In the words of one of the educators of today:
It [educational method used to re-educate Nazi youth following WWII] is also the one which was used by American schoolteachers who had read [John] Dewey and were concerned to get students to think ‘scientifically’ and ‘rationally’ about such matters as the origin of the species and sexual behavior (that is, to get the to read Darwin and Freud without disgust and incredulity). It is a concept which I, like most Americans who teach humanities or social science in colleges and universities, invoke when we try to arrange things so that students who enter as bigoted, homophobic, religious fundamentalists will leave college with views more like our own.
-Richard Rorty in “Rorty and His Critics,” page 21.
In other words, Mr. Rorty realizes just where today’s education came from, and that is the Nazis. Not a pretty sight. But it gets worse. Not only are they Fascistic, but if you disagree with them, or uphold moral values, you must be mentally ill. In the words of another college professor:
Every child in America entering school at the age of five is mentally ill because he comes to school with certain allegiances to our Founding Fathers, toward our elected officials, toward his parents, toward a belief in a supernatural being, and toward the sovereignty of this nation as a separate entity. It’s up to you as teachers to make all these sick children well, by creating the international child of the future.
-Chester M. Pierce (Harvard)
in Jim Nelson Black
Freefall of the American University (2004), p. 87
Mentally ill if you obey your parents? Mentally ill if you obey the government? Mentally ill if you think that what the Founding Fathers believed would make a great nation was right? Are you serious? This can’t be right, but it is what he thinks of you if you have anything in you that is moral, obedient or religious.
And they want to change you to think like they do. But they don’t want you to know that they are doing it. They know that since they are the professors, and you are the students, that they can say things, and because you are just a student, and they are a professor, they obviously know way more than you do, and so you take what they say as truth, and slowly, you begin to believe what they are telling you. It is a constant battle, but it is a battle nonetheless.
The battle of ideas is the battle over the definitions of words.
When words loose their meaning, people loose their lives. You have to fight for every word. Fight for meaning.
-Dr. Michael Bauman