(Continued from Parts 1 & 2)
Where does socialization fit into this dehumanizing scheme? Well, a “socialized” nation is a peaceful one – and peace is a good environment for business to grow in. After all, most big business is now international, and sometimes, war can cut into profits (depending upon one’s business model).
A well-socialized individual is more likely to play well in the sandbox with his fellow employees. He’s more likely to obey the laws of the land, which have all been carefully explained to him as necessary for our co-survival – even though there are well over one hundred thousand laws on the California books, as a single example of insane over-legislation. Police appreciate tractable people – they make the job of the policeman far easier. Of course, policemen have been carefully trained to follow orders, too. Here we are.
They want your Little Johnny to play nice with others. They want your child to be tractable. He does not need to be overly capable, and certainly creativity should be frowned upon.
This is why one the psychologist’s favorite ruses is the idea that creative people are “generally mad” to some degree. One must be “mad” to be creative. Poor mad Mozart and Bach and Shakespeare, all mad mad mad. Have you bought into that lurid and disgusting lie? I hope not. And remember who psychiatry works for – drug companies and big industry including public education. They go where the money is, and they say whatever they need to say to get some of that money.
Education today, particularly education that is funded or controlled by government, serves the needs of big business. Big business, which pays much of the hefty campaign costs of most politicians, enjoys the benefits of this arrangement enormously. A “socialized” individual who has been carefully groomed to do as he is told and buy as he is told, and who is prepared to meekly get along with others, is precisely the result business demands from education. It’s good for business. It may not be good for you, for your child, or for the nation, but well, the bottom line is the bottom line, and as some true and dangerous idiots have recently declared, “corporations are people”.
And yet…nearly all new ideas that have moved civilization forward came from individuals who, to put it gently, just weren’t all that well indoctrinated into socialization. They didn’t get along with others all that well, more often than not. From Buddha to Christ to Martin Luther, Pericles to Caesar to Elizabeth I, Galileo to Ben Franklin to Edison, we all as a society stand on the shoulders of some pretty “unsocial” people.
Who started the American Revolution and formed the great American Republic? Um…a number of (homeschooled) men who simply refused to “go along”, at great peril to themselves and their family. Gandhi freed India from the mightiest empire of all time, the British Empire – through an approach he developed called “non-cooperation”. Let it be understood that without the many people throughout history who struck out on their own in directions frowned on mightily by those around them, we simply would have a barbarian and primitive global culture.
Getting along is not all that it’s cracked up to be, not when it’s chronic and unthinking. One should have full control over his own decision-making process. One should always decide for himself when and why one will “get along”, and when and why one will not.
What else did Mr. Cooley believe in? Well, he thought that conditions or times of chaos were good things. He believed that they triggered creativity…but only of the sort that would allow individuals to newly adapt to the existing civilization. Because remember, individual creativity was anathema to Cooley.
I truly pity his children.
So, “socialization” starts with the man who coined the term and invented the idea that we should each be “socialized”. We should each “fit in” to the culture. We should each of us abjure creative or original notions and simply belong. Creativity of an individual sort is neither called for nor desired. We each belong to a class or caste, and that’s where we should stay. We should all learn to “get along”, taught (restricted and legislated) by the society to which we “belong” (read “are owned by”).
And this is the thing schools say you’re child MUST have, or he’ll be “ill-adjusted”? This is the argument made in favor of public schooling, and opposing homeschooling.
What are the results of “socialization?” More to come.
As you probably know, I am an advocate for homeschooling. It’s my belief that homeschooling potentially provides a student with a vastly superior education than schooling in any form. This is backed up by a lot of numbers and research. I’ve taught for public and private schools, at the University level, as a private instructor in thousands of workshops, and as a homeschool dad running a homeschool group. Homeschooling by far works best for most students- and most families.
But I understand that many parents do not believe they can effectively homeschool. They’ve been told that they “don’t have degrees,” and that they “aren’t qualified.” This is all nonsense, of course. You’re legally not required to have any kind of a degree to homeschool your kids anywhere in the U.S. A lot of people who have degrees and who call themselves “professional teachers” are simply awful, and even destructive at what they do. A lot of parents…hundreds that I know of…have homeschooled their kids right into universities and careers.
In a serious effort to make homeschooling easier to do, and more commonly successful in terms of education received, I’ve authored my own curriculum. It took some 15,000 hours to write, over more than a decade of work, and is intended to replace the need for schooling a student from age 5-Adult Continuing Education. The curriculum is called Steps (or “CTT”). It has been used by over 20,000 students worldwide over the past 10 years. Hundreds of “success stories” attest to how well CTT works.
CTT courses are written in a way that gradually allows the student to take over his own education. Each course itself largely does the teaching, relieving mom and dad of that duty unless they wish to use our daily lesson plans in various subjects as springboards for family discussion and discovery – as many families do, every day. The parent has the job of making certain the student is working and has what they need to study. (And you’ll need to find a good math program for homeschooling as we don’t provide one. There are many.)
Below are links to our site discussing each level of curriculum, and every subject at that level that we offer. (You can start any level at any time. We don’t have “semesters” that start at a certain time, and each course stands alone well.) You’ll find free videos describing how every subject and each level works. You’ll discover free samples of every course we offer. Our site offers many other services and surprises, including numerous free courses you can download and try out.
Starter is for ages 5-6, and for preliterate students of any age. It focuses on starting to develop literacy skills, while teaching about various subjects. Starter includes full two-year programs in Reading, History, Science, Creative Writing, and Living Your Life, courses that develop life and study skills for the youngest students. Every lesson plan at the Starter level works to develop literacy.
Elementary is for ages 7-8, and for students who are developing literacy. It includes two-year programs in Reading and Spelling, History, Science, Creative Writing (which also teaches the parts of language at this level), and Living Your Life courses which develop life and study skills in preparation for more advanced studies to come.
Lower School (ages 9-10) offers two-year programs in Study Essentials, Reading and Spelling, History, Science, Creative Writing, P.E. Electives, and in various arts such as Animation, Music Theory, and Acting. At this level, students must read fairly well, and studies are progressively turned over to the student.
Upper School (ages 11-High School, and Adult Continuing Education) provides programs in Study Essentials, Reading and Spelling, History, Science, Creative Writing, Current Events, Literature Guides, P.E. Electives, and in arts such as Animation, Acting, Music Theory, and Music History.
For parents who wish to teach at home, but are intimidated at the thought, and for parents who just wish to improve the homeschool experience, we offer a ten course homeschool program for homeschool teachers, as well as several books about education and homeschooling today.
We want you and your children to win with homeschooling!