- Paperback: 600 pages
- Publisher: Huntington House Pub (August 1, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1563841479
- ISBN-13: 978-1563841477
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Getting back to Eakman's book. I feel unqualified to review this book. And my attempt to do so would be an insult to the author. It was published in 1998, and is 570 pages of small print. The book goes into great detail of the agenda and efforts of the left-wing socialist agenda to subvert public-supported schooling to train children into becoming amoral or immoral obedient adults (subjects) of the collective state. Ms Eakman mentions hundreds of tax-free foundations, non-governmental organizations (NGO), and socialist psychologists and philosophers like John Dewey, Horace Mann, and B.K. Skinner among many others who have created this current educational fiasco. Besides schooling, this ruling elite have also used the movies, entertainment (sports saturation), and news media to spread their propaganda.
In the past 30 or 40 years, more emphasis in public schools has been put on attitude, behavior modification, and political correctness than on academics--the 3 "r's". Why is this? Governments and major business do NOT want an educated public. They want a society of obedient workers and consumers. One would think that business and socialism don't mix. But they have a common goal, and that is control over the masses. Their belief is that children belong to the state, and need state education from birth.
I do have a few issues with Eakman. It seems that her postion some 15 years ago is like that of Phyllis Schlafly that the panacea for education is the return to Judeo-Christian morals. I feel that both of them prefer a Christian theocracy. My reasoning is that Christianity is in fact based on myth and superstition. Spirituality does not depend on institutionalized religion. And I believe that all religions were created and are controlled by the same powerful elite who control education. My other issue is that Ms Eakman includes Wilhelm Reich and Alexander Neill in with the ilk of Dewey and Mann. Neill is/was the founder of "Summerhill School" in England in 1921. Read "Summerhill, a Radical Approach to Child Rearing". You should read Eakman's other books in context with those of Gatto, Iserbyt, Blumenfeld, and John Holt--"how children learn" and "how children fail"--Holt. Also: "Educating for the New World Order" and "Walking Targets" by Eakman
I've read the comment that if a foreign power had done to our educational system what the collectivists and socialists have done, it would be declared an act of war. For you parents, particularly you males, go back to your couch, and watch the ball games. Everything is fine.
April 27, 2007
`Cloning Of The American Mind: Eradicating Morality Through Education' is a comprehensive indictment on the sinister nature of the modern day education system.
The book begins with the deliberate big brother testing tactics from Pennsylvania. Through the Educational Quality Assessment (EQA), our tax supported public schools have collected personal information via "attitudes, worldviews and opinions" culled from non-educational queries. Forget the fact that student IQs have been sliding downward, let's mold their independent ideas into a programmed state with suggestive questions. Then, repeat those questions through the life of their public education until they yield to the pressure of conformity.
Collecting information extends beyond the classroom as surveys by mail flood post office hubs nationwide. Most effective are the political party surveys meant to extract contributions, in the guise of collecting constituent's views on `hot button' issues, and to permanently affix a label on each contributor as a future source of income.
Today, marketing deals with information gathering in an invasive manner to determine predictors using individual variables.
Then, there is the "information underground" who unearth your `private' data for resale. As Ms. Eakman explains," For a price, the intelligence underground superbureaus like Tracers Worldwide in Elmhurst, Illinois, will produce your unpublished phone number, the location of your safe deposit box, the latest credit charges on all your various accounts, a list of your phone calls (local and long distance), your income tax forms, workman's compensation records, mortgage payment records, marital history and driving records."
Big brother isn't the only one watching you these days. He's been joined by little sister, third cousin `what's his name' and crazy uncle, Leroy.
Getting back to the children, when the tests are completed, many groups have access to the results. For example, 29 organizations can view the National Assessment.
To expedite the transfer of information among school institutions, a system called SPEEDE/ ExPRESS was implemented. SPEEDE/ExPRESS stands for Standardization of Postsecondary Education Electronic Data Exchange/ Exchange of Permanent Records Electronically for Students. No doubt a child with ADD would never be able to spit out that entire title in one sitting! On a side note, my father cured ADD years ago with one really good, politically incorrect spanking.
The danger of SPEEDE/ ExPRESS is that it also easily enables the "transfer of records among government agencies, corporations and countless other entities."
In addition to students, B.K. Eakman's "Cloning Of The American Mind" also touches on the pressure of conformity applied to teachers.
"Thus, teachers of students whose beliefs do not change over time, and who will not use the "psychological strands" provided by the department head in his or her subject area, may be judged "ineffective." While tenure may protect some teachers for a time, there are other ways to get rid of them- such as giving them students with the worst behavior problems every year."
Through the "unified coding system", students now have a "permanent record" that can be referenced by law enforcement agencies, potential employers and, no doubt, a litany of hackers, creeps and people that go bump in the night. The book explains that this is one short step before DNA microchipping.
The author spends time explaining the causes that led to the cavernous moral changes in American culture. Among them, she lists the introduction of rock music, drugs and behavioral sciences.
Eakman exposes some interesting techniques in use today, such as: opinion molding, consensus building and the science of coercion. She also points the finger at tax exempt foundations; many formed by the Rockefeller dynasty.
The connections are made to a harvesting of molded minds with the vision of a New World Order. Nationalism is treated as a "mental illness." What ever happened to reading, writing and arithmetic?
This book is not a one sitting read but I can honestly say that no pages are wasted. The information is invaluable particularly if you had no clue (like me) about what is going on today in our schools. It's absolutely dreadful.
However, unlike many books that cry foul but leave no solutions, Bev Eakman lays out a solid plan on how to take back our schools from the `mad scientists.'
"Cloning Of The American Mind" by B.K. Eakman is an extremely important book to add to your reading list.
I participated in two committees like this in our local public school, and found that the whole process was deliberately manipulated to cultivate an intended results, while suppressing dissent or discussion.
Eakman warns that such "rigged consensus building" thwarts opposition or original thinking, while enshrining and preserving the status quo. It is a powerful tool for manipulating public opinion in such a way to gain apparent approval for dubious management directions.
These manipulative techniques are both employed with, and taught to, students in ed schools. By the time that someone leaves ed school with administration credentials, they are well-trained to set up the same dangerous practices in the districts where they are employed.