On May 27, former Congressman Ron Paul dedicated time in his weekly ‘fireside chat’ blog to discuss the destructive methods used in education today by the Federal government. In a program known as Common Core, Paul stated that the Education Department under President Obama is using Federal money as a bribe to the states to instruct children what to learn, not with tried and true reading methodologies, but instead with a series of articles that support programs adopted in the administration for the changing of America.
Common Core is a new curriculum developed by a panel of so-called education experts. The administration is trying to turn Common Core into a national curriculum by offering states increased federal education funding if they impose Common Core’s curriculum on their public schools. This is yet another example of the government using money stolen from the people to bribe states into obeying federal dictates.
Critics of Common Core say it “dumbs down” education by replacing traditional English literature with “informational texts”. So students will read such inspiring materials as studies by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, the EPA’s “Recommended Levels of Insulation,” and “Invasive Plant Inventory” by California’s Invasive Plant Council. It is doubtful that reading federal reports will teach students the habits of critical thinking and skepticism of government that the Founders considered essential to maintaining a free republic. – Texas Straight Talk
Education is the cornerstone of every nation, and the key to future progress for people. During the Dark Ages, when over 95% of the population was illiterate following the fall of the Roman Empire, Emperor Charlemagne made it a vital platform to build schools and universities, open to children of all social and economic levels. This foundation gave rise to the greatest time of progress and invention a few centuries later, and brought the Western world into the forefront of empire and civilization.
Beginning in the 20th century however, control over education and learning became the cornerstone for dictatorial regimes such as the Soviet Union, and even Nazi Germany. Programmed education of the young to accept the government, economic, and social structures, goes back to the writings of Karl Marx in the Communist Manifesto, and even Adolph Hitler in Mein Kampf.
When he wrote ‘Mein Kampf’ while serving out a prison sentence at Landsberg, Hitler wrote “whoever has the youth has the future”. In Hitler’s Germany, education would be the key that ensured that he had “the youth” of Germany.
Hitler’s view on education was that it served a sole purpose – to ensure that a child was loyal to the Nazi state to ensure that the Third Reich lasted for 1000 years. – historylearningsite.co.uk
Before the 1970’s, and rise of the Department of Education under President Carter, schooling was primarily done under a classical model, where children are taught at an early age to absorb information, begin the process of critical thinking, then express themselves with well thought out opinions. These objectives were accomplished in surprising ways, requiring less than 25% of the money spent on education today in the 21st century, and achieved far greater accomplishments such as going to the moon, building the computer, and modernizing commercial and residential infrastructure.
Since the change in educational models under the Department of Education, America’s dominance in the world has waned significantly, falling from the top 10 in most categories such as math, science, and literacy, to now being outside the top 20, and well behind even poorer nations such as Estonia, Chile, and Turkey. More money has proven not to help aid education in America, and the future of the country now lies in the progressive models being implemented in the classrooms over the past 40 years.
Since leaving office last year, Ron Paul has been dedicating much of his time towards education, and the creation of his own school to bring back the classical education model. And his assessment today of Common Core being imposed on the states by President Obama, who’s education was formed by Marxist ideas taught by mentors Frank Marshall Davis and Bill Ayers, is simply another incursion by the government to instill the methods of indoctrination on the young, which nearly destroyed the societies of Russia and Germany less than 100 years ago.