Conspiracy Theorist: 4/7

A giant among pygmies

By Mark Luedtke

Sending children to government’s prison-schools is punishment in itself, but some misguided Ohio parents are heaping more punishment on their children by opting out of marathon Common Core testing sessions. reports, “Crystal Shultz’s child, who attends Clear Fork Valley schools, is not welcome in the school until the testing is over. Every day the students miss for opting out will be considered unexcused absences. In Logan Elementary Schools, the students who opted out were given extra assignments to do while the other students were taking the PARCC assessments. Although this was actually what a lot of parents wanted, the test-taking students received an extra recess while the students who opted out had to sit inside and do work.”

Greedy classroom tyrants who make a living by stealing the money of others and lording power over children lorded their power over children whose parents defied them and cost them money. That’s what any rational person would expect. highlights the pettiness of these punishments: “North Ridgeville Middle School is resorting to public humiliation.” Michelle Dolezal’s daughter is just one case: “Her math teacher passed a goodie box around the room (candy, homework passes, etc),” it continues. “When the box reached my daughter, the teacher snatched it out of her hands and told her she wasn’t allowed to take anything because she didn’t take the Common Core tests.”

These parents didn’t foresee this response because they’ve been brainwashed first by government schools, then by the media ever since. They believe government benefits and works for the people. It’s a testament to the effectiveness of government brainwashing that people who are forced to surrender their wealth in the form of taxes and who are ordered around at the point of government guns all day, every day think they’re the ones in power. It reminds me of the book “They Thought They Were Free: The Germans, 1933-45.” Somebody will write a similar book about Americans.

Politicians are capitalizing on the misplaced anger over Common Core. The Ohio House of Representatives passed a bill banning punishment for Common Core. That will work as well as government’s ban on drugs. Punishments will become more subtle so they can’t be linked to Common Core, but they’ll continue. What matters in Columbus, and all legislatures, is politicians bought votes by pretending they did something. Our rulers are laughing at us, not with us.

Politicians love the controversy over Common Core. As long as people rail against it, they’re distracted from the real education problem. Government schools were terrible before Common Core. They’ll be terrible after. All socialist education programs are counterproductive.

For example, the same tyrants punishing children because of their parents’ decisions plan to teach them civility instead of reading, writing and arithmetic. Government schools teach more about lockdowns and bomb threats than scholastic subjects.

Thanks to the homeschooling movement and the Internet, government’s monopoly on education is being threatened. While greedy, socialist teachers whine about class sizes, which is really just a ploy to grow the power of teachers’ unions and the salaries of teachers, Salman Khan of the Khan Academy has educated millions of students since 2006 for free. He currently educates 10 million students.

Gary North explains how the Khan Academy threatens government’s coercive system of brainwashing. “For over a century, there has been a mass illusion that has been fostered by beneficiaries of tax money,” he writes. “This money has gone to teachers and educators. This illusion is as follows: state certification is necessary to be a good teacher.”

Government’s education theory also demanded children be kidnapped from parents, bussed all over town, locked into large, centralized prison-schools, isolated and regimented into military-style units, then subordinated to teachers who frequently don’t know what they’re talking about. The primary goal of government education is brainwashing children to submit to arbitrary authority enforced at the point of government’s gun and needle.

Government’s coercive approach can only be counterproductive, and Khan proves it. Socialism is always about upholding the status quo. Entrepreneurship is about improving it, and that’s what Khan does.

North continues, “Khan has proven that 100+ years of educational theory is wrong. With no training whatsoever in a formal program of education, he became, almost overnight, the most important teacher in the history of the world. The teachers’ union can scream bloody murder, but it won’t do any good. His program is clearly better than anything that the typical tax-funded public school has to offer.”

No greedy government schoolteacher has done the same as Khan although they could.

Government responded with a K-12 online school, but it charges because teachers don’t want online courses. Government’s cronies at Bank of America are trying to corrupt Khan by paying him to teach their bankster version of financial education. I don’t begrudge Khan earning a buck, but it’s better to learn Austrian economics from the Mises Institute at

The views and opinions expressed in Conspiracy Theorist are the views and/or opinions of the author and do not reflect the views and/or opinions of the Dayton City Paper or Dayton City Media and are published strictly for entertainment purposes.

Mark Luedtke is an electrical engineer with a degree from the University of Cincinnati and currently works for a Dayton attorney. He can be reached at

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