And in the end we finally destroyed our educational power by believing that which was false, that which was wrong, and that which did not fit human development. In the years before the complete collapse of education in the United States our leaders made the mistake of believing that it was enough that a student be “introduced” to every type of knowledge in the world. We set up high stakes tests that no one in history had to pass that covered literally everything in the knowledge base that our students had been exposed to for the twelve-year sentence our society gave to our kids.
We believed the statisticians and the so-called education researchers who designed high stakes testing for us. And we paid them millions for their services. They designed tests that let one or two questions represent entire important bodies of knowledge. And we listened to so-called experts who dictated what they told us we had to know whether our kids were going to be doctors, or entrepreneurs, or interior designers or whatever.
We were foolish and daft enough to let “experts” tell us that you could tell anything from a one test snapshot of a students knowledge on school directed curriculum. Then when that didn’t work we sought to improve “test scores” by emphasizing the same thing in a more difficult and demanding fashion.
And soon parents began to vote with their feet. They began to leave the public schools in droves. It was becoming apparent that you don’t have to have a degree or a certificate to help a child learn. It turned out that much of what parents had been told about their children’s negative behavior in school was really positive behavior out of school. Parents soon became to realize that they were medicating their children into stupors only for the schools, not for the children.
And so the great rebellion began. Parents began to take their kids out of government schools in droves. They did this because education had become arrogant. Theirs was the only way, the way to educational Valhalla. And no one without a teaching certificate could teach anyone anything.
Parents didn’t stop. They began to leave in huge numbers realizing that what the schools had been doing they could be doing by themselves with their children, unmedicated, and at home. When kids started going to school at later ages and specializing earlier the behavior problems went away. The prescriptions for Ritalin and other drugs were stopped. And as the leaders looked at the kids, they didn’t see the success they fought back with laws, taxes and regulations.
They did this until they painted the people into a corner. And then first one parent said “Not my kid. My child was given to me by God. This is my child, not the state’s child. Then others rose to join the chorus so soon the air was filled with the voices of parents who were not going to take it anymore. And so, let the revolution begin… let parents vote with their feet. Let them leave the public system. For the public system seeks to create good little workers who believe in the power and the right of the state. Just remember that the philosophy has now changed from the premise that our kids belong to the government to the premise that our kids were given to us by God to care for, to love and take care of ourselves. It is time to tell the statists to take a walk. Let’s do this together.