I think it’s clear that modern American government-run schools are nothing more than indoctrination camps designed to turn the current generation into slaves of the state:
Nearly 80 percent of New York City high school graduates need to relearn basic skills before they can enter the City University’s community college system.
The number of kids behind the 8-ball is the highest in years, CBS 2′s Marcia Kramer reported Thursday.
When they graduated from city high schools, students in a special remedial program at the Borough of Manhattan Community College couldn’t make the grade.
They had to re-learn basic skills — reading, writing and math — first before they could begin college courses. [Emphasis added.]
And what are they learning instead?
A Maryland lawmaker has introduced legislation after a 7-year-old boy in his district was suspended for shaping a pastry into what his teacher thought looked like a gun.
The Star Democrat reports that Republican Sen. J.B. Jennings introduced a bill that would prohibit schools from suspending students for seemingly harmless childish acts, such as playing games with fingers pointed like guns or chewing food into the shape of a firearm.
They’re learning that it’s wrong to play with make-believe guns since guns scare the piss out of ignorant elementary school teachers who apparently lack both imagination and tolerance for others of differing worldviews. To recap, kids aren’t learning how to read or write, but they are learning that all guns, even pretend ones made out of pastries, are scary and bad. What passes for education today is nothing more than pablum and propaganda. Government-funded schools are deliberately crippling children’s intellectual development.
Why are government-funded schools doing this? Well, if history is any indication, ignorance is a good way to keep slaves from rebelling:
In 1755, Georgia modeled its own ban on teaching slaves to write after South Carolina's earlier legislation. Again, reading was not prohibited. Throughout the colonial era, reading instruction was tied to the spread of Christianity, so it did not suffer from restrictive legislation until much later (Monaghan 243).
The most oppressive limits on slave education were a reaction to Nat Turner's Revolt in Southampton County, Virginia during the summer of 1831. This event not only caused shock waves across the slaveholding South, but it had a particularly far-reaching impact on education over the next three decades. The fears of slave insurrections and the spread of abolitionist materials and ideology led to radical restrictions on gatherings, travel, and—of course—literacy. The ignorance of the slaves was considered necessary to the security of the slaveholders (Albanese 1976). Not only did owners fear the spread of specifically abolitionist materials, they did not want slaves to question their lot; thus, reading and reflection were to be prevented at any cost.
Each state did not respond differently to the insurrection, a few examples are especially illustrative. While Mississippi already had laws designed to prevent slave literacy, in 1831 the state legislature passed a law that required all free African-Americans to leave the state so that they would not be able to educate or incite the slave population. The same legislation required that any black preacher would have to be given permission to speak before appearing a congregation. Delaware passed an 1831 law that prevented the meeting of a dozen or more blacks late at night; additionally, black preachers were to petition a judge or justice of the peace before speaking before any assembly.
While states like South Carolina and Georgia had not developed legislation that prohibited education for slaves, other, more moderate states responded directly to the 1831 revolt. In 1832, Alabama enacted a law that fined anyone who undertook a slave's education between $250 and $500; the law also prohibited any assembly of African-Americans—slave or free—unless five slaveowners were present or an African-American preacher had previously been licensed by an approved denomination.
Even North Carolina, which had previously allowed free African-American children to attend schools alongside whites, eventually responded to fears of insurrection. By 1835, the public education of all African-Americans was strictly prohibited. [Emphasis added.]
By now, it should be clear that the main reason why education has devolved into its current state is simply because the state would like to make sure that its citizens are too stupid to rebel against the horrific evils perpetuated by the state against not only its citizens but against other people around the globe. The self-defined and self-measured proficiency tests administered by the state to prove students’ educational attainment should be viewed as nothing more than propaganda, for it is clear simply by the mere act of interacting with those who are fresh out of the public school system that most students are not educated, nor are they capable of prolonged, rational, abstract, individual thought. They have been reduced to cogs in a machine, too stupid and ignorant to understand their lot, and thus incapable of rebelling against it.