Education College Brainwashing

Education College Brainwashing

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While in grad school I encountered one of my freshman music theory students, when he was a senior.  He was a music education major.  Before getting to The Chat, I should note that he was a C student in theory, typical of education majors.  The strong students were the performance majors, such as the one with C talent who wrested an A from pure effort – my fondest memory (that student ended up in grad school, and appeared to have much more “talent” later).  While the education majors were ostensibly focused on ideas, and the performance majors on developing a (largely physical) skill, the performance majors did better with ideas.

I don’t remember what got our chat started, but I remember how the brainwashed government-educator-to-be finished:  “You can’t be an effective teacher without taking at least a few education courses.”  My brilliant retort was something like “what a load.”  Fortunately, I followed with “so was I a good enough teacher?”  (I took one course from an educator, a giggler having something to do with research skills; see below.)  The kid had no argument – not that I would expect an education major to have good arguments.  And I was a strong enough teacher, due mostly to my supervisor’s rigorous course outline and partly to my dogged adherence to it.  But there’s a better argument:

Here is a partial list of the people who never encountered a state-certified teacher:  Moses; Jesus; Augustus Caesar; St. Thomas Aquinas; St. Augustine; Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven; Martin Luther; Babbage; the rationalists, the empiricists, and Kant; and I’m not certain, but I’ll bet on Einstein and Heisenberg, Patton and Bradley.  My personal favorite is Newton, who invented the calculus – one of the most important advances of all time – and more during a break from college, at home, at about age 23.  Then there’s Michelangelo, all the people who developed Italian cooking, the ones who developed gunpowder…I’d love to continue.

How many minds like those have come from government schools since public educators fully took over after WWII?

Schools of education have wrought an impressive thing:  In the world’s most powerful nation, education colleges are training those who, through their brainwashed block voting, intimidate legislators into making teacher-certification laws everyone knows are harmful to tens of millions of children, thus to the world’s future.  They are intimidating legislators into making it more difficult for you to control your own child’s upbringing.  They are sending government prosecutors into the homes of loving, intelligent, involved parents to charge them with crimes for not choosing state-approved home schooling texts.  Add in the number of fresh 5-year-old children they get for their government brainkilling machine every year, and you realize how fearsome they are.  They are the most powerful politically united group of voters on the planet, and the most harmful, making it possible, for example, for the greens to be as powerful as they are by dumbing down our progeny.

They have succeeded not only in dumbing down three generations of Americans; schools of education have managed to attract consistently the weakest college students and dumb even them down as well.  That could almost be a bright spot – remember that in the 2000 presidential election, it is probable that the Democrats had finally attracted voters so careless and stupid that they may have lost the election solely to their constituents’ inability to follow instructions in casting votes (oh, and thousands of felons were among the Gore voters as well).  Analogously, perhaps the more recent generations of education-school graduates, when they inherit power over the education establishment, will be too thoroughly moronic to hold on to that power.  (This is fantasy; they need obedient lawmakers, so that’s the one thing they’ll keep achieving skillfully.)

In the meantime, home school your children.  Get permission to home school your television-addicted neighbor’s children.  For my part, I’ll move into a smaller house if necessary, when I have children, so the family can live and home school on only my salary.  Those of you who home school:  Learn about legal defense organizations – you may need one (see my archive for links).

Sidebar:  The education course I took was called, I believe, “Introduction to graduate research in music.”  For the second meeting, we took a tour of the library (they herded us around like kindergarteners – we grad students couldn’t be trusted to find, say, the reference desk on our own), and learned about references I’d never heard of and found useless when I did real research.  Most interesting was that the professor spent time alone with each of us during the semester.  I don’t know what he said to the others; he attacked me.  Being displeased by my classroom questioning of his lies about psychology, logic, and more, he accused me of having an “agenda” (when you have one, you see other people the same way); of trying to “intimidate” him (he had the PhD, I was the student; he was 6’4”, I’m 5’8”); and of being “recalcitrant,” meaning I wasn’t suggestible enough.  He was right.  For my term paper, I documented the falsehoods in the textbook

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