Is America’s Public Education System Broken by Design?

Founder’s Note: Today we once again turn to our good friend and fellow Liberty seeker Joey. He’s a good man to know. For more of his contributions, check out his author page in the Manward archives here.

You don’t often hear folks say America’s public education system is a success. But in truth, it’s succeeded beyond its designers’ wildest dreams.

In almost every major metropolitan area, graduation rates are around 50%. And the kids who actually graduate from the public school cauldron can barely read, write or perform simple math calculations.

According to state testing data, for example, 13 Baltimore high schools produced zero students proficient in math.

Nationwide, 1 in 6 high school students establishes even a baseline of financial literacy.

But that’s a half-empty sort of outlook…

It’s a Jobs Program

You see, despite being our nation’s single greatest jobs program, our education system was never intended to create thinking individuals.

You can’t blame the teachers either. Not only are they not allowed to discipline students, but they are so hamstrung by the system that actually educating is nearly impossible.

Teachers have been forced into a situation where their job is little more than babysitting. So it’s no surprise that the product they are hired to create – educated students – never materializes.

But that’s the real “success” our nation’s schools produce: generation after generation of indoctrinated people.

For proof, look no further than the nearest college campus. There you’ll find throngs of brainwashed young adults, trapped into worshipping the state as their god and following every tenet of political correctness.

Think I’m exaggerating? Here’s an excerpt from the resignation letter of Chad Vegas, a former elected member of the Bakersfield, California, school board:

The State and Federal governments have co-opted your local schools. They mean to indoctrinate your children in their radical secularism… I simply can’t be part of enforcing that.

Hidden Agenda

Like I said, the U.S. public school system has been quite successful in its intended, yet hidden, mission.

The purpose was never to educate the masses. No, the purpose, from its earliest conceptions, was to create a class of people that was easily controlled and manipulated.

I recognize a statement like that sounds like conspiracy theory. However, the history of U.S. education overwhelmingly supports this notion: There was (and still is) a deliberate effort to build a system not intended to educate but to create citizenry enslaved to the state.

It has been a well-orchestrated, insidious plan spanning more than a century.

In 1909, four years before he became our 28th president, Woodrow Wilson made a speech to the New York City Teachers Association. In it, he said…

We want one class of persons to have a liberal education, and we want another class of persons, a very much larger class, of necessity, in every society, to forgo the privileges of a liberal education and fit themselves to perform specific difficult manual tasks.

Wilson wasn’t alone in his pursuit of segregating education between the rulers and working-class subjects. Our ruling elite then, and now, has been working diligently to create a workforce to serve, not think.

The following Orwellian quote from John D. Rockefeller in 1906 sickens me in its foreshadowing of our current system.

In our dreams… people yield themselves with perfect docility to our molding hands. The present education conventions (intellectual and character education) fade from our minds, and, unhampered by tradition, we work our own good will upon a grateful and responsive folk. We shall not try to make these people or any of their children into philosophers… or men of science.

The evidence is damning. Yet among skeptics, it begs the question… “Why?”

Why would any nation deliberately dumb down its population?

The short answer is fear. The great political satirist, H.L. Mencken, summed it up when he wrote…

The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself, without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, and intolerable.

Dishonest… insane… intolerable.

Looking at our current crop of political elites, can you really argue with any of those descriptors?


The above paints a depressing picture indeed. And the reality is too many have abdicated the education of their children to the state.

As with anything left to our elected officials, the results are easy to predict.

But there are solutions.

One is to follow the path of Chad Vegas… remove your children or grandchildren from the clutches of the state. The right private school may offer some reprieve.

Or you could join the increasing number of guardians who are taking matters into their own hands through homeschooling.

The first real step toward liberating your kids or grandkids is, ironically enough, educating yourself. Research what is being taught in your schools. Do your own homework to understand just how firmly the diabolic roots of this system have been planted in your community.

Equally important, you must spread the word. If you sense something is off, start the conversation among fellow parents. (Feel free to email this essay to others.)

The sad truth is that many still believe our nation’s public schools are benign centers for education. But the reality is the entire system, from the start, was broken by design.

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