by Al Benson Jr.
Member, Board of Directors, Confederate Society of America
In the main filing cabinet in my office I have three bulging folders of material collected over the years from the early 1970s until now. These three folders contain all manner of material I have collected or people have sent me about the ongoing aberrations that take place in what all thinking people realize is our government school system. It’s not a “public” school system; it’s a government school system. This material comes from all over the country. Some of this stuff would really singe your eyeballs, and if you are like me, you can’t read more than a little of it at a time without getting really ticked off. What some government school systems do to our kids is nothing short of criminal.
I have come to the conclusion, after over forty years of keeping tabs on this kind of thing, that these aberrations are what government education in this country is really all about. When I say that I am not indicting everyone who has ever taught in a government school. We have a niece in Illinois that teaches in one. She’d much rather teach in a Christian school, but she can’t find one in her area that pays a living wage so she does what she has to to survive.
I will make one observation here and then move on. For several decades now we have had “sex education” in government schools in this country. Many have wondered where this idea came from. I know one source. In reading up on cultural Marxism for a speech I have to give later this month, I found that, way back in the early 1900s, a Hungarian Communist named Georg Lukacs was looking for one possible way to help tear down Western civilization. According to author and lecturer William Lind, Lukacs found it. Lind stated: “That same year, when he became Deputy Commissar for Culture in the short-lived Bolshevik Bela Kun government in Hungary, one of Lukac’s first acts was to introduce sex education into Hungary’s public schools. He knew that if he could destroy the West’s traditional sexual morals, he would have taken a giant step toward destroying Western culture itself”. It would be interesting for some honest researcher who had the time to go back and trace what Lukacs did and follow the thread down to America’s government schools today.
When I started collecting all this info on government education I was also just beginning to learn about what was really going on in this country and in the world. My wife and I had a two-year old son and we wondered, with all that we were learning, how we were going to be able to educate him in such a way as to avoid all the perversity we were reading about that seemed to permeate government education. Later on our daughter came along, which magnified our concerns.
The learning process wasn’t over, however, by a long shot. There was much more to come. Some if it is still coming. The learning process never stops. And one is not always enchanted with the things he learns about.
In September of 1974, we took a short trip to Oklahoma, close to the area I had briefly lived in during the late 1960s. I have never forgotten what happened after we got home from that trip because it changed our lives. It was a Sunday evening and my wife was cooking supper in the kitchen. I was sitting at the kitchen table (we’ve never been fancy enough folks to have a dining room) reading the Chicago Sun Times for September 29, 1974. An article on page 5 really caught my eye. To this day I have kept a copy of it. The title of it was Battle of the books in fundamentalist lion’s den. It went into a situation that, up to that point, I had not even been aware of–the Textbook Protest going on in Kanawha County, West Virginia. I read the article, then reread it, and said to my wife “the way this article trashes these book protesters, they must be doing something right.” They were, but you couldn’t expect the “news” media ever to admit that. Forty three years later most of them still don’t admit it. The media painted the book protesters as racist rednecks who didn’t have enough good sense to appreciate what the virtuous government school system was doing for their kids. The problem for the government school system was that the parents were beginning to realize what the government school system was trying to do to their kids and not for them and they definitely didn’t appreciate it. I’ve seen some of the stuff out of some of those books and I would not have wanted our kids to be subjected to it. So I felt the parents were right to resist, which, I suppose, makes me a redneck too.
With the help of the one honest, dedicated lady on the school board, Alice Moore, the parents were starting to find out just where the government school system they had always just blindly trusted their kids to planned to take those kids. They were not thrilled! In fact, the government education system in Kanawha County was so far out of sync with parental values (as it was in all the rest of the country also) that the parents picketed the government schools when school started in the Fall of 1974. Most kids stayed home. The local “news” media tried to sit on all this as long as they could, to confine it to the local area, but something like this can only be kept quiet for so long and the word got out. Had they had the Internet back then it would have happened much quicker.
Through the Summer and Fall of 1974 there followed a series of marches and rallies and some of the activity over the protest spilled over into 1975. In September of 1975 our family and my brother’s family moved to Kanawha County. By this time we had learned enough about the government school system to realize that you were never going to reform it and get it back to what many folks fondly called “the good old days.” If you couldn’t reform it, the next best option was to secede from it, which is still the most viable option. One good thing that came out of that protest was the formation of several new Christian schools in Kanawha County, and while, eventually, most kids wound up back in government schools, not all did.
As I continued to research and read, I eventually got books by Samuel Blumenfeld and R. J. Rushdoony, both of whom had studied and researched far more than I ever could. From what I read in their books, I began to realize, as I learned the history of government schools in this country, that they had a bad beginning–literally from day one! The government school system in this country was the febrile brainchild of Unitarians and socialists right from the start, And, if that was the beginning, then what, pray tell, could you “reform” it back to? There never were any “good old days” for the government school system. There were only days when the Leftist radicalism was less apparent than it is now. The government school system started with the basic premise of undercutting the influence that church schools had been having on the education of children in the North. In the South it had never really taken hold as it had in the North, where it became mandated as a required institution–compulsory public education–right out of Karl Marx’s Communist Manifesto.
I can see, as I go along, that this article is going to take more than one part, so I will wind up the first installment here except to note, regarding the Textbook Protest in West Virginia, for those who would like to read a little more in depth on it, I would recommend a book you can still get on Amazon, written by a former public school teacher, Karl Priest. It is called Protester Voices–The 1974 Textbook Tea Party. If you want to know what really happened there, I would recommend this book, because, even today, there are precious few media outlets that, when writing about this, will give you the real truth. Karl’s book will give you the real truth and you need to know the real truth.
To be continued.