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Walthourville, GA 31333
Why Johnny doesn’t have to read
by RC Murray
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Some very powerful people believe that knowledge is America’s most valuable resource. For this reason, they have worked diligently during the last 150 years to limit and thereby control knowledge – all knowledge, both academic and biblical. This monopoly on knowledge has given these elitists a form a mind control over millions of Americans. With deconstructionism as its theme, Legally STUPiD develops into an extremely controversial book. After first identifying and discussing the seven modern education philosophies & theories and their subsequent teaching strategies [The Seven Deadly Sins of Public Education – a.k.a., Different but Equal] most responsible for millions of functionally illiterate high school students, Murray connects government schools’ dumbed-down curriculum and teaching strategies to the Principles of Newspeak from George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, along with some interesting comparisons from Animal Farm. Johnny doesn’t have to read anymore. He has Big Brother’s legal permission to remain ignorant, which, being dumb on purpose is stupid. But even if Johnny wanted to read, to write, to develop his verbal skills and thereby his critical thinking skills, he’d find knowledge is being rationed by the State, with the “windfall apples” going only to those Big Brother can trust with such knowledge.
“Many Christian parents are concerned about drug use, violence and moral depravity in public schools, but most Christian parents still believe their children will get a better academic education in a public school than in a Christian school. Legally STUPiD speaks to those parents, explaining how and why the academic problems in public schools are even worse than the moral issues…. As he [promised] in a Fayetteville [NC] Observer article in June 2005, RC Murray has now documented everything he ‘learned in today’s [public school] classroom and about today’s [public school] classroom.’ This book strongly promotes Christian education [i.e., a traditional Christian school or home school].”
The Writer’s Edge
“Legally STUPiD is not only for Baptists or Christians in general, but all Americans should read this book to find out what’s happening in this country today. Every American should be aware that there are people in high places attempting to keep their children from learning.”
James R. Beller, author of America in Crimson Red and The Coming Destruction of the Baptist People
My daughter graduated a few years ago from college with a degree in teaching. After moving to a different state in an area known for its "high-quality" public school district, she became rather discouraged. Instead of actually teaching, imparting her knowledge upon young minds and creating critical thinkers, she considers it more like "structured babysitting."
Test after endless test, mandate after mandate and constant pressure to perform has left her disillusioned with the public school system as a whole. In her last annual review, her supervisors told her that her first and most important priority needed to be to increase her students' standardized test scores by 15%! It's terrible to think we're raising a generation of people who think if it's not going to be on the state-mandated test, it's just not important enough to know.
I picked up a copy of Legally STUPiD and alternated between nodding in agreement to Murray's accurate observations and shaking my head at sadness of the truth to his words.
Although it will require another major move on her part, I'm strongly encouraging my daughter to look into private and/or Christian schools as they are the only places left where a teacher can actually TEACH. She's considering moving to a different state with different regulations, but after reading Murray's book I realize that public schools are not the answer for teachers with the same drive and passion as Murray, no matter what state they're in.
A copy of Legally STUPiD is already in the mail to her. Thanks again for telling it like it is!
Grace Chapman, UPack Pods employee for over 23 years