being labeled “contentious” and “disruptive” for simply availing myself of the rights committee members have under Roberts Rules. I have been under blistering personal attack ever since (more on this later).
The effect of the changes in education Iserbyt discusses, above, have already influenced American culture dangerously. Some members of the KC Platform Committee then, and, in 2008, innumerable delegates across the Party, displayed the belief that our role in conventions is to lay down our rights and freedoms, collectively, to loyally (blindly) do what our leaders tell us, even if it entails the evisceration of our fundamental principles. In 2008 this has meant the complete collapse of the convention/caucus process and its dominance by totalitarian force.
It was the mindset of a populace willingly accepting totalitarian rule.
Over and over again the right to discuss motions was denied. Over and over again conventions and caucuses were manipulated into passing measures they hadn’t read and whose content was unknown to them.
It finally culminated in shutting down discussion of, and passing State Convention Rules whose most significant measures were a violation of the original Washington State Convention Rules, National Republican Rules and State Law and did not even appear in the document!!!!
The process was smooth, efficient, virtually undetectable to a novice, and totally illegal.
It was “The Deliberate Dumbing Down of the Republican Party”