As the kids head back to school, I’ve been thinking about the current state of education in the U.S. What the heck happened to it? We used to turn out highly educated students from our public schools, kids who could compete and excel anywhere in the world. Now, we have crumbling buildings, overworked teachers, a huge dropout rate, and even those who do get a high school diploma have received a deficient education in comparison to years past. We could blame the economy, or funding cuts, but there may be a lot more going on here, friends.
Those of you who are familiar with my novels, the Conspiracy Series, know that I did a great deal of research and initially intended to write a nonfiction expose of what I had discovered. What my research uncovered with regard to education made me both sad and angry, because it is our kids and our future that are the victims.
My eyes were first opened when I taught a university course to mostly first-time freshmen who were graduates of the public school system. Frankly, I was stunned. These kids had been so cheated of anything resembling a good education, that I practically had to go back to square one to do basics before I could even begin to present anything at a level suitable for a university. These kids had never taken an art class, or been exposed to music appreciation. Their written work was something I would have expected from elementary school students. Some did not have cursive writing skills, but could only print. Their math skills were rudimentary. Even worse, they did not know how to think. They wanted to be told step by step what to do and were quite unable to come up with creative solutions when problems were presented. Some did not even know how to tell time–I swear this is true –and yet they held high school diplomas and had been accepted into a university. These were intelligent kids whose intellectual growth had been stunted by a seriously deficient education. That is what started me on my road to research, and what led me to ask: Is this an accident, or is something more going on here?
Research gave the me the answer, and it was not one I wanted to discover. It ate at me for weeks, months, until I had to write it down. I had to try and get the word out to all of you. In my novel, Conspiracy, one of the characters is part of a sinister shadow organization with plans for subverting the educational system for their own purposes. In his speech, he is talking to a group of educators who are part of the clandestine group. Here is an excerpt:
“As you know, the workplace is rapidly changing and will soon be a place where managers will need to keep control of a large number of workers. Most employees under this model need not be educated. It is far more important that they be reliable, steady and willing to follow directions. Very soon now more than seventy percent of the jobs in American will not require a college education. What are needed are workers who do what they are told, with a good attitude. We must now start teaching students from the earliest grades the attitudes and social behaviors that will please business. We need workers that are dependable and willing to follow instructions. We don’t need thinkers. The masses don’t need to be educated. They need to obey and to believe they are happy while obeying. The only way to keep a pool of such workers available is to be sure that most students don’t get educated. As long as the masses are poor and uneducated a small cadre of highly educated, creative people can control them. Our special (private) schools will train the brightest and most creative to be the managerial block.”
Do you find this unbelievable? Do you think this is not happening? Look around you. Because of the sharp division in the private and public education systems, we are rapidly becoming an unequal society, one in which one group is being groomed to lead while the other is being groomed to follow. It is subtle, but it is sinister, and it is happening right now, right under our noses. Our public education system is currently as fragile as a footprint in the sand–with one wave it can be washed away.
My intention in writing my novel, Conspiracy, and the Conspiracy Series was to let the public know what I had uncovered in my research. If you read Conspiracy you will begin to see the big picture in all its disturbing reality. When you understand what is going on, then perhaps you can change it. Get involved in your children’s schools. Find out what’s happening. Demand a good education for your children. Their future depends on it.
Stay alert, friends!