Steve A. Stone
Dear President Trump,
I last wrote to you on 1 May. In the interim, I’ve been watching the progress of both the pandemic and the social unrest that’s made life in many of America’s cities almost unbearable. Both are interesting to consider as ideological exercises and parts of a whole.
It’s always been evident to me that the goal of many who figure largely into the scenarios of the COVID-19 pandemic and the unrest in our nation’s streets is exactly the same – to influence the outcome of the November general election. I haven’t believed for a moment that either of those two phenomenon will abate at all until after the election, at least not without forceful intervention. Should you win re-election, there will be a lot of motivation to continue on until there’s no popular will left to put up with it all.
Your most recent emphasis has my attention. You’ve come out very strongly, urging the states to declare their public schools will re-open for the fall semester. I concur with the emphasis, but wish to caution you of one reality that needs to be dealt with.
While I agree that children need structured environments in order to mature into good citizens and need the company of their peers in order to socialize properly, I must also warn that America’s schools need to be totally re-vamped if they are to properly serve the nation’s needs.
In February, I wrote to our Secretary of Education Mrs. DeVos. In my letter, I detailed my concerns regarding the manner in which education in this country has been taken over by progressives in order to train young people to be tools to serve their needs. The original concept for the effort was created by Dr. John Dewey, whose influence in education during the 20th Century was unrivaled. Dr. Dewey’s emphasis on using the public schools for social purposes in addition to academic training was implemented by progressive-socialists beginning in 1951 and continues to this day. We’ve all heard the colleges and universities are little more than indoctrination laboratories for progressive socialist ideologies, but the truth is so are our public schools. I have seen little from the Department of Education that indicates anyone there intends to change a thing in the way they’ve been doing business since their establishment. The department is riddled with progressive deep staters and is a large part of the problem.
Most public schools today instruct according to national standards. Many parents have heard of Common Core Curricula and understand there are many differences between old-fashioned rote learning and the new methodologies, but few parents understand that Common Core is but one national standard. In truth, the majority of the ideological indoctrination comes from the other standards, not Common Core. The Next Generation Science Standards require teaching children all about man-made global climate change, pollution, and the dangers of fossil fuel use. The National Social Studies Standards require teaching American History according to Howard Zinn’s anti-European, anti-white, anti-colonial model. The National Sexuality Education Standards require teaching children about alternative lifestyles, emphasizing that nothing people do in the way of sexual expression is actually odd or different as long as the people involved are okay with it, and that the term “family” has as many meanings as one can possibly conceive. By the time children graduate from high school today, they are fully trained social and justice warriors, but as we’ve heard recently, far too many of them cannot pass the math or English standards necessary to enter college.
If there’s a true #1 issue in America today, it’s not illegal immigration. It’s not COVID-19. It’s not the multi-dimensional threat posed by the rapidly emerging superpower we know as China. The #1 issue is what our young people are taught to believe about themselves and about this country. What you’re seeing on the streets today is proof of the success progressives have had in grabbing the minds of the young and turning them toward their own purposes.
The problems in education are evidence of the infiltration of the federal government by progressives. They penetrated the government many years ago, and it was their idea to take control of local public schools by attaching “strings” to grant programs. Local administrators and Parent-Teacher Associations have themselves convinced everything about education is controlled by the U.S. Dept. of Education. And because they’re equally convinced of their dire need for more and more money, it’s effectively true. Today, most people in education don’t question that students need good facilities in order to receive a good education, and who doesn’t like new school buildings? Who doesn’t like equipping schools with the latest technology? Who doesn’t like the fact that a majority of children in America are fed by their government? It’s all nonsense, and if we’re to stop the degeneration of American society, it has to end very, very soon.
The truth is – if money was a real factor in education, the Washington D.C. school district would have been the best place in the world to send kids to school – for all of the past 50 years. But, we know the truth of that, don’t we? It also defies any real logic. If facilities made the difference, almost no one in the 3rd World could possibly get a decent education. The $$$/student ratios in those countries would argue against it. Yet, we all know it’s not unusual for someone from a third world country to become a success. If we are to fix schools in America, they all need to be divorced from any federal requirement. The states and independent school districts should re-assume control and the Parent-Teacher Associations should have a renewed emphasis.
You’ve emphasized school choice many times, but school choice won’t make a real difference. One school may perform better than another when success metrics are compared, but if both schools are teaching from the National Standards, that only means one school is more successful in their efforts to churn out better trained social and justice warriors. Charter schools are better in some cases, and not better in others. It depends on the state and whether or not there is a requirement for the charter school to teach to the National Standards.
You’re in the middle of your re-election campaign. It’s not too late to announce an emphasis on saving education in America. But, people need to be told about the National Standards and the truth that our social situations in the country will only grow worse as long as the schools teach the children to be little but self-hating progressive useful idiots and fellow travelers. The curricula requirement of all our schools needs to be re-vamped. Schools need to emphasize academics, not social objectives. The schools need to get back to teaching about our nation’s founding as it happened, not according to the new 1619 dogma. Students need to be taught to be proud to be Americans and to want to take their place as America’s future leaders, and not imbued with their current shame and willingness to become anarchists.
Mr. President, I’ve been studying, analyzing, and writing on these issues for years now. I do sense an awakening in the country. Many smart people are starting to say there’s a big problem, but until all the smart people do, there still won’t be the awareness level we need to begin to fix things.
I will propose a few things that might help:
a) Redefine the role of the Dept. of Education. Ensure no funds made available through grants have any “string” attached that affects any aspect of curricula. The Dept. of Education should dole out and monitor the effectiveness of spending any funds given, but otherwise should play no role in K-12 education. That is best left up to local authorities and the states to decide.
b) Take to your “bully pulpit” and help spread the information needed so parents will understand that K-12 today is designed to produce students whose attitudes are easily characterized as anti-American. Promote the notion of local control, and standards that guarantee a good academic experience that eliminates all aspects of ideological programming. If there’s to be any social objective to K-12, it should be to produce knowledgeable, motivated, proud Americans who understand why America exists and the principles it was created to perpetuate.
c) Call out the progressives directly and put the blame for America’s social problems squarely where it belongs – with them. The progressives are the primary agents responsible for almost all of today’s social ills, and have been since President Johnson created his so-called “Great Society.” What we’re living with is that Great Society, and a great example of how socialism perverts all that is touched by it.
I’m working for you, Mr. President. I’m in your corner. But, there’s only so much one person in America can do without a national voice. I know your successes are my successes, but I also know no success will be complete or lasting until the education system of our nation is corrected. We’ve already lost one generation and are well on our way to losing another. Listen to the voices in the street – the voices of the young progressives. They’re telling us all who they are. All we need to understand to know how much trouble we’re in is where those voices learned the words they utter. They’re learning them in their classrooms, and all the citizens of American have been funding our nation’s potential demise.
We are out of time.
It must stop!
Steve A. Stone© Steve A. Stone
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