The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America
April 27. 2002 - This
alert/overview is for ALL Americans, media or otherwise. Please feel
free to e-mail it wherever you wish, to elected officials, teachers, plain
citizens, local businessmen, students, libraries, your local talk show hosts,
etc. You may also wish to e-mail it overseas since this system is
international and citizens in foreign countries are becoming extremely
concerned over the direction the small elite in each country is taking them.
Call or e-mail me, Charlotte Iserbyt, 207-442-0543, if you have any questions.
And please pick up on my new title for the Bush/Kennedy Education Plan
H.R. 1, S. 1
NO AMERICAN LEFT ALONE!
President Bush's "No Child Left Behind"
could be referred to as "No American Left Alone" since what we are
looking at is what the National Alliance of Business, which supports
"planned economy," refers to as Kindergarten through Age 80
Education/Training. This is basically the United Nations Lifelong Learning-
Brainwashing Agenda under the umbrella of what will eventually be "unelected"
school and community councils (council is defined as "soviet" in
many dictionaries) which will make all decisions for us at the local level.
Former Senator Bill Bradley, N.J., called for this on one of the Sunday
morning talk shows about four years ago. The Governors, very recently at their
NGA conference, discussed the use of unelected (politically-correct?) citizens
to police our communities. This is so unbelievable I find it hard to even
write about it.
Although Pres. Bush, according to a Washington Times article by Bill Sammon,
1/9/02, said in regard to the education bill he signed that "Parents will
have more information about the schools and more say in how their children are
educated . . . from this day forward, all students will have a better chance
to learn, to excel and to live out their dreams." Pardon me, but this is
a plain lie, and a lie embraced by Mass. Senator Ted Kennedy and others
supporting this legislation as well.
How can parents have a say in how their children are educated when the federal
government is man- dating testing of children's attitudes and values? (Sixty%
of the test items on National Assessment of Educational Progress - NAEP are
attitudinal.) Bush's mandate for testing will of course call for a mandated
federal curriculum since one can't test what one hasn't taught. What tiny bit
of local control remained prior to this legislation will be swept away. School
superintendents and good teachers are already complaining about having lost
Even the New York Times has problems with Leave No Child Behind. It bragged
that the more than 1000-page giant education bill will "dramatically
extend the federal role in public education" and, indeed, is "a
breathtaking intrusion of the federal government on states' control of
This legislation, which passed 381-41 in the House and 87-10 in the Senate in
January 2002, is accompanied by the largest dollar increase ever in federal
education aid. Education Week, 1/9/02, describes the No Child Left Behind Act
as follows: "The mega-measure is accompanied by the largest dollar
increase ever in federal education aid. The Department of Education's overall
budget will rise by $6.7 billion in fiscal 2002, to nearly $49 billion."
The legislation, although pretending to terminate the highly controversial
Goals 2000 and the School-To-Work (STW) legislation passed in the nineties
under President Clinton and initiated in the eighties under Presidents Reagan
and Bush, Sr., actually continues the totalitarian agenda since all states
have implemented the requirements of Goals 2000 and STW. Goals 2000 was
originally called America 2000 under former President Bush who in addition
called for implementing the Soviet system of workforce training in 1991 (See
Congressional Record). This STW system calls for quotas for doctors, lawyers,
janitors, etc. and limits freedom of choice for children or adults.
Minnesota and Indiana are two of the states that mandate children choose a
job/career track in the 8th grade -- just like Cuba or any other
communist/socialist country! How accurate the National Alliance of Business
has been to refer to this agenda as Kindergarten through Age 80 (life-long
The system is the UN's lifelong learning (brainwashing) system called for by
Lenin (a.k.a. international socialism).
Very simply, such a communist system (Lenin's world government) can only be
implemented when the following components have been put in place. Very sadly,
to say the least, most, if not all of the following actions have taken place.
They are included in my book The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America . . . a
chronological paper trail.
1. CONTROL OF EDUCATION--
The chairman of the Communist Party, U.S.A., 1932, William Foster, in his book
Toward a Soviet America, called for a U.S. Dept. of Education, the teaching of
evolution, elimination of nationalism and religion in schools, the teaching of
internationalism, and for the use the Pavlovian method (direct instruction) on
the students, etc., etc.
Note: School choice is a Trojan Horse. The only requirement left to implement
school choice is tuition tax credits or vouchers which will take over the
private sector. If those choice proposals do not fly in legislatures or in
Congress, federally-funded charter schools will be used, as is already the
case in many states, to implement the school to work planned economic system.
2. CONTROL OF ECONOMY--
The planned economy will come to us through school to work legislation. There
will be quotas for jobs; no upward mobility for children. Students must select
their careers by 8th grade. It is the same as the Cuban system. STW is
implemented in all states. This is the failed elitist system which brought the
Soviet Union down but which is still being used worldwide. And, now our
Congress has voted to implement it. How deliberately dumbed down our Congress
seems to be! They don't even know what form of government and economy we are
supposed to have.
Of interest is that Lynne Cheney, wife of Vice President Richard Cheney, spoke
eloquently, prior to the election, in opposition to the STW agenda being
implemented in the United States. How sad that her advice was not sought or
listened to in regard to this most controversial initiative which will result
in changing our economic and political system.
3. CONTROL OF CHURCHES AND PRIVATE SCHOOLS--
The Washington Post refers to President Bush's Faith-Based Initiative as
"communitarianism" which is defined in most dictionaries as "a
member or supporter of a communistic community" or "a communistic
form of government." The camel's nose is under the tent right now with
Bush using/funding churches to "tutor" students in failing public
schools. Churches which accept federal monies will be controlled by the
government as in fascist/communist countries. The same federal control applies
to private schools or homeschooling families who accept one penny of federal
4. CONTROL OF NATION THROUGH UNELECTED COUNCILS AND DROPPING OF COUNTY,
STATE, NATIONAL BORDERS-- This control takes place through regional
government which was referred to by a communist writer for Daily World as the
Soviet system that has "worked so well in the Soviet Union!"
Regional government is being implemented worldwide. The European Community is
a good example of a major region being set up for the world management system
(Lenin's international socialism). Does anyone need to be reminded that
unelected councils are appointed councils? Regrettably, we're getting
participatory democracy. You get to participate IF chosen!
5. CONTROL OF PHYSICAL/MENTAL HEALTH SYSTEM--
The government will direct and fund health care through the schools
(school-based clinics for all children regardless of income). Hilary's health
care system (socialized medicine) is being implemented without a whimper from
those who fought its implementation. This seamless web includes all services
under the umbrella of the school district (birth through death).
6. CONTROL OF LOCAL POLICING--
Community monitoring will be accomplished through the Community Oriented
Policing System (COPS), put in under President Clinton. His administration
laid ground work for a strong community crime control strategy with federal,
state, and local partnerships to fight crime. From the Clinton
Administration's Law and Enforcement Strategy, March 1999, we read,
"Across the country an expanded number of community police officers have
been working together with block watches, neighborhood patrols, high school
guidance counselors, probation and parole officers, religious groups and local
businesses . . . ".
President Bush is focusing more on community policing in schools. His recently
passed Patriot Act will enforce this totalitarian agenda and limit citizen
resistance. Eyes will be watching over us continually!
Business, education and religious partnerships with the government, pointed
out above, extend the socialist/communitarianism agenda. An international
conference entitled "Community Schools and Education Policy in Transition
Countries During the 21st Century" was held October 9-13, 2000, in Omsk
(Siberia) Russia. The goal was "to establish partnership between
government education departments and the community school movement"
(taken from Russian URL on Community Education.) Community Educator, out of
Alaska, in the early 1970s at a Community Education conference in Washington,
D.C., defined community education as the Chinese Communist system. Community
education now comes under a variety of names including site-based management,
regionalism, community whatever', school-based everything', lifelong anything',
sustainable development, communitarianism and other terms. (For those
interested in this subject, education researchers are in possession of filing
cabinets loaded with community education research, and may be contacted
through Iserbyt. Deliberate Dumbing Down of America also carries several
important entries on Community Education.)
8. CONTROL OF LAND--
Environmental legislation and sustainable development efforts (beginning with
the Earth Summit, Rio 1992 and now finished with Earth Charter in 2000),
implement controls on the right to own and use property as one wishes. The
President's Council on Sustainable Development (Clinton in 1996) helped form a
joint effort between the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the National
Association of Counties. They came together to form The Joint Center for
Sustainable Communities. And the U.S. Conference of Mayors adopted a
resolution endorsing the Earth Charter in 2001.
9. CONTROL OF BEHAVIOR USING SKINNERIAN/PAVLOVIAN-- This psychological
method is stimulus-response-stimulus dog/animal training. It has recently been
referred to as the Direct Instruction method, which is failed OBE mastery
learning. Direct Instruction (same as mastery learning) is now being used to
teach reading and math and is especially necessary for workforce training for
dumbed down "third world" skills. Skinner said "I could make a
pigeon a high achiever by reinforcing it on a proper schedule." Following
this reinforcement method, teachers are forced to read from a script, use hand
signals as in dog training, clap their hands and, pop candies in students'
mouths when they get the correct answer. President Bush is mandating this
method in his legislation that calls for retraining teachers to use
"scientific research based" teaching methods.
Not only is above reward and punishment method being used in the schools, one
sees it all around in our communities with citizens who conform to the
government agenda receiving rewards and those who resist being ignored,
isolated or punished.
(Taken from "the deliberate dumbing down of america" . . . A
Chronological Paper Trail:)
1930s: Chamber of Commerce plans for UN, regional government, school
1932: William Foster, Chairman of the United States Communist Party,
has his book, Toward a Soviet America published. It calls for everything that
has since been implemented in our nation's schools, including the
establishment of the U.S. Dept. of Education.
1934: Carnegie Corp. plans to change America's free economic system to
socialism/collectivism in the New Order. They pilot an 8-Year Study using
1942: Time Magazine publishes an article revealing plans for the
Federal Council of Churches to implement world government.
1945: The United Nations is created by a majority of communists. Alger
Hiss and his close friend, Canadian General and psychiatrist Brock Chisholm,
made statements calling for using the schools (retraining the teachers) to get
rid of the conscience (right and wrong).
1953: Congress set up the Congressional Investigation of Tax-exempt
Foundations. Gaither, President of the Ford Foundation, tells Norman Dodd that
foundations receive directions from White House in regards to using tax-exempt
monies to change America so that it can be comfortably merged with the Soviet
1958: Eisenhower signs the first U.S.-Soviet agreements.
1965: The Elementary and Secondary Education Act moved our pre-1960
excellent education system from academics to behavior modification and values
destruction (beginning of OBE/Skinner method).
1978: The U.S. Department of Education was created.
1981: Due to the Chicago disaster in 1981 when one half of the Chicago
inner city school children dropped out due to Benjamin Bloom's ten year
mastery learning experiment on minorities, Spady et al changed the label to
OBE. Thus, federal funding of OBE began in 1981. (D.I. is the new label for
the failed mastery learning.) President Reagan implements public/private
(corporate fascist) partnerships by creating the President's Task Force on
Private Sector Initiatives.
1982: President Reagan scheduled to meet with the developer of major
Skinnerian mastery learning program in the Bronx, N.Y.
1984: The federally funded paper entitled "Shamanistic Rituals in
Effective Schools" by sociologist Brian Rowan, Spady's closest associate
was presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research
Association. It discusses conning inner city parents into believing their
children are doing well by using "Effective School Research" (Pavlovian/Skinnerian
ML/DI: teach to the test and manipulation of demographic statistics, etc.)
Washington Post article entitled "Industrial Policy Urged for GOP"
was published May 14, 1984. This article explained involvement of leading
Republicans in advocating Republicans shed some of their deep-rooted antipathy
to a planned economy.
1985: U.S.-Soviet (Reagan-Gorbachev) and Carnegie-Soviet Education
Agreements merged the two nations' education systems and set in motion a
80s and 90s: These were years of involvement of Secretaries of
Education, Bell, Bennett and Alexander, and President George Bush, Sr. in
America 2000. Clinton continued America 2000, implemented by Secretary Riley,
under the new name, Goals 2000.
1990s: Carnegie Corp.'s Marc Tucker, governors, corporations, etc.
implemented Goals 2000 lifelong l learning out of UN and Soviet-style STW
across country during nineties.
2001: President George Bush, Jr., embraced by Senator Ted Kennedy, MA
and Congressman George Miller, CA, call for passage of H.R. 1, S. 1, which
completes a socialist takeover. This is the final nail in the coffin. Has
anyone looked inside to see who is being buried.
If you want to bake a cake you usually use a recipe which calls for certain
ingredients; if you want to implement international socialism (communism) one
would have to take certain actions over a period of time which are clearly
spelled out in the Communist Manifesto and in William Foster's "Toward a
Soviet America," and in many other books and documents. Those actions
constitute a "recipe" so to speak. All those requirements have been
met. I've spelled them out for you: free trade, international banking system,
U.S. Dept. of Ed with teaching of evolution, humanism (atheism),
internationalism, and use of Pavlovian method; faith-based initiatives (communitarianism
defined in dictionaries as communism) and choice to control schools and
community through the tax dollar, STW to control economy (planned economy),
Patriot Act to control "us" when we resist. Now I ask, "What
label would you put on a system which encompassed those elements?"
No longer can we who love America and what she stands for say "If we
don't do something, such and such will happen." We are now obliged to say
"International socialism has happened and the United States is a major
player in this unthinkable agenda." Isn't this tragic? Americans were
bamboozled when the Soviet Union fell apart, believing communism was dead,
when in fact it simply leaped across the oceans.
We were taken through what I refer to as The Four-Prong Fork, a most
(Put a frog in cold water, heat it up gradually and he stays until he's dead).
The top change agents at the UN, federal government and state government
levels, including non-governmental persons and entities, have been at this
game for over one hundred years.
2. SEMANTIC DECEPTION
This is the use of familiar, nice sounding terms, which have one meaning to
good Americans and entirely different meaning to "change agents."
Example: Basic skills used to mean 3R's; now it means believing in tolerance
of all behavior; the need to move to an international system; the need for a
new Constitution; the need for a new economic system.
3. HEGELIAN DIALECTIC
Create a problem; people scream; impose solution; people embrace
"it" -- not realizing they have been taken to the cleaners through
the deliberate creation of a problem. Example: Create high school budgets that
create high property taxes which causes people to have to sell their houses
and move. Then propose a solution to move funding of education from local to
state level; the people embrace the idea since it lowers their property tax.
However, locals have just lost all their control of schools to state, federal,
and the international level. Also, dialectic includes moving from sound morals
and values to situational ethics through constant discussion using group
process. Pit "It's wrong to lie" against "It's OK to lie"
and nearly all agree that
lying is wrong. But through discussion and presentation of situations calling
for compromise, one arrives at "Sometimes it's OK to lie." Then
eventually, one comes to the realization it is OK to lie, or kill, or steal,
or do anything else that makes one feel good anytime one feels like it.
4. BILLIONS OF TAX DOLLARS
Our money is spent on social engineering. Tax money is not spent on academic
education as most people believe. It appears we are getting a lot of taxation
and very little representation.
SOLUTION (other than a tea-party) The only solution that has the remotest
possibility of saving our country, outside of getting out of the United
Nations, is to throw out all rascals who voted for this education legislation
in the next elections. The litmus test for candidates running for Congress
should be "will they work to abolish the U.S. Dept. of Education and
break up that cozy, in-the-same-bed, relationship it shares with the
Department of Labor and the UN?"
Choice proposals are traps supported by multinational corporations (David
Rockefeller, etc., and by top education union officials -- not teachers -- who
have no allegiance to the USA and care nothing for our children's upward
mobility or America itself.) Education must be returned to the local level,
bypassing even state education agencies that take their orders from and
receive between 60 and 80% of their operational budgets from the federal
Education must be restored to its state of excellence prior to 1960 - the best
education system in the world. This can be done, and must be done, if our
children are going to have upward mobility and if America is going to survive
as a free country.
My book is into its third printing in two years. Barnes & Noble.com had it
ranked # two in terms of sales out of 1290 books in its category
of"educational change" (May 2001)
Charlotte Thomson Iserbyt
Author The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America...
A Chronological Paper Trail.