The first two questions that a prospective parent asks about a new school: (1) Are the teachers certified and (2) is the school accredited? The two questions that should come to mind are (1) certified and accredited by whom and (2) for what ultimate purpose?
Accreditation and certification guidelines have been used by the political left to capture the robes of academia. The educational elite in America are not interested in education but in full indoctrination into a worldview that accepts the reality of central planners.
Teacher certification is not a test of competency. If it were, our nation’s public schools would be the best in the world. Consider Detroit where all the teachers are certified:
“In the public schools in Detroit, Mich., according to the U.S. Department of Education, only 7 percent of the eighth graders are grade-level proficient or better in reading.
“Detroit public-school eighth graders do even worse in math than they do in reading, according to the Department of Education. While only 7 percent scored highly enough on the department’s National Assessment of Educational Progress test in 2011 to be rated ‘proficient’ or better in reading, only 4 percent scored highly enough to be rated “proficient” or better in math.
“Statewide in Michigan, only 32 percent of public-school eighth graders scored grade-level proficient or better in reading, and only 31 percent scored grade-level proficient or better in math.”
Education was one of the first areas dictator would control. He knew that in order to stay in power, he would have to have the next generation in his ideological pocket. The best way to ensure his future regency was to indoctrinate the children.
Adolf Hitler understood why capturing the educational system was the road to long-term victory. The following is from William L. Shirer’s book The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich:
“When an opponent declares, ‘I will not come over to your side,’ [Adolf Hitler] said in a speech on November 6, 1933, “I calmly say, ‘Your child belongs to us already. . . . What are you? You will pass on. Your descendants, however, now stand in the new camp. In a short time they will know nothing else but this new community.’” And on May 1, 1937, [Hitler] declared, “This new Reich will give its youth to no one, but will itself take youth and give to youth its own education and its own upbringing.”1
Why are young people adopting a liberal, politically progressive ideology? Because they’ve been taught to think this way for the greater part of of their young life – 6 hours each day, 5 days a week, 10 months of every year for 12 years.
The majority of parents have been sold a bill of goods with the narcotic called “free education.” Today’s government educators are like drug dealers. They give you a taste of the drug for free until you’re hooked. Before you know it, you’re addicted and you’ve lost your soul. In the case of government-controlled education, we’re about to lose our nation.
- William Shirer, Rise and Fall of the Third Reich New York: Simon and Schuster, 1960), 249. [↩]