- Paperback: 302 pages
- Publisher: Midnight Whistler Publishing (December 9, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0615181228
- ISBN-13: 978-0615181226
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,111,267 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
As an educator, writer and researcher, Beverly Eakman is a veteran of 650+ nationwide radio/TV talk shows and 150 speaking engagements with numerous published articles on education, mental health and privacy issues in national magazines. Her columns and lectures have appeared in Education Week, Chronicles Magazine, The Washington Times, Insight Magazine, National Review, Crisis Magazine, Vital Speeches, The Washington Post, and more. Her books, Cloning of the American Mind: Eradicating Morality Through Education, Educating for the New World Order and its sequel Microchipped: How the Education Establishment Took Us Beyond Big Brother, have been hailed as 'must reads' by parents, educators, medical doctors and reviewers. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Countless debates are diverting attention from the critical issues that Bev Eakman lays out for us. Example: Instead of debating "Tests vs. No Tests". You should be asking, "What's on those tests?" Indeed, a sample of today's academic assessments typically cover an array of personal questions about home and family, which are mere fishing expeditions for demographic data and markers for family intervention. Ignore this fact, and you will have to find out the hard way. Expect a lesson in political correctness along the way.
Bev Eakman's latest book is a compilation of new findings, penned since her landmark publication, "Cloning of the American Mind: Eradicating Morality through Education" (ISBN-10: 1563841479). Timely and timeless, point after point, her observations remain spot-on and ever more prophetic.
America has allowed the education system to run on autopilot while we played in other sandboxes. "Walking Targets" is the perfect analysis of developments at school while our backs were turned. Our kids are being psychoanalyzed, drugged, indoctrinated and manipulated to the point of disbelief. And they are doing it in the name of science, so you better like it. Not scared enough yet? Through your own children, your privacy is also under attack. And you better not complain. That will wind up in the survey as well.
Bev Eakman also draws the most cogent connection between school-age drugs (like Ritalin) and the rise in school violence.
"Walking Targets" spells out the source of these trends, the pseudo-science at the under-pinning, and the political motivation for these practices. One particular essay "Uncle Sam's Classroom" (my own favorite) chronicles a typical fiasco in this system, where a cloud of mental health experts target a normal 10 year old school boy from Cuba, with a potpourri of fashionable labels and groundless diagnoses. His entire family is drawn into a black hole of intrusive social services. The story is a thriller - and I won't tell you the tear-jerk ending.
Once you get the book, you might jump ahead to "Outsourcing Parenthood" or "Crimes of Opinion". Your choice. Even if these things haven't happened in your community yet, they will be driving by really soon. I heartily recommend "Walking Targets" and all of B. K. Eakman's works.
In addition to warping the values of the students (prisoners), the system has devised ways of collecting detailed information about the students and their families such as religious and political beliefs. Those students and families who don't conform to the imposed group consensus (political correctness), are directed to "corrective learning", psychological testing, and or mandatory medications and psychological conditioning. The arrogance of the many government funded programs forces its way into the homes of the students. If a government stooge (expert) conducts a surprise visit to a home, and sees things that don't meet official approval, the family may expect a visit from the CPS.
"It is a sad commentary on our society that the majority of mothers and fathers have grown so accustomed to their prerogatives being usurped, and the education of their children being forfeited, that they don't even trouble themselves to fight anymore", page 94. I do not know whether or not these "programs" are currently going on here in 2013 since I'm not a parent, nor do I have contact with teachers and students.
The perversion is not limited to public schooling, but reaches its tentacles into promoting a permissive and amoral culture through advertising, entertainment, and SPORTS. "Public education exacerbates today's toxic youth subculture. The combined forces of advertisers, television, teen magazines, and internet spammers already have lured our nation's youth into lives of promiscuity", page 68.
My opinion is that the infusion of government into "education" is solely for the purpose of controlling the masses. But we must consider that the government is only the enforcement arm of the agendas of major businesses. Those in business and government do NOT want an educated public. This is why students are "taught" to hate math, history, and grammar. Just train them enough to function in assigned occupations, but not smart enough to figure out how they are being screwed by the system.