The Patriot Post® · In Brief: Public Education Has Always Been About Indoctrination

By Political Editors ·

Parents were the key to Republican wins in Virginia, because the race became largely about education — or, more accurately, the leftist indoctrination of children. Glenn Youngkin won because he focused on education, while Democrat Terry McAuliffe literally argued against parental influence and authority. Political analyst Don Feder weighs in with the bigger picture:

The most important part of Youngkin’s victory speech was when he emphatically voiced his commitment to choice in education. Ban Critical Race theory? Absolutely. Listen to families? Of course. But, ultimately, public education can’t be reformed.

Public schools were created not to educate, but to indoctrinate. From Marx to Dewey to the current leadership of the Democrat Party and the National Education Association and American Federation of Teachers, revolutionaries have always targeted youth and seen schools as the spearhead of the revolution.

In fact, Feder says:

When McAuliffe said, “I don’t think parents should be telling schools what to teach,” he was articulating a first principle of public education going back to its beginnings in the early 19th century: “Give us your money. Give us your kids. Then close your eyes. Shut your mouth. And let us do our job of transforming society.”

Today, the cutting edge is Critical Race Theory (whites are inherently evil), the 1619 Project (America is inherently evil) and what one proponent called the Queering Up of public education.

Examples abound, but the sex education that began in the 1940s has gone off the rails. Feder adds, “Anti-Americanism in the schools has a long pedigree.” That’s by design.

In “The Communist Manifesto,” Karl Marx decreed, “The education of all children from the moment that they can get along without their mother’s care, shall be in state institutions at state expense.” When the workers’ revolt failed to materialize, state education became the engine of revolution.

That plan of state-sponsored indoctrination inspired Horace Mann and John Dewey, who “laid the foundation for public education in America.” Both preached a gospel of “interdependence” in which individualists were antithetical. Hence a one-size-fits-all school system was necessary.

A signer of the 1933 Humanist Manifesto (“a socialist cooperative economic order must be established”), Dewey admitted: “You can’t make socialists out of individualists. Children who know how to think for themselves spoil the harmony of the collective society which is coming, where everyone is interdependent.” Indeed.

In the 21st century, Marx and Dewey’s work of social transformation is carried on by the teachers’ unions and their auxiliary, the Democrat Party.

CRT is the Marxist model of oppressor and oppressed applied to race. Queering Up applies it to gender.

Again, it’s not about teaching children how to think but what to think.

Feder concludes:

The answer is to help the prisoners escape on an underground railroad which will lead them to educational choice and the beginning of knowledge and wisdom. The Virginia campaign was the first stop on that exhilarating train ride.

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