Standardized education is a complex amalgam of divisive wizardry that masquerades as virtue. The courage to pull back its heavily guarded curtain is buried within the knowledge of its twisted past.
Like obedient winged monkeys, our children are being programmed to follow certain standards of 'knowledge.'
But what exactly do we wish for our children to learn? Can we measure their intelligence? If so, by which metric?
Most importantly, who decides?
As a parent, these are the types of questions that consume my thoughts. I know that I lack many answers. But on the other hand, I also know that I am not alone. There are few experts who agree upon standard answers.
In a determined fit of incessant fascination, I've devoted many years to unraveling the twisted history of American education. And while I do not have all the answers about how it all happened, I've found many clues and met quite a few friends. The history of standardized learning is a complex amalgam of divisive wizardry masquerading as virtue. If you wish to join me and thousands of others who question the controlling standards of knowledge for millions of children, perhaps together we can find the courage, brains, and heart to pull back the curtain and find our way home.
"Knowledge is the essence of education, but it is a two-edged sword. It can be good, or bad. It can be believed, or disbelieved. It can be wisely or foolishly used. The key is the integrity of the source.
And you happen to be in that position. You are the source and you are the example. It is, at one and the same time, a holy trust and an overwhelming and mighty challenge. I am sure that you will meet that challenge."
- Former Governor of California, Ronald Reagan, January 11, 1967