Education in 1984

“Nearly all children nowadays were horrible. What was worst of all was that by means of such organizations as the Spies they were systematicallt turned into little savages, and yet this produced in them no tendency whatever to rebel against the discipline of the Party. On the contrary, they adored the Party and everything connected with it.”

“All their ferocity was turned outwards, against the enemies of the State, against foreigners, traitors, saboteurs, thought-criminals. It was almost normal for people over thirty to be frightened of their own children. And with good reason, for hardly a week passed in which the Times did not carry a paragraph describing how some eavesdropping little sneak – “child hero” was the phrase generally used – had overheard some compromising remark and denounced his parents to the Thought Police.”

Both of the above are from 1984 by George Orwell.

Hmmmm… Sounds familiar to this Libertarian. The Democratic-Republican party has taken over education and has begun the transformation to Big Brother. They have learned, as I’ve heard multiple preachers over the years say, that if you have the children and patience, you have the world you want. I’ve literally got the scars to prove that kids today run amok in schools with no repercussions to them. In the cases I experienced, kids can literally assault a teacher with a potentially deadly weapon and get no more than a ‘stern talking to’ by the Principal. And when they get home, in my experience, you get the parent calling and demanding the teacher be fired.

Parents today fear their kids and this fear results in a lack of discipline due to child abuse laws gone amuck. Working in the DA’s office – and even in the church bus ministry I once work in, long ago – I’ve seen far too many cases of legitimate child abuse. But spanking your kid is NOT child abuse. Forcing them to clean their room is NOT child abuse. Making them eat their vegetables is NOT child abuse.

Republicans gave us NCLB. Democrats gave us child abuse laws gone amok.

As I’ve said, there is no difference in the two.

Both are issuing in the age of Big Brother.


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