Hillsdale College will be hosting a telephone townhall event tomorrow, December 6, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time. The call will last approximately one hour and there is no cost to participate.
Hugh Hewitt and Hillsdale College President Larry P. Arnn will be talking about Hillsdale’s Barney Charter School Initiative and how this effort is revolutionizing America’s K-12 education system. They’ll also be answering questions about education submitted by participants, so this promises to be an informative event about solutions to the crisis in American education.
The link to register is www.hillsdale.edu/townhall.
Hillsdale’s Barney Charter School Initiative has founded twenty schools in nine states, featureing a classical curriculum that promotes civic virtue and moral character.
Former teacher and continual educator John Taylor Gatto passed away this past Monday, Oct. 29th, 2018. His writings on the US educational system had quite an impact on this blogger. If you’ve never read any of his work, you owe it to yourself and your country to read his Underground History of American Education at least.
From the Foundation for Economic Education:
It is with a heavy heart that we mourn the passing of a revolutionary educator, John Taylor Gatto. Gatto spent nearly 30 years as a teacher in the infamously rough New York City public school system. He was awarded New York City Teacher of the Year three consecutive years while also being recognized as New York State Teacher of the Year in 1991…
…Feeling the education system was beyond repair, Gatto could no longer in good conscience be an active participant. Rather than sending his letter of resignation to his superiors in his school district, he sent a copy of “I Quit, I Think” to the Wall Street Journal, where it was published as an op-ed on July 25, 1991.
In his biting resignation, he wrote:
I’ve come slowly to understand what it is I really teach: A curriculum of confusion, class position, arbitrary justice, vulgarity, rudeness, disrespect for privacy, indifference to quality, and utter dependency. I teach how to fit into a world I don’t want to live in.
I just can’t do it anymore. I can’t train children to wait to be told what to do; I can’t train people to drop what they are doing when a bell sounds; I can’t persuade children to feel some justice in their class placement when there isn’t any, and I can’t persuade children to believe teachers have valuable secrets they can acquire by becoming our disciples. That isn’t true.
Gatto dedicated the rest of his life to repairing the damage done by the public education system. He wrote several books on his experience in the classroom including Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling and Weapons of Mass Instruction: A Schoolteacher’s Journey through the Dark World of Compulsory Schooling. His book The Underground History of American Educationis perhaps the most accurate and damning history of the American education system that has ever been written.
He believed that learning was actually inhibited by the classroom setting and that every single moment of life presented the opportunity to learn and grow.
Gatto encouraged parents to foster an environment where their children could follow their bliss rather than being stuck in a classroom, trained to be just another cog in the machine. He inspired teachers to reassess their reasons for becoming educators and to challenge the status quo.
He was also a firm believer in self-directed education, sometimes referred to as “unschooling.” He believed that learning was actually inhibited by the classroom setting and that every single moment of life presented the opportunity to learn and grow.
Alternatively, you can download a PDF copy by clicking here.
From the Foundation for Economic Freedom:
In the Wake of Mass Shootings, Parents Reconsider Mass SchoolingParents who remove their children from the confines of the conventional classroom are not running away from reality. They are running towards it.
In the wake of recent tragic school shootings, anxious parents are contemplating homeschooling to protect their children. After February’s school shooting in Parkland, Florida, the Miami Herald reported that more parents were considering the homeschooling option. And after Friday’s disturbing school shooting in Sante Fe, Texas, a local ABC news affiliate in Alabama reported the increasing appeal of homeschooling.
“If I had the time, I would teach my kids myself, and I would know that they’re safe,” a father of four told ABC station, WAAY31. A public school teacher interviewed by the channel disagreed with the idea of homeschooling. According to the news story, the teacher “says resorting to homeschooling is teaching your children to run from reality.”
But that raises the question: Is compulsory mass schooling “reality”?
Public Schools Are Consuming More and More of Kids’ Time
Segregating children by age into increasingly restrictive, test-driven classrooms where they are forced by law to be unless a parent or caregiver liberates them is hardly “reality.” What’s worse is that young people are spending increasingly more time in this coercive “reality” than ever before.
In the case of teens, spending more time in school and school-like activities may be further separating them from the actual real world.
For young children ages six to eight, schooling increased from an average of five hours a day in 1981-82 to an average of seven hours a day in 2002-03. And for today’s teens, schooling consumes much more of their time than it did for previous generations, seeping into summertime and other historically school-free periods. According to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 42 percent of teens were enrolled in school during July 2016, compared to only 10 percent enrolled in July 1985.
In the case of teens, spending more time in school and school-like activities may be further separating them from the actual real world in which they previously came of age. As Business Insider reports: “Almost 60% of teens in 1979 had a job, compared to 34% in 2015.” Spending more time in the contrived reality of forced schooling and less time in authentic, multi-age, productive communities may be taking its toll on today’s youth…
The following information was graciously provided by WA State Rep. Matt Shea. The compilation of invaluable training and education resources stemmed from an on-stage panel we were in, fielding questions from the audience. One question came up asking what we can do to reach our youth. This list is not just for youth, as you can see. While some of them are oriented toward bringing up the next generation in the truth of our blessed heritage, many/most are also critical resources for ALL AMERICANS.
The following list is yet another example of Rep. Shea’s leadership and commitment to make this and the next generation one which relearns our history and heritage, and restores our great constitutional republic in a God-honoring way, so He may restore to us the blessings of liberty.
-John Jacob Schmidt
Training Courses for Patriots
The following is a suggested order of training:
- The American Heritage Series
- Building on The American Heritage Series
- Foundations of Freedom
- The Truth Project
- CSG Level 1: Foundation in Self-Governance
- CSG Level 2: Macro-Understanding of Centralized Self-Governance
- FEE Economics 101
- Western Center for Media Journalism Boot Camp (2 Days)
Training in Government (Law & Politics)
- NCCS The Making of America
- NCSS A More Perfect Union
- NCSS 5000 Year Leap Basic
- NCSS 5000 Year Leap Advanced
- IOTC Complete Constitution Course
- Patriot Academy (3 Days) – Age 15-25
- CSG Level 3: Team Building & Performance for Effective Self-Governance
- CSG Level 4: Inside Gaming & Planning for Effective Self-Governance
- CSG Level 5: Outside Gaming and Planning for Effective Self-Governance
Training in Business (Economics)