It’s Not Public School, It’s Government School

By on March 24, 2013

From a friend from California, on what is wrong with Public Schools:

Larry Sand, president of the non-profit California Teachers Empowerment Network, was one of a four-member panel discussing education reform at the Conservative Forum held in early March. Sand provides a neat summary of California Teachers Association president Dean Vogel’s comments in the column Unanswered Questions.

In my opinion, I think the entire public school system should be scrapped. Education has become indoctrination, not education. We need young people to be able to think critically and for themselves, not spout the social engineering lines that pass today for “education.” I have recently discovered a great book called “The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America” by Charlotte Thomson Iserbyt, which traces the changes in education back to the 1930s. She includes documentation that illustrates how socialists have changed our schools into laboratories that teach students in a Skinnerian/Pavlovian system of stimulus-response. The student gives the right response to the stimulus, so he is rewarded. It is like training an animal, not educating a human being. When I understood Iserbyt’s thesis on this, a light bulb went on in my brain. I had wondered for a long time why I had such distrust of our public schools — why some of the exercises felt so wrong. Now I know.

About Butch Porter

Butch Porter is a small business owner in Northern Virginia. A native Louisianian who has decided on the Commonwealth of Virginia as his place to raise a family. His faith, his upbringing, and his experience has defined him politically as an Independent Conservative. He is active in his local business community, and a strong advocate for individual property rights, accountable and fiscally responsible government, and parental choice and reform in education. He lives in Leesburg with his wife of 13 years (and counting) and son. Some of Mr. Porter’s writing and thought can be found in his local Loudoun Times Mirror, as well as on

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