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Author:  George M. Haddad
Bio: George M. Haddad
Date:  January 24, 2005
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American Education and Indoctrination are Synonymous
Part 1 of 3

"Give me the child until the age of 12 and you can have him after that." Such has been the credo of educators in religious as well as secular education. This grew out of a philosophy which opined that the pertinent orientation begun early would last a life time.

We are and have been, since the middle of the 20th century, in a grim battle for the minds of children. A battle in which the intensity has increased in direct proportion to the added strength of Socialist forces intent on destroying the free enterprise system.

The attacks on our country are not only from without but from within. The future of any nation lies in its children and today we find that education in the government mandated schools leaves a great deal to be desired. The dumbing down process is not by accident. The goals of injecting foreign ideology into their veins is clear but the objectives relative to teaching children how to read, write, add, subtract, and divide tend to be blurred. The type and the content of the curriculum are suspect. Control the curriculum and you control the child. This begs the question as to whether our present system might be a conspiracy of illiteracy. Are we party to education by indoctrination?

Our educational institutions at all levels are under the wing of the National Education Association, which controls teacher certification, resists higher standards and has great influence on curriculum at all levels Our Boards of Education, across the country, are as putty when acting as balance wheels to the onslaught of the teachers union. As Mark Twain wrote, " In the first place God made idiots. This was for practice. Then he made school boards." They have become as irrelevant as productive administrative forces in school systems as a Volkswagon is to moving forward while an 18 wheeler sits on top of it.

Boards are comprised of nice people in a community who want to do good, are generous with their time, are civic minded and love children but are usually untrained for the task assigned. They generally are no match for the hard core union pros and the end result has been over 50 years of allowing outsiders with secular and socialist intentions to develop the minds and the thinking of the nation's children. In terms of meeting the needs of students for having the tools to compete in the outside world we have as impotent a force in trying to educate as we have in a United Nations pretending to meet human needs around the globe.

There was a time when the schools were considered standard bearing agencies of American culture, ethics, mores and values along with such institutions as churches and charities but not anymore. When parents allowed political correctness, multiculturism and secularism to permeate the hallowed halls of learning it thus allowed education to become a godless pop culture with a faddish regimen rather than a viable spiritual force to aid in productive learning.

The whole object of education allegedly is to develop the mind but in too many schools across the country students are fleeing the buildings, which we call schools, quite unprepared for the variances of life.

We cannot escape the past nor can we foresee the future. In molding the minds of children you determine the fate of a nation. Political correctness is and has been a disease with both stultifying and repressive pressures. The proof is in the present results of a discipline which is organized chaos but has definitive political goals.

We have found that teachers, whether they be hard core socialists, groupies who are robotic followers, the meek who can't be bothered or the solid ones who only wish to teach and be left alone are and have been supporting a Union which has spent millions upon millions of dollars to support and abet a Bill Clinton in the nineties and a John Kerry in the recent past. Now these are not just run of the mill aspirants in politics. These are people who openly and effectively worked solidly against their country in whatever way they could in order to gain personal and political power.

At a time when his country was at war Clinton fled to England and then to Russia where he groveled at the feet of the communists. He was said to be in England as a Rhodes Scholar but he didn't stay long enough for his second cup of tea. It is not known whether he ever attended a class since the posse was on its way. During the Iraq war he actually toured Europe and spoke against his own country. Kerry is of the same breed. He encouraged the Vietnamese during that war and helped to subvert the military while joining hands with Jane Fonda against his own country. After losing the presidential election in November of 2004 and while we are still at war in Iraq this man has had the gall to visit and speak to our troops against our country. Both of these men emboldened the enemy in time of war thus causing overtly and surreptitiously more deaths of our own soldiers.

Both of these men have been energetically supported by the teachers Union. What does that tell you? What kind of faith can you possibly keep relative to those who are teaching your children. Where is the focus on the learning process? Is it no wonder that students today are graduating with deficiencies in reading, writing, arithmetic, geography, history and all the basics for which they are being sent to school?

You might find, especially in the blue states, pockets of schools where they have fine management, dedicated teachers and competent Boards of Education but their locations, at times, are like seeking the page numbers in the Reader's Digest.

"As William Lowe Bryan once reported, "Education is one of the few things a person is willing to pay for and not get."

George M. Haddad

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Biography - George M. Haddad

George M. Haddad has a Bachelors Degree in Sociology and a Masters Degree in Social Administration with extensive work experience with the mentally ill. He is a World War II veteran having served in the Infantry; Interpreter of the French language; Interrogator in Technical Intelligence and Sgt.-Major of a Separation Center. Also the former Executive Director - National Institute for Burn Medicine - affiliated with the University of Michigan. He is retired from the National Staff of the YMCA as a troubleshooter in financial management and administration and has worked as a management consultant to non-profit corporations. He has written frequently on medical, social and political issues and has many published articles to his credit. He currently writes from Franklin, Michigan and can be contacted at gmhaddad@comcast.net


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