Gary Jacobucci/Contributing writer


Gatto also states the “Third, the state was posited as the true parent of children” which equates to an agenda of breaking down the family and moral structure of the U.S. 


Thoughts for this morning: The challenges to reasoning for ourselves

I was reflecting on a clip tilted:  Most Americans brainless and obedient

It may be hard to believe that the roots of our modern education was in addressing the problem of soldiers thinking for themselves on the battlefield, but this seems that is the case.

About 10 years ago I listened to a fascinating interview with John Gatto in which he described the circumstances that led up the ‘Prussian model of education’… 

The Prussian Army had lost a major battle to Napoleon and the generals were called on the carpet to answer to the Prussian aristocracy. 

The Generals blamed their defeat on the soldiers thinking for themselves on the battlefield. 

The solution proposed was to have the behavioral scientist and the military scientist get together and revise the education system to create a more obedient soldier. 

They came up with the idea that moving the youth between cubicles every hour, separated by bells – and the rewarding of students to memorize and regurgitate fragmented, isolated information (testing) – would solve the problem.  

One author writes… 

“John Gatto, 1991 New York teacher of the year and voice for educational reform, has done a stellar job of describing how the Prussian model set the standard for educational systems right up to the present; 

“The whole system was built on the premise that isolation from first-hand information and fragmentation of the abstract information presented by teachers would result in obedient and subordinate graduates, properly respectful of arbitrary orders” he writes. 

He says the American educationists imported three major ideas from Prussia. The first was that the purpose of state schooling was not intellectual training but the conditioning of children “to obedience, subordination, and collective life.” Thus, memorization outranked thinking. 

Second, whole ideas were broken into fragmented “subjects” and school days were divided into fixed periods “so that self-motivation to learn would be muted by ceaseless interruptions.”

Third, the state was posited as the true parent of children. All of this was done in the name of a scientific approach to education.”

The effectiveness of the modern education system is reflected in something USMC Major General Smedley Butler wrote after leaving the military… “My mental faculties remained in suspended animation while I obeyed the orders of the higher-ups. This is typical with everyone in the military.” 

General Butler writes… “I wouldn’t go to war again as I have done to protect some lousy investment of the bankers. There are only two things we should fight for. One is the defense of our homes and the other is the Bill of Rights. War for any other reason is simply a racket.”

The statement from U.S. General Wesley Clark (Ret.) in the days following 9-11 reflects this…The Plan

This modus operandi is also reflected in statements from TPTB (the powers that be) in the way they view the military. 

In their book The Final Days, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein quote Henry Kissinger ‘pointedly’ remarking in the presence of former general and then Nixon’s Chief of Staff Alexander Haig…that “military men were dumb, stupid animals to be used as pawns for foreign policy.” 

Gatto also states the “Third, the state was posited as the true parent of children” which equates to an agenda of breaking down the family and moral structure of the U.S. 

A few thoughts (of hundreds) from our ‘leading educators’ on creating “the international child of the future”…

“There is no God and no soul. Hence, there are no needs for the props of traditional religion. With dogma and creed excluded then immutable truth is also dead and buried. There is no room for fixed, natural law or permanent absolutes.”

– John Dewey, the father of American Progressive Education, the leading educator from 1924 to 1974, signer of the Humanist Manifesto, 1933; and teacher of Rockefeller Brothers; of whom is claimed by a major poll of educators, “No individual has influenced the thinking of American educators more.”

“Every child entering school at the age of 5 is mentally ill, because he comes to school with certain allegiances to our founding fathers, toward our elected officials, toward his parents, toward a belief in a supernatural being and toward the sovereignty of this nation as a separate entity. It’s up to you as teachers to make all these sick children well by creating the
international child of the future.”

– Chester M. Pierce M.D., professor or education and psychiatry at Harvard University, speaking to educators at the UNESCO meeting held in Denver in 1973 called ‘The Childhood International Educational Seminar’. (From ‘None Dare Call It Education’ by John Stormer)

“Every child in America comes to school insane at the age of six because of the American family structure.”
– Ashley Montague, influential educator in the 1970’s

“Parents and the general public must be reached also; otherwise youth enrolled in a globally oriented programs may find themselves in conflict with values assumed in the home and then the education system frequently comes under scrutiny and must pull back.”
– John Goodland – ‘Schooling for a Global Age’ 1981 

My biggest concern is in seeing General Butler’s “My mental faculties remained in suspended animation while I obeyed the orders of the higher-ups. This is typical with everyone in the military” also reflected in government – and specifically in ‘local’ emergency response, which has been co-opted by the DHS and promises to be a big issue in the months and years to come.

With most of the emergency response protocols delegated to government employees via the DHS, we see that the ‘response’ will be strictly following the guidelines and directives set down by the DHS (which includes FEMA).

After the 9-11 event, the attitude at the Pentagon was said to be CYA (cover your ass) with no one wanting to put their job in jeopardy by doing anything other than singing from the song sheet. Those that sang for the song sheet were promoted; those that questioned or became whistle blowers were culled. 

In my own county I’ve found it very difficult to generate any interest in a local emergency response or defense as everyone seems resigned to follow the orders of higher up and hope for the best. 

– Gary