Education conspiracy

2008 September 26
by Stace

Speaking of the state of the education system (see comments on Hedon’s post yesterday, and her tongue-in-cheek conspiracy theory), I have a conspiracy theory of my own, not tongue-in-cheek, however. And since it’s an election year and each candidate has their own ideas on how to improve education, I’ve been giving it a bit of thought.

It seems to me that I’ve been hearing about our lousy education system for as long as I can remember. Students from the U.S.A. continue to slip down the international rankings among developed nations. We put more money into the schools, we institute new standards for schools, we talk about accountability for schools, teachers and parents. Yet students keep graduating high school and can’t read, or locate the United States on a globe, or as we all see every day at fast food restaurants, do simple math.

It is cried that we won’t be able to compete in the future if we don’t have a better educated population. It all seems very dire and scary for us. I agree that it is dire and it is scary. I just don’t agree that the politicians actually want to change it and make it better.

There are certain issues which are hot button topics that drive voters to the polls (e.g. abortion, gay marriage, entitlement programs, the environment). Education is certainly one of these. It is not in the politicians’ best interest to definitively resolve these issues. When Hedon first suggested this idea to me, several years ago, I wasn’t so sure. Since then, though, I’ve become sure it’s good logical sense. Keep the hot issues hot, to keep the voters going to the polls.

If this is the case, we can’t expect any solution anytime soon, if ever. Still, it’s not enough of an answer for me. I think there’s even more to it.

We know our education system was designed to educate people to take jobs in factories and offices upon completion of high school. The powers-that-be of the time wanted their future employees to be well-behaved, capable of performing endlessly repetitive and dull work, and to obey authority without question. We also know that this system isn’t as useful in today’s world. We supposedly need people who can think out of the box for higher education marketing, who can perform well in groups and who are technologically savvy.

But is that really what we need? Or, more to the point, is this really what the powers-that-be want from us, in any wholesale manner? We are all in thrall to the mega-wealthy white men who actually run this country. And let’s face it, what these people want, these people get. So the real question in regards to problems in education is not what would be best for all of us, it is what the fat cats think is best for them.

It’s entirely possible that the fat cats would prefer to keep the vast majority of the population ignorant. Throughout history it has been shown that an uneducated populace is much easier to control than one which is educated and capable of rational thought. Uneducated people are primed for misdirection and manipulation. I think plenty of people should consider private schools like Huntington Learning Center in these perilous times.

Okay, you may say, but don’t the fat cats need educated people working in their mega-huge corporations? How can they get them if they deliberately keep the population ignorant? I think they know that in a huge population like ours has grown to be, a small number of people will become adequately educated despite the odds. And I think they believe that small number is all they actually need.

We’ve seen the power that can be wielded over a large group of ignorant people. In a way, it’s heartbreaking to hear people defend George W. Bush, the same people who have lost jobs, homes and family members (in an illegal war) all because of G.W.’s decisions, a man who is the most obvious shill of the fat cats that the modern era has seen. Heartbreaking and maddening.

It’s because of these points, that I believe the educational system of this country will not be fixed anytime in the foreseeable future.

6 Responses
  1. 2008 September 26

    Educate the masses? Don’t be silly darlin’ who’d fry the burgers, or mop the floors, or grease the axles of industry? Why, them thar imigrints who cant spill and writ in engrish?

    Sarcasm aside, it behooves certain governments who rule with fear, religion and or ignorance, to keep the majority of their populace uneducated, deeply rooted in religion (as manipulation of the word of god has worked well for them over the millennia) and scaring people, as now, with the threat of total collapse of their financial institutes! It is just one way of keeping everyone in line, indirectly following the path they want you to go down.

    It all goes hand in hand, and the Republicans have been masters of this type of strategy for awhile now. Don’t expect changes any time soon, if ever.

  2. 2008 September 26

    We’uns r gettin chock full of edumacation, Miss Stace. We gets more’n plenty. We don’t need to be no soft book learnin folks in our famili we’uns need us some strong backs. It takes some strong backs to bend over all the time pickin up those cans off’un the highway grass.

    Dang! My CAPTCHA thingie is confusin: week Eddyism

  3. 2008 September 26

    Alex,

    You are going to burn in the firey pits of hell if you think John McCain is manipulating the word of GOD! He is a true believer who loves Jesus.

    The Republicans believe in Jesus and if Jesus wants the people to be ignorant and stupid then the Republicans are going to make sure they are stupid for Jesus.

    My CAPTCHA says it well: MANTEL Father

  4. 2008 September 26

    Ed and I also believe that the powers-that-be love the majority of stupid people in the country. I am shocked and amazed at the things I hear coming out of some mouths – all across the country.

    In general, I’m in awe of the stupidity, but when it comes to politics, I’m even more perplexed. I will be the first to say I don’t know a LOT about politics or even the history of politics – I’m learning, but it’s never been a big interest of mine.

    But some things just seem like such common sense to me. Apparently, it’s not that way to all. Case in point, the pick of Sarah Palin. I was reading one of Dooce’s recent posts, where she asked her readers for their opinion of the Palin interview with Katie Couric and their view of her in general. I found this in the comments:

    “I’m a lifelong Democrat and will vote for Obama. That said, my in-laws personify the religious right. My mother-in-law loves the choice of Palin as VP; as she said to my husband recently, “I just like her.” That means that Palin is someone my mother-in-law would like to have over to the house for dinner. Additionally, Palin’s views on abortion are in line with my mother-in-law’s. My mother-in-law represents a big chunk of America. She doesn’t care about foreign policy, has never had enough money to feel like she’s hurt one way or another by an economic crisis, and knows no one who is participating in the war in Iraq. Consequently, what matters to her is having a candidate whose morals seem to line up with her own. Palin’s do. Anything beyond that is completely irrelevant to her.”

    The “anything beyond that is completely irrelevant” part is where the stupid comes in, in my opinion.

    When people hear things they don’t like “gays getting married” or “taking my guns” or “paying more taxes” or “pulling out of a war before we win it” – they cling to the ONE THING they agree with and not only do the not research it, they perpetuate the lie by talking about it to anyone who will listen.

    I think the rich/powerful/elite/connected always want to have people who are poor/powerless/common to control. And I guess there are people out there, “my friends”, who don’t mind being used. Some are so brainwashed, they don’t even know they are being manipulated.

    CAPTCHA: Maisons Hostess (Houses of Hostess? Does that mean they are made of Twinkies? Where?? Where?? Where???)

  5. 2008 September 28

    I don’t have anything to say, I just came by to play CAPTCHA. Let’s see what we have….

    driver grinned (oh, yes I did)

    follow sweets (I always follow the sweets!)

    notified toilet (and boy, it was NOT happy!)

    some bushy (and some shaved)

    and finally,

    comments Police (um, isn’t that the whole point here?)

  6. 2008 September 30

    Salena,

    I couldn’t agree more with your whole post. Well both of them actually. Now you’ve got me hooked on the CAPTCHA game.

    But about the stupid people… oy. What can you even say to those type of people? I really think this country is splitting into two seperate peoples. For lack of a better term — into those who think and those who do not. And the biggest problem in my opinion is that those who don’t think are so very proud of the fact they don’t think.

    I remember in the Bush vs Gore campaign so many people said they didn’t like Gore because he was “too smart” or “too stiff and intellectual” and because Bush was “somebody they would like to have a beer with” they liked Bush better. I mean honestly. When did being too smart become a downside when running for president? And what kind of numb-nut votes for the leader of their country based on whether they would enjoy hanging out with him, getting drunk, and ogling strippers?

    Along those lines… when McCain said something along the lines of he “was ignorant” about economics a few months ago… well in light of the current situation doesn’t that automatically knock him out of the running?

    I’m excited to see what they do this time. In 2004 they voted for tons of really stupid reasons. They ignored the larger picture. They ignored what Bush was doing to the economy, the country’s standing in the world, personal liberties, etc. Because they were so very focused on whether or not Stace and I should be allowed to get married. They were so focused on whether some poor pregnant teen aged kid has all the options available to her as she wrestles with her situation. They were so focused on the US winning Iraq they gave no thought as to whether we should be there in the first place. They were so arrogant they thought the entire country should be ruled by their personal religious beliefs….

    They completely put all the other issues on the back burner and re-elected the retard because he “loves Jesus.” And now that the stock market is imploding. And the greedy Wall Street bastards that had George Bush in their back pocket all along are demanding even more from us. And their pensions are well on the way to becoming worthless. And a gallon of milk is $5…

    NOW they’re thinking something needs to be done. And they just don’t understand how all this happened in the first place.

    Because you were ignorant and arrogant Mr. and Mrs. Main-Street. Ignorant and arrogant. So enjoy the world you’ve created. And take what comfort you can — as you’re living in your cardboard box and eating catfood — in the fact that Stace and I still can’t get married even though we’ve been a committed couple for 16 years. Yes, Sir, marriage sure has been defended. That’s something I guess.

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