Bruce Deitrick Price
Memo to K-12 students: Resist
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By Bruce Deitrick Price
September 9, 2018

Okay, kids, gather round the campfire. There is something you need to know. Something scary.

You are a participant in a vast psychological war. Believe it or not, you are the enemy in this war. You are the primary target.

Yes, they want you, your unformed personality, your uninformed mind. They want to shape you and make you so that finally you're indistinguishable from other kids. You're not supposed to know much or think much.

In Brave New World you would be a Gamma or maybe a Delta. According to Wikipedia, "these people are deliberately limited in their cognitive and physical abilities, as well as the scope of their ambitions and the complexity of their desires, thus rendering them easier to control."

It's all about control. They want to control you.

Question is, do you go willingly to the Delta Factory, letting them mold your mind as they choose?

Or do you say, what the heck is this? I don't want government hacks telling me what to think? Definitely not.

Nobody will explain to you what's going on, but be assured it's bigger than your family and your school, bigger than your town and your state. It's a relentless psyop directed at the whole country.

Any war is dangerous. What might be called intellectual shrapnel is flying around. You can get collateral damage just walking through a public school. Pay attention if you want to survive.

First thing to grapple with is, no matter what your parents may hope, public schools are not primarily in the education business. They are in the social engineering business. They want to make you a Gamma, the same way Dr. Frankenstein made his monster in the lab. That is, by one carefully orchestrated step after another. Don't forget they have dumbed down millions before you.

Consider for a few minutes what they've done with you so far. After all these years sitting in classrooms, what have you learned? Anything?? Do you know where Japan is on a map? Do you know what 8 times 9 is? Do you know why Benjamin Franklin and Napoleon are considered exceptionally fascinating people? Do you know what happened in 1776? Do you know how many ounces are in a pound? You should learn these easy things, and a thousand others, by the time you reach high school. Nowadays students are entering college but still can't answer these questions.

Did you ever watch Jay Leno go "Jaywalking." Or Jesse Watters or Mark Dice? They might ask when was the Civil War? Some people don't know within 100 years because the schools don't teach facts. They teach guessing.

What are you doing all day in the classroom? Are you sitting around a table with a bunch of kids who are supposed to reach a consensus on everything? This approach is called Cooperative Learning. Maybe it's time you learned to think for yourself and take responsibility for your own conclusions. The school is not going to push you. You have to push yourself.

When they say you have to discover your own knowledge, that's an improbable, somewhat dreamy method called Constructivism. Students somehow figure out everything for themselves But you're just a kid. How do you know the really big things that have been figured out over the last several thousand years? That's what schools and teachers are supposed to do. If they now refuse to do their job, you have to work twice as hard. But don't wander aimlessly, be focused. Figure out the things you need to know and really learn them one by one. (In short, no more Constructivism. Instead, find the shortest, simplest explanation of each item, and start there. The World Book Encyclopedia, which your school probably has, is at a good level for most teenagers.)

Are they explaining math in a way that seems murky and ultimately unlearnable? That would be the hodgepodge called Reform Math, but it should be called Deform Math. It's full of unnecessary complexities that finally drive children away from learning further math.

Did they teach you to read in a way that didn't work? Were you told to memorize sight-words, to guess, to skip, to figure out meaning from context? Were you told everything, in fact, but how a phonetic language works? If reading is a struggle for you, how can you study, how can you learn? Maybe that was their goal.

They know exactly what they're doing. They have stuck a Gamma label on you, maybe even a Delta label. You have to rip it off, and start educating yourself.

The Internet makes learning democratic for the first time. Knowledge is universally available to everybody, as are libraries and books of all kinds. Take advantage of this. Follow your enthusiasms.

Learning new things every day, and thinking for yourself, that's what matters.

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Background reading:

TEACH ONE FACT EACH DAY

100 FACTS EVERY HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE SHOULD KNOW

EDUCATION'S INTELLECTUAL MACHINERY IS BROKEN

BEWARE IDEOLOGICAL INDOCTRINATION

(Bruce Deitrick Price's new book is "Saving K-12 – What happened to our public schools? How do we fix them?" His education site is Improve-Education.org. )

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Bruce Deitrick Price

Bruce Deitrick Price is the author of six books, an artist, a poet, and an education reformer. He was born in Norfolk, Virginia, earned Honors in English Literature from Princeton, served two years in the Army, and then lived many years in Manhattan.

Price explains educational theories and methods on his ed site Improve-Education.org (founded in 2005). He has 400 education articles and videos on the Internet. More forcefully than most, Price argues that the public schools are mediocre because our Education Establishment wants them that way.

Price's literary site is Lit4u.com .

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