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Daily Archives: July 19, 2011

It takes a village…

With typical Liberal misappropriation of ideas, Hillary Clinton once famously voiced the idea that, “It takes a village to raise a child.” Of course, La Clinton wanted the adage to stand for the proposition that it gave her and her ilk free rein to impose whatever State controls she wanted on the rearing of children, on the grounds that America was somehow just a huge nation-sized village and that she was the Queen Mommy To All.

In reality, the concept does not translate well above the village level – i.e. above the level of the small town made up of tightly connected families sharing common beliefs and values. What sociologists call an “organic” community. Village education is, no surprise, geared toward incorporating that child into his village and consists not just of things learned in classrooms (if any) but also of the entire village culture.

Modern American Industrial Schooling will simply never accomplish that. But then, MAIS was never intended to accomplish the creation of educated and culturally competent villagers – the purpose of MAIS is to condition children to fit into industrial urban society. Sit in rows, be quiet, do what they’re told, move to the sound of the bell, all intended to create a stock of quasi-brain-dead organic robots barely competent enough to turn a wrench at a factory for eight hours a day. Total submission to authority, or else … think about it: What could be more degrading than to have to ask someone for permission every time you want a drink or to use the rest room?

Further indications of assembly-line education: Promotion by level, not by actual competence – if you’ve pretty much mastered English but really need extra time in math, tough, you get one English class and one math class per grade level, regardless. The same courses regardless of ability, rather than based on need. Treating children as though they were interchangeable widgets, all learning alike, rather than the individuals they are. Factory quality education – is it any surprise that the results are exactly what you’d expect of any mass-produced product, versus what would be built with custom construction?