Reality Check: Question of the Week

February 7, 2011

Does the United States educational system have any value or is it just a brainwashing machine, part of an agenda for mass-control?

I want to hear from you before I respond to this question.  Go ahead and post your comments below.

- Steve Prussack, Host of Raw Vegan Radio



14 Responses to “Reality Check: Question of the Week”

  1. Stewart Long on February 7th, 2011 10:22 pm

    We don’t need no education…its all about mind control…business as usual.

  2. Sarah Lee Chesney on February 7th, 2011 10:23 pm

    Honestly? The question is WHO is pulling the strings? Like David Ickes says, there are powers at play that are beyond our comprehension! Thank you Steve, for keeping it real…Reality Check Questions of the Week are definitely going to be a way to stir up conversation that actually MEANS something!

  3. trace on February 7th, 2011 10:34 pm

    I don’t know how to take that question, if you mean from the top or as a whole. As an educator in the United States, I am VERY passionate about my job. My greatest joy is my student’s successes, not only academically but physically, emotionally and spiritually. I advocate an environment of learning and cultivation of relationships along the way, and so do many of my colleagues.

  4. Dave's Bear on February 7th, 2011 10:41 pm

    Absolutely a mind control institutuion. In addition to the way the facts are distorted as taught to children is mind controlling; the food the children are eating is also part of the mind control. Send your children to school and you give up your right to them during school hours; unless you can prove a really good reason try to keep you children out of school just because you want to teach them something youself that day…take them on a field trip, etc. Parents think before you sign our children up for “school” programming.

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  6. Ronnie Skurow on February 7th, 2011 11:08 pm

    I feel that like our financial system, health care system, welfare system, political system and just about other system, the education system is not living up to it’s potential, in fact, like the other systems, it is failing. I give it a D-

  7. Angelina Elliott on February 7th, 2011 11:23 pm

    The public school system was originally created to train children for the military and to train them to spend their lives taking orders, it was not designed to create entrepreneurs. It most definitely is a system built for mind control!

  8. Elaine on February 7th, 2011 11:25 pm

    Our educational system is within a monetary system, so yes it is just a machine to elevate consumption. Consumption is the only objective of a monetary system, no matter how much we want to believe differently! Hence, why we disguise it behind a veil of democracy, and this democratic delusion is one of the most powerful paradoxes of our educational machine

    Please ask again once we have embraced a “resource based” system :-)

  9. Richard "Raw" Tasca on February 7th, 2011 11:55 pm

    The minds of children is precious and highly vulnerable, a kind of “tabula rasa” - blank slate - that is formed by the impressions it receives from its environment, most especially its parents and social influences. Many totalitarian and authoritarian systems have used education purely as a means of indoctrination to perpetuate the goals of the government and enforce its all-encompassing authority through brain-washing and limiting access to information that would not support their goal. In the case of our democracy where many real freedoms are in play, it is not a cut and dry case of brain-washing as in the former case. And yet some of the same mechanics of imprinting ideas and manipulating the minds of children are certainly in play. as a part of social enculturation. Children will only learn what they are exposed to and what they are exposed to is a product of what the parents and educational system want them to know and to teach them.

    It is only at the age at which a child develops critical thinking skills and can access competing and differing points of view that they can achieve a certain freedom from the imprinting through parenting and education. And such critical thinking does remain a goal of our educational system and there is wide access to information in our society. That makes it more likely that a child can as an adult overcome or discard what they have learned in the process of being socialized and education and operate from a free mind and a free will if they choose to do so. Many have even been able to overcome the type of willful brainwashing that occurs in the variety of religious cults which are found in our society.

    But the imprint of early familial, religious, educational and social indoctrination and programming does in most cases generally become egocentronic and remains with most to some degree, more or less, for the entirety of their lives. This does limit their human potential.

    My primary concern as one who has been involved in healing is that children learn at a very young age to obey doctor’s advice when they are sick. The doctor’s education is in turn not only a body of biological knowledge but also an indoctrination into the practices of a system which has come to be dominated by a very limited and highly destructive pharmaceutical approach to treating symptoms of disease. Add to that the socialization of children into the denatured, chemicalized, and disease producing S.A..D. (Standard American Diet), and we have the health disaster that currently looms large over our country. This is most certainly a widespread modern tragedy that comes about through the indoctrination of children. (And I haven’t even touched on the question of deliberate manipulation through advertising or government regulation of health care options!!!)

    In the end, each person will be as free as they choose to be, if they aspire to that freedom.

  10. Jennifer on February 8th, 2011 12:35 am

    We all have free access to the resources we need to educate ourselves and our children through libraries and the Internet. Aside from about 10 minutes a day of phonics instruction around age 4 1/2,, my three children have successfully educated themselves. They are voracious learners. I came to this realization while in the seventh grade in public school and it has seemed more and more true every day- school is simply a babysitting service. I personally think families would be happier spending their days together.

  11. Donna Lynn on February 8th, 2011 12:35 am

    I was a teacher for 10 + years. Our holding tanks are the main reason we are a terribly stupid nation with no hope

  12. Karen Ranzi on February 8th, 2011 1:21 am

    Governments use schools as avenues to spread propaganda. The meat and dairy counsels have a monopoly over public school nutritional guidelines. In addition, the main activities of most schools tend to inhibit rather than encourage a child’s imagination and creativity. John Taylor Gatto, award-winning New York State Teacher of the Year and author of Dumbing Us Down, expressed the following belief at a homeschooling conference back in the late 1990s: “We’ve built a way of life that depends on people doing what they are told because they don’t know how to tell themselves what to do. School is a fundamental betrayal of the American Revolution. In Benjamin Franklin’s autobiography, he said there is ‘no time to waste in school.’”
    My two children homeschooled and unschooled all the way through, and because they were able to follow their interests, they understood their passions from an early age. They always got enough sleep, never needed a pass to go to the bathroom, and ate when they were hungry. They spent many hours playing, and play is children’s work.

  13. eileen laurel on February 8th, 2011 3:00 am

    the answer to yr question, “does th U.S. educational system have any value or is it just part of a brainwashing machine, part of an agenda for mass control,” is yes.
    for those whose agenda is to gain and maintain mass control, th system has a high degree of value. but clearly, most of us already know this and agree. it’s a meat grinder, yes. we go in wild, unique, uncensored, untamed, wide-eyed and open to possibility. th systematic grinding up spits us out like some homogenous glop, an army of bland meat sacks who excel at queueing up, consuming, and complying with authority. seems to me there’s pretty much of a consensus th system in place doesn’t have our well-being in mind. so it’s pretty soft soap to ask us to “speak yr mind”, as if th answer to this question is surprising or controversial. i think th more pertinent question wd be, now that we realize and agree that there is a system in place that controls much of our lives, a system that were not invited to participate in designing, what are we going to do about it? where do we go from here?

  14. Laura Gonzalez RN, VP, GWAH Healing Way Institute on February 19th, 2011 8:53 pm

    There is so much misinformation being fed into the educational system that I find very little value in it. I find it sad that small minds are being fed layers and layers of information that has no foundation in the truth, diet and much of history just being the tip of the iceberg. It’s function is to assure you are put into a deep slumber and as time goes by a louder and louder alarm clock is needed to awaken those who have been processed through it. One example is a friend of mine who is a medical doctor. He recently was diagnosed with throat cancer. This person was schooled and processed through our educational system as the one you refer to. Well, I briefly spoke to him about the healing potentials with raw/living foods and he was astounded. His only question was “That’s impossible because how would that work? I mean how could just food heal anything?” I find
    it is designed to produce workers that will punch a card and never ask questions or “think” too much. In my home, homeschooling is what’s in place and everywhere we go you can see the difference in our children when compared to the other children. They are also vegans.

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