Monday, November 28, 2011

Bill Whittle on Character: Starting the week off right...

and we thank him.

H/T iOwnTheWorld

This is what John Taylor Gatto, author of The Underground History of American Education, has to say in about what our modern day schools achieve.  You may read the entire book at the link above. 

Pathology As A Natural Byproduct

With these eight lessons in hand you should have less trouble seeing that the social pathologies we associate with modern children are natural byproducts of our modern system of schooling which produces:
  • Children indifferent to the adult world of values and accomplishment, defying the universal human experience laid down over thousands of years that a close study of grown-ups is always the most exciting and one of the most necessary occupations of youth. Have you noticed how very few people, adults included, want to grow up anymore? Toys are the lingua franca of American society for the masses and the classes.

  • Children with almost no curiosity. Children who can’t even concentrate for long on things they themselves choose to do. Children taught to channel-change by a pedagogy employing the strategy "and now for something different," but kids who also realize dimly that the same damn show is on every channel.

  • Children with a poor sense of the future, of how tomorrow is linked to today. Children who live in a continuous present. Conversely, children with no sense of the past and of how the past has shaped and limited the present, shaped and limited their own choices, predetermined their values and destinies to an overwhelming degree.

  • Children who lack compassion for misfortune, who laugh at weakness, who betray their friends and families, who show contempt for people whose need for help shows too plainly. Children condemned to be alone, to age with bitterness, to die in fear.

  • Children who can’t stand intimacy or frankness. Children who masquerade behind personalities hastily fabricated from watching television and from other distorted gauges of human nature. Behind the masks lurk crippled souls. Aware of this, they avoid the close scrutiny intimate relationships demand because it will expose their shallowness of which they have some awareness.

  • Materialistic children who assign a price to everything and who avoid spending too much time with people who promise no immediate payback—a group which often includes their own parents. Children who follow the lead of schoolteachers, grading and ranking everything: "the best," "the biggest," "the finest," "the worst." Everything simplified into simple-minded categories by the implied judgment of a cash price, deemed an infallible guide to value.

  • Dependent children who grow up to be whining, treacherous, terrified, dependent adults, passive and timid in the face of new challenges. And yet this crippling condition is often hidden under a patina of bravado, anger, aggressiveness.

More Bill Whittle:

Bill Whittle: What We Believe

Part One: Small Government & Free Enterprise  here
Part Two: The Problem with Elitism  here
Part Three: Wealth Creation here 
Part Four: Natural Law here 
Part Five: Gun Rights here
Part Six: Immigration here 

Part Seven:   American Exceptionalism here

Part Eight:  A Nation of Desire here


Bill Whittle: OBAMA AT HALFTIME ...
Bill Whittle: Just exactly who is Obama? 
Bill Whittle :  Eat the Rich 

Bill Whittle: How to Steal Power

Bill Whittle: The Bridge in Your Mind

Take the time to watch:

Bill Whittle Explains our Progressive Nightmare 

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