Question: Is all this talk of Eugenics limited to my paranoia or to conspiracy theorists? Am I alone in connecting education and Eugenics in the modern era of technology?
Answer: In a 2011 piece, Eugenic Legacies Still Influence Education by David Cohen, he writes:
“One of the most important guiding principles in education is in loco parentis – we are morally and legally obliged to act “in place of the parent” when children are in our care. That principle is the main reason for the sharply negative and visceral reaction I had when I read about John F. Kennedy High School using color-coded identification cards based on student test scores, and then a later article describing a similar program at Cypress High School (both in Orange County, California). According to the Orange County Register, the different cards also led to different privileges around school, discounts on various purchases, and even led an administrator to insult a group of students in an assembly.” ~ David Cohen
Jim Horn also writes recently in Schools Matter: Charles Murray, KIPP, and the Second Coming of Eugenics:
” Just over a hundred years ago the devout social Darwinist, Andrew Carnegie, exercised his philanthropic muscle to fund the creation of the eugenics research hothouse known as the Station for the Experimental Study of Evolution, in Cold Springs Harbor, New York. He got nothing for it except the satisfaction that his Spencerian values had been expressed in a way that would have lasting effect. In 2012, economic enablers like Bill Gates and Eli Broad can stand on a similar belief that cultural defectives can be eliminated without the costly acknowledgment of poverty, but this time around these modern day Carnegies can make sure that they are repaid in tax breaks for their classist and racist largesse.” ~ Jim Horn [NOTE: As the author of Living Behind the Gates, I apologize for an incorrect citation when originally posted. Dr. Stephen Krashen did not write the above blog “Schools Matter: Charles Murray, KIPP, and the Second Coming of Eugenics. This blog was authored by Jim Horn.]
Question: But has the stage been set for the Department of Eugenics to go even further than it did in the 1920’s?
Fact: One would assume that this crime against the poor and vulnerable ended long ago. It did not. Forced sterilization continued in the United States long after Hitler was dead, until 1974 in fact.
“The sterilization program ended in 1974, but its legacy will not go away. Many of its victims are still alive and they bear witness to a bureaucracy that trampled on the rights of the poor and the powerless. ” ~ Kevin Begos, Lifting the Curtain on a Shameful Era, Journal Now: Against Their Will
Considering the facts listed above, perhaps the policy and practice of Eugenics has never ended.
Answer: Although the tool of sterilization has not been re-instituted as yet:
NDAA has been passed and signed.
Internment camps have been built and staffed.
Riot police prevent civil liberties based on our nation’s constitutional rights.
Mayoral control has reduced the rights and liberties of local communities.
Newt Gingrich is suggesting we replace school janitors with school children, changing labor laws back to the 1920’s.
Child labor laws are being challenged across America.
Minimum wage for children is being recommended at an appalling rate of just $5.25 per hour.
More Black and Latino boys are being imprisoned each year.
The school-to-prison pipeline is designed to profit off of the poor through privatization of prisons.
Union busting laws are decreasing the rights of the working class.
The reproductive rights of women are being legislated without their voices. Virginia Lawmakers threatened to vaginally probe women without a say in their own medical care through legislation that did not allow the testimony of women at hearings.
The Supreme Court is set to rule on continuation of Affirmative Action that may tear down the wall of protection, again segregating and stratifying our people by race. Higher Education has been held in check to integrate by race through Affirmative Action for years.
Bill and Melinda Gates have invested in Monsanto which produces GMO corn that has been proven to cause sterility and organ disease.
Activists have protested the Gates Foundation ties with Monsanto.
The Gates couple uses Foxconn in China to create X-Box. Monsanto and Foxconn both enforce slave-like working conditions to maximize profit.
“The same company that we recently exposed to be running ‘slave-like’ working conditions, forcing poor workers to operate the corn fields for 14 hours per day while withholding pay.” ~ Anthony Gucciardi, Monsanto Investor Bill Gates Says GMO Crops Necessary to Fight Starvation, Info Wars
Question: Why do we continue to listen to Bill and Melinda Gates? Why do we allow these self-appointed elites to create policies that govern a profession they know NOTHING about?
“The education reform debate and the current state of education policy are absent authoritative leadership, and like the century leading up to today, we will remain mired in bureaucratic insanity at the expense of students and the wider American society.
It is past time that we acknowledge some harsh facts: Without his political appointments, Arne Duncan’s claims about education would fall on deaf ears (as they should); without his billions, Bill Gates would also be largely ignored. The same can be said about presidents, governors, senators, and members of congress all across the U.S.
Credible leadership springs from “This is what I have done.”
All else is the failure of authoritarian hypocrisy. And even a child can see that.”