Do it for the children! Save the children! Give for the children! Help needy children!
How many times have your heard pleas from the liberal left to help or donate money or pass laws for the benefit of helpless little children? A thousand times? A million? A gazillion, who-knows-how-many times? Sure you have. We all have. The problem is that their solution or solutions, always, I repeat, always, involves more government. Liberals can’t help it. In what passes for their minds government is god.
Hillary Clinton famously said, “It takes a village to raise a child.” That’s code for government raising a child. To put it more bluntly, it’s code for government raising your child, whether you want it or not. This is the position we find ourselves in today.
The current Department of Education was created October 17, 1979 but a little research quickly turns up some interesting facts. For instance, the Department was originally established in 1867 under President Andrew Johnson. Congress passed legislation authorizing an agency to collection information and statistics about America’s schools. It started with four people and a budget of $15,000. (In contrast, today it employees over 4300 people with a budget of more than $60 billion.) People became concerned this new Department would exercise too much control over local schools so in 1868 it was quickly demoted to merely an Office of Education.
Right away we see the government has been trying to exercise educational powers over our children for 148 years, nearly a century-and-a-half! The public was made of much sterner stuff in the 1800’s than it is today, so the push back was huge and immediate, forcing the government to back down. Please notice however that it didn’t actually eliminate the Department, it just renamed it while waiting for a better opportunity to try again.
Over the next 90 or so years, the office remained relatively small, operating under different titles and housed in various agencies, including the U.S. Department of the Interior and the former U.S. Department of Health Education and Welfare (now Health and Human Services).
Then, the successful launch of the Soviet Union's Sputnik in 1957, gave the government the opportunity it was looking for. It used concern over Sputnik to promote increased federal aid for science education programs, once again getting its foot in the door. The 1960s saw even more expansion of federal education funding. President Lyndon Johnson’s so-called War on Poverty called for the creation of many programs to improve education for poor students at all levels; early childhood through postsecondary. This expansion continued in the 1970s with federal officials pushing national efforts to “help” racial minorities, women, people with disabilities and non-English speaking students gain “equal access” to education. In October 1979, Congress passed the Department of Education Organization Act (Public Law 96-88) which was signed into law by President Jimmy Carter. It was created by combining offices from several federal agencies and began “official” operations in May of 1980.
When Congress created the Department in 1979, it declared these purposes:
Notice that parents and students are only mentioned twice. The rest of it revolves around federal programs, federal information sharing, federally supported research, federal accountability, etc. This, along with the War on Poverty programs created by President Johnson put the emphasis on government offices, federal guidelines, goals and planning. The goals of parents and students are secondary at best. Is it any wonder we have an increasingly dysfunctional educational system?
Like a TV ad though, I have to add, “But wait! There’s more!”
These programs, and through them, the schools, are run by committed Leftists dedicated to the idea you don’t know what’s best for your own children. Most of them still today are heavily influenced by a man named John Dewey and his progressive educational theories. Hillary’s statement about it taking a village to raise a child are the direct outgrowth of some of Dewey’s ideas. Born in 1859 in Burlington, Vermont to successful, upper class parents, Dewey became a professor, academic philosopher and political activist. His political activism led him to attempt to help labor leaders in 1946 to establish a new political party, the People’s Party. He traveled all over the world delivering lectures in various colleges and universities, where he was well received. It was during these travels he became greatly impressed by educational experiments he saw being conducted in Russia a few years after the Bolshevik Revolution.
In Soviet Russia.
Doesn’t that give you a warm fuzzy feeling all over? No? Just remember though, he is widely regarded as one of the leading lights of progressive education. His theories and ideas are still taught, and practiced, in schools all over America and in the Department of Education!
And the answer is…private schools.
Let’s be clear about something. Short of a full-fledged Civil War, there’s no way to outright abolish the Department of Education, although, given the current state of affairs in America we still might have to go down that road anyway, but I sincerely hope not. Instead, we’ll have to use the methods of the Leftists against them. They call it the long march through the institutions. It means we’ll have to burrow into the Department as supposedly loyal employees, with the ulterior motive of slowly but surely bringing it crashing down. Think of it as a true-life, James Bond, behind-enemy-lines adventure saga. It won’t happen overnight though. Removing the Department of Education will have to be undertaken as a generational effort over a period of decades.
Before we get into the details of sabotaging and destroying the Department from the inside out, let’s take a look at how to educate our kids without sacrificing them to the Molochs and Baals of that same Department.
Every church in America, large or small, will have to create, finance and run an independent school, K-12, on the church property for the benefit of the congregation’s children. Those too small to go it alone can partner with other nearby churches in the same position. These schools will need to be financed by an additional offering, over and above the congregation’s normal tithes, as well as tuition for those that can afford to pay extra. Members of the congregation will have to undertake the positions of teachers, which will be paid.
We all pay taxes. Those taxes pay for government schools. You won’t be able to stop paying those taxes just because you’re home schooling or sending your children to a private school, so it’s an additional financial burden, no doubt about it. Many will struggle with it. This is why it’s best done at the level of your local church, the one you attend. There we can help each other with the cost, with getting our kids back and forth to school, etc.
In those classes, many times the older children will be called upon to teach the younger ones, help them with their homework and maintain discipline. This will be especially helpful in the smaller churches where there are only 10-15 school age children. It’s long been said, with a great deal of truth to it, we learn best that which we teach. This has been proven over and over again. The older children will learn as much as they teach, as well as gaining appreciation for what their own teacher goes through with them. It will also prepare them for the day when they get married and have children of their own.
Most churches already have classrooms for Sunday school. During the weekdays they can be used for regular school. Most churches also have a kitchen and fellowship hall, where meals can be served, and, be used for an indoor playground during inclement weather. A church school could pray without hindrance from government busybodies. With permission from the parents they could also apply “the board of understanding to the seat of knowledge,” when students misbehave, something which would land you in jail if you tried it in a public school.
The precise methods will vary from one city to another, from one church to another, but it’s imperative that our children be kept out of government schools. Those cesspools were designed to undermine your parental authority by teaching your children to violate the 5th Commandment: Honor thy father and thy mother. Actually, government schools are designed to teach your children to violate all the Commandments.
Now let’s take a quick look at bringing down the Department of Education.
Working off the PIN Strategy, a central clearing house will need to be set up just for Christians employed by the Department. Since they will effectively be working, “behind enemy lines”, this clearing house will be need to be secure against any intrusion. The clearing house will have to be a privately financed/built version of Facebook or other social network, secure email accounts, special web site, telephone help lines, etc., or some combination of all these. It may be possible to piggy-back off existing Christian networks without having to reinvent the wheel.
The purpose of the clearing house is to enable our behind-the-scenes, James Bond heroes to coordinate their efforts in a secure environment, free from governmental oversight or interference. It will also allow operatives on one side of the country to share successful strategies with those on the other side of the country. If something works to tear down the Department, spread it around!
The first thing to understand about our undercover efforts is that we’re not trying to subvert the functioning of the schools themselves. The Department is already doing that on its own without any help from us. What we’re trying to do is destroy the Department of Education itself. So, how do we do that?
Contradictory regulations, feuds with other agencies and internal sabotage.
By the first one I mean regulations which directly contradict each other, yet are mandatory. In other words, by engineering an endless series of Catch-22’s, to undermine and destroy the bureaucracy. As soon as these contradictory regulations are in place and have caught some predetermined number of bureaucrats in their clutches, then send anonymous tips to the media about bureaucratic malfeasance where employees are blatantly violating departmental regulations with the full knowledge of their supervisors. It will whip up a contrived controversy about the Department rather than the schools.
The employees, as well as their supervisor will be caught between a rock and a hard place. If they obey one regulation, they’ll violate the other and the media, with your able assistance as a supposed advocate for good government, will crucify them no matter which way they turn. In a bureaucratic environment, these kinds of contradictory regulations are often overlooked rather fixed due to sheer bureaucratic inertia. The longer it’s gone on, the harder it is to overcome and thus the worse it will look on the six o’clock news.
If you can engineer a large enough controversy Congress will be forced to “do something” to placate the public. Move heaven and earth to make sure you have some input into the fixes they come up with. Especially insist on financial incentives and disincentives for employee behavior. In other words, try to set it up so there are monetary rewards for reporting violations and penalties for committing them. Insist on a low threshold for firing repeat offenders, then do everything in your power to make sure there are as many repeat offenders as possible. This creates a “snitch” environment where no one trusts anyone.
Excellent! Remember, the Department is the enemy. The worse you can make the work place environment, the better, especially as word begin leaking out that the Department is a horrible place to work.
Encourage cronyism. Support and create a suspicious group-vs-group atmosphere. Go out of your way to boost lavish spending at extravagant seminars and meetings, then tip off your media contacts to that wasteful expenditure of tax dollars. Become the go-to guy for the media to turn up the Department’s dirty laundry.
Engineer disputes with other federal agencies; the more the merrier. If you work in accounts payable, play games with the payroll, “accidently” forgetting to withhold taxes from the paychecks of thousands of employees then watch the fur fly when the IRS comes calling. If you’re in the Maintenance department, find as many ways as possible to pollute or dump trash; create brand new ways if you’re particularly inventive. Keep it up as long as possible then tip off the media about the violation of EPA regulations.
Don’t forget the possibilities for sabotage inside the Department.
Short circuit the building thermostats then take your sweet time about repairing them. Do the same thing with the elevators, lights and electricity. If you’re in the IT department, run an electro-magnet over the servers and backup tapes. Watching them scramble to recover from that disaster should be remarkably entertaining! If you’re in the cafeteria or kitchen, “forget” to restock the shelves, burn the food, use salt instead of sugar and mix laxatives in the drinks. If you work in purchasing, skip ordering essential equipment, or, order the most expensive, gold-plated equipment you can possibly find, then report it to the media as government excess. Use too much wax on the floors then watch everyone slip and slide. Conversely, use coke (regular old Coca Cola) on the floors to make them sticky beyond belief. Create intra-office controversies where there are none. Be inventive!
There are endless possibilities for sabotaging the Department of Education from the inside. The more committed Christians we can insert the better. Coordinate your activities through the clearing house so the Department is constantly lurching from one crisis to another. Don’t give them any rest, keep up the pressure. Eventually it will simply crumble and fall. Not overnight of course; remember, this is the long march through the institutions. But eventually it will die the death of a thousand cuts.
The Department is trying to seduce children into sin and undermine parental authority. Give them no quarter, take no prisoners, have no mercy – destroy it!