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How about a few quotes for snapping us out of our slumbers and (at least) awakening us to just a tip of the iceberg in what has been and is taking place in the world around us. You’re in for a long wait if the expectation is for "News" networks to give us the story behind the news.

Like the Trojan Horse, "Education" has, unlike the leopard, changed its colors, even in our lifetime. Why? Here’s one example of why: "Every child in America entering school at the age of five is insane because he comes…with certain allegiances toward our Founding Fathers…his parents…toward [God]…toward the sovereignty of this nation as a separate entity.

It’s up to you teachers to make all these sick children well by creating the international children of the future."

– Dr. Chester M. Pierce, Professor of Education and Psychiatry, Harvard University

Guess we must have missed that quote, as we were mesmerizing ourselves on CNN. The "News" probably didn’t quote Shirley McCune, Senior Director of the Mid-Continent Regional Education Laboratory at the 1989 National Governor’s Conference either, "What we’re into is the total restructuring of society. What is happening in America today…is not simply a chance situation in the usual winds of change. What it amounts to is a total transformation of society… We no longer see the teaching of facts and information as the primary outcome of education."

And since Humanism has been and continues to entrench itself as the religion of American Public Education, let’s see what the Humanist Manifesto does not like in the traditions of our country and its former education community: "We deplore the division of humankind on nationalistic grounds. We have reached a turning point in human history where the best option is to transcend the limits of national sovereignty and to move toward the building of a world community in which all sectors of the human family can participate…"

With boondoggles like the Trans Texas Corridor (TTC) minimizing our borders with Mexico and Canada, looks like Governor Perry, President Bush, and most all elected officials with whom I’m acquainted, are buying-in on the Humanist’s view of things…

Maybe you’re one of the parents with a "My child is an Honor Student at Such and Such Elementary School." Hey it’s good to be proud of your kiddos, but there are things we should know about what’s being taught at Such and Such Elementary. For example, their 1993 Macmillan/McGraw-Hill edition of The World Past and Present states, on page 318, "Nationalism is a feeling of loyalty and devotion to one’s country, language, and culture. …What you will learn [in this Lesson is]: How did nationalism lead to World War I? …How can nationalism become dangerous?" Teacher’s answer: "It can destroy friendship among neighboring peoples."

And, further, in that same textbook’s Teacher’s Lesson Summary to this subject, page 321, we read, "Students have learned that the rivalries inspired by nationalism in Europe spawned a war…and sowed the seeds for another war (W.W.II) just 20 years later."

What’s going on here? What is the lesson for the students (and teacher)? Looks to me like the lesson-to-be-learned runs something like this: A" feeling of loyalty and devotion to one’s country" seems to have caused World Wars I and II.

So, let’s go over and see what the Humanist Manifesto wants us (and our public-schooled children) to accept: "We urge recognition of the common humanity of all people…Destructive ideological differences among Communism, capitalism, socialism, conservatism, liberalism, and radicalism should be overcome.

"…We will survive and prosper only in a world of shared humane values."

Sounds pretty, doesn’t it? Only thing, it don’t – and shouldn’t - work! (excuse the colloquialism)

One more chip of ice off the berg. A 6th Grade Textbook Lesson goes like this: "Do parts of Azeez’s (Hindu) life sound familiar to you? Some probably do, like eating cereal and riding a bus to school. Many such customs are shared by people around the world. …All cultures are made up of many different customs. Those customs determine how we…live with other people, and understand the world."

Actually, "beliefs," not "customs" determine how we "understand the world." The lesson confuses beliefs and values with "customs," as though they are of equal value and, therefore, equally subject to changing with the times.

Is it not time for us to awaken from our slumbers? May God bless.

Thanks to Michael J. Chapman for his research and workbook, "Dreamers of a Godless Utopia, How to Recognize Worldview Bias in Education." The work also includes History of the Ideological Shift in Education, along with the entire Humanist Manifesto I and II.

Find Michael at: www.AmericanHeritageResearch.com and www.EdWatch.org.


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