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the deliberate dumbing down of america - A Chronological Paper Trail: A Chronological Paper Trail Paperback – September 1, 1999

ISBN-13: 978-0966707106 ISBN-10: 0966707109 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 715 pages
  • Publisher: Conscience Press; 1st edition (September 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0966707109
  • ISBN-13: 978-0966707106
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.5 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #900,566 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Those who want to know what has been happening will discover the facts.
"medow"
This book is exhaustively researched; Iserbyt makes no statements without providing the reference source material as proof.
Kent D. Bentkowski
This book is a must read for parents with children in the government schools.
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185 of 198 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 12, 2000
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This book argues that the academic meltdown in our public education system is intentional. It asserts that change agents have been working at the Education Department to change curriculum, not to improve teaching but to promote a socialist agenda. Their role is to create schools which will mold obedient citizens who no longer have the knowledge and skills to improve their lot in life, but are dependent on governement/multi-national companies' guidance to survive. The system will create imprisoned citizens that will be managed from cradle to grave to serve the needs of the state's managed economy. The book is clearly written,copiously documented, and finally asnwers the question "Why can't our kids read, write, and count?" A must-read for anyone with children. It presents a scary view of America's future if nothing is done to bring back our schools to the excellence of the turn of the century.
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193 of 210 people found the following review helpful By "medow" on March 21, 2000
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For years many parents and teachers have known that there was something wrong in the schools but often couldn't put a finger on it. Starting with receiving an invasive questionnaire brought home by her young son, Charlotte started a search which has culminated in one of the most amazing books I've encountered. When I first saw the volume, it was intimidating by its size (8 1/2" by 11" and quite heavy). However, the book is attractively laid out and invites readers to discover what has been happening to American education for the past 100 years -- all with quotes from those "change agents" who deliberately set out to have schools changed from individual excellence in becoming educated to groups being trained to think alike and, rather than following the personal goals for life, being readied to walk in lockstep with those who want a one-world government with compliant serfs. The book is organized by decades from the 1890s until the "noxious nineties". The publishers did an excellent job. The paper is acid free. The font is comfortable to read. The binding is such that you can copy pages easily, if desired. Surely no other history book has been made so accessible and helpful with as much documentation to peruse so easily. Iserbyt chose to self-publish in order to maintain the integrity of the information. This is a magnum opus of which the author can be proud. Those who want to know what has been happening will discover the facts. Armed with such well-organized information may help to convince the American public of the need to put a stop to the U. S.Department of Education -- as President Reagan had announced that he would do. This is an important book, vital to be shared with elected officials in any and all branches of government.Read more ›
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102 of 109 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 19, 2000
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Iserbyt's exhaustive research regarding education and the economy has exposed the many myths and misinformation underlying the history of related reforms. Presented in chronological order, the author presents a stunning indictment of public and private partnerships designed to restructure education and the economy, and ultimately to redefine the very nature and purpose of not only education, but man himself. Teachers will find this book extremely useful and instructive in identifying and comprehending recent changes in education certification and training that are increasingly threatening to academic freedom, and driving many out of the teaching profession altogether. Parents of children in public, private, and home-schools alike will find Iserbyt's research equally applicable to all, as the new system is deliberately mandated for everyone. No student or adult is to be exempt from the new systemic education and labor reforms. Only by understanding the underlying agenda and strategies of the reformists can we hope to restore academic freedom and moral agency in society, and protect our children. A Must Read for every parent, educator, and legislator concerned about our children!
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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Carol Ann on February 13, 2007
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... Or at least many parts of it. Go to "deliberatedumbingdown (dot) com" and you can download a .pdf version of the full book for free. It's complete. That's how I read it (couldn't find it on my library search system... hmmmmmmmm?!?!) There's also a newer version by the author.... one which is abridged. (available at the same website.) HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!
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77 of 84 people found the following review helpful By David Martin on May 22, 2002
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As an educator for the past 28 years, and believing myself to be at least a little left of center polically, I found "The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America" to be the scariest thing I have ever read. Some will brand this book as conservative propganda. But those of us in the teaching profession wonder aload to each other and anyone else who will listen, what politicains are thinking about when they pass educational reform legislation. It would seem impossible to make some of the decisions that are being made without having deliberately set about to wreak the education system in America. If the facts laid out in this book are true (and the book is full of documentation) what is happening to education in Washington D.C. is worse than the Twin Towers tragedy and the attact on Pearl Harbor combined. The promotional material for this book says that it should be required reading for parents. I think it should be required reading for every educator or university student considering a career in education. A difficult read, but eye opening to the point of being painful.
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