by Al Benson Jr.
Member, Board of Directors, Confederate Society of America
Gary D. Barnett, a retired financial advisor and estate planner, has an informative site on the internet, https://www.garydbarnett.com on which he deals with various subjects. One of those subjects, one of the most pertinent, is public education.
On March 1st of this year he had an article up on his site called The Ongoing Destruction of the Minds of Children. Mr. Barnett noted: “Compulsory schooling is a travesty. To call it education is absurd. Real education is lifelong learning as an individual, while compulsory public schooling is the indoctrination of children as a collective exercise to bring all down to the lowest level. Prisons called schools are simply the forced means to stifle individual brilliance while promoting sameness and monotony. The result of this brainwashing is meant to teach children to obey orders, and to be satisfied spending their lives in a virtual cage of ignorance, to never become entrepreneurs and dissenters…The controllers who use the government school system as a way to dumb down the masses fully understand this potential genius. They are very fearful of it. So fearful in fact, that more than 100 years ago, they designed a mandatory school system as a way to control the common people. By training them to be good citizens and members of a collective society instead of individuals, the few could continue to control the many.”
Barnett observed that compulsory schooling, “now referred to as public education” started in Massachusetts in 1852, and spread pretty much all across the country by the turn of the twentieth century. Sam Blumenfeld, in his book Is Public Education Necessary? noted this same thing way back in the 1980s. Blumenfeld also noted the strong Unitarian and socialist influence in public education by such sterling educational messiahs as Unitarian Horace Mann and socialist Robert Owen, which showed that even it its earliest days, public education had its own theological perspective–and not a Christian one.
It was stated by Barnett that public schools were “…the vehicle used to teach children to be managed instead of managing themselves. They have produced a soft society consumed by doubt and incompetence, and one that can function only as a mass.” That’s one thing that peer pressure in public schools will do for you–teach you not to speak out against the collective lest you garner the disapproval of the group. Hence very few kids dare to stand up and speak their convictions but instead hunker down and say nothing that will force them to have to deal with the collective. Some of us didn’t learn that lesson real well and so our years in public school ended up being a mini hell on earth. But for those of us that didn’t learn how to cave in, it taught us one thing–to get to the point where we didn’t care what the group thought. We learned to go our own way.
In order to change all this, Barnett said “…a real education is necessary, but so long as parents continue to shirk their responsibility by allowing unknown state employees to raise and train their children, things can only get worse…Any real study of most kids educated at home will expose this truth.” Barnett noted that this is often hard for parents because they were mostly “educated” in the same system their kids are now part of, as were their parents! And most people were taught, via their public school “educations” not to question authority, not to rock the boat. Just go along and don’t make any fuss and “be nice.’ Barnett says that “Everything should be questioned, and everything should be scrutinized. Questioning authority is the bane of the state apparatus, which is the reason compulsory schooling was implemented in the first place. It continues unabated as the dominant training discipline of this country’s young.” Maybe now you are beginning to understand why.
Lord willing, more of Mr. Barnett’s commentary will be upcoming.