HOW EDUCATORS HAVE "IMPROVED" IT
By: Albert V. Burns
From: Stacey Miller
There is much talk about the problems in American education today. However, these problems are not new by any means. Their beginnings lie seven or eight decades ago. To understand what we see today, it is necessary to look backward.
During World War II, the military forces of the U.S. tested over 18 million young Americans, from all social levels, and found, at that time, there was only a four percent (4%) illiteracy rate. These recruits had been educated in the late 20s and the 30s and the process had obviously been successful: ninety six percent could read, write and calculate effectively.
Just ten years later during the Korean conflict, the military tested another three million young men and found that, in spite of MORE formal education, the illiteracy rate had jumped from 4% to 19%. The education system had been changed in the late 30s, supposedly to improve it. The results showed that the change had been a failure -- however the education establishment pushed ahead with more changes.
After another few years, the military again had occasion to test millions of young Americans because of the Vietnam War. Again, although this latest group had even MORE formal education than EITHER of the previous groups, testing showed that only 73% could read, write and calculate well enough to read simple directives. In other words, the illiteracy rate was now up to 27%. To any logical, rational person it should have been obvious that the improvements which had been installed were having a negative effect. Somehow, the education establishment has, even today in 2002, NOT accepted the fact that they were (and are) going in the wrong direction in education.
Unfortunately, it was not simply reading, writing and arithmetic which had been damaged by the new education. Patriotism, knowledge of American political philosophy and practice, etc. was also deteriorating.
During the Korean War, over seven thousand American servicemen were captured and spent up to three years in Korean prison camps. These men were closely observed and studied by their captors as a prelude to re-education and indoctrination.
The Chief of Intelligence of the People’s Volunteer Chinese Army in North Korea wrote an evaluation of the average American serviceman who had been captured and was being held in No. Korean prison camps. It was intercepted by U.S. Intelligence operatives. This evaluation was NOT for propaganda purposes, but was, rather, simply a report to the Chief of Intelligence of the People’s Republic of China of what they had observed after studying these captured American young men. It is a devastating indictment of the American education system in the 1940s and 50s.
"Based upon our observations of American soldiers and their officers captured in this war for the liberation of Korea from capitalist imperialist aggression, the following facts are evident. The American soldier has weak loyalty to his family, his community, his country, his religion and to his fellow soldier. His concepts of right and wrong are hazy and ill-formed. Opportunism is easy for him. By himself he feels frightened and insecure. He underestimates his own worth, his own strength and his ability to survive. He is ignorant of social values, social tensions and conflicts. There is little knowledge or understanding, even among university graduates, of American political history and philosophy, the federal, state and community organizations, state and civil rights, freedoms, safeguards, checks and balances and how these things, allegedly operate within his own system....Based upon these facts about the imperialist United States aggressors, the re-education ! and indoctrination program for American prisoners proceeds as planned." (From a report by Maj. Wm. E. Mayer who studied American servicemen who had been held in North Korean prison camps.)
Our education system had FAILED these young Americans! Four out of every ten DIED in captivity. Not from mistreatment or starvation but rather from lack of the will and ability to survive the indoctrination they were exposed to. Half of those who died simply went into a corner, pulled a blanket over their heads and within 48 hours were dead! It was a death rate higher than in any other conflict in which American youth had ever been involved, higher than the Bataan Death March. Not ONE American ever escaped although there were few fences and guard towers and, in at least one camp, only ONE guard to every 600 prisoners. Clearly, these were a different breed of Americans than any who had gone before. Even back in the late 40s and 50s, the process of destroying individualism and self-reliance were underway in the schools. Respect for authority was being undermined. Concepts of right and wrong were weakened or destroyed. Vital knowledge of our history and ! our governmental system which, in only 80 years, from the end of the Civil War till 1945, had made the United States the mightiest nation the world had ever seen was NOT imparted to these young men. They were vulnerable to sophisticated mind control techniques as no other Americans had ever been. They had been programmed into such apathy and distrust that they had lost the ability to resist. These same techniques are being used against us all, today.