by Al Benson Jr.
Back in 1974 an event occurred that shook the public (government) education establishment to the point where its minions have been racing, double-time, ever since to make up for the ground it lost there.
That event was the Kanawha County Textbook Protest, where parents actually managed, thanks to a gallant lady named Alice Moore, to get a look at what the public schools were planning on teaching their kids. The parents were not happy. They protested, marched, picketed, and shut down the country school system for a month, and the aftermath of this event lingered there for the next couple years. My family and I were there part of this time. It was one of those signal events that made my wife and I understand that we could never send our kids to public schools—anywhere—and by God’s grace we didn’t, though lots of our Christian brethren tried mightily to persuade us to. Try going to a church where everyone from the pastor on down thinks you are crazy for wanting your kids to have a Christian education and you get almost no support from anyone there because most of them are advocates of government schooling. It’s an interesting experience I can tell you.
The Textbook Protest was finally beaten into submission—literally—by the billy-clubs of over-zealous “law enforcement” officers who had been ordered to “break the protest” any way they had to. If you want to read an accurate account of that protest I would recommend Karl Priest’s book Protester Voices–The 1974 Textbook Tea Party. I believe this is still available from Amazon.com. It’s one of the very few books that tells what really happened in West Virginia.
There is no doubt that the Textbook Protest focused a lot of unwanted attention on government schools and they were not as free to pursue their radical agendas for awhile as they had been previously. But that was then and this is now, almost four decades later and socialist and anti-Christian government education has been busy making up for the time they lost in West Virginia—and they did lose time.
During the administration of “conservative” Ronald Reagan we had a federal Department of Education foisted on us, which meant that it was now official that the feds would control all of public education, with a tad bit of lip service paid to the states.
Of course many of the states had their own government school radicals on board. You have to understand one thing at this point. These people do not want to educate your children in the way that you understand education—reading, writing, and math. They have an agenda they seek to force on the kids that will fundamentally change the way they think. They don’t call themselves “change agents” for nothing. Your kids need to be re-educated to think along their socialist, “one world” lines. If you doubt what I am saying here I would encourage you to check the Internet and look up a DVD called IndoctriNation–the Movie. One place you can obtain it is from Exodus Mandate. It will bear out everything I have said and more. And while you’re at it check out Exodus Mandate to find out what they are all about. You can find them with a Google search.
There are some really far-left government school programs out there being used in various states, one of which, unfortunately, is Texas. According to http://www.wnd.com for 1/13/13 “Texas is one of the few states still resisting implementation of Common Core, Obama’s national education initiative, which many feel is a transparent attempt to nationalize education and progressively control classroom content with minimal parental oversight. Implementation of Common Core is known to have been made a condition of school systems’ receipt of federal dollars under Obama’s ‘Race to the Top’ program. CSCOPE recently has come under fire for evidence of what sources claim to be radical content and secrecy. Now new information http://www.acahnman.blogspot.com of such a radical agenda has surfaced showing CSCOPE connections to Obama mentor and self-acknowledged terror group member Bill Ayers. WND has documented a strong link…between Ayers and CSCOPE heavyweight and common core advocate Linda Darling-Hammond.”
What this amounts to, in plain language, is that the leftist radicals have seized control of what passes for public education in Texas and in most other areas of the country and most folks with kids in the public propaganda factories remain blissfully unaware of what has happened and how their kids are being brainwashed.
Michael Snyder, in an article for http://www.prisonplanet.com for March 19th noted: “When I was a little boy my public school teachers were still teaching that the founding fathers that were involved in the Boston Tea Party were great patriots that were trying to throw off the vile oppression of the British. But now many public schools are openly referring to them as ‘terrorists’. For example, down in Texas a public school curriculum known as CSCOPE is being widely used. The following is from a CSCOPE lesson plan labeled ‘World History Unit 12 Lesson 07’…A local militia, believed to be a terrorist organization, attacked the property of private citizens today in our nation’s busiest port. Although no one was injured in the attack, a large quantity of merchandise, considered to be valuable to its owners and loathsome to the perpetrators, was destroyed. The terrorists, dressed in disguise and apparently intoxicated, were able to escape into the night with the help of local citizens who harbor these fugitives and conceal their identities from the authorities. It is believed that the terrorist attack was a response to the policies enacted by the occupying country’s government. Even stronger policies are anticipated by the local citizens.” This is how CSCOPE described the Boston Tea Party. Thankfully, there was enough of an outcry about this particular lesson that it was pulled, but how many kids were exposed to this drivel before it was pulled, and what has it been replaced with?
Another little dandy that CSCOPE trotted out there was a lesson to have the kids design a flag for a new socialist nation. Part of the lesson plan read: “Imagine a new socialist nation is creating a flag and you have been put in charge of creating a flag. Use symbolism to represent aspects of socialism/communism on your flag. What kinds of symbolism/colors would you use?”
You might wonder why you haven’t heard more about all this. Part of the reason has been that teachers in public schools in Texas were actually required to “sign a contract that would prevent them from revealing what was in the CSCOPE lessons or face civil and criminal penalties.” So if a parent in Texas comes to a teacher with questions about the CSCOPE agenda the teacher can’t tell him or her anything lest he end up in the slammer! Want to know what your kids are learning in public school in Texas? You aren’t entitled to know! How do you like that transparency? And this is the program that is tied to Obama’s Common Core national education agenda. If this doesn’t bother you it should.
Diane Ravitch is a lady who has been involved in the public school education field for many years. I remember reading about her back in the late 1980s. She has been around for a long time and generally is pretty astute as to what goes on in public school circles. On her blog spot http://dianeravitch.net she wrote an article on February 26th 2013 in which she stated: “I have come to the conclusion that the Common Core standards effort is fundamentally flawed by the process with which they have been foisted upon the nation. The Common Core standards have been adopted in 46 states and the District of Columbia without any field test. They are being imposed on the children of this nation despite the fact that no one has any idea of how they will affect students, teachers, or schools. We are a nation of guinea pigs, almost all trying an unknown new program at the same time…I have thought long and hard about the Common Core standards. I have decided that I cannot support them.”
Ms. Ravitch lists legitimate concerns. She sees a flawed program being forced on public school kids and she is right to be concerned. However, I don’t think the federal educrats care how this program affects kids and schools one way or the other. It is part of an agenda to tear down and discard whatever of our Christian heritage and culture is left. It is part of an agenda to make sure that our kids hate their history and to, in essence, make them someone we don’t even know anymore. They will, in effect, become more the products of the public school system than they will their parents. They will belong to the state—and that’s where all this is going.
Don’t kid yourselves that this is a situation where the schools just made a few goofs and that your input will ever change any of that in any meaningful way. It won’t. The socialist state regards your kids as theirs and they mean to have them to use as cogs in the wheel of the New World Order. That’s where all this is headed and if you persist in leaving your kids in the hands of the federal educrats you will reap what you have sown—teenage Brownshirts coming to hall you away because you have displayed “reactionary tendencies” against the new “Illuminated Order.”
This is what the Textbook Protest in West Virginia, at least temporarily, disrupted. This is what the Christian and Home School Movements have slowed down by producing students that could actually think for themselves. At some point in the future the public education system will have to deal with these “educational terrorists.”
Our goal should be to make sure they have lots more Christian and Home School kids to deal with than they want to and that those kids, and their parents, are spiritually equipped to resist. That means that Christian parents have got to stop letting their adversaries educate their children and start assuming that responsibility themselves. I realize most of them just don’t want to hear that. My last 40 years of experience have shown me that this is one responsibility most Christians will flee from–yet this is one they should embrace. So let’s think about it while there is yet time.