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Education & the Intentional
Dumbing Down of Society
In the United States, we have the worst educational systems in the world. They used to be okay, but compared to the Education that Europeans get, we are not even getting close.
    In Early America, the colonists had college level educations by the time we would be heading into High School. Why do you think that is?  How could it be, that the Founding Fathers were in their Twenties and early thirties, when they Drafted the Declaration of Independance, on their own!!!
Could anyone in this country do that today?  I seriously doubt it. One must have a basic and fundamental understanding of "Government", & "Economics" on a world-wide level to be able to Draft such a document. Do you think anyone in the U.S today would be capable?  I doubt it!!!

    I first started to learn about the differences of American education with European education when I read Antony Sutton's book "America's Secret Establishment - An Introduction to the Order of Skull & Bones". This book has always been one of my favorites, since it is so revealing, and was not put out by the "Establishment". Sutton reveals to the reader, what is known as the "Look-Say" reading method, wherein, a student is taught to associate a "picture" with a "word". This would mean that a teacher would show a student a picture of a "Dog" and then tell him / her that that is a "Dog". Good enough?? Maybe, if you are trying to teach "Deaf and Dumb" people. You see, that is what "Look-Say" was originally developed for. It was to teach "Deaf and Dumb" people how to read and write. It was not developed for "Normal" people. "Normal" people throughout Europe were educated by learning the "Root-Meaning" of the "Word". So if a teacher was showing you a picture of a "dog", you would also learn where the meaning of the word "Dog" comes from. Where the word "Canine" comes from. And that "word" comes from another word and so on.

     (From Secret Establishment Pg.71-72)
Look-Say reading methods were developed around 1810 for Deaf Mutes by Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet. Thomas H Gallaudet was the eldest son of Peter Wallace Gallaudet, a descendant from a French Huguenot family, and Jane Hopkins. Jane Hopkins traced her ancestry back to John Hopkins and the Reverend Thomas Hooker in the Seventeenth century, who broke away from the congregational church to help found Hartford Connecticut. This parallels the story of the Lord family. The Lords also traced their ancestry back to Hopkins and Hooker and the Lords founded Hartford Connecticut. And it was in Hartford, Connecticut in 1835 that a printer named Lord produced Thomas Gallaudet's first Look-Say Primer, "Mother's Primer".
Gallaudet's original intention was to use the Look-say method only for Deaf Mutes who have no concept of a spoken language and are therefore unaware of phonetic sounds for letters. For this purpose, Gallaudet founded the "Hartford School for the Deaf" in 1817. The Gallaudet system works well for Deaf Mutes, but thewre is no obvious reason to use it for those who have the ability to hear sounds.
Anyway, in 1835 Mother's Primer was published and the Massachusetts Primary School Committee under Horace Mann immediately adopted the book on an experimental basis. Later we shall find that Horace Mann ties directly to the Order - in fact, the Co-founder of the Order. On pages 73 and 74 we reproduce two pages from the second edition of 1836, with the following directions to the teacher : "...pointing to the whole word Frank, but not to the letters. Nothing is yet to be said about letters..."

    Why did Horace Mann push a methos designed for deaf mutes onto a school system populated with persons who were not deaf mutes?
There are two possible reasons. The reader can take his or her pick.
First, in 1853 Mann was appointed President of Antioch College. The most influential Trustee of Antioch College was the Co-founder of the Order (Skull & Bones) - Alphonso Taft.
Second, Mann never had a proper education and consequently was unable to judge a good method from a bad method for reading.

    By 1840, there was a backlash, and the Look-say system was dropped in Massachusetts.
But, Toward the end of the 19th century The Order came on the scene  - and the Look-say method was revived. The youngest son of Thomas Hopkins and Sophia Galludet was Edward Minor Gallaudet. Two of his sons went to Yale and became members of the Order :
1. Edson Fessenden Gallaudet (1893 Initiated), who became an instructor of Physics at Yale, and
2. Herbert Draper Gallaudet (1898 Initiated), who attended Union Theological Seminary and became a clergyman.
Then the method was adopted  by Columbia Teachers College and the Lincoln School. The thrust of the new Dewey-inspired system of education was away from learning and towards preparing a child to be a unit in the organic society. Look-say was ideal for Deweyits. It skipped one step in the learning process. It looked "easy", and de-emphasized learning skills.
The educational establishment rationalized look-say by claiming that up to the turn of the century reading was taught by "synthetic" methods, i.e. children were taught letters and an associated sound value. Then they learned to join syllables to make words. This was held to be uninteresting and artificial. Educational research, it was claimed, demonstrated that in reading words are not analyzed into component letter parts, but seen as complete units. Therefore, learning to read should start with complete units. (Finish of Quotes from book)

   Well, there is alot more to this than just the transference of the look-say method onto our current reading and learning structure. There is also the Experiential Pyschology brought over from Germany, under Hegelian Principles. This, I will get into at a later time)

The newest "Craze" among the Education proponents today is "Outcome Based Education" or OBE

Here is a List of Relevant Books & Videos :


THE LEIPZIG CONNECTION : A Report On The Origin And Growth Of Educational Psychology - Lance J. Klass incollaboration with Paolo Lionni - 1993

THE LIES AND FALLACIES OF THE ENCYCLOPAEDIA BRITANNICA : How Powerful and Shameless ClericalForces Castrated A Famous Book Of Reference -  Joseph McCabe - 46 P. - 1988 -

* OUTCOME - BASED EDUCATION : The State’s Assault On Our Children’s Values - Luksik and Hoffecker - 1996 -207 P. -

* ANYONE CAN HOMESCHOOL : How To Find What Works For You - Terry Dorian , Ph.D and Zan P. Tyler -996 - 220 P. -

* BRAVE NEW SCHOOLS : Guiding Your Child Through the Dangers of the Changing School System - Berit Kjos -1996 -

* DUMBING US DOWN : The hidden curriculum of Compulsory Schooling - John Gatto - 1991 - 104 P. -

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