America’s Marxist Educational Model Wins Elections

As far back as I can remember I’ve heard the often repeated phrase, “As the twig is bent so grows the tree.” I later learned that the phrase’s origin can be traced back to Alexander Pope in his Epistle to Cobham (1734):

‘Tis Education forms the vulgar mind;

Juft as the Twig is bent, the Tree’s inclin’d.

America’s earliest founders understood this. After first establishing houses and places of worship, they next began to attend to education. Harvard was established in 1636. The Massachusetts School Law of 1642 and the Massachusetts General School Law of 1647, better known as the Old Deluder Satan Act, were designed to insure that future generations would follow the old ways.

The biggest mistake these well-intentioned colonists made was to put education in the hands of government officials. In time, the schools were co-opted by people who understood the political power that could be wielded if education could be financed by taxpayers and controlled by the State. Liberals are all about time and persistence. That’s why they’re winning.

We’ve seen it happen before but under more revolutionary conditions.

The Marxist worldview, as put forth by Vladimir Lenin, worked for the centralization and State control of education. Under Communism homes and schools were to reflect and perpetuate the agenda of the State.

The goal was to indoctrinate the youth with an alien worldview that was counter to the past and the governing authority of parents. Marxism’s optimistic although secular eschatology allowed it to purge the old from the new, generation by generation.

Like Hitler, Lenin saw the value in monopolizing education and bringing it under the exclusive control of the State. He believed that time was on his side. The old order would pass away along with its outdated ideas regarding religion, family, and education.

The sooner the children could be taken from their parents and broken from their links to the past, the sooner the reprogramming could take place. In his Principles of Communism of 1847, Engels had advocated the “education of all children, as soon as they are old enough to dispense with maternal care, in national institutions and at the charge of the nation.”1 All facets of society must conform to the new ideology:

“We are bringing the women into the social economy, into legislation and government. . . . We are establishing communal kitchens . . . infant asylums . . . educational institutions of all kinds. In short, we are seriously carrying out the demand of our program for the transference of the economic and educational function of the separate household to society. . . . The children are brought up under more favourable conditions than at home. . . .”2

The “separate household” was transferred “to society.” Mothers would be encouraged to enter the work force in ever greater numbers. This would allow the State an opportunity to care for the children in “educational institutions of all kinds” at an even earlier age.

Education in America has followed this model. We’ve turned our children over to the very institution that is leading us down the path to State control and economic slavery.

  1. Quoted in Francis Nigel Lee, Communist Eschatology: A Christian Philosophical Analysis of the Post-Capitalistic Views of Marx, Engels and Lenin (Nutley, NJ: The Craig Press, 1974), 351. []
  2. Quoted in Lee, Communist Eschatology, 350. []



Gary is a graduate of Western Michigan University (1973) and earned his M.Div. at Reformed Theological Seminary in 1979. He is the author of countless essays, news articles, and more than 27 book titles.

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  • ken.

    duh!!! i noticed a change in what was being taught while i was in elementary school during the 1970’s some teachers would teach one thing while others would teach something completely different i as a kid lost all faith in school and lost interest until i received my ged at 15 and went to community college at 16 learning trades like automotive, welding, metal fabrication, machining, mechanical engineering and trade school for gun smithing. i have since years later studied counseling, exercise physiology and nutrition. i watched the crap get worse through the years telling my friends and was labeled a nut job. now i have fun rubbing it in while showing them what and where to look for both the truth and the lies some caught on, others are still lost but all we can do is try to spread the word. people of religion are just as lost and don’t really have a clue what it is that they believe they are. what have we let happen to ourselves and our country, yes it is all of ours fault not just certain factions or groups.

    • elmcqueen3

      I’m with you….I’m a graduate of 1959….I noticed the change when my two daughters attended school….Both went on to college….Today my grandkids have been so brainwashed by the same liberal educational system whereas they have no clue of what rationalism in all about….Obama and all the Al Gore demagogs will save the world for all humanity…For this to happen American’s must give up their ideals of freedom and our individual liberties!….”When will They ever Learn”?….Peter, Paul and Mary.

    • Tboostbug

      “People of religion are just as lost and don’t really have a clue what it is that they believe they are”? Wrong, sorry Ken… I know EXACTLY who I am, and I don’t need anyone trying to tell me otherwise, thank you very much. You can’t lump true believers like me in with those YOU have judged to be hypocrites or whatever you want to believe they are.

  • Mudpuppy

    As I look back at my time in the government schools, I can see that leftism was being taught and it just kept growing. I had teachers all but praise communism openly. Even then i thought something was wrong, but could’t quite put my finger on it. Later, I realized what was going on. Fortunately, I survived with my conservatism intact. It took a short while after I got out of high school for it to surge to the front of my consciousness as I still had to shake off the leftism I was force-fed. Fortunately it did by the time I voted in the 1980 elections for Reagan. So now our son is being home schooled.

    • Apolloone

      I applaud you for home-schooling your son.I have yet to hear the Frankfurt School of Germany mentioned on these sites,many of the teachers in that school came to America in 1940’s and brought their evil ideals with them. They are a little different than the Idiot Liberal Marxist’s who think Marxism will bring a utopian society, these people knew and know that Marxism will destroy a nation Their words make it stink. Look up Frankfurt School and read about it, and also Charlotte Iserbyt has a book on line, free reading The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America. Pass it on.

      • Mudpuppy

        Funny you should mention the Frankfurt school. I realize you are referring to the Frankfurt Schule of the early 20th Century, but it made me think of my time in the Department of Defense Schools in Frankfurt, Germany. That’s one of the places i got the leftist crap fed to me. I was in the 3rd through 5th grade over there. Actually, the first half was in Bad Hersfeld, the second half in Frankfurt. Even at that tender age, I knew some of what they were saying wasn’t quite right. I wonder if some of them were from that other Frankfurt School. It was so blatantly obvious. Because of our proximity to the Warsaw Pact nations, I was aware of the Soviet Union and communism’s evils. Even at my age, I could see that something was wrong with system that put up walls and barbed wire to keep their people in. It was chilling to stand on the free side of the border and watch the guards. It didn’t go down well with me to have my teachers praising that system. And this was back in the mid 1960s.

  • 1Larry

    Stalin and Linen were both community organizers when they came to power in Russia and started murdering people. Now We the People right here in the United States of America have a community organizers as President and all of his Minions like Valéry Jarrett and David Adolf Hitler in his administration.

  • Wayright2

    It was around 1960 when the teachers got the okay to join unions. I thought to myself, Hmmm, this can’t be good. And it wasn’t. I was in 7th grade then and had been reading stories in the Reader’s Digest about union strike tactics of the teamsters and longshoremen in NY and NJ. I promised myself that I would never join a union. Well, I had to once, because PA is not a “right to work” state and I needed a local job. Two years of that was enough. In the new America, after the dust has settled and the blood has dried, we should ensure every state has the “right to work” law and there should be no unions for government employees.

  • samtman

    Its silly stuff like this that turns people off on the Republican extememe right,

    • Jman

      Do you have anything of content to say? Or just an emotional statement?

    • Wayright2

      Well, I’m sorry you feel that way. In 1968 the US Governement trained me to kill communists and sent me for a 12 month tour of duty in the Mekong Delta. We now seem to be living in a tactical area of operations with just as many targeting opportunities. How long must we warn of what some of us see coming? Listen to those who have emigrated here from formerly communist countries. They see it and some of them are speaking out.

  • Bob Marshall

    My mother was born in 1921 and still remembers when she was in grammar school they used the Original Blue Back Speller and McGuffey’s Readers for their text books? Heaven forbid! These textbooks had so many lessons from the bible. Image learning the alphabet with each letter including a bible verse.


  • Flowers

    I remember we were very patriotic in my school. We always started with Pledge one nation under God….then we would sing various patriotic songs. I did not recognize anything wrong until I was in the sixth grade and my friend was talking about abortion and it could be legalized. Then things started changing. It just brings tears to my eyes.

    • Apolloone

      I remember those days too.

  • Silas Longshot

    The statist/Marxist/socialist movement has been going on for decades, but the clueless parents who use the school as a ‘day care’ center could care less as to what their offspring are pumped full of. Those who do ‘get’ what’s going frequently can’t afford to take thier kids elsewhere. But the end product, after going from pre-K to college is a clueless airhead, stuffed full of ‘knowledge’ but no common sense or grasp of history, economics and other crucial skills. And is generally an 0bama supporter. What else, for a kid that’s beent taught since day one that government and ‘group’ is the priority of the masses.

    • Apolloone

      Actually it was the 1940’s was when a group from the Frankfurt School came over from Germany, only these Marxists knew what they would start would some day destroy this country their words, “make it stink”.While we worried about Communist Russia they have been busy undermining us.

  • Always On Watch

    As a teacher, I read this essay with great interest.

    Now, don’t jump to the wrong conclusion that I am part of the education system.

    Yes, I’m a teacher. But I left teaching in the public education system back in 1977 when I realized that I couldn’t work for a system that violated my American principles. I taught in private education for some 18 years, then bailed on that too as even the small private schools are going down the primrose of political correctness and, of course, subtle Marxism.

    It’s disheartening to see what’s going on in education today — to say the least!

    Now I teach classes of homeschoolers and have been doing so since 1998. But even this area of teaching has become a slog! Parents — even conservative ones — are imbued with the imprint of public education. They mean well, but they don’t really understand that they have been corrupted by Leftism.

    Alexander Pope was exactly correct. We clearly see that in the results of the November 6 election. In essence, the voters have cried out, “We must have free everything!” After all, for generations voters have grown up with the idea that free education provided by the state is their right.

    • Apolloone

      Thanks for not being a part of our country’s destruction.

  • SniperToo

    No surprise here. I blame the teachers and especially the parents. They are just as much to blame as well. They don’t pay attention as to what their children are study and they don’t go to the PTA meetings anymore. I am just as mad at the stupid and lazy parents as the school system and the commie school teachers. The union can go to h@ll. They don’t belong at any level of the education system.

  • fiasco

    “Liberals are all about time and persistence”, oh really? Maybe it’s more of a case where you just can’t keep fooling the people all the time.

  • John Brashear

    I am curious how much America spends on Busing each year, and if it’s included in the “Education” budget and why parents cant take their kids to schools, ride bicycles, or walk?, like I did in the 50’s and 60’s?

  • MrLogical

    Hey Gary: If you’re reading this, please take note:

    “….were designed to insure [sic] that future generations would follow the old ways.”

    It’s not ‘insure’ it’s ‘ensure’.

    “…were designed to ensure that future generations would follow the old ways.”

    You ‘insure’ your car or house, and you put reminders in your tickler file to ‘esure’ that you pay the premiums on time.

    • boccagalupe

      Hey there MrLogical, you are so like many of the commentors on these posts. So very smart yet so very asinine. Could you not understand the message in the blog that Gary posted or is it that you simply had to show your butt by showing your “smarts”?

      • Mudpuppy

        No, it’s not that. We decry the dumbing down of our country, the lowering of journalistic standards, the rampant plagiarism, the lousy government school education system, etc. We expect those on “our” side to be better than that. I’ve noticed grammatical and spelling errors in several of the articles on this site. I, too wish they would do a better job of proof-reading. When you post an article with such errors, you come across as not professional and it’s like you don’t care enough to do it right. We expect such attitudes from the MSM but not our guys. I’m not perfect and sometimes such errors slip into my comments, but they are not as important as the articles.

        It’s just one more symptom of the decline of America.

        I tell my son that if he can read and write correctly and express himself well both in writing and orally that he will be ahead of 90% of everyone else his age (judging by what I see on TV and in person). That and be able to tell time on an analog clock, especially one with Roman numerals.

        At least he wan’t nasty about it.

        • June Gagnon

          Oh, yes – -the proofreading; I’m just as “guilty” as others. Most of the time, it’s because I get so “anxious, or agitated”, that my fingers “stutter” and I hit “send” far too soon. Then I have to go back and “acknowledge and correct” typos! Generally, people still understand what you meant to say, no matter how poorly you spelled it.

  • chvietvet

    John Adams recommended that the right to vote be restricted to propertied persons because the ordinary citizens were stupid and ignorant. Thomas Jefferson replied that education should be provided to make the ordinary citizens smart and enlightened. Until World War II, the public schools were continually improved, and almost all Americans were literate by the 1950s. Then came the political unrest during the Vietnam War, and the Communists who had been lurking in the shadows for decades came out of the woodwork and took over education, starting with the universities. The schools of education at our universities introduced new education rules that worked to make an intelligent population stupid and ignorant. They succeeded. The products of their education system are barely literate, making them easy for dictators and demogogues to control. Now we are seeing the results. We are becoming a Third World country ruled by thugs. Our elections are becoming shams. Notice that the children of the elite are all educated in private schools. The people who dictate education policies keep their power through employment discrimination. Notice that veterans are never hired to university faculties, and neither are people who question the Marxist dogmas. The people who are hired, on the other hand, lack more than a superficial knowledge of the subjects they are supposed to teach.

  • WASP

    We have allowed the gummint-controlled Youth Indoctrination Day Camps (staffed by commie union teachers) to brainwash our kids for going on a century now, and the chickens are coming home to roost. The worthless, lazy, entitled, brainwashed, dumbed-down products of the “public schools” are having the intended consequences–intended by the fascists in gummint and the NWO.

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