There’s a great deal of discussion about the new Common Core Curriculum. Unfortunately, Mike Huckabee has gotten behind it. It’s not difficult to develop a curriculum if you’re not trying to propagandize children to love and obey the State.
Private schools, church schools, and homeschools have no trouble turning out well-educated young people who excel at the highest levels of academia and other professions.
The latest story coming from people who are using the Common Core Curriculum are seeing something sinister. The best way to propagandize young people is to make the propaganda not seem like it’s propaganda.
Consider the following from a third-grade grammar lesson where children learn the following (see image):
- It’s the President’s job to make everything fair.
- The people must obey the commands of government officials.
- The individual’s wants are less important than the nation’s well-being.
This reminds me of George Orwell’s 1984. Winston had to be beaten down to love and obey Big Brother. “If Big Brother said 2+2=5, then Winston soon actually believed it, he had nothing else to believe while he was being tortured. This method of torture effectively brainwashed him into believing everything Big Brother said.”
But what if you can get people to love Big Brother through indoctrination? It’s cheaper and more efficient, especially when the State gets the children early and camouflages the propaganda in a grammar lesson. It’s sinister, but genius.
Parents willingly send their children nto government indoctrination centers with no idea what’s going on inside.
Adolf Hitler understood that getting Germany’s children early, the nation could be captured without firing a shot:
“When an opponent declares, ‘I will not come over to your side,’ [Hitler] said in a speech on November 6, 1933, “I calmly say, ‘Your child belongs to us already. . . . What are you? You will pass on. Your descendants, however, now stand in the new camp. In a short time they will know nothing else but this new community.’” And on May 1, 1937, [Hitler] declared, “This new Reich will give its youth to no one, but will itself take youth and give to youth its own education and its own upbringing.”1
The following film clip from the 1953 film Stalag 17 is descriptive of America’s educational system:
- William Shirer, Rise and Fall of the Third Reich New York: Simon and Schuster, 1960), 249. [↩]