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A Single Dream Is More Powerful than a Thousand Realities – The state of American Public Education

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Published on: February 10, 2015

A Texas fourth grader was suspended from school last week for role playing a scene from the J. R. R. Tolkien‘s series, The Lord of the Rings. Aiden Steward, 9, was pretending he could make a classmate disappear leading to a suspension from Kermit Elementary School. Having just seen the new movie in the series, The Hobbit a few days earlier, Aiden felt inspired proclaiming, “that he had in his possession the one ring to rule them all” as was reported by the New York Daily News.

It’s hard to believe this led to a suspension from school, and for Aiden, it’s the third this year. The other two disciplinary actions were for referring to one of his classmates as black and for bringing his favorite book to school, “The Book of Knowledge.” (Sounds dangerous and at school of all places.)

When asked about Aiden’s troubles, Principal Roxanne Greer declined comment citing confidentiality policies.

Aiden’s father assured everyone later in an e-mail that he’s certain his son “lacks the magical powers necessary to threaten his friend’s existence.”

Over the last few years stories like Aiden’s have become commonplace. Just a sample of some of the activities from around the country that have led to school suspensions are as follows:

  • Hugging
  • Holding hands
  • Singing
  • Drawing pictures deemed dangerous
  • Possession of rubber bands
  • Possession of a butter knife
  • Playing dodge ball (violent behavior)
  • Pointing finger guns
  • Opening doors for fellow students


What is happening in our schools and why is this zero tolerance policy necessary? Evidently, educating kids has taken a backseat to micro-managing their behavior.

Much of the change in focus with education can be traced back to the 1960’s. The Cultural Revolution had come to America. It was the age of the Rolling Stones, the Beach Boys, Woodstock, the Civil Rights movement, student protests, and the Vietnam War. While America was singing, “I Can’t Get No Satisfaction,” the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare was adopting the Soviet Communist model to education.

As far back as 1960, these programs became the blueprint for the U.S. school-to-work restructuring relying on “Pavlovian conditioned reflex theory.” World-renowned psychologist, B. F. Skinner was the mastermind of mind control and conditioning. He is the guru behind the garbage we call education in American primary and secondary schools.

It’s no secret that schools aren’t educating kids, but indoctrinating them. We’re not teaching children how, but what to think. The collective is more valued than the individual. In essence, America’s children are being taught to conform.

Charlotte Iserbyt, a whistleblower during the Reagan administration and Senior Policy Advisor for the Department of Education, in her book, The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America, stated:

“In 1965, initiatives were developed that created a publication of a 584-page catalog of behavior modification programs for schools.”

Let me emphasize that these programs were for behavior modification. They had nothing to do with instruction, but were about subjugation and indoctrination. Iserbyt, states the intention was to create a generation of Americans that would accept the United Nations and a one-world government.

Astounding as it seems, America has adopted the Soviet Communist model for education. The objective is control. Through the Department of Education, the federal government is controlling local school boards and controlling curriculum to produce uneducated citizens of the world who will give up their birthright of freedom granted under the U.S. Constitution and, of course, God Himself.

Getting back to Aiden Steward and the school suspensions we cited earlier, it all begins to make perfect sense. Aiden is the poster child of the very activity the Department of Education is trying to repress.

Spontaneity, creativity and independent thought will not be tolerated. Using your imagination, intelligence, following your passion or being authentic are downright dangerous. A threat to the system.

“A single dream is more powerful than a thousand realities” is a quote often attributed to J. R. R. Tolkien, but is actually a quote from the great American novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne. Under this totalitarian system of American education there would be no Nathaniel Hawthornes, no Mark Twains, no Herman Melvilles or William Faulkners.

In fact, there would also be no Thomas Edisons, Henry Fords or J. P. Morgans.

Even though, they’ve all but been written out of American history books, we would also have no Thomas Jeffersons, John Adams or George Washingtons.

We all know by now that they were extremist, slave-owning, Indian-killers hell bent on subjugating colonists for their own personal gain. Of course, this is the reason they created the U.S. Constitution to protect the God-given rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

If the founders had subscribed to the Department of Education’s approved school of thought, America would still be thirteen colonies bound to the British Crown.

We would not have electricity, light, the invention of the car or the plane. We would have no advancement in communication, TV, radio or the internet and no medical achievements or treatments to prevent or cure disease.

There would be no artists, writers, business owners, entrepreneurs, or leaders.

Not to belabor the point, but what made all this possible?

A dream. America is the land of dreams. It’s much the same for individuals as it is for nations. Between the dreaming and the coming true, freedom is essential. To take the road less traveled. To strike out in a different direction. To go where no one has gone before…

Freedom is the bedrock that built America. From Wall Street to Main Street, the American work ethic combined with ingenuity and courage to see it through is what makes us different from the rest. It’s what made America…America.

The Department of Education should be eliminated or as that is unlikely to happen, scaled back considerably. Choices in education, teaching methods, and curriculum should be left to the states and communities, themselves. We need to be educating kids in math, science, history, and the arts. We need to be treating kids not just as individuals, but allowing kids to be kids.

For Aiden Steward, and the other great minds of the future… Dream. Dream big dreams.

To borrow a phrase from, Lord of the Rings– “It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step out onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there is no telling where you might be swept off to.”

My hope is that future Americans will still have the chance to see their dreams become reality.

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