Education: The System is Deliberately Engineered to FAIL–Here’s Why

I have seen first hand that the educational system is designed to fail. Advanced Placement math and chemistry classes at my daughter’s school had teachers that did all kinds of random stuff that would get a college professor taken off of teaching when he got bad student evaluations. High school teachers have tenure and are allowed to do a bad job, year after year. Their “customers” (the property taxpayers) are a captive market. My daughter’s math teacher was forcing the kids to learn AP Calc BC and not preparing them for the AB test like he should have been, and didn’t stay after school because he was coaching sports at another school, and when my daughter asked for help he’d say, “Just figure it out yourself.” The chemistry class was even worse — the teacher didn’t teach it consistenly at all. After a year, my kid had not even learned how to balance equations or figure out mole calculations or empirical versus molecular formulas. We taught her a bunch of stuff in the last two weeks before her exam. Just absolute monstrous incompetence and personal nastiness. Public school teachers need to be able to be fired. and there needs to be student evaluations. The school sent me an evaluation, and I ripped ’em a new one, but I don’t know that it will matter. I tried complaining to the principal, et cetera. They stick together tight with their teacher’s union — they protect the incompetence. it’s just a Paychex Liberal Keynesianism.


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25 Responses to Education: The System is Deliberately Engineered to FAIL–Here’s Why

  1. hardscrabble farmer says:

    If these people are asking “why are our schools failing?” they probably went to one.

    It takes approximately one day of independent research into the history of public school education in the US to discover that it is not meant to educate, not designed to foster independent thinking, not in the business of providing the basic elements of understanding the world we live in. It is meant to create a society of passive drones who will mindlessly obey the directives of their betters, contribute to the system which enslaves them, fill their heads with drivel about equality, democracy, immigration, gays rights etc. It also serves as a data collection point for all sorts of important information that a police state needs to keep an eye on its proles- who objects to it, (like when you raise holy hell with the school board), who is apt to out think them or think for themselves and then to begin the process of drugging those people for a variety of justifiable reasons so that they come into compliance. Does this mean that their are no good teachers who truly want to educate their charges? No, just that there are so few of them as to not make any difference whatsoever.

    You want to use your children as mindweapons by sending them into the bowels of that particular hell, you’d better prepare them well, debrief them daily and provide a real education outside of that psych lab.

    If you aren’t familiar with the resource, I highly recommend John Taylor Gatto as a starting point for your research, continue from there.

    • mindweapon says:


      When kids from China and Russia immigrate at high school age, they find the academic work of American high schools so absurdly easy they get A’s without trying. I’ve heard this time again from both demographic groups.

      The ideal homeschooling plan leverages the resources of a large metropolitan area like Boston, NYC, LA, SF. The large cities have the best music teachers, best martial arts schools, gymanstics schools, and you can even get foreign language nannies and raise the kids to be fluent in multiple langauges from infancy. But kids growing up on a farm is also very good, and more practical.

      Also, as I’ve told you, kids who do a lot of toil will find math and physics more interesting. The physics that made television possible were invented while a young Mormon man was ploughing his field and saw electrons dancing in the criss cross furrows of his fields. Imagine the typical day of Philo T. Farnsworth as a young man. Get up real early, work a day, then retire with the math and physics books and visualize the dance of matter. The next day, it gets absorbed while you are doing the farm work.

      I think the farm work created a meditative state for Farnsworth that made it possible for that breakthrough in physics. A far cry from the overstimulated kids of today with their electronic gadgets, texting, tweeting, videogaming, watching TV.

      • Sam says:

        “…farm work created a meditative state for Farnsworth…”

        I think he just got tired of looking at the hind end of a horse and racked his brains to find a way out. šŸ™‚

      • mindweapon says:

        Don’t believe in meditative states of mind, Sam? Figuring out how matter works is not a matter of “racking one’s brain.” It’s a flash of incredible insight.

      • Sam says:

        That was just a joke. šŸ™‚

    • Anon says:

      “When kids from China and Russia immigrate at high school age, they find the academic work of American high schools so absurdly easy they get Aā€™s without trying. Iā€™ve heard this time again from both demographic groups.” – these also tend to be a self selected group though. Our schools are fine, and by demographic group we compete very well with the rest of the planet. This is not to say that our schools couldn’t be better: among other things we could reserve our institutions for our children.

      • mindweapon says:

        I got a kid in high school. The schools are TERRIBLE, but only because they can’t fire teachers and there are no student evaluations. They could be fine. They should fire 5 “science”* (LOL) “teachers”*(LOL) and find grad student teaching assistants who have stellar student evaluations and hire them at 150k a year, at specialized science and math high schools that require passing an entrance exam.

        My former chemistry tutor, who now tutors my daughter, is friggin’ amazing. She’d be worth 6 figures teaching high school kids in the right situation.

  2. tteclod says:

    Mindweapon, I feel your pain. I’ve come away from merely 4 years public high school education feeling I’ve failed my daughter. What’s worse, the private education for the previous 9 years was no better.

    • mindweapon says:

      Well, my daughter is studying chemistry and math over the summer. She is very determined to pass AP calc and chem her senior year. It’s at her pace, and we have the good fortune to have found a volunteer tutor for chemistry whom we see once a week, almost every week.

      • tteclod says:

        Good for you. Mine’s off to college, but I’m already forced to intervene there, just when I’d hoped I could withdraw just a little and focus some attention on the boy.

      • mindweapon says:


        Don’t pay for her to do poorly, to party, or to study something that isn’t practical and directly transferable to income producing work. Don’t pay for a degree in English or psych or soc or art or any of that BS.

        It’s got to be something in the medical field, engineering, math, science, computer programming, or you are wasting your money.

      • tteclod says:

        Biology w/ minor or double major in Visual Art. I hope you approve. šŸ˜‰

      • mindweapon says:

        The biology is good. Visual Art actually may be OK if it’s combined with science. A Yale professor who invented parallel processing for computers said that study of art should be mandatory for engineers and scientists.

  3. Paladin Justice says:

    Thanks for the reblog, MW. It’s good to get confirmation of the principle that the public schools are intended to fail. HF’s comment above is spot on from my readings about the issue. Maybe VB will weigh in on this one, with her perspective as a home schooler.

  4. rdub says:

    hey all, still homeschooling strong with my daughters. Parents constantly compliment us and our girls on their manners. I understand that schools can’t deliver on technical learning, but goddamn, can’t they at least turn out young people who are polite and can look an adult in the eye and speak coherently?
    My six year old can interact with anyone, from babies to the elderly, and she can also tell you what photosynthesis is and how “Dad’s beard is going white because it’s not making any more melanin.”

    That anecdote about Farnsworth is fascinating–I’ve operated the same way when working labor jobs–there is a zen mindset that hard work provides, allowing for those”eureka” moments.
    Screen time? Our house has one TV, one computer, and hundreds of books. Any screen time for educational shows and yes, occasional games, is earned through chores or homework, and the screentime rules apply to Mom and Dad, too! (Which is why I haven’t been reading/commenting on your great blog for a while, MW)

  5. TabuLa Raza says:

    It is a “failure” of socialism. The government schools are just one instance of socialism

    The whole system was created by and for the ruling classes. The ruling classes had a problem around say, 1800- how to establish a system of control/slavery based on force while getting the people to endorse it.

    1) Demonize the free society of contract [capitalism]. This was the task of Marxism. It worked.
    Capitalism [freedom] was smeared as anti-social, while coercive statism was sold as liberating.
    This worked while the rubes gulped the Flavor-Aid.

    2) The little matter of how can a system of coercion be “for the people” was solved by simply NEVER RAISING THE ISSUE OF FORCE, AS IF THE WHOLE ENCHILADA WERE “VOLUNTARY.” This too worked.

    The socialist schools were established to keep the folks in the dark. A carrot was that they are “free.”

    Another trick was to never ever describe the system as socialist.

    The Federal Office of Education [1914] asked: “Do the schools exist to serve the students, or do the students exist to serve the schools? The answer is the latter.”

    Socialism’s true purpose was enslavement, for the emolument of the elite. Their thought control was brilliantly successful.

    Socialism, including the “schools” means that the taxpayers, students, and everyone is is State Property, TO BE USED FOR STATE PURPOSES. This is slavery- socialism’s true purpose.

    Here is a group photo of “THE STATE.”

    • Sam says:

      “…It is a ā€œfailureā€ of socialism…”

      If that’s so then why did the Soviet Union and China have such good education? I believe a large part of the decline of education comes from dumbing down the schools so that Blacks won’t feel bad. Also it’s part of the general demise of all countries that are wealthy for a long period of time. They and we come to think we deserve it.

  6. KO says:

    Here are all 10 of the system failures:

    Occam’s razor doesn’t require that they were originally designed to fail. Any tool can be misused. As soon as a “misuse” of one of these social systems becomes advantageous, it creates an ecological niche and an interest group with an ideology for preserving and expanding the niche. The bad guys don’t have to be Machiavellian geniuses. They just have to see an opportunity for immediate, short-term advantage. They get away with it once and before you know it a system is in place, protected by the legislatures, judges, police, professors, and press.

  7. New England Millennial says:

    Dumbing down?
    This is considered ‘Murkan “entertainment”…

    • New England Millennial says:

      Just noticed that Dumb and Dumber look like Boris Johnson and Gordon Brown. LMAO!

      • mindweapon says:


        I am actually a big fan of the Dumb and Dumber movies. Some stuff is just funny. Remember in the first one how the bad guys sawed off the head of the pet bird, and the blond one said, “My birdie’s head fell off!” Or in the prequel, the Jim Carrey character goes up to introduce himself to a Chinese girl, puts his hands together, and greets her with “ching chang choing!” Damn that was a funny scene. My daughter was like 7 years old at the time. WE went to a Chinese takeout and she did the same thing to the Chinese person. I was laughing my ass off!

  8. moishe says:

    WOW – take a look at those beautiful, intelligent looking children of northern european extraction – this is what motivates me to fight for my peoples….this picture should not just be historical images of white children in some fucking zog-musuem in 2050 when us whites are a distant memory and hordes of brazilianised mongrels stare at those images in rapt wonder – this is why we fight!

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