Dumbing Down and Cognitive Laziness

Source: DougMichael
February 17, 2017

In this segment, Doug points out how the educational system is used as a tool to indoctrinate, create a collectivized, herd mentality and to dumb down, thereby creating an aversion to true learning and producing cognitively, lazy minds. All images contained herein are for educational purposes only, and used in accordance with Fair Use.

Book Review: Dumbing Us Down – The Hidden Curriculum Of Compulsory Schooling by John Taylor Gatto

A Truly Must-Read Book Exposing The Current Dismal State Of Public Schooling

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TheBreakaway
Zy Marquiez
January 11, 2017

John Taylor Gatto is an award winning teacher that isn’t afraid to buck the trend.

Dumbing Us Down – The Hidden Curriculum Of Compulsory Schooling by John Taylor Gatto is a masterly an in-depth view into how public schooling really works.

Sampling many of his best personal essays, Dumbing Us Down features the true reasons why education in our modern day system is failing: because it’s meant to be that way.

Gatto reinforces his main premise with a thorough examination of public schooling in America.  He carries this out rather incisively given his no holds barred approach to the matter, and this is very refreshing.

While many others have tippy toed their way around the issue, Gatto harpoons the heart of the matter with statements such as:

“…schools and schooling are increasingly irrelevant to the great enterprises of the planet.  No one believes anymore that scientists are trained in science classes or politicians in civics classes or poets in English classes.  The truth is that schools don’t really teach anything except how to obey orders.”[1][Bold Emphasis Added]

Schools are intended to produce, through the application of formulas, formulaic human beings whose behavior can be predicted and controlled.”[2][Bold Emphasis Added]

It is absurd and anti-life to be part of the system that compels you to sit in confinement with people of exactly the same age and social class.  That system effectively cuts you off from the immense diversity of life and the synergy of variety; indeed it cuts you off from your own past and future, sealing you in a continuous present much the same way television does.”[3][Bold Emphasis Added]

Such scathing statements leave no question to Gatto’s courageous stance, and helps the reader understand the plight we face rather cogently.

Another component of this ongoing public schooling issue is how vital the community is, and more importantly, the family unit, in helping foster a healthier, more independent, more curious, and ultimately more self-sufficient individuals through proper education.  While this might seem obvious in hindsight, it isn’t being employed that much at all in our modern environs.

Throughout the length of the book, Gatto fiercely touches upon the many different factors that have helped cause this growing dilemma.  Some of these include the overwhelming amount of television being watched by society in general, and more specifically by children, while other components have to deal with the inherent designs of schooling such as the fragmentation of education, the removal of the family from an individual’s education, the poor life tenets individuals are taught, and much more.

One of the best parts of the book is what Gatto calls ‘The 7-Lesson School Teacher’, where the author shows what teachers are truly expected to inculcate into students.  Once read, this particular lesson to the reader might seem facetious, but it’s really not.  When one views what Gatto is stating with an open mind –  while keeping cognizance of the fact that he worked decades for the system – then one completely gets to be aware of why failure in schooling isn’t the exception, but the rule.

In fact, more specifically, Gatto gets at the heart of why public schooling is destined to fail:

Mass education cannot work to produce a fair society because its daily practice  is practice in rigged competition, suppression and intimidation.  The schools we’ve allowed to develop can’t work to teach nonmaterial values, the values which give meaning to everyone’s life, rich or poor, because the structure of schooling is held together by a Byzantine tapestry of reward and threat, of carrots and sticks.  Official favor, grades, and other trinkets of subordination have no connection with education; they are the paraphernalia of servitude, not of freedom.”[69][Bold Emphasis Added]

Gatto has unbounded a phenomenal book in the field of public schooling and more importantly, what true education should encompass.  Please keep in mind, schooling and education are not the same thing.  Particularly, this differentiation and what each means is one of the main gems of this book.

To finalize, this book is a veritable fountain of information that is intense in precision and thought-provoking in its implications given that they filter into all aspects of our lives, and ultimately seep into the future.  This is why it’s vitally important for individuals to become autodidacts, and help others become so through our interactions with our families and communities.  Self-teaching is more important now than ever, especially with the deteriorating effects of public schooling.

Because of all the reasons mentioned above, and myriad more, this book is definitely a must read for everyone.

As the author saliently notes:

“Aristotle saw, a long time ago, that fully participating in a complex range of human affairs was the only way to become fully human…”[47][Bold Emphasis Added]

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Sources & References:

[1] John Taylor Gatto, Dumbing Us Down – The Hidden Curriculum Of Compulsory Schooling, pg. 21.
[2] Ibid., pg. 23.
[3] Ibid., pg. 24.
[4] Ibid., pg. 69.
[5] Ibid., pg. 47.

Collective Consciousness – The Individual Is Gone

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Source:NoMoreFakeNews.com
Jon Rappoport
October 24, 2016

“In the middle of all the brain-research going on, from one end of the planet to the other, there is the assumption that the individual doesn’t really exist. He’s a fiction. There is only the motion of particles in the brain. Therefore, nothing is inviolate, nothing is protected. Make the brain do A, make it do B; it doesn’t matter. What matters is harmonizing these tiny particles, in order to build a collective consensus, in order to force a science of behavior.” (The Underground, Jon Rappoport)

Individual power. Your power.

It stands as the essence of what the founding documents of the American Republic are all about, once you scratch below the surface a millimeter or so.

Therefore, it stands to reason that colleges and universities would be teaching courses in INDIVIDUAL POWER.

As soon as I write that, though, we all fall down laughing, because we understand the absurdity of such a proposition. Can you imagine Harvard endowing a chair in Individual Power?

Students would tear down the building in which such courses were taught. They’ve been carefully instructed that the individual is the greatest living threat to the planet.

If you can’t see that as mind control, visit your local optometrist and get a prescription for glasses.

So we have this astonishing situation: the very basis of freedom has no reflection in the educational system.

You can say “individual” within certain limited contexts. You can say “power,” if you’re talking about nuclear plants, or if you’re accusing someone of a crime, but if you put “individual” and “power” together and attribute a positive quality to the combination, you’re way, way outside the consensus. You’re crazy. You’re committing some kind of treason.

In order to spot the deepest versions of educational brainwashing, YOU HAVE TO HAVE SOME STANDARD AGAINST WHICH YOU CAN COMPARE WHAT IS COMING DOWN THE PIPELINE INTO THE MINDS OF STUDENTS.

If you lack that standard, you miss most of the action.

If you lack that standard, you have already been worked over by the system.

And in this case, the standard is INDIVIDUAL POWER.

Clean it off, hose off the dirt, polish it, look at it, think about it, remember it.

Then you’ll see some Grade-A prime mind control. Everywhere. Because schools either don’t mention it, or they discredit it.

Back in the days when I was writing on assignment for newspapers and magazines, I pitched a story about individual power to an editor. I wanted to trace its history as an idea over the past ten years.

He looked at me for a few seconds. He looked at me as if I’d just dropped some cow flop on his desk. He knew I wasn’t kidding and I had something I could write and turn in to him, but that made it worse. He began to squirm in his chair.

He laughed nervously.

Then he stopped laughing.

He said, “This isn’t what we do.”

For him, I was suddenly radioactive.

I had a similar experience with a high-school history teacher in California. We were having lunch in a cafe in Santa Monica, and I said, “You should teach a course in individual power. The positive aspects. No group stuff. Just the individual.”

He frowned a deep intellectual frown, as if I’d just opened my jacket and exposed a few sticks of dynamite strapped to my chest. As if he was thinking about which agency of the government to report me to.

Now, for the schizoid part. The movies. Television. Video games. Comics. Graphic novels. They are filled to the brim, they are overflowing with individual heroes who have considerable power. These entertainment businesses bank billions of dollars, because people want to immerse themselves in that universe where the individual is supreme. They want it badly.

But when it comes to “real” life, power stops at the front door and no one answers the bell.

Suddenly, the hero, the person with power is anathema. He’s left holding the bag. So he adjusts. He waits. He wonders. He settles for less, far less. He stifles his hopes. He shrinks. He forgets. He develops “problems” and tries to solve them within an impossibly narrow context. He redefines success and victory down to meet limited expectations. He strives for the normal and the average. For his efforts, he receives tidbits, like a dog looking up at his master.

If that isn’t mind control, nothing is.

Once we enter a world where the individual no longer has credibility, a world where “greatest good for the greatest number” is the overriding principle, and where that principle is defined by the elite few, the term “mind control” will have a positive connotation. It will be accepted as the obvious strategy for achieving “peace in our time.”

At a job interview, a candidate will say, “Yes, I received my PhD in Mind Control at Yale, and then I did three years of post-doc work in Cooperative Learning Studies at MIT. My PhD thesis? It was titled, ‘Coordination Strategies in the Classroom for Eliminating the Concept of the Individual.’”

From Wikipedia, “Cooperative Learning”: “Students must work in groups to complete tasks collectively toward academic goals. Unlike individual learning, which can be competitive in nature, students learning cooperatively can capitalize on one another’s resources and skills…Furthermore, the teacher’s role changes from giving information to facilitating students’ learning. Everyone succeeds when the group succeeds.”

That is a towering assemblage of bullshit.

“Everyone succeeds when the group succeeds.” You could use that quote on the back cover of Orwell’s 1984 or Huxley’s Brave New World. Everyone does not succeed—because the individual never finds out what he can do on his own. That avenue is cut off. He only knows what he can achieve in combination with others. He only knows what he can understand when he borrows from others. He may never glimpse what he truly wants to do in life.

This is a tragic situation, but the tragedy is concealed, because the memory of shifting from individual independence to group dependence is gone. There is no such memory. A child is brought up without independence. Therefore, how can he recall losing it?

He only knows the group and the team and the participation and the praise. He only knows the organizing of his life within a synthetically produced context.

He is taught that this is good and necessary.

So, one day, when a bolt comes out of the blue and he recognizes he is himself, what will he use to grasp that revelation and build on it?

Yes, there are productive groups and teams, and one is always working with others, to some degree. But the core and the starting point is one’s self. That is where the insight and the magic begin. That is where the great decisions and commitments are made. That is where the world is born, every day.

I see no end of writing about this magic, because civilization has been turned upside down by treacherous people who have been fabricating a counter-tradition that will sink the ship.

Read More At: JonRappoport.wordpress.com

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Jon Rappoport

The author of three explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALED, EXIT FROM THE MATRIX, and POWER OUTSIDE THE MATRIX, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. He maintains a consulting practice for private clients, the purpose of which is the expansion of personal creative power. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. You can sign up for his free emails at NoMoreFakeNews.com or OutsideTheRealityMachine.

Breakaway Links Of The Week – June 6, 2016 – June 12, 2016

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TheBreakaway
Zy Marquiez
June 12, 2016

Here are some of the best links of the week.

If you can read just one link, read Jon Rappoport’s Logic & Illogic In Education.  Its a rather salient read and it delves into every crevice of our lives.

Hope you all had a great week/weekend.

Take care.

Those Bankster Hacks: A Strange Story About Hacking The Fed
[GizaDeathStar.com Dr. Joseph P. Farrell.com]

Use Of Term “FDA” Should Always Trigger A Warning
Excerpt: July 26, 2000, Journal of the American Medical Association, Dr. Barbara Starfield, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, “Is US health really the best in the world?”: Medical drugs kill 106,000 Americans per year. That’s a million killings per decade.

Every one of the killer drugs is certified as safe and effective by the FDA, the Agency tasked with protecting the health of the American people.
[NoMoreFakeNews.com | JonRappoport.wordpress.com | Jon Rappoport]

A 700,000-Year Old Skull Discovered In Greece Challenges Out-of-Africa Theory Of Evolution
The skull which dates back 700,000 years is one of the most enigmatic objects ever discovered in Europe.  This finding directly opposes the ‘Out-Of-Africa’ theory, a doctrine firmly accepted by mainstream scholars today.
[Ancient-Code.com]

Open Source Solutions: An Open Source Investigation
[CorbettReport | James Corbett]

US General Blows Whistle On What Was Really Found On Mars
“There are structures on the surface of Mars.  I will tell you for the record there are structures underneath the surface of Mars that cannot be seen by the Voyager cameras that went by in 1967…”
[Ancient-Code.com]

Mind Control In The Modern World
[TheCrowHouse | Max Igan]

Research Discover Vast Ancient Cities Hidden Deep Beneath The Cambodian Jungle
A new study with revolutionary laser scanning technology has allowed archaeologists to detect never-before-seen structures – believed to be thousands of years old – below the surface of the Cambodian rainforest.
[Ancient-Code.com]

…Oh, And Those Cracks In The NATO Alliance, Look At What…
[GizaDeathStar.com | Dr. Joseph P. Farrell]

Grow Full Size Radishes In Seed Flats: 1-2 Inches Of Soil! – TRG 2016
[TheRustedGarden | Gary Pilarchik]

Consciousness Researcher & Physicist Tom Campbell: Fireside Chat April 2016 [Part 2]
[Tom Campbell]

Washington Military Planners Have Gone Mad
[Journal-Neo.org | F. William Engdahl]

Medical Journal Openly Admits 50% Of People On Antidepressants Don’t Even Have Depression
[NaturalNews.com | Davis Gutierrez]

So Much Solar Energy, They’re Giving It Away – #GoodNewsNextWeek
[MediaMonarchy | James Evan Pilato]

Chile Has So Much Solar Energy It’s Giving It Away For Free
[Bloomberg.com | Javiera Quiroga]

NO TREATMENT NEEDED:  The US Population Could Cut Cancer Deaths In HALF Just By Adopting A Healthier Lifestyle
[NaturalNews.com | Amy Goodrich]

Logic & Illogic In Education
[NoMoreFakeNews.com | JonRappoport.wordpress.com | Jon Rappoport]

America’s Hidden Jobless Rate
[TheDailyBell.com | Staff]

Zika: Message To Purveyors Of Medical Fraud
[NoMoreFakeNews.com | JonRappoport.wordpress.com | Jon Rappoport]

Russia Building Out Its Asteroid Detection System & A Look Back At…
[GizaDeathStar.com | Dr. Joseph P. Farrell]

After Repeated Denials, Facebook Now Admits Its Employees Censored Targeted News Sites Like NaturalNews
[NaturalNews.com | David Gutierrez]

Clinton’s State Department Sold Weapons To Saudis While They Donated To Husband’s Foundation
[RT America | Manila Chan]

Bilderberg 2016:  What’s On The Agenda?
[TheCorbettReport | James Corbett]

Authoritarian Hillary Is Now On The Defensive
[TheDailyBell.com | Staff]

Gross Scientific Misconduct:  How GMO Scientists Lied About GM Corn To Engineer A Fake Consumer Choice Study
[NaturalNews.com | Jonathan Benson]

Grow Beyond Organic Crops With The Best Soil Products That Are NOT Fertilizers
[GrowingYourGreens.com | John]

Anti-Cancer Foods: What Your Doctors Aren’t Ready To Tell You
[NaturalNews.com | Sonia Nicholas]

Some Space Related Thoughts On The Navy’s New Rail Gun
[GizaDeathStar.com | Dr. Joseph P. Farrell]

The ‘Great Glyphosate Rebellion’ Once Again Blocks Europe’s Attempt To Relicense Monsanto Cancerous Herbicide
[NaturalNews.com | Julie Wilson]

Consciousness Researcher & Physicist Campbell:  Fireside Chat April 2016 Pt 3
[Tom Campbell]

Shock Study: Countries With Highest Vaccinations Rates Have Highest Infant Mortality Rates, Too
[NaturalNews.com | David Gutierrez

Cancer & Vitamin-D  – Know How They Are
[iHealthTube.com | Dr. James Dowd]

University Installs Vending Machine To Peddle Drugs Directly To Students Without Phamacist Middlemen
[NaturalNews.com | Jonathan Beson]

Family Of Autism Specialist Dr. Jeffrey Bradstreet Says Forensic Evidence Points To Murder, Impossible For Bullet Entry To Be Self-Inflicted
[NaturalNews.com | Julie Wilson]

What Media Hit In De Niro Autism Film Affair
[Journal-NEO.org | F. William Engdahl]

Top Science Journal ‘NATURE’ Invokes The Same Science Warnings The HealthRanger Originally Wrote In 2012…Genetic Pollution From Gene Tinkering Endangers Us All
[NaturalNews.com | Mike Adams]

Deep State Disinfo – 9/11 & Rogue Networks – Dark Journalist Interviews Dr. Joseph P. Farrell
[DarkJournalist.com | Daniel Liszt]

FDA’s Latest Nutrition Label ‘Make Over’ Warns Consumers About Toxic Calorie Counts While Ignoring Noxious Genetically Modified Food & Toxic Chemical Additive
[NaturalNews.com | S.D. Wells]

6/9/2016 – Global Earthquake Forecast – Seismic Activity Spreading Worldwide From West Pacific
[Dutchsinse.com]

Do 5 Million Americans Really Have Bipolar Disorder?
[GreenMedInfo.com | Dr. Kelly Brogan, M.D.]

The Ultimate Antibiotic: Oregano…Why You Should Get Some Now To Help Protect You During Hard Times
[NaturalNews.com |Isabelle Z.]

Whistleblower: EPA Officials Covered Up Toxic Emissions From Fracking For Years
[UndergroundReporter.org | Nika Knight]

Hillary’s “Historic Win” Makes Things Worse, Not Better
[TheDailyBell]

PRESS RELEASE:  Vaccine Safety Documentary Pulled From East End Film Festival Amid Outside Pressure
[GreenMedInfo.com | GMI Reporter]

Breaking Brexit – #NewWorldNextWeek
[TheCorbett Report | Media Monarchy | James Corbett | James Evan Pilato]

Garlic’s Healing Properties Are So Intense That It Is 100 Times More Effective Than Antibiotic Treatments
[NaturalNews.com |Sarah Landers]

9 Financial Risks Of Doing Business With Monsanto
[NaturalSociety.com | Christina Sarich]

Health Benefits Of Ginger
[HealingPowerHour | Dr. Akila Schafer]

Top Vegetables To Live By
[Mercola.com | Dr. Mercola]

Your Medicine Is In Your Pantry
[GreenMedInfo.com | Karta Purkh Khalsa]

Germany’s BND To Become A Branch Of The CIA?
[GizaDeathStar.com | Dr. Joseph P. Farrell]

GeoEngineering Watch Global Alert News – June 11, 2016 [GeoEngineetingWatch.org]
[GeoEngineetingWatch.org | Dane Wigington]

How To Cage Your Tomato Plant After It Gets Big With Little Damage
[GrowingYourGreens | John]

Top 7 Reasons Why Chemo Fails, Creating New Cancers & Crippling The Chances Of Recovery
[NaturalNews.com | S.D. Wells]

A Disturbing Trend: Internet Exposure Of Bilderberg Is  Met With Defiance
[TheDailyBell.com | Staff]

Drug Companies To Pay $67 Million For ‘Exaggerating Claims, Misleading Doctors’
[NaturalSociety.com | Julie Fidler]

Recommended Mammograms Could Lead To This Risk
[iHealthTube.com | Dr. Veronique Desaulniers]