Tuesday

VERSE OF THE DAY: (King James Version)

Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven. Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.  But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth:  That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.  Matthew 6:1-4

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KJV vs  NIV [WHAT DOES YOUR BIBLE LEAVE OUT – MINE LEAVES OUT NOTHING]:

KJV
Matthew 6:13  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen

NIV
Mat 6:13  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.’

[The NIV Removes “For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen (This is the Lords Prayer)]
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CHRISTIAN NEWZ:

Islamic Conquest: Past and Present, Part 1
Most Americans have no idea about the violent history of Islam. Master historian Bill Federer brings to light the facts and connections of Islam that every American needs to know.   http://swrc.com/ministry/schedule/audiofiles/ram/2011/march/mar2811.rm

THE PARADIGM SHIFT  http://watchman33.wordpress.com/

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…::: News and Announcements :::…

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Passing the Salt,
Coach Dave Daubenmire
http://www.ptsalt.com
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Rick Warren’s Infiltration of the Reformed Faith–Worldview Weekend News Team
The speed with which the Reformed faith is being infiltrated by Rick Warren and his Purpose-Driven false teachings should surprise even those who have been watching the Purpose Driven tsunami in action in the last decade.
http://www.worldviewweekend.com/worldview-times/article.php?articleid=7007

Michael Horton interview: The Gospel Driven Trilogy

The “Woo” Factor–By Berit Kjos and Sarah Leslie
One doesn’t have to Google very long to discover that the three doctors assisting Rick Warren in his Daniel Plan for healthcare reform in the church have been the subject of ongoing controversies in the public medical arena for the past several years. The controversies are serious enough to make one wonder if he hasn’t enlisted the support of some super snake oil salesmen.
http://crossroad.to/articles2/011/discernment/woo.htm

THE NEWZ:

What Happened in my Birth Year
http://whathappenedinmybirthyear.com/

A new report from the Government Accountability Office suggests the federal health care law could hold together even if the Supreme Court strikes down the individual mandate….  http://politics.blogs.foxnews.com/2011/03/25/gao-report-outlines-individual-mandate-alternatives/

UN rights body ditches call to condemn religious ‘defamation,’ focuses on freedom of belief
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/un_rights_body_ditches_call_to_condemn_religious_defamation_focuses_on_freedom_of_belief/2011/03/24/AB8CbQQB_story.html?wprss=rss_world

Obama’s war on ‘war’
(Washington Times) What if they gave a war and nobody was allowed to say it? The debate over military action in Libya has lately taken an absurd twist …     http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/mar/25/obamas-war-war/

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KNOWLEDGE AND FOOLISHNESS
IGNORING REALITY
By: Al Cronkrite

Good jugglers keep several balls in the air at one time.  Islam is only one of the religious balls that impact our society and the only one in the air.   Our religious editorials are wretched.

A friend recently urged me to read an editorial by Brian Kennedy, President of the Claremont Institute.   The editorial was distributed by Hillsdale College in a regular mailing of their bulletin “Imprimis”.

Kennedy begins his essay by supporting this tragic misconception: “Whereas Christianity teaches that we should render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s and unto God what is God’s—allowing for a non-theocratic politi­cal tradition to develop in the West, culmi­nating in the principles of civil and religious liberty in the American founding—Islam teaches that to disagree with or even reinterpret the Koran’s 6000 odd verses, organized into 114 chapters or Suras and dealing as fully with law and politics as with matters of faith, is punishable by death.”

In addition to the emphasis on Islam the essay correctly points to the dangers posed by China and Russia and rattles the swords for a more complete defensive posture.  It ends with this statement:  “Americans do not wish to be subjected to Sharia law, owe large sums of money to the Chinese, or be kept vulnerable to nuclear missiles. Having responded resoundingly to the economic and constitutional cri­sis represented by Obamacare, it is now time for us to remind our representatives of the constitutional requirement to pro­vide for a common defense—in the true sense of the word.”

This is an acceptable mainstream Conservative polemic that is based on some assumptions that are dangerously false.  The first and most dangerous assumption is that the power that controls our nation wants it to grow and prosper.  Kennedy’s essay seems to assume some authority will hear and be influenced to change debilitating programs.  I believe the assumption is false and because it is false it is dangerous.  America is being destroyed on purpose.  Multiculturalism, homosexuality, and endless war are all constant and are all debilitating.  The socialistic programs begun by President Franklin Roosevelt have grown like a cancer.  The eradication of real Christianity from the public square has devastated our moral standards. GATT, NAFTA, and CAFTA are stealing our industrial base and lowering our standard of living.   Economic dislocations created by the Federal Reserve are reducing our former middle class to paupers and support for Israel has seriously distorted our National interests.  All this is being done on purpose!

Kennedy excoriates Sharia law but does not mention Judaism and the Talmud.  Wealthy Zionist Jews, many of them Talmudist, control higher education, own all of our media and a large portion of our industry.  These wealthy and powerful men have inordinate power over our nation.   They are responsible for the makeup of our congress and the votes of its members.   They successfully promote multiculturalism, homosexuality, fornication, torture, humanism, and war.  They are internationalists and promoters of world government.   They consider themselves racially superior and attend to Talmudic principles.   These are some of the worst:

“If a ‘goy’ (Gentile) hits a Jew he must be killed.” (Sanhedrin 58b)

“If a Jew finds an object lost by a ‘goy’ it does not have to be returned.” (Baba Mezia 24a)

“If a Jew murders a ‘goy’ there will be no death penalty.” (Sanhedrin 57a)

What a Jew steals from a ‘goy’ he may keep.” (Sanhedrin 57a)

“Jews may use subterfuges to circumvent a ‘goy.’” (Baba Kamma 113a)

“All children of the ‘goyim’ (Gentiles) are animals.” (Yebamoth 98a)

“Girls born of the ‘goyim’ are in a state of ‘niddah’ (menstrual uncleanness!) from birth.” (Abodah Zarah 36b)

Read about their involvement in the homosexual movement here.

Islam is competitor to Christianity.   It is winning the battle because Christianity has been so badly denuded that it no longer competes.  Judaism and Zionism with support from hoards of delusional Evangelicals has succeeded in banning Christianity and filling society with pornography.   Islam is dangerous but it is pimple compared with the cancer of Zionism.

If you are a Christian please consider the implications of Kennedy’s contention that “Whereas Christianity teaches that we should render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s and unto God what is God’s—allowing for a non-theocratic politi­cal tradition to develop in the West, culmi­nating in the principles of civil and religious liberty in the American founding –“

“Civil and religious liberty” is a problem, not a solution.  It is civil and religious liberty that has allowed Talmudic Jews and other anti-Christian zealots to invade our political system, highjack our morals, and decimate our culture.  Christianity cannot exist under humanistic government.  Humanistic laws will force Christians to act as pagans or kill them in the process.   A nation cannot be Christian under a secular government and Christians cannot receive God’s blessing while obeying sinful laws.  Brian Kennedy misinterprets the phrase, “Whereas Christianity teaches that we should render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s and unto God what is God’s.”  Jesus did not intend to set part of His Father’s creation under the control of sinful men.   Everything belongs to God (including Caesar and the government in Rome) and everything should be under His control.

Please understand that Islam, China, and Russia are all potential enemies of the United States and Brian Kennedy has done a fine job of pointing this out.  However, his efforts are useless since he has not identified their role in the evil scheme of the shadowy elite cabal that seeks to control the world.

I know it is hard to believe but it is time we woke up.  Western society is being dismantled.  It is being gutted like the corporate raiders used to gain control and gut wealthy corporations, robbing their wealth, and leaving them bankrupt.  The men behind this power grab are evil men and the organizations they belong to are evil organizations.

President Eisenhower spoke about the military/industrial complex.  Have you tried to get one of these huge, international corporations to correct a problem with one of their products?  Nine chances out of ten you will spend hours providing useless information on their internet site or an equal amount of time trying to find the phone number that will connect you to a life person.  If you are patient enough to get connected and able to understand Indian tech reps you might get a small amount of help but you will never get a replacement or get your money back.  I believe the Toyota brake debacle was a tempest in a teapot but if Toyota had properly concluded the problem with the individuals involved it would never have gotten out of control.  International corporations have secured enough monopoly power to exert considerable control over their customers.  They, like government, are interested in money and power not in pleasing an individual customer.

Kennedy fails to indict the government for allowing Muslims to immigrate in to our country and to point out that our Constitution makes it perfectly legal for them to be involved in our government and to support Shiria law as long as it does not conflict with their oath to support the Constitution.   Come on Christians, address that issue!  We are living in a nation where the religion of humanism is encoded in our founding document.  It is not specified but by forbidding the establishment of an overarching deity our Founders made humanism the sole legal religion of the United States of America.  Humanism makes a god of the creature and since our Constitution forbids the establishment of a specific overarching authority and forbids a religious oath, in creates humanism by default.  It does exactly what Kennedy says; it creates “civil and religious liberty” which allows all religions, including Islam, to be involved in our government.

He writes that “Islam teaches that to disagree with or even reinterpret the Koran’s 6000 odd verses, organized into 114 chapters or Suras and dealing as fully with law and politics as with matters of faith, is punishable by death.”  Kennedy does not seem to realize that death for disagreement is common in many religions.  Humanistic governments had killed millions of citizens who disagreed with their policies.    Along with some fifteen other infractions the Bible provides the death penalty for blasphemy, false doctrines, and sacrificing to false gods.  The methods of execution are burning, stoning, beheading, and hanging.  Attempts to create a religious void are futile.  The ultimate authority of any society is the god of that society.  If Christianity is not specified another religion will take its place!

All religions are exclusive.  Humanism is a religion and it is in the process of stamping out Christianity in the free world.   Christianity has already been repeatedly mocked, distorted, and discredited in the media.  Humanistic Jews, who consider themselves the master race, treat Christians the way Hitler, who considered Germans the master race, treated Jews. That should be a warning to Christians.

Hillsdale College is a pseudo-Christian institution that picks and chooses what portions of the Bible they will endorse.   They do not understand the exclusive nature of Christianity, Islam, and Humanism and without that understanding neither they nor Brian Kennedy can provide a proper defense.

“Published originally at EtherZone.com : republication allowed with this notice and hyperlink intact.”
http://etherzone.com/2011/cron030411.shtml

“A friend recently urged me to read an editorial by Brian Kennedy, President of the Claremont Institute.   The editorial was distributed by Hillsdale College in a regular mailing of their bulletin “Imprimis”.”
http://www.hillsdale.edu/images/userImages/mvanderwei/Page_6907/Imprimis_Jan11.pdf
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Medicare rise could mean no Social Security COLA  http://apnews.myway.com//article/20110327/D9M7R6O00.html

Announcing The Mark Weber Report
http://reasonradionetwork.com/20110318/announcing-the-mark-weber-report

File Backup Terminology: What do Terms like Differential and Incremental Actually Mean?
Average users are always perplexed by all the jargon associated with PC backup. This excellent article by senior editor Ritho explains all in plain English
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/file-backup-terminology-what-do-terms-differential-incremental-mean-and-how-will-they-help-m

The Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant and Our Future
by Attorney Jonathan Emord
Because of the inherent and uncontrollable risks of radiation, dependency on nuclear power is not the answer to America’s future energy needs. Fossil fuels and alternative fuel sources pose the greatest promise. Development of oil, gas, and coal resources domestically depends heavily on elimination of costly federal and state regulations that now hamper the private sector’s ability to make use of those resources……
http://www.newswithviews.com/Emord/jonathan184.htm

Mayor Bloomberg and Sen. Schumer unhappy with recent Census
by Michael Cutler
For months we were given assignments that made little if any sense. They could have told us to stay home or go to the movies rather than show up at the office! We were told to attempt to locate individuals who overstayed their visas and who, according to a highly flawed and archaic “system” that was supposed to track the entry and departure of aliens. If we could locate them we needed to…….
http://www.newswithviews.com/Cutler/michael191.htm

Sheriff testified before Congress has ties to suspected Islamist group
by NWV News
The only law enforcement official called to testify at the controversial congressional hearing on Muslim radicalization on March 17 is allegedly “tight” with an Islamic group that raised money for Hamas and was a co-conspirator in a federal terror-finance trial, according to a public-interest legal organization that investigates and prosecutes public corruption. Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca advocated on behalf of Muslims…..
http://www.newswithviews.com/NWV-News/news245.htm

Obama Over His Head: Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya
by Frosty Wooldridge
By his fraudulent weapons of mass destruction claim in Iraq, Bush managed to get 4,400 American troops slaughtered and another 32,000 hideously wounded by IEDs that took off legs and other body parts. He killed off nearly 1.0 million Iraqi civilians while creating 2.5 million refugees. He dropped immoral and amoral depleted uranium bombs that have caused thousands of cancers and birth defects in Iraq and Afghanistan, and……
http://www.newswithviews.com/Wooldridge/frosty648.htm

Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011 – An Oppressive Law That Creates New Problems Without Solving Old Ones
http://www.serifwebresources.com/control.php?uid=b181d5b77863c0b003f1d89c0179d43771b1de82&post=363773

“Human bondage hits U.S. heartland Illicit trade for labor, sex generates billions in profits”
http://michaelcutler.net/2011/03/28/human-bondage-hits-u-s-heartland-illicit-trade-for-labor-sex-generates-billions-in-profits/

Gerald Celente talks to Lew Rockwell about current and future troubles, and gold, guns and getaway plans.
The government and the power elite are out of control. The president rips up the constitution to start another war, and the American boobeosie sit back and watch TV. Wall Street and the big banks rip us off, and Boobus Americanus eats more junk food. But ignoring the criminals who are ruining the entire West with their monetary Ponzi scheme is hardly a cure. For one thing, we have to be prepared for retaliation by Gadaffi in New York or some other American city. But as individuals and families, we don’t have to take it. Given what lies ahead, here is what courageous Americans can do.
http://www.lewrockwell.com/lewrockwell-show/2011/03/27/193-gold-guns-and-getaway-plans/

Dr. Hans-Hermann Hoppe on the Impracticality of One-World Government and the Failure of Western-Style Democracy
http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig11/wile13.1.html

Rep. Ron Paul on Libya
http://www.thenewamerican.com/index.php/usnews/foreign-policy/6833-rep-ron-paul-on-libya

5 Items to Snap You Out of Your Digital Writing Routine
http://artofmanliness.com/2011/03/08/snap-out-of-your-writing-routine/

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Would the US Military Stand Down and ‘Empower a Revolution’ If Faced With Riots and Civil Unrest?
http://www.lewrockwell.com/slavo/slavo34.1.html

Bahrain police killing people in drive by shootings

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Bibliotherapy: The Power of Books
http://www.marksdailyapple.com/bibliotherapy/

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War on Libya and Control of The Mediterranean
http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=23940

Updates on Libyan war: March 28
http://rickrozoff.wordpress.com/2011/03/28/updates-on-libyan-war-march-28/
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Week in Review
http://www.thetrumpet.com/?q=8111.6752.0.0

At least three White House advisers and officials, including President Obama’s regulatory czar, Cass Sunstein, have ties to an effort funded by billionaire George Soros to push for a new, “progressive” U.S. Constitution.
http://www.wnd.com/?pageId=280277

Frank Gaffney:  Durbin Launches the ‘anti-Pete King’ Hearing
How curious.  At the very moment that the threat posed to U.S. interests by the toxic Islamist organization known as the Muslim Brotherhood is becoming ever more palpable, a top Senate Democrat seems determined to suppress Americans’ understanding of that menace.

Even the New York Times is now acknowledging the obvious: the principal beneficiary of the forced departure of an Egyptian dictator, Hosni Mubarak – a double-dealing leader who nonetheless passed, in the hall of mirrors that is Mideast politics, for a reliable U.S. ally – will likely be the Muslim Brotherhood (MB or Ikwhan in Arabic).

That means an organization explicitly committed to waging jihad to achieve the worldwide imposition of the Islamic politico-military-legal program its adherents call shariah will soon: run the most populous Arab Muslim nation; control the strategic Suez Canal, through which 5% of the world’s oil passes every day; and be armed with a vast, American-supplied arsenal of sophisticated and modern weapons.

Unfortunately, a similar outcome may be in store for Libya, whose so-called “rebels” and “freedom fighters” appear actually to be drawn from the ranks of the Brotherhood, its spin-off known as al Qaeda or other Islamist factions.  Some of those to whom we are now providing with air cover and perhaps soon armaments are said to have returned home from Iraq where they were, until recently, trying to kill U.S. forces.  Variations on the basic theme of MB fomenting and exploiting “Arab Springs” may also play out shortly across the Mideast, from Tunisia to Saudi Arabia, from Syria to Yemen…..
http://www.centerforsecuritypolicy.org/p18680.xml

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Obama Deconstructed: An Interview with Jack Cashill
http://www.aim.org/aim-column/obama-deconstructed-an-interview-with-jack-cashill/

Interview with Jack Cashill by Roger Aronoff

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Will Congress (at last, officially) solve the mystery of ‘the third terrorist’ in Oklahoma City?
http://www.aim.org/uncategorized/will-congress-at-last-officially-solve-the-mystery-of-the-third-terrorist-in-oklahoma-city/

Newt Takes Lame Excuses to a New Low
Perhaps I have been too busy to notice, but I have not seen much from the late-night comics on one of the best sources of comedy material provided for them in a long time. It just seems like such great fodder for spoofing by Leno, Letterman, Conan, etc. I’m talking about Newt Gingrich’s explanation for cheating on his first two wives….
http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/34894

The Syrian Spring  CAROLINE GLICK
Amidst the many dangers posed by the political conflagration now engulfing the Arab world, we are presented with a unique opportunity in Syria. In Egypt, the overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak has empowered the Muslim Brotherhood. The Sunni jihadist movement which spawned al-Qaeda and Hamas is expected to emerge as the strongest political force after the parliamentary elections in September.

Just a month after they demanded Mubarak’s ouster, an acute case of buyer’s remorse is now plaguing his Western detractors. As the Brotherhood’s stature rises higher by the day, Western media outlets as diverse as The New York Times and Commentary Magazine are belatedly admitting that Mubarak was better than the available alternatives….
http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Columnists/Article.aspx?id=214197

EU to ban cars from cities by 2050
Cars will be banned from London and all other cities across Europe under a draconian EU masterplan to cut CO2 emissions by 60 per cent over the next 40 years.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/eu/8411336/EU-to-ban-cars-from-cities-by-2050.html

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Is Media Matters breaking the law in its ‘war’ on Fox News?
Media Matters, the George Soros-backed legion of liberal agit-prop shock troops based in the nation’s capital, has declared war on Fox News, and in the process quite possibly stepped across the line of legality
http://washingtonexaminer.com/blogs/beltway-confidential/2011/03/media-matters-breaking-law-its-war-fox-news

The liberal group Media Matters has quietly transformed itself in preparation for what its founder, David Brock, described in an interview as an all-out campaign of “guerrilla warfare and sabotage” aimed at the Fox News Channel.
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0311/51949.html
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Meet ‘Future You.’ Like What You See?
New ‘Virtual Reality’ Techniques Could Help Solve The Age-Old Problem of Saving for Retirement
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703410604576216663758990104.html

David Kupelian of World Net Daily and AFTAH President Peter LaBarbera discuss notorious sex researcher Alfred Kinsey, who, incredibly, included “data” from child molesters in his groundbreaking volume, “Sexual Behavior and the Human Male.”
http://americansfortruth.com/news/aftah-interview-with-david-kupelian-part-one.html

Valor Stolen by Judge Alex Kozinsky: Proven Porno Pervert
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the most liberal and most reversed circuit in the country, has further fueled the fire and ire of Americans claiming a modern “judicial tyranny,” by the 9th Circuit’s recent refusal to grant a rehearing of its prior decision declaring the Stolen Valor Act an unconstitutional violation of “freedom of speech” under the First Amendment, thus effectively creating a “right to lie” about military service and receipt of the Medal of Honor and other medals of valor…..
http://www.newswithviews.com/Lloyd/rees115.htm

The War Within
Communists and fascists are two heads of a three-headed Marxist snake, advocating “democracy” – rule by the majority with the rights of the minority at the whim of the majority; in other words, rule according to the passions, opinions and prejudices of those in power.  As Americans are learning the hard way, and in the words of James Madison, in Federalist Paper #10…….
http://www.newswithviews.com/Stuter/stuter193.htm

We Are All Badgers Now
In Wisconsin the government union members have only had to pay about one third of what their fellow citizens in the private sector pay for their pension funding. The money left over for the government unions is then available for financing socialist politicians who keep this whole Ponzi scheme going. But in Wisconsin, it is worse still. The state teachers union (WEAC) has a…..  http://www.newswithviews.com/Pratt/larry118.htm

The Health Benefits of Iodine for Thyroid Health
http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/iodine-and-thyroid-health/#more-5498

The Future of Food Prices: What Will Food Cost in 2015?
http://www.minyanville.com/special-features/articles/inflation-rates-inflation-rate-consumer-prices/2/24/2011/id/32995

The Clover Test  http://www.lewrockwell.com/peters-e/peters-e31.1.html

America’s Economic Rebirth
http://www.321gold.com/editorials/robins/robins032811.html

Can We Live Free in an Unfree World
http://www.lewrockwell.com/kwiatkowski/kwiatkowski265.html

Voting With Their Feet
http://www.lewrockwell.com/sowell/sowell38.1.html
Education With a Human Face
by Jerome Kohn

Illuminated by the light of his PowerPoint slide, the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction proclaimed yet another “victory on the Malabar Front.” Test scores were up. Was it the PSAE? PLAN? ACT? SAT?, ISAT? I do not remember. What did it matter? My mind wandered. I imagined myself in Moscow circa 1930. At the Ministry of Plate Glass Production, the commissar was crowing of our success in meeting the quota from the Five Year Plan. We produced X tons of glass far exceeding production from the previous year. All applauded vigorously. Of course to meet our quota, we had to make the panes of glass so thick and heavy that you could barely see through them, but what did it matter? No one dared bring it up. Of course, the following year, complaints about quality led the Politburo to issue a new standard. Henceforth, plate glass quotas would be set not in metric tons but in square meters. This required an entirely new approach, but we at the ministry accepted the challenge. We would now manufacture very thin, fragile panes of glass that maximized area rather than weight. These new panes would shatter in the slightest breeze, but again, what did it matter?

Our education commissars set similar arbitrary and shifting benchmarks. A Nation at Risk, No Child Left Behind, and now Race to the Top demand that test scores rise, and rise they shall. How could they do otherwise? No one really has any idea whether the scores actually mean anything, so what does it matter? And even if the pressure we put on children to perform causes them harm, well, this is simply the price that must be paid. In the final analysis, students are only so much raw material. Often, students come out of school with good grades and high test scores but without a real education or an independent sense of direction. The most capable students often become what former Nazi Minister Albert Speer described as technically-skilled barbarians. They are fit to perform a particular task assigned to them and little else. As for the least capable, they are like the window panes coming out of the Soviet glass factory, either fragile and easily broken or dense and maladapted.

Beyond its crude and ill-considered central planning, the world of public schooling resembles the Soviet Union in other ways. The nation’s schools form an educational gulag archipelago. As in Stalin’s gulags, students are constantly monitored and their movement severely restricted. Students are ordered about and subject to the arbitrary authority of teachers and administrators. Permission is required even to go to the bathroom, and even this is often withheld. Unauthorized travel in the hallways will be met with a stern demand to show travel papers (i.e. a hall pass), and once in the classroom, students are told what to do, when to do it and how to do it. Speaking with fellow inmates is generally not permitted unless the conversation is authorized and relates to the mandated task, and unauthorized communication with the outside world via cell phone will result in immediate confiscation of the device with additional punishment to follow. As with any prison, fear and shame are the primary means of control and bullying and dishonesty often the only means of survival.

There is, of course, the outward appearance of democracy and due process. Schools hold elections for student government, but often the administration permits only prescreened candidates to run for office. The powers of these student councils are limited to a few trivial matters, and even these decisions are subject to veto. To provide the illusion of due process, many schools create what are called teen courts. Students that make up a teen court are hand-picked by the administration for their political reliability and work under the supervision of a dean. The court does not determine guilt or innocence but merely punishes. To get a hearing before the court, the accused must first confess. If the accused does not confess, he faces immediate and usually more severe punishment from the dean. Even Stalin would have been impressed with this arrangement.

Like our schools, the Soviet Union wasted enormous amounts of manpower and other economic resources in a blind rush to meet arbitrary quotas. As failure was not an option, the quotas were almost always met, but their achievement served political rather than economic, social or spiritual ends. Outward appearances and raw numbers were often impressive but always misleading. Behind the façade and the numbers were shoddy goods and poor service provided to an oppressed and increasingly cynical and demoralized people. It all came to a bad end.

If our schools and indeed our entire nation are not to come to a similar bad end, radical change will be necessary. First, we must reconsider what reform should look like. Public school perestroika advocated by many of today’s so-called reformers will never work. The taxpayer-funded vouchers and charter school schemes now being proposed with so much fanfare lead down the same dead end road Gorbachev led the Soviet Union down. So long as government money is involved, schools will continue to serve political rather than student interests. Real reform must start with getting government completely out of the business of education. Second, we must reconsider what education should look like. Professional pedagogues assume they know what a child should know and when they should know it. They do not. I would not be so arrogant to suggest that I do, but I would suggest that each child knows. A child’s natural curiosity about the world leads him on an endless journey of exploration. From their very first breath, babies relentlessly explore and make sense of their world. They teach themselves to walk and to talk without any teaching, testing or grading. Why not simply allow children to continue into adulthood on that same self-determined path? This, after all, is how children were educated for tens of thousands of years, and this changed only during the last one hundred and fifty years. A child has little chance of finding and developing his true talents and passion if not given the freedom to do so. Finally, we need to reconsider what schools should look like. Once we reject educational Stalinism and throw off the shackles of state control, we can create schools that provide young people the resources they need without restricting their freedom to make best use of them. We can relieve the pressure and stop the grading and testing, and end the rigid adherence to irrelevant and outmoded curriculum standards. Most important, we can begin trusting our children and treating them with the respect they deserve. As Goethe once said, “Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help then to become what they are capable of being.” Unschooling parents and most homeschooling parents get it as do the parents who send their children to one of the several dozen Sudbury Schools around the nation. (My daughter will attend this one next year.)

Sadly, for the present, only a tiny minority of young people get this kind of libertarian-style education. Most students, teachers, and parents continue to live behind the educational iron curtain. Most people have grown accustomed to conventional schooling’s absurdities and oppression and now consider them the norm. Changing this will not be easy. Libertarian education reformers must be like the 19th century abolitionists. In opposing slavery, the abolitionists had the courage to boldly swim against the tide of popular opinion. They did not compromise or equivocate or trim their sails. They endured ridicule and even persecution, but they soldiered on confident in the truth of their ideas. Those of us committed to bringing liberty even to our children in the classroom must have similar courage. We must take risks and endure the skepticism of fellow parents, teachers, friends, relatives, and perhaps even of some of our children unaccustomed to the responsibility that comes with freedom. If we can expand the range of freedom even down to our youngest citizens, there may yet be hope for the future. Why must we do this? Because it really does matter.

March 29, 2011

Jerry Kohn [send him mail] is a high school teacher in Oak Forest, Illinois. jerome.kohn@sbcglobal.net

Copyright © 2011 by LewRockwell.com. Permission to reprint in whole or in part is gladly granted, provided full credit is given.
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