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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Public schools north of the border

After my WorldNetDaily column The Altar of Indoctrination was published, a Canadian reader sent this email concerning public schools in Canada.  It's sad that our neighbors to the north are in just as bad a shape as we are.  With the permission of the reader, I'm posting his email here for your edification.

Hi Patrice. I read your October 16 2010 article on WND, "The Altar of Indoctrination," and wanted to let you know about the education system in British Columbia, Canada.

Canada ranks above the US in education, however in the grand scheme of things, the public education system in Canada is as bad (or worse) than that found in the US (from what I can tell). For instance, you mentioned Standardized Testing and how homeschoolers regularly get much higher/better scores. This very clear distinction also exists in Canada when you compare homeschoolers or students in private schools compared to students in the Public Education System. Because of this, standardized testing is heavily attacked by the public school teachers' union in BC (British Columbia), even to the point of them demanding the tests be thrown out completely because of their "unfair representations" and "faulty standards". The union regularly goes after the government over it and takes the issue to the court system. Thankfully the tests remain, but barely. The teachers have a million excuses for why home-school and private school consistently tramples their own schools (more money, less minorities [which is a lie], private schools cheat [which is also a lie, because I went to private school and we NEVER took a cheat-test or did special homework for standardized tests like the public education teachers say we did], etc.). The teachers' union is so against the standardized tests that they even regularly send out notices to parents telling parents to keep their kids home on those days so that they don't take them, as a kind of protest. Obviously the notice would be full of lies and half-truths about the tests themselves, rife with propaganda that hopes to bring parents onto the side of the unions. Not too long ago there were a bunch of notices sent out listing off credible excuses for keeping students home on the days of those tests. "Being sick, dentist appointment, etc." It's crazy. The media tries to spin the issue as being a 50/50 split between those that like the tests and those that don't, though the reality is that most parents like them and most teachers hate them because they reflect badly on them. Parents like to know where their school ranks in REAL education.

A few of my closest friends went to public school and they are very much brainwashed into the relativist humanist philosophy that dominates the system. It's impossible to reason with them on most issues because they've got this wall that won't let them even consider alternatives to what they were taught in school. Their indoctrination was a success of the public system, however real education was definitely NOT. My friends sadly know very little other than liberal mantras and typical "progressive" beliefs and arguments. Ask them about any form of science or history and they won't know much. Ask them about being a "global citizen", about homosexuality, religion, Christianity, morals, government, the environment or philosophy, and they can list off all the usual liberal talking points as if they were written on the back of their hands. We joke to each other about the fact that I went to private school and they went to public. They know full well that standards of education were MUCH higher at the schools I attended. An excellent example of this is that my friends rarely had homework (where as I constantly had homework), they took far fewer tests and quizzes, and most classes didn't even do an attendance check to make sure they were there. At my school, if you didn't do your homework or you skipped class, you got detention. In the public system, there was nothing like that. One of my friends completely skipped a class for most of the year in grade 11, regularly going to a different class to be with her friends, and neither the teacher that she was supposed to have OR the teacher in the class she WAS visiting realized the trick because they simply didn't bother keeping track of their students. The mother of that friend found out she was skipping a lot and threatened to send her to my private school. That quickly re-focused her daughter to put in a better effort. We laugh about that now, my school being a threat and potential punishment, but the massive divide in education standards is very obvious between us almost a decade after we all graduated.

Homeschooling is an interesting issue in British Columbia because the government tends to recognize some of the benefits of it, but it also fears it and wants to keep a tight reign on it. There's a fairly large community of homeschoolers here, many of which are from a more conservative or religious bent (since public schools are known to be very over the top "progressive"). On the positive side for the government, funding a homeschooling system costs peanuts compared to running a public school, and the kids end up far better educated. Because of this, the government we've had for the past decade has done a lot to improve and boost the homeschooling systems of the province, much to the annoyance of the teachers' union. Our current provincial government is fairly centre-right. The previous government we had was very liberal/socialist and tanked our economy and left our province in absolute ruin (no surprise there). However the teacher's union is so powerful in this province that they've got a fair amount of influence over the homeschooling system. There are a number of laws and regulations that keep homeschooled students in constant check. There are regular reviews by social workers / public school teachers to make sure kids are being taught what they're supposed to be taught. There's a LOT of control, but far more freedom than exists in the actual public system. My little brother has been homeschooled and it's amazing to hear about how he has to be very careful to give the "correct" answers and word things in such a way that it sounds like he believes things like Darwinism (Evolution), religious relativism and all the environmental hype like climate change. If his answers on tests and assignments didn't sound as if he believed them, my parents would instantly be set upon by social workers for indoctrinating him with harmful lies, religious garbage, bigoted beliefs, and for abusing him with regards to giving him a sub-par education (despite him getting very high grades on tests). My mother is also regularly shocked at how easy it is for students to get through the education system while learning very little. It even shows up in homeschooling. For instance, if your child fails a test, they can take another test, and if they fail that one, they can take another one, and the highest score of the three will be the one that goes on your record.

If you've read all this, I thank you very much for taking the time to do so. After reading your article it got me thinking about the education system here in British Columbia, Canada, and I thought you might find it a bit interesting, especially the part about how the government and teacher's union views and controls homeschooling. Though homeschooling is far better than public schools here, a homeschooling parent has to be very careful to make sure that tests and assignments that get handed into the ministry don't reveal doubt or skepticism towards the liberal ideals and teachings. It basically becomes a game of, "Answer the way THEY want you to answer, not how you'd REALLY answer." It's sad, but it's the reality here. Hopefully you homeschool promoting parents all over the USA can remain more free and independent of the public system than we are here in Canada. Seeing as how the USA has been taking leaps and bounds down the "progressive socialist" road lately, these sorts of controls might not be far off, especially as more and more parents wake up to the reality of exactly how far gone public education system really is and pull their children out of it. The public education system really does consider homeschool to be its enemy, just like it considers private schools its enemy. Though there are a lot of controls and restrictions in place over homeschool here in British Columbia, I'm thankful that we can still at least HAVE homeschool, unlike some countries in Europe. *cough* Germany *cough*.

Keep up the good fight for freedom and strong education. It makes a world of difference (as you already know). Take care, and God bless.



  1. British Columbia sounds a lot like California as far as public education and teachers' unions are concerned. That's a shame for both locations.

    The unions run this state, just as they run that province. Unions have far too much control over our state budget, the education system itself, and over political issues that have nothing to do with education (the unions contribute millions of dollars each election to their cronies). A few years ago, teachers' unions pushed for legislation which required homeschooling parents meet certain standards or those parents were not allowed to teach their own children. This seemed like a page right out of the Rules for Radicals rather than a republic. Our state flag says "California Republic" yet our state has been anything but a republic these past several years. We have become a geopolitical entity run by teachers' unions for the benefit of those unions, at the expense of students, parents, taxpayers, and even the teachers themselves.

    The amount of money spent on public education here should make our schools the best in the country, when in fact our public schools rank 48th out of the 50 states.

    What happens in California doesn't stay in California. This nightmare is coming to other states, so gird against it now...before you end up like this once-golden state. May God help us.

    By the way, I'm a 60-year-old product of the California public education system. So, take that as you will. LOL

    Anonymous Patriot

  2. Great letter. I didn't realize how good we have it (as home educaters here in the good 'Ole USA). Thank you for sharing this with us, Patrice. We need to be aware of what is just over the border, because it could be here really soon. We MUST fight for our God given rights to educate our children the way we see as best for them, NOT the way some union or politician thinks.

  3. I should have a PHd in going to school in the US. I went to a total of 32 schools, 9 of which were high schools. No we didn't follow the crops and we weren't Military.
    In the state I went to school in everytime we moved the kids were either ahead or behind me. The textbooks were all different. I moved while learning the time's table and have a gap in multiple's. In high school moved enough to take the Iowa state test every year. And I managed to get a C+ average. I had homework and if I didn't do it got a bad grade and didn't have to stand by no pole or give up my lunch. If I didn't get a good grade on a test I didn't get all upset because someone got an A. I would say I took it like a man but I'm female.
    Getting through elementary school and graduating from High School used to mean something. Now it is a pre-cursor to High School College. Going to college is almost a must to complete high school and they still come out stupid.
    I can't say my kids are any smarter than I or anymore educated. What saved them is they had minds like steel traps. But I do know the system had changed drastically by the time they went through the system.
    Now my grandkids are almost in the final throw's of public schooling and one is trying to go to college. I worry they didn't get the right stuffing put in them. Most of their education was for them to pass those state tests.
    I doubt now I could pass a state test and my IQ would register just above Forest Gump. But I do know that the public school system is getting worse and worse,and most worse.

  4. "Answer the way THEY want you to answer,
    not how you'd REALLY answer."

    I found it interesting that this advice echoes the advice I gave my home schooled daughter as she prepared to go to college.

    She was worried about dealing with over-the-top liberal professors, and had heard of some of them grading your philosophy rather than your actual work.

    I hope we can keep the public schools out of our homeschool! I told both my children that they weren't allowed to send their kids to public school, that if they weren't able for some reason, I'd homeschool them myself. Even if we had to hide in a cave somewhere to do it.


  5. This sounds about right. And don't forget the bullying.

    When I transferred from public school to private school, it was a HUGE step down. I was only in third grade, and I was already about a year ahead of my peers. Because of the fact that I was bored and my third grade teacher couldn't control her class, I became her easy target. Even though I could easily get my work done I got in trouble constantly for being too shy, and oddly enough, for talking when it was someone else purposely saying things to get me to respond. The teacher acted like she didn't hear anything until I finally said something to tell them to stop. I would get in trouble for not always having the right answer when she called on me, which was constantly, blaming it on me not listening (at some point I began to believe her). She allowed the kids in the class to come up with reasons to put me in time out or get me a red card (each time you get in trouble your card changes color starting at green until it reaches red meaning principal's office). One girl even got me sent to time out table in the cafeteria and later got me a red card simply because she didn't like the way I drank out of my thermos using the lid like a cup (like it was supposed to be used).

    It was like they were trying everything to dumb me down and make me feel like an idiot, and luckily that didn't work until I hit high school. My old private school would not have tolerated any of this and probably would have believed me if I said something. It took months to get anyone who wasn't in on the torture (the principal was in on it too) to believe me, including my parents who naively trusted them. The kids who apparently felt like they got the green light from the teacher, continued the torture outside of school and at the daycare where I was forced to go in the mornings and afternoon. The teachers there were just as heartless and let the daily tauntings and beatings continue. I'm a little embarrassed to admit that I had been beaten up numerous times by kids two to three grades under me. There were days where I really wished I had let myself go berserk and just beat one of them to death and then attack one of the teachers. The only thing that stopped me was the fear of getting in trouble to the point where I would never make another friend again (a big deal when you're only eight). This is what public school has taught me, and this is what I'll never put my kids through.

    I know too many messed up people that have been cranked out of these 'indoctrination mills.' Those kids that tortured me were so spoiled and so full of themselves, and when they got to high school they turned into something much darker and had no self-esteem or self respect. I'm surprised any of them graduated with the way they treated education like it was something that should be given to them, not earned. The schools taught the test to us too, and you didn't learn much if you weren't in an 'advanced' class (most of my classes were). Anything that was learned were more along the lines of self entitlement and progressive. History wasn't one of my advanced courses, and at times I found myself reading the textbook on my own. Within the last few years I've realized what a waste of time it was anyway because of just how left-leaning much of it was. My little sister who just graduated college this past spring says that she can take just about any textbook, flip through it, and tell what they got wrong because she knows better than to just sit there and be spoon-fed. She knows how to research and question far better than I ever could.

    By the way, I'm from Texas, which is supposedly one of the most conservative states. Not so conservative if you live near a college town or a big city, like Dallas.


  6. When I was in college as a Marine Biology major I HAD to take an Evolution class. I braced myself for the garbage I was going to be fed, but I was totally shocked at what the professor said the first day of class. He basically told everyone that this was an evolution class and that anyone with opposing views should leave immediately and further more, creationism was not considered a science. So when we got to the topic, speciation, I couldn't wait to hear what he was going to say. After concluding there were no fossil record for it he said, but that is because of "Punctuated Equilibrium" ... huh? ... and that is science??? I basically regurgitated what he said in class and somehow managed to pass that awful class.

    After graduating I ended up becoming an elementary teacher (not by choice ... now I know God was preparing me ... longer story).
    It is a standard for 5th grade to learn the biology of wetlands. I was giddy as any biologist would be to see their work that was going to be showcased in the office. However, I was appalled at the work that I saw. 90% or more of the class just made poster talking about how the Bush administration has killed a lot of wetlands and Bush was a bad man (I'm not kidding). Probably all the posters had the name "Bush" circled and then a red slash through it. I was speechless and confided in a fellow teacher that their teacher did not teach them the biology of wetlands, but rather she taught them her political opinion on wetlands. Not to mention, when someone sees a passing grade for science on any of these students report card they would assume they knew something about the biology of wetlands ... ugh! Guess what my fellow teacher said to me ... "Well, I sometimes do the same thing."

    I could go on and on with stories, but I think on that day I cemented in my mind that if I ever had children they would NEVER go to public school. Three years later, I had my daughter and I homeschool her now... Praise the Lord!!!

    I feel like I have a target on my back, because I homeschool, but I know it is what I'm suppose to do. So I jump through hoops I need to and stay low as much as possible. God willing I'll homeschool all the way through and if not I guess I'll have to move to Alaska, Idaho or Guam. :)


  7. Thanks to Mike for sharing that with you, Patrice, and thank you for posting it. Children in the two wealthiest societies the world has ever seen have to tell the powerful what they want to hear. Chilling. We have a lighter version here in the US, and it's getting worse. Let us keep praying! Jennifer

  8. I'm in Canada and I totally agree! I went to Public school and was bullied mercilessly for years. My kids have never been to "regular" school and have been homeschooled right from the start. Schools now are even worse than when I went; now more violent and teach(brainwash and indoctrinate, actually)and promote and encourage immorality such as homosexuality, sex-Ed, Earth worshipping environmentalism,and discourage family, faith and religion. They DO allow occult Hallowe'en parties(to glorify Satan and the demons) and such as well but NOT Christmas parties as people might be "offended".Christians are always singled out and ridiculed. etc.Homeschoolers are also regularly targeted by school boards and child welfare, but homeschooling WORKS: our 2 oldest are now away at university with Honours!For us there has never been any other option!

  9. Great letter!

    This is good -RSA Animate - Changing Education Paradigms