John Dewey’s Dunces – The downfall of public education

It isn’t just John Dewey who is responsible for the direction of the society and the schools. It is also the evil doings of Edward Said, the traitor Bill Ayers, Noam Chomsky, Cloward and Piven and the equally despicable Howard Zinn. If the Republican Party wants to win another election, here is the place that the culture begins – in the schools. This is the place that we need to win “hearts and minds”.

As some of you already know, I am a huge fan of Ellis Washington. What I like about this article in particular, is that it dovetails into a similar article by another great mind: Thomas Sowell.

Ellis Washington – ‘Conservative intellectual’ Dr. Thomas Sowell, in a recent column, “Teaching Americans to hate their country“, made the historical observation about how 100 years ago progressives like John Dewey of Columbia University changed the American education paradigm whereby teachers were no longer considered “the transmitter of society’s culture” (as they have been for roughly the past 6,000 years) but activist “agents of [progressive, socialist] change,” as evidenced by the way most Americans have been happily educated inside its Marxist propaganda factories called “public schools.”

Who was John Dewey?

John Dewey (1859-1952) was the father of the modern American public school system, a leading progressive who promoted the philosophy of pragmatism and an activist for secular humanism in American society. Dewey was also an original signatory of the “Humanist Manifesto” and ridiculed moral absolutes and traditional religion, especially Christianity in favor of an evolution/atheist worldview.

Dewey’s major works on education include: “My Pedagogic Creed” (1897), “The School and Society” (1900), “The Child and the Curriculum” (1902), “Democracy and Education” (1916) and “Experience and Education” (1938). Dewey believed that education history, philosophy, law, politics, economics, society were in a constant state of flux; therefore, these and other areas of study should not just produce a static product that told what had already happened, but history, information would be in a constant state of evolution as the public added value by generating knowledge. Dewey, with a fanatical zeal, promoted the singular idea of education atheism while permeating a Marxist socialist worldview into America’s public school system, leading to the deconstruction of Christian influence in politics, education, law, culture and society that exists to this day.

‘Teaching Americans to hate their country’

Like the communist of the Chinese Revolution (1946-52), Sowell views America’s educators as playing a similar role in creating a mindset that undermines American society by promoting a Darwinian education atheism worldview. In the early 1900s, progressives like Dewey, Charles William Eliot (president of Harvard), Charles Pierce, William James, Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Margaret Sanger, W.E.B. Dubois, Havelock Ellis, Rexford Tugwell, Bertrand Russell, F.M. Alexander, Henri Bergson, William M. Brown, Martin Buber, George S. Counts, William Rainey Harper, Sidney Hook and even Supreme Court justices like Oliver Wendell Holmes and Brandeis rejected the original intent of the constitutional framers and the Judeo-Christian traditions that undergirded this great country, viewing instead America as set to lead the world into a golden age of humanism – a socialist utopia.

However, before this could occur, its people must be re-educated to abandon the old, dead Judeo-Christian traditions; discard its “dead” Constitution and replace it with a progressive, evolved philosophy governed by a constantly evolving “living Constitution.” In other words, Sowell wrote that Dewey and progressives were “strategically placed, with an opportunity to condition students to want a different kind of society” based on Darwinian evolution, Marxism and humanism.

How did Dewey and his progressive legions achieve this paradigm shift? It was easy. Remember the words of Lenin who said, “Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted” and Machiavelli’s “The end justifies the means.” Progressives followed these and other diabolical tactics for more than 150 years while rewriting history by flooding the curriculum with Marxist textbooks like Howard Zinn’s “A People’s History of the United States,” which, according to Sowell, promotes a “history that emphasizes everything that has gone bad, or can be made to look bad, in America – and that gives little, if any, attention to the great achievements of this country.”

For decades, Marxist historians like Zinn have dominated the Academy and, because they are free from the chains of realism and truth, can weave fantastical tales, feckless propaganda and diabolical lies whereby progressive and socialist historians “single out Western civilization for special condemnation for sins that have been common to the human race, in all parts of the world, for thousands of years. Meanwhile, all sorts of fictitious virtues are attributed to non-Western societies, and their worst crimes are often passed over in silence, or at least shrugged off by saying some such thing as ‘Who are we to judge?’” says Sowell.

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  • All I can say is thank God for homeschooling and the odd private schools which devote their time to really educating kids about true history and Bible based curriculum. The universities and colleges are just as bad or worse because they get funding and millions in tuition dollars to indoctrinate hate and disrespect disguised as love and tolerance.

    I fear though will there be enough privately educated kids to counteract the millions of sheep coming out of government schools? I can only hope.

    • Orangeone

      And the private colleges are going to moooslim countries and bringing in the slime on full scholarship who brainwash young college kids and they stay here to spread their hate.

      • Yes. About the only college I’d send my boy to if he goes would be to Hillsdale or Patrick Henry, but since they’re both non gubmint funded, tuition is high. But at least they’re good ones!

        • If tuition is too high, maybe have your son only do “part-time” semesters, like I did when I was at the Art Institute. My parents wanted to make sure I wasn’t going to be bombarded with debt after I graduated so they helped me pay 3 classes every semester (or quarter in our case) out of pocket. Sure it would take me thee years instead of two to get my associate but I’m debt-free! 🙂

          • Excellent Tex! That’s a great idea. Time goes fast, and I’ve got no extra for future education right now, so it’s good he’s only in6th grade right now 😉 But thanks for the idea. I’m glad you were able to get it done the smart way!

            • TexasPGRRider

              Time starts Now….

              • I know Texas- but honestly we just don’t have anything to spare. Part time work for 5 months at a time in the past 4 years while living off what bit we’re saving plus homeschooling as it is… I do my best to squeeze every bit I can out of every dollar.

                • TexasPGRRider

                  I`m not talking about the monetary side of life here…Keep your FAITH strong, the rest will work itself out….

                • Too true! Thanks for that. If it weren’t for my faith, I’d never have gotten through these past years. I thank God for His provisions- He is awesome!

                • joyfulgiver

                  I hear you loud and clear ABC. We are in the same boat, only my son is in 9th grade and that day of being college bound is looming. We are so blessed to be able to homeschool him and know the TRUTH about our great Country is being taught. I’ve been looking into dual credit for his later years of highschool. It’s an option that would eliminate many college classes while earning HS credit, too! Here’s a plug for a great history curriculum we’ve been using, and check out the dual credit program with College Plus for when your little one is in HS. Praying for your finances to flourish in 2013. BLessings to you!

                • Thank you so much joyfulgiver! I hope your son will find a great school too for when his time for college comes! Thanks for the link- I’m going to go check it out and put it in my h.s files! Thanks! 😀

        • TexasPGRRider

          How about Embry-Riddle A.U. at Daytona Beach, Fla.?

          • I’ll have to look that one up. It’s been years since I’ve been over that way… up side to that, I could go visit him while the 500’s running 😉

            • TexasPGRRider


              • Thanks brother! 🙂

                • HarrietHT2

                  There’s also a campus in Prescott, AZ., from where, I’m happy to say, my younger daughter graduated in 2005. Great little town, too, with terrific flying weather!

                • Cool. Excellent Harriet! That one’s a bit far from us, but then again…. 😉

          • I just looked it up! COOL! Not that I know exactly what he wants to be yet- he’s ranged from law enforcement, fireman, EMT, military- but I’ll tell you, he loves science, we’ve done NASA Aeronautical courses already and he loves them, and we’ve visited the hurricane hunter airplane when it was here and he (and I) loved that. He loves weather (so do I) and he’s got an incredible sense of detail that most kids his age don’t think about… so I’ve always figured engineering/science. Now if we could just get him doing his math… sigh. He’s like his mom there.

            I’ve added it to my homeschool course references file- thank you very much Texas!

        • Orangeone

          I went to private Catholic, they brought the brother of one of the 911 terrorists over on full scholarship and he brought his terrorist brother with him

          • OY! Are you serious?!

            • Orangeone

              Yes ma’am!  And every time they call for a “donation” I remind them of the loved one I lost in the twin towers because of their “international outreach initiative”.  They hang up.

    • TexasPGRRider

      The local level is the Best place to start. We have private schools moving into structures abandoned by the public school system here (elementary) in addition to new campus construction offering grades thru high school. It`s a start….

      • Exactly. Have you been reading the CFP platform lol? That’s one of the ideas or similar to it…

        • TexasPGRRider

          CFP Center for Progress? Help me….

    • Betsey_Ross

      Keep on keeping on, ABC. You are doing the right thing. As a retired teacher I have become and advocate of home schooling. My step-daughter dabbled in it for a while with all three of the grand kids. It worked spectacularly. She kept the first one home for a semester as he had a habit of getting his work done and annoying all the other kids. What she was able to teach him was how to focus, study, and follow through on projects. Not only that, but for some reason all of the behavior problems that he had both at home and at school went away. Not that he was a perfect kid, but as a grandparent, I noticed a huge change in him for the better. His siblings did too. They wanted to home school, too. Each got their turn for a semester for different reasons, but she instilled in them a love of learning and accomplishment.

      Even though she does not homeschool now, she does have to make sure that she keeps up on what is going on in school. That happens when they all sit down to eat dinner at least 5 nights a week and talk about what happened that day. Teach and re-teach….that’s what happens at the dinner table. Apparently there is never a dull moment there.

      • It’s never a dull moment here either lol. Mine needs to learn to settle down and focus too, but he’s a smart kid. I love homeschooling, especially since we’ve been with the same groups since pre k, and all the kids get along and spend time together- from the youngest ones to the high school aged ones. It makes a real difference in that “socialization” thing that people always seem to worry about. 😀
        I’m glad your grandkids did well with it. Even kids who do it a year or two then go back to PS seem to do better.

  • GJPinks

    I recently stumbled across Mr. Washington. He is a fist class mind and he is now on my regular circuit of ‘What Shall I Check On Next’. I highly recommend adding him to your list.

  • Godisright

    Another plug for Homeschooling. If you want the best education, you need to educate yourself. We are paying the left to educate our children. When you think of all you pay in property taxes etc. it makes me sick to know that we also pay a liberal union to support the liberal teachers.
    Our VISION /dream in having children was not to produce slaves to work around the house but teach them that they could, with God’s help, flourish in any area of business/life that they pursued.
    The problem with a lot of parents: NO VISION/DREAM.
    As the Good Book says, without a vision My people perish.

    • TexasPGRRider

      Sobering…Thank You….

  • Rshill7

    Very interesting 911. Thanks!

    I’m still in the early chapters of “The Everlasting Man” by G.K. Chesterton and am liking it a lot. Think it’s gonna be a good one. One reason is this. It’s quite good already. Two, C.S. Lewis credited this book with causing him to finally become a Christian.

    Since everything C.S. Lewis wrote is great, I wanted to read some of what he read. Just finished my 13th book written by George McDonald, who is C.S. Lewis’ favorite author.

    Old books are free on Amazon. Everything Richard D. Blackmore wrote is great too. Love those old books. They are free on Amazon with Kindle. You can download some of these authors entire collections.

    • 911Infidel

      You’re welcome. Didn’t know that about “old books”. But then again I don’t have kindle.

    • ryanomaniac

      GK is a genius. His quotes are masterful. Ill go buy that book now!

    • joyfulgiver

      Also, check out Project Gutenberg at: you can download these classics to your computer or any device and read for FREE!

  • sDee

    Great article

    Germany invaded France again in 1940, and this time the world was shocked when the French surrendered after just 6 weeks of fighting – especially since military experts expected France to win. But two decades of undermining French patriotism and morale had done their work.

    Unlike the sorry French however, no one is coming to save us.

    This is a well written and researched road map of how we got here, as so many of us well know. Now as his cartoon caption drives home, does anyone in Congress really believe this is not marxism?

    We’ve really little choice but to remove the lot of them. Time has run out.

  • white531

    Infidel, some of the stuff you post is incredible to me, because it is the way I think, myself.

    Thomas Sowell is a giant, among Conservative spokespersons who are able to get out the message, of what true conservatism is.

    Thank you so much, for bringing him into to the conversation here on Scoop.

    • 911Infidel

      Awesome compliment White. Thanks!!!

      • white531

        You’re very welcome.

      • sDee

        Indeed. I am proud to be in your company, fellow infidel!

        • 911Infidel

          Likwise. Your commentary is always well thought out.

  • sandyfromchesterfield

    I have found proof of this theory. I have a child taking a class called “Introduction to American Politics” in college. Her teacher use to work for the EPA but she left because she found she was much more interested in the policies that lead to environmental pollution as opposed to cleaning up the pollution. Her $191.00 textbook is called American Government and Politics Today 2011-2012. She has learned many brilliant things such as “all the worlds problems come from America, we are unaware of the suffering of the Palestinians, etc. Not sure what to do about this.

    • Patriot077

      My first thought is that you might want to get her a copy of Levin’s book “Liberty and Tyranny – The Unmaking of America”

      He lays waste to all the bobble headed schemes and excuses in such concise fashion. He traces many of the money pits we are staring into today back to their beginnings.

      Thomas Sowell also has a number of books that are truly awesome. Intellectuals & Society is a favorite, but for starters, I would have her take a look at the collection of his syndicated newspaper articles in “Dismantling America”. They are each only 2 or 3 pages on a particular topic but he just cleanly dissects all manner of political and cultural craziness that has allowed our values and traditions to erode.

      Both of these are good to acquaint a young mind with sound reality and correct the mal-education received in the public schools. There are many more terrific authors – these two are probably my favorites for the current political quagmire.

      I would love to see these two men sit down together for a discussion. Not even on political issues necessarily; they are both so dang smart that I would just enjoy listening to whatever came off the tops of their heads.

      I’m sure others on this board will have favorite books and authors that might help balance out a one sided curriculum. 🙂

      Hope this helps your daughter. I would HATE having to study politics today with a liberal or Marxist professor ….

      • PVG

        Excellent suggestion!

    • sDee

      She is being brainwashed so the question is, can she rise above it? It is hard because the marxist educatiors have also built in enormous peer pressure and bullying to conform. If she questions anything such a teacher will humiliate her, not use the chance for an intellectual debate. You could pull her from the school and find one that will teach independent thought and reason.

      Also, a lot has to do with what her major is. If it is liberal arts, political science, history, English, Literature etc – she really does have to decide to conform or to educate herself to the truth,. If she is in hard science, engineering, mathematics etc, she could just ignore it.

      You could use this as a teaching moment. The natural rebel in kids responds when we tell them these teachers are full of it – but we have to replace that with reason. You can use this to teach your daughter, point her to great minds, and prepare her for what is going to be a tough fight in life. For a couple of decades those who conformed found jobs in the slush of government waste that they created for themselves. Now, even those who conform to the mind shaping are finding their degrees worthless.

      I can tell you with 4 kids just barely escaping the brainwashing of our secondary and college systems, that it is hard. We had many arguments when they were in college and after, but they are now coming around. They have all lost many “friends” but they are strong and prepared for what is ahead.

  • Ray

    John Dewey did more to socialize the US than anyone else. Through his skewed vision, came the socialist education system we have today.

  • Ray

    This is a must read:
    Brainwashing in the High Schools An Examination of Eleven American History Textbooks by E. Merrill Root (1959)

  • c4pfan

    Thanks for the link. I am going to post this link to Chuck Heath Jr (Sarah Palin’s brother)who is still teaching at a public school. He has a web site that is truly a great resource for life in Alaska, teaching, life, etc. I really recommend people either like his public facebook at chuckheathjr or go to his web site at

  • TexasPGRRider

    The search for the Truth is FASCINATING !!! Further Research Required….

  • deTocqueville1

    Dewey was derivative. he took William james’ bastardization of Charles Pierce’s Pragmatism and warped it beyond measure. Pierce was probably the greatest American ‘pure philosopher’ of all time and had followed in the footsteps of the great British empiricists (like Hume among others). These two sorcerers apprentices perverted the testing of observations into a ‘nothing is true’ mantra and so gave rise to modern day relativism. It served the progressive agenda well because it ‘abolished’ truth and substituted opinion and the social ‘perfectibility’ doctrine. Hence the destruction of the educational system and the eventual triumph of socialism which pervade that system to-day.

    Pierce was so disgusted that he renamed his philosophy and denied these philistines.

    • sDee

      They learned well from the Muhammaden hordes who, after invading, destroyed all literature and academics based on cause and effect.

      Like leeches they grow fat off a century of brilliance, integrity and advancement of enlightened men, and the discard the carcass to go looking for a new victim.

  • Yazz55

    When I read pieces like this, my first thought is why we are still referring to it as education. It isn’t education anymore. Its indoctrination. I think it would be much more appropriate to refer to them as child indoctrination centers. They just aren’t schools anymore.

    • sDee

      Indoctrination camps. Always a hallmark of a Central State.

      Our tyrants-in-waiting raised the bar of tyranny up a notch or two, – they convinced Americans to go into debt to pay for their own brainwashing. A land of fools.

  • ryanomaniac

    911 Infidel….thank you from the bottom of my heart for this article you put together. What you just did is put forth the greatest problem in our society today. Our kids have been eaten by the wolves and they did it right under our noses. Thanks for posting again.

    I know you and I have had some arguments 911 but I will say that I enjoy your knowledge and your wisdom.

  • Conniption Fitz

    In the NEA:
    – National stands for its opposite, anti-American, anti-patriot, anti-Judeo-Christian values and conscience.
    – Education stands for Propaganda – leftist only views are approved and allowed. Any dissent is punished. Only the PC Politically Correct (really stands for punitive conformity) is tolerated.
    – Association stands for the Collective or Fellow Travelers as communists like to call themselves.

    • Conniption Fitz

      Another national educators group meeting in Atlanta had Bill Ayers to give the keynote address.

      That’s another proof, besides the childrens’ test scores, of the appalling state of education in the US.

  • This is education the way it was meant to be:

  • sDee

    Mamet, Washington, Sowell, ballistics, modern weaponry, the Constitution, islamic evil truths, and civil disobedience.

    A fine weekend at TRS, Infidel. I could hardly keep up 🙂

  • PVG

    Folks, we have a lot of work ahead of us!

  • Rocco11

    Give me a child, I’ll give you a communist…

    • Rocco11

      I should add, they gave B. Hussein Obama to Frank Marshall Davis, and Lolo Soetoro, and well, there it is..

  • ApplePie101

    Teach a child to read, write and calculate, and he can take charge of his own education. Maybe that’s what the education nabobs are afraid of.

    • Biggbear52

      That is exactly they’re intent. If you have an actual EDUCATED INDIVIDUAL that person is a supreme danger to a progressive socialist State! Because they know they have the GOD give RIGHT to speak up and say NO!

  • It’s clear that public schools have run their course. No amount of money can stop the black hole they have become… one of the few times we know the how the future turns out with certainty.

    Aside from the Federal obligation that will require treasonous spending for several more decades, the only solace is that the internet provides the resource for those few that still take learning seriously in spite of liberals and Government striving to keep them down.

    The Terminators were wrong about the future… Skynet wasn’t about machines becoming self-aware. It was about making us unaware. Sadly, with the help of liberals, it’s working.

  • Hey 911 Infidel…you left out Zinn and Chomsky’s cohorts at Berkley.

    • Biggbear52

      Do you mean as in Leary 123?

  • But, it is not happening in my school. I was taught so well and things really haven’t changed. Mrs. Smith is still teaching there and we love Mrs. Smith so much. Now, those schools in Podunk, well they are so much in the gutter. Let’s hope that we can get those kids out of there.