Many believe the younger generation has been indoctrinated with the vast, over-bearing progressivism plaguing the American populous through the public education system. After all, the father of the nation’s educational approach, Horace Mann, famously quipped, “Men are cast-iron, but children are wax.”
Schooling has always been – presumably always will be – a process that molds not only a student’s abilities, but more importantly even, a student’s worldview based upon the values of the particular educator. Therefore, within the education system, there is no basic value-neutral premise.
Stated in a piece from Intellectual Takeout, Mann’s vision for American education was initially challenged. In an 1840 special committee in the Massachusetts legislature, many had serious reservations about increasing government control over education.
Lawmakers were worried that the public education system would destroying America’s republican principles, insofar as a government founded as a Republic is concerned. Moreover, they found criticism in the ideal that it would be used as a tool for increasing the government’s power, for the purposes of propaganda, and reducing parents’ influence over their children:
In 1840, legislators remarked:
“The right to mold the political, moral, and religious opinions of…children is a right exclusively and jealously reserved by our laws to every parent; and for the government to attempt, directly or indirectly, as to these matters, to stand in the parent’s place, is an undertaking of very questionable policy. Such an attempt cannot fail to excite a feeling of jealousy, with respect to our public schools, the results of which could not but be disastrous.”
We were warned over 175 years ago that education could become a tool of indoctrination, with it now being undeniably used as such, and those propagating it denying those claims. Nevertheless, it seems that it is not just the public education system that is spouting ridicule over those who value equality of opportunity, not equality of outcome. Children far younger than of schooling age are now getting a taste of the poisonous elixir.
Although there seems to be many, here are two books that were recently identified as invoking indoctrination as a means to mold a child’s mind.
The first book is: “Peaceful Fights for Equal Rights”
As stated in a staunch review by the non-profit organization Prager U, which sees things undoubtedly from a conservative perspective, the aforementioned children’s book is not meant for high school students, but for kids ages four to eight, and sold at your local Barnes and Noble.
“Assemble. Take Action. Create Allies.” Those are the phrases overshadowed by a colorful cartoon depicting people holding a sign saying “Resist. Resist. Resist.” Yes, that’s what little children need to know. No longer are shapes, historical facts, geography, and mathematics important, it’s political “wokeness.”
Pictures in the book also show people holding signs that say “Boycott Grapes” next to the raised fist symbol, an iconic piece of imagery of socialism. How did grapes become traditionalist, patriarchal twaddle?
Written on another page is, “Be fearless. Fly a flag. File a lawsuit. Have faith.” What child is filing a lawsuit?
Depicted is also a football player wearing red and gold colors kneeling before the flag amid an array of protesters.
Hmm…wonder who that is.
Flipping the pages more, there comes a depiction of what seems to be workers in uniforms and hard hats, with one carrying a baby below the words, “Organize. Organize. Organize. Parade. Picket. Post. Persist. Persevere.” Who has a small child in factory? Who makes hard hats that small? All great questions, but, of course, when all are working in conjunction to give the government money to redistribute to those who have no jobs, child labor laws kind of go out the window at that point.
Then, two pages are used to show a massive “STRIKE.” depiction. Four year olds don’t have jobs and are not striking from their jobs. What does this even mean?
“Be nonviolent,” the book says. Well, that is one good thing coming out of this prose – better tell that to Antifa.
Overall, super weird.
The second book is: “The Little Book of Little Activists”
“Activism. Taking action in order to create social change.”
“Feminism. The belief that women and men deserve equal rights, opportunities, and respect.”
Those are the two defining phrases with which the book begins. Then there is pictured a kid, not more than six or seven, holding a sign saying “We will not be silenced.” From what? Yelling at cartoons on the television?
Again, another child, this time younger, holding a sign that says, “DIVERSITY MAKES AMERICA GREAT!” Agreed, however, it’s highly doubtful that they’re talking about diversity of outcome, thought, or anything else that actually makes the U.S. a great place.
Lastly, what looks to be an 18-month-old child holding a sign emblazoned with “I DISSENT.” From what? Eating crushed peas?
Many say indoctrination starts in American colleges and universities, even in high school. From the looks of it, it starts even before school begins.
Well, it’s almost Christmas time. So, if you want your toddler or young child to be a gleaming example of a postmodernist, woefully under-educated, emotion-only driven, social justice warrior-like, charlatanesque huckster of false, alternate realities devoid of any sense of habitual veracity, pushing forth revisionist history all in the name of power, go ahead, buy these books. But, understand, in the eyes of the radical neomarxists, whom controls the present controls the past, and whom controls the past dominates the future.