Why are American’s so easy to manipulate?

While doing research for the song “BURNING CHILDREN I spent some time looking at the history of the educational system in the United States. In short, it goes something like this….

The current public education system in the United States was built after world war two. The prosperity that follow the war funded the building of much of the infrastructure that is still in use today, starting in the late 1940’s and lasting through the early 1960’s.

Money was dumped into the education system set in place with strong “American Values” that we will be a strong nation built on the back bone of the next generation. That generation being my parents or the “Baby Boomers” as they have been called.

But the budget of the public education system began seeing it’s first leveling off around the time my parents graduated high school in 1961. By the mid 1970’s when I was in elementary school, my mother was fighting along side the PTA (parent teachers association) to prevent the continual public school financial cut backs. Since the mid 1970’s the education system has been continually de-funded. Much like all government funded public programs in the United States. Politicians have seen these money allocated systems as a place to grab money from. A little here and a little here until they have broken the backs of the systems making the unless. In the late 1980’s Ronald Regan invented a word called “DeInstitutionalization” where he shut down the nations mental health care hospitals nation wide essentially putting all the mentally ill on the street. The homeless epidemic in the United States can trace it’s way directly back to this moment along with many of the outrageous violent crimes in recent years due to the fact that the United States has little metal health opportunities. (see 2012 Aurora shooting)

From the 1970’s through the 1990’s I personally watched the public school system decline into a shell of it’s former self. I have two grown children, both of which went through the public school system with them graduating in the early 2000’s. I can say from experiencing the system myself and then seeing what it had to offer my kids, that it is nothing more than a place for parents to dump their kids during the day so they can go to work. Teachers are not being paid what they deserve and many schools aren’t properly fully staffed with accredited personnel. There is little or no budget for maintenance of supplies.

When the education system standards are allowed to fall too, or more than likely intentionally pushed down to this level, it is inevitable that the intelligence of the population falls with it.

My point to all this is…

The stupider the people, the easier they are to manipulate. With the super rich now firmly in control of the country, whose children are far insulated from the public school system, the control of the population is much easier.

Sources:
Boomers Once Led the World in Education. What Happened?

The latest ranking of top countries in math, reading, and science is out — and the US didn’t crack the top 10

 

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