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Sep 03, LeahMarie Silverman rated it did not like it Shelves: not-finished. I read or started to read the Deliberate Dumbing Down of America by Charlotte Thomson Iserbyt because a homeschooling association emailed me the free pdf which is available on the interwebs. I gotta stop reading these books that homeschoolers love. That would be crazy, right? Well, it is crazy. It i I read or started to read the Deliberate Dumbing Down of America by Charlotte Thomson Iserbyt because a homeschooling association emailed me the free pdf which is available on the interwebs.
It is chalk full of crazy. If only this could be satirical, that sentence would be okay. But since it was intentional, it is just sad. It is basically comes off as the ramblings of an incredibly paranoid person. But, there is no proof any of it is true. Look, I think there is plenty wrong with the public school system in America.
But this? This conspiracy business just makes homeschoolers look like a bunch of wackadoodles. Other people have said this was a terrifying read because of what it revealed. The only scary thing about this book, to me, is that there are people who believe it. Reading With My Eyes Shut View all 15 comments. Dec 15, Roslyn rated it really liked it. This book can be summarized well with a loose quote from the preface: If a child can read, write and compute at a reasonably proficient level, he will be able to do just about anything he wishes with his life, able to control his destiny.
Because providing such basic proficiencies is not and should not be an expensive or complicated proposition, it becomes obvious that it is only a radical social agenda to brainwash our children that is the costly proposition--and complicated to hide what's real This book can be summarized well with a loose quote from the preface: If a child can read, write and compute at a reasonably proficient level, he will be able to do just about anything he wishes with his life, able to control his destiny.
Because providing such basic proficiencies is not and should not be an expensive or complicated proposition, it becomes obvious that it is only a radical social agenda to brainwash our children that is the costly proposition--and complicated to hide what's really going on.
I couldn't put this book down. But I don't think it is for everyone. It's extremely important and wow, what an immense amount of work and knowledge the author provides! But it's not easy reading. It's a paper trail of extremely annoying political writing and over-complicated attempts by person after person to first appeal to someone's emotional rather than rational brain and then slip in some tricky language so that everyone agrees with whatever he says.
But sometimes fun if you enjoy the puzzle. And just mostly horrifying. I have never wanted to leave this country more. Crazy how the government documents would have me convinced for fifty pages that the idea came from a good place and would do some good for the kiddies like getting rid of grades and apprenticeships but then how it turns out to be totally evil. When the government pushes for "no grades" what they are really pushing for is a different kid of grade, grading on things the government values.
So instead of grades that measure work, the "grade-free" report cards are all about a student's timeliness, attitude, effort, cooperation, responsiveness to authority, etc. These are the traits that will get you ahead, get you into the good schools, the good jobs--not brain power, but obedience. The more obedient will be rewarded with jobs that give them power. It's brilliant.
And totally Hiter-esque. In the 90's teachers were required in almost all public schools to make behavior part of the kids grade--whether the teacher wanted to or not. It's all about baby steps. When government pushes for "apprenticeships", it sounds so good! I totally support apprenticeships! That's what I want for my son! But reeeeally, when you make apprenticeships part of the school program, you put the government in control of jobs.
Kids and parents aren't out there looking for an apprenticeship that their child wants, the government decides what the kid gets based on his grades in school and remember his most important grade is obedience. A few more baby steps and now you can only get a license to work as a baker if you have done an apprenticeship and you can't get an apprenticeship without the government I used to think that the schools had been taken over by the Democrats and that's why most people couldn't graduate from college without becoming a liberal, now I know that I was really onto something.
The fact that it took so long shows the weaknesses of behaviorism and the strength of our old values. But baby steps, money, patience, "research," and years and our country is pretty much socialist but we call it freedom here! Politics will follow ideology. Don't worry about today's men. Just take over the schools, brainwash the kids and everything will fall into place!
I am super curious about brainwashing now. Fascinating that what is taught does not matter as much as how it is taught. It is the methods that make people automatons who cannot think for themselves, not the subject matter. This country would be a much better place if we all supported abortion, gay marriage, and evolution!
But then when those in power decide to "Make them horrible rebels send their kids to public brainwash school, make them horrible hippies vaccinate their babies, make them dissenters take mood-altering drugs, make people eat what we tell them to eat It's all the same!
And John Locke. There IS another way. My biggest complaint about this book is that I wish Charlotte wrote more. I want to know more of her thoughts about education and solutions. And, I don't need such a long paper trails. One or two documents per category would have been fine. And I gotta say, I wouldn't have minded if she held my hand a little more.
This book is like Iserbyt got out her file of evidence and published it. I would like her to write a new book with short chapters based around each regulation or educational platform rather than chronology.
It could accompany this book so that when she refers to "Project INSTRUCT" I can flip open this book and read a one page summary about project Instruct, who started it, who is pushing for it, what its real agenda is, etc.
Dear Charlotte, I appreciate your work here so much! Would love to take you to lunch And for parents like me who want to know what I concluded from this book without having to read it: -Absolutely no public school for your kids -If you want to do private school, make sure the teachers are experts in their fields and do NOT have teaching credentials, and try an alternative style Montessori or Acton -If you chose to homeschool, do not do it through the public system and be very careful about whatever system you choose.
Probably best for you to be the teacher.
Charlotte Thomson Iserbyt
Charlotte Thomson Iserbyt is an American freelance writer and former senior policy advisor to the U. Department of Education. Department of Education , during the first term of U. President Ronald Reagan. After leaking this document to Human Events , she was removed from her post in the Department of Education. She later served as a staff employee of the U.
The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America: A Chronological Paper Trail
View Larger Image. Ask Seller a Question. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. The book traces the history of education mostly in government schools, but some in private schools and private home schools from the late s to The author shares peoples names, companies, government organizations, national and international groups that have had their fingers in this deliberate process over the years. It is very disturbing.