Education performance in the United Sates has fallen from #1 in the world in 1973 to #17 in 2013. Middle of the pack in science, math & reading in 2015. During that timeframe we added the DOE, lowered standards, lowered grading scales and spent trillions of dollars, only to see results dramatically decline against the rest of the world. The left wants more money spent to solve the problem. The right wants the DOE eliminated and local control restored. State Rankings by Size & Money. State Rankings Best & Worst. State Funding per Student. Textbooks are also a political battleground. Tax dollars are being used to buy textbooks that make claims like: 1. Christopher Columbus ordered the 'complete genocide' of Native Americans. 2. Members of the Boston Tea Party were 'terrorists'. 3. Lee Harvey Oswald shot President John F Kennedy because he was a 'deeply disturbed Marine'; not because he was a committed Marxist. 4. During Ronald Reagan presidency the 'poor got poorer', inferring that his policies were targeted to such a result. Where is the truth? See the debate in this section.

The purposeful deception of political narratives

from The Gray Area:

One of the most serious issues of our day is what is going on in our schools. Public school results are abysmal, inner-city schools are more like prisons with crime and violence ever present, and, in the past 3 years, we have all come to see what is actually being taught to our children. Unlike most other issues, this issue has united parents of both the left & right. Democrat and Republican parents alike are horrified by what they are learning that goes on in their community schools and are demanding action. As a reaction to voicing their concern for their children, parents have been targeted by the FBI, the Justice Department, labeled domestic terrorists and arrested. The article below describes one group which developed to bring attention to and correct the education problems in our schools, Mom's for Liberty. The article is about the Mom’s organization and its leaders. But, there is another message, other than the obvious one about our schools, that screams off the page, the impact of political narratives. Just from the group's name you have already determined who this group is. Depending on where you get your information, that could be a positive or negative reaction. Here are 2 short excerpts from the article to illustrate my point: 1. [At] a school-board meeting late last year in Dearborn, Mich. Local parents were angry about sex-themed books at the school library, which they regarded as “pornography.” After chatting with Ms. Descovich for a few minutes, a Dearborn dad realized she was a founder of Moms for Liberty, a nonprofit parents’ rights group that came into being on Jan. 1, 2021. He shook his head and told her she didn’t “seem like a racist at all.” “That’s because I’m not,” she replied. 2. Moms for Liberty had planned an event last month at Milwaukee’s Italian Community Center. “After an inquiry from the Journal Sentinel,” wrote Rory Linnane, a reporter for that paper, “Bartolotta Restaurants, which books events for the center, said it would not be hosting any Moms for Liberty event.” The first words in Ms. Linnane’s article were “Moms for Liberty, a group designated by the Southern Poverty Law Center as an extremist, anti-government organization . . .” False narratives like these, purposely released to achieve a political objective, now dominate all our political issues. In this case, negative messages are sent using narratives to do damage to a group of parents bent on protecting their kids. The narratives used here are 'racist, extremist & anti-government'. The first two are lies, purposely told to support a broader political narrative on racism. The third is purposely intended to deceive by generating images of insurrectionists (another popular, and false, narrative). Political narratives permeate our political discourse. They are strategically and intricately designed and brilliantly implemented by predominately left wing political and media elites. As an example of this complex network of narratives, 'misinformation'. The 'misinformation' narrative was developed to identify any opposition (right wing) messaging as 'misinformation', and to simultaneously distract you from the political narrative 'misinformation' prevalent throughout the political environment on a daily basis. And, as the first example above reveals, political narratives are very effective messaging tools. The gentleman speaking with Ms. Descovich is stunned to she that she is not a 'racist'! He had obviously been sold and completely bought the political narrative about Mom's for Liberty. But, when faced with reality, the narrative quickly fell apart. Narratives are further intertwined with other narratives, as on this subject, adding that the group is 'Trump aligned' (obvious narrative) and target 'suburban women' (indicating that women in suburbia are somehow lesser women). Political narratives are not part of a political issue. Political narratives are designed to distract you from the issue. Political narratives are usually false. If a political narrative is not false, it is intended to purposely deceive.

Totally discount political narratives when you see them.

By the way, when you dive into the social and education focus of our schools, you discover that the issue is who owns our children. Is it parents or are they owned by the state? Don't think so? Get involved. School officials will tell you that is why they cannot inform parents of what happens to their child in school. The issue then is do you want, at a minimum, to 'co=parent with the government'.

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