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EDUCATION AS A WEAPON

Posted by Tim Bryce on September 4, 2015

BRYCE ON EDUCATION

– It’s a powerful weapon for making the country a better place to live.

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Prior to the 1800’s, obtaining an education was considered a luxury reserved exclusively for the rich. Everyone else had to tend to their livelihood which, in colonial America, was primarily based on agriculture or maritime activities. It wasn’t until the mid-1800’s when the public school system was introduced as an attempt to educate the nation’s youth. The intent was to fight ignorance, improve communications, and make better decisions thereby making better citizens. Educating the general public was considered rather revolutionary for the times. Today we take it for granted.

By combating ignorance, education was used as a tool to improve the country internally and externally. In other words, it allowed us to become more competitive, something sorely needed for a fledgling country. From this perspective, education was used as a weapon to allow us to effectively compete on the world’s stage.

Beyond combating ignorance for competitive purposes, governments found education to be indispensable for pushing forward political agendas. As Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin correctly observed, “Education is a weapon whose effects depend on who holds it in his hands and at whom it is aimed.” From his perspective, Stalin saw education as a vital propaganda tool for controlling the masses, as did Hitler and others. By controlling their education systems, they controlled the masses. Not surprising, the Communist Goals of 1963 included, “Get control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for Socialism, and current Communist propaganda. Soften the curriculum. Get control of teachers associations. Put the party line in text books.”

There is indeed power in shaping the minds of people, be it impressionable youth, teenagers, adults or senior citizens. As Americans though we tend to naively believe the public school system, which is funded by American taxpayers, is not being used for political or social purposes; that it is being used primarily to combat ignorance and improve the IQ of the masses. However, because of the failure of people to effectively parent their youth, the responsibility has defaulted to school systems which explicitly or implicitly teaches morality, socialization, sex education, and, Yes, politics. Such subjects are most definitely not what American taxpayers had in mind, but sadly this is the hard reality of the times we live in.

For example, let’s take the Montana proposal a few years ago to teach a sex education curriculum at the elementary school level (K-5). Supporters contended the curriculum would help students better understand human anatomy as well as both hetero and homosexual relationships which should, in theory, result in students making better life decisions. Opponents saw this as a threat to morality and question the necessity of teaching such lessons at an early age. Frankly, I think the proposal was not proper as they would be teaching the wrong people. Instead of instructing the students, the school system should be educating the parents so they can effectively teach their offspring. Undoubtedly, parents would claim they do not have time for such education and would balk at attendance. “Hey, that’s the night for watching my reality shows.”

The Montana issue begs the question though: Whose responsibility is it to teach our youth certain delicate issues such as sex education and morality? Again, in the old days, the responsibility was that of the parent; today, it is the school’s. As an aside, our school systems would do us all a great service by offering adult training in parenting, thereby taking the responsibility off the shoulders of the teachers where it doesn’t belong.

There is a fine line between teaching core subjects such as language skills, math, science, etc., and teaching political or social values. Whereas the former is used as a weapon to combat ignorance, the latter is a weapon for manipulating the masses. This is the primary reason why Islamic proponents want more say in education. Make no mistake, education is indeed a powerful weapon. As “Uncle Joe” pointed out though, who is holding the weapon, and who is it aimed at?

Originally published: August 11, 2010

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Tim Bryce is a writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 30 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb001@phmainstreet.com

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7 Responses to “EDUCATION AS A WEAPON”

  1. Joan Schoenling said

    Hey Tim. . . .

    Have you read “CRIMES OF THE EDUCATORS . . . .How Utopians are Using Government Schools to Destroy America’s Children” by Samuel Blumenfeld and Alex Newman?

    j.

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  2. David said

    Tim,

    Another spear of truth! Thank you for making reasoned, logical, and fair assessments of our challenges. Keep it coming!

    David – Missouri

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  3. Tim Bryce said

    An M.B. of Wilmington, North Carolina wrote…

    “Our K-12 education system is a shambles best identified as a system given a blank check and still overspent. The problem is in the home as your article points out. Long gone are the days where a miscreant student was paddled at school then faced a much bigger problem when they got home. Bottom line grads are unable to read, compute, or fit themselves to jobs…oops those are college grads not just K-12. There was a bright spot in education at the end of the second world war when the GI bill helped large numbers of vets to achieve a first in their family line a college graduate.”

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  4. Tim Bryce said

    A D.K. of Louisville, Kentucky wrote…

    “Democrat, liberal, progressive, socialism has infiltrated our education system with a bad curriculum. Therefore government intervention must be ceased. Political agenda or party has no place in education. Teaching students about our government is important. Curriculum, talented educators and only education leaders and Board of education with qualified, tested, education examples of teachable and learning accomplishments will make students learn and be successful. Think about how to stimulate our students to want to learn. Start with teaching them obedience, respect and positive values in school environments. Teachers should not be disrespected at all. Strict rules about this must be implemented to manage these principles. Its’ we start educating the education system and hold them accountable. Or remove them if they cannot manage education. Pay for performance not base on tentore will reward the good educators and the poor will leave and find their rightful calling. A qualified education leader with accomplishments must be elected and accountable for meeting these demands or government taxpayer funding should be stopped by Congress.”

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  5. Tim Bryce said

    A J.M. of Brevard, North Carolina wrote…

    “Every day it looks more like the Mexican educational system.”

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