by Todd Walker
“I’m selling my baseball cards.”
If only I owned this card
Dirt Road Girl was shocked. She’s witnessed me lugging storage boxes from attic to shop to moving trucks for years. They were my “precious”. They ranged from the 1970’s to 2002.
Can’t remember when the hologram cards came out, but I never really liked them much. I bet they would have looked cool in my bicycle spokes growing up. A hologram is “an image of technically sophisticated refraction purporting to be a solid due to its 3-D appearance.” Another definition is “a document falsely representing itself as an accurate metaphor.”
What we have in American schools is a hologram of education. If schools were one of those fancy hologram baseball cards, you could hold it up at the right angle and the light would reflect to make schools appear to be solid institutions of leaning. Only the slightest twist of the wrist changes the image into a new look. Kind of like schools today.
This sophisticated refraction we call education, at its roots, is nothing more than the machine of the State to maintain obedience, submission, and supremacy. The State is concerned about the education of children to the extent that VBCs (victims by choice) of government schooling become useful servants to their government and industry. I’ll be tarred and feathered at the lunch table when I come off Christmas break.
The governing intellectual elite hoodwinked the commoner and forced their will at the expense of the individual. Taxes on the citizens were levied to maintain public schools as a tool of government whose purpose was to create an atmosphere of respect for America’s institutions. Government schools eventually became an essential institution for the new experiment called America. If they couldn’t control the liberty-minded adults that helped forge this republic, Uncle Sugar decided to use the force of government to indoctrinate their children. Feel the creepiness up your spine yet?
Aristotle said, “All who have meditated on the act of governing mankind have been convinced that the fate of empires depends on the education of youth.” The State is very concerned about your children. Children belong to the State. Parents are guardians to simply provide food, clothing and shelter similar to slave quarters of old. Don’t believe me? Try resisting.
Let’s stroll through one case of resisting law.
The idea of the judicial branch of our government balancing justice gives us warm-fuzzy feelings. Reality, if you’re able to stomach it, paints another picture. If you resist the State Compulsory Attendance Law on the basis it violates your natural rights as an individual to raise and educate your children in the way you see fit, you’ll be pursued and prosecuted – not for your beliefs, but for contempt of the law or court. The State has little patience for contumacious parents. Just the threat of legal force to arrest is enough to bring compliance. If you’re a hard case and resist enough, the State will kill you.
The story of John Singer can be found here, and here. Hidden at #1,909,423 on Amazon is “Death of an American: The killing of John Singer” by David Fleisher. The ranking does not reflect the value of the story.
The Singer’s broke the “law” by refusing to subject their children to collectivist’s ideals and corrupting influence of State mandated schooling. Charged by the State with “contempt of court” and “criminal neglect”, unsuccessful attempts were made to arrest the bandit Singer. Singer defended himself from physical assault by the tax-feeders. The State, hellbent on saving face, issued a “felony warrant” which allowed the hired-guns of the court to use any means necessary to bring fugitives to justice. Deadly force is preferred.
The State’s death wish came true on the morning of January 18, 1979 when a jack-booted-thug of the State fired a blast of buckshot into the back of Singer, ending the “renegade’s” life. The benevolent State was only interested in saving the “neglected” children.
A more recent story of State child snatchers illegally kidnapping a child who has been home schooled her entire life. The mother won this round, but it ain’t over yet. Child Protection Services and the State prosecutor were knocked down but not out.
Embarrassed, prosecutors are gearing up for another siege on the physically handicapped child and her family. They used a SWAT team the first try. Maybe they’ll just burn ’em out next time.
It’s not nice to flaunt individualism in the face of the State mafia. “Family Court Judge Lynne Pierce told Assistant Attorney General Deborah Carley, who complained it appears the girl has never received anything other than homeschooling her entire life, she is not barred from pursuing criminal truancy charges if she feels the parents are flouting state law that required the education of children.”
How dare this mom. She believes she has a right to make medical and educational decisions for her own child. This brave mom simply needs to be educated by past educrat elitists.
A big Hat Tip to my friend at Durable Faith for sharing this with me. Below are a few quotes taken from Sheldon Richman’s book, Separating School & State: How To Liberate American Families.
Chapter 3: Why There Are Public Schools – Read the entire chapter here.
Let our pupil be taught that he does not belong to himself, but that he is public property. Let him be taught to love his family, but let him be taught at the same time that he must forsake and even forget them when the welfare of his country requires it. – Benjamin Rush, signer of the Declaration of Independence
As Horace Mann put it, “We who are engaged in the sacred cause of education are entitled to look upon all parents as having given hostages to our cause.”
For John Dewey, the mission of education was sacred: “The teacher always is the prophet of the true God and the usherer-in of the true Kingdom of God.”
William H. Seawell, professor of education at the University of Virginia, got caught in that position in 1981. He said, “Public schools promote civic rather than individual pursuits” and, “We must focus on creating citizens for the good of society.” But most startlingly, he said, “Each child belongs to the state.”
Any parent wishing to build preparedness, self-reliance, individualism, abstract thinking should take heed of the intended, but unspoken, consequences of government schooling. As John Taylor Gatto states, “the purpose of state schooling was not intellectual training but the conditioning of children “to obedience, subordination, and collective life.”
Proceed with caution my preparedness friends.
Recommended reading for prepared parents:
Separating School & State: How to Liberate America’s Families. Book: In Separating School & State, Sheldon Richman effectively and comprehensively analyzes the failures of public schooling in America and explains the ideas and ideology behind the case for compulsory education.
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