Independent Thinker? Or Worker Bee?

In a recent newsletter, I read an essay by Richard Maybury, entitled “Why Are They So Ruthless?” In this article, Maybury provides compelling evidence that socialism is alive and thriving – not economically, but in our education system today.

He presents the case that for thousands of years before the industrial revolution, young parents were so involved in scrabbling for a living that it was left up to the grandparents to raise the kids. This was a good thing, because as we all know, young parents are naive and inexperienced, while grandparents have a broader perspective on life and the world.

However, with the dawn of the 20th century, mostly as a result of government monetary policy, the extended family faded as parents chased jobs all over the landscape,  leaving only the nuclear family within visiting distance. Extended family was too remote to be of influence or help.

Consequently, young parents turned to child-rearing books for advice on how to raise their kids, instead of relying on grandma and grandpa.

Maybury states these books were written by so-called “experts” who mostly had a socialist agenda – namely, that “the child’s mind is the property of the state” and should be programmed “to produce a harmonious society in which each person is a well-disciplined cog in the machine” run by someone who knows how to run your life better than you do. The government.

He points out that John Dewey, “father of modern education” (I wasn’t able to verify that title) and a member of 15 Marxist organizations, said, “You can’t make socialists out of individualists. Children who know how to think for themselves spoil the harmony of the collective society.”

Good grief.

Isn’t that exactly what we want to do? Teach all children to think for themselves? Do we truly believe that adults who think for themselves spoil the harmony of society?

Maybury concludes his essay by stating that except for some individualists who have eluded the grand purpose, the entire population of our country has been raised to be a vast hive of worker bees who expect the queen bee in the white house to do their thinking for them.

He says the current burgeoning economic crisis is the beginning of the failure of the global socialist experiment, that people are finally realizing the queen bees around the globe are as lost as the worker bees.

Margaret Thatcher once said, “The trouble with socialism is that eventually, you run out of other people’s money.”

So how about it everyone? Do we want to raise our kids to be worker bees? Or to think for themselves?

I know what I’d prefer.

 

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