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History Class: An Indoctrination Tool


Public schools are indoctrination centers. This may sound to some like an “extremist” position but it is simply reality. From the first day of kindergarten children are taught that they are to know their place, to wait for instructions, to speak only when spoken to, that the teacher is always right and that authority is always to be respected. Conditioning and controlling children is essential to the efficient management of dozens of children. The practical necessity of conditioning in the public schools also serves a more nefarious end; it indoctrinates children for a lifetime of subservience to the state.

The mechanics of classroom management on a day-to-day basis do much to inhibit or destroy entrepreneurship, individuality, self-confidence and self-respect in our children. Psychological abuse under the guise of education has become accepted as a part of growing up. The tactics employed by many public school teachers are not much different than those employed by prison guards, the difference being that children are subjected to mental abuse for the sake of being, not for any alleged crime, and a 13-year term is what I would call cruel and unusual.

Authoritarians have no qualms about the soul-crushing tactics of traditional schooling because to them, order trumps the relative chaos of freedom. And authoritarianism certainly doesn’t end at the principal’s office. In our society there are corporate, political and special interests that want a hand in the indoctrination of children, and because the government serves those interests as opposed to the interests of the people, education is bastardized to push an agenda.

History classes (social studies) are the primary tool of indoctrination through content. As James W. Loewen discusses in his fabulous book, Lies My Teacher Told Me, history is taught primarily through large textbooks. These textbooks, products of large publishing companies, must win over the various interest groups that directly or indirectly control access to the classroom. Because the interests of the various factions trying to control the content of what is taught do not always align (compare textbook debates in California to Texas), these publishers push forth a distorted narrative which focuses on avoiding conflict and winning approval.

Publishers create textbooks that present America as a glorious nation, with few warts, and those warts are always overcome through American exceptionalism. They intentionally distort history, either through omission, misrepresentation or outright lies. The textbooks are presented as a collection of facts as opposed to a collection of competing perspectives and ideologies, resulting in satisfied special interests and ignorant children. These dumbed down children grow up to be adults who refuse to question what they are told because at one time they were taught that facts were what authority figures told them they were, else they would not pass the test. Besides, why would they question a government that took on the burden of a civil war to end slavery, that saved us from the Great Depression by way of public works programs, and prevented millions of people from dying in the streets through social welfare programs?

An ignorant populace is an easily controlled populace. When people are taught that their government is without fault then any form of dissent is seen as worse than unpatriotic; it is seen as evil. And if you dare to ask about the history of the Native Americans or the real reasons behind the Civil War then you hate America, because patriotic Americans know that their country is the reason the world doesn’t speak German.

A proper understanding of history is never comprehensive. It acknowledges that history is written by the victors, and that it is often a form of propaganda. It acknowledges that even our countrymen have faults, and that politicians make mistakes – and that most politicians are corrupt. Those who understand history are far less likely to accept a sterilized version of events as fact, and are more likely to question simple narratives that glorify the state and encourage servility among the people. Those who understand history are far more likely to reject the absurd notion that the government exists to benefit them, and instead are far more likely to demand and fight to secure their own rights as individuals. A proper understanding of history is a threat to the establishment and to state, and that is why public education will always use history class as a tool of indoctrination.


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4 Responses to " History Class: An Indoctrination Tool "

  1. “Lies my teacher told me” is one of the tools I will be using with my children. Along with Chomsky’s 20th century among others. The best part about homeschooling is that you get to ingrain in your child that history, among other subjects, is a constant debate that is rarely settled. It’s never as cut-and-dry as proposed by Mcgraw-Hill.

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