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Utopian dictators like Stalin, Hitler, Pol Pot, and Mao are criminals – genocidal psychopaths who have killed more human beings in the last hundred years than any other ideologues in history. They don't limit their murder to individuals, but to entire nations.

In the United States another form of utopians, the ""progressives,"" have tried to destroy traditional America by strategically dumbing down her people. America's future is being crippled on purpose in order to fundamentally transform the nation, its values, and its system of government. Laid out a century ago by progressive luminary John Dewey, the fruits of his schemes are plain to see today. Dewey got rid of the traditional intensive phonics method of instruction and imposed a ""look-say,"" ""sight,"" or ""whole-word"" method that forces children to read English as if it were Chinese. The method is widely used in today's public schools, which is a major reason there are so many failing public schools that cannot teach children the basics. This can only be considered a blatant form of child abuse.

American author and veteran educator Samuel Blumenfeld and journalist Alex Newman have taken on the public education establishment as never before and exposed it for the de facto criminal enterprise it is.

Crimes of the Educators reveals how the architects of America's public school disaster implemented a plan to socialize the United States by knowingly and willingly dumbing down the population, a mission closer to success than ever as the Obama administration works relentlessly to nationalize K-12 schooling with Common Core.

The whole-word method of teaching children to read – introduced by John Dewey and colleagues in the early twentieth century and which permeates Common Core – is a significant cause of dyslexia among students. Public education's war against religion, the ""great American math disaster,"" promotion of death education, and the government's plan to lower standards for all so ""no one is left behind"" is destroying the logic, reasoning, and overall educational prowess of America's next generation.

According to the Program for International Student Assessment, which collects test results from 65 countries for its rankings.

In reading, students in 19 other locales scored higher than U.S. students
In science, 22 education systems scored above the U.S.
In mathematics, 29 nations and other jurisdictions outperformed the United States

Journalist Henry Mencken said it best in 1924 when he wrote that the aim of public education is ""to reduce as many individuals as possible to the same safe level, to breed and train a standardized citizenry, to put down dissent and originality.""

It is time to hold the Department of Education accountable for the crimes of the educators.

368 pages, Kindle Edition

First published April 14, 2014

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148 reviews9 followers
April 27, 2017
Be amazed at the extent of the problem we have in the United States by reading this seminal book.

In Appendix A there is a testimony of a teacher that transformed his 9th grade class by just teaching them phonics and how to read. Behavioral problems lessened, there was less ADHD, and the students were excited to learn and be at school. All this and more by just teaching them phonics.

Yet this is the very thing that the Government schools refuse to do; deliberately dumbing down students in order to make them useful tools in a Corporate New World Order. If this sounds incredible then you need to read this book.

This is not incredible to me because I have witnessed the same thing myself and was in the education battle as a teacher for two decades. I taught phonics at Christian school and home-school and was a substitute teacher in numerous districts around the country. I have witnessed the deterioration and the crimes against our children.

Teachers are often victims themselves and do not understand what has happened because the history and the information has been hidden from them.

The Six Crimes of the Educators are as follows:
1. Treason - by deliberately dumbing down our population and thus making us vulnerable to attack, collapse, and a take over by tyrants.

2. Child Abuse - by using a method of teaching that damages the brains of children thus creating dyslexics and ADHD.

3. Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor- by teaching pornographic sex- ed, death ed, and alternative lifestyles as normative.

4. Destroying a Child's belief in the Bible - by getting rid of God and morality and the purpose of life thus contributing to nihilism, drunkenness, drug abuse, and suicide.

5. Pushing Drugs on Minors - by prescribing Ritalin and other Psychotropic drugs to solve problems they created.

6. Extortion - by defrauding millions of taxpayers into funding this scheme and extorting it through taxation.

Believe it or not. It all started with Huey, Dewey, and Bob (Owen that is).

And why did they do all this and continue to do it? They did it first because of their Utopian ideas based upon lies and continue the scheme for jobs, money, and power, leaving the teachers, who actually have to execute the plan in the dark.

There is so much in this book that one needs to read it a couple of times. All Americans need to read this book but especially parents, teachers (for they are often victims themselves), pastors, government leaders, and all those who have any authority.
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February 11, 2021
Although the atrocious quality of public education is a big deal to me, the author didn't make a great argument. This book felt like somebody's researched doctoral thesis, rather than an actual informative book. The author is definitely Christian, which I have no problem with, but I think he should have stated plainly that this is from a Christian perspective. The many references to religion and prayer and God will turn off people that want to hear an academic perspective. On the other hand, as a Christian, I would have preferred that he fully emphasized the importance of faith and Christianity in his take on the subject. It felt lacking and somewhat non-committal between the two worlds. I'm sure there are much better books out there that better handle this very important topic. I personally believe that phonics is the bedrock of literacy, education, and intelligent and meaningful contribution to society.
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February 14, 2018
Do you believe that Common Core just magically appeared out of thin air? Are you perplexed by the ever-degenerating state of "modern" American education? Then read this book.

The authors do a phenomenal job explaining where the current issues gained traction and the destruction they are wrecking in our lives, country, and society. Their focus is less on the history behind these, though they cover that to a depth that will leave many heads spinning, and more on the philosophies which drive these issues and their purposes.

While the focus is primarily on reading methodology as the key culprit (it should be understandable, give one of the author's life work revolved around literacy education), there is enough information that an intelligent reader will be able to see the magnitude of the consequences these ideologies will continue to have in our lives if we do not course-correct soon.
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July 12, 2017
The biggest crime in this book by the education establishment is the onslaught of the whole language curriculum that has failed so many students and teachers. Whole Language, has been disguised now under different terms, "Balanced Literacy," "Reading Workshop," "Critical Thinking Skills," all of these have their roots in the nonsense that children can learn to read by reading. Samuel Blumenfeld was a true patriot and has identified the common theme of failure in our schools. It's the curriculum, chosen by the top and implemented by the bottom.
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December 3, 2016
A well-written book for anyone who wants to know the different facets of public education that have negatively impacted our children and ultimately our society. The content is well organized and understandable not only to educators but to those who are not involved in public education.
September 20, 2017
There were good sections, interesting and thought-provoking ones...and then there were what seemed to be misplaced rants that let the book lose focus every once in awhile.
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May 16, 2016
Crimes Against the Educators is filled with so much hot air and misplaced aggression, it’s hard to pick, as an introduction, a singular example of where its own logic collapses under the weight of its authors’ evangelical lunacy. But to take one example: they blame public schools for the spate of teen suicides over the decades.

Why? Well, there were six suicides at Woodson High School in Fairfax, Virginia, all, according to the authors, committed by students from untroubled homes, unaddicted to drugs yet stuck in a school that taught them to hate God:

“Evolution teaches students that there is no God, no loving Creator, and that the sole purpose of living is to satisfy one’s physical and emotional needs. This secular humanist philosophy (among others), which dominates not just Woodson but all public schools, produces unhappiness, depression, and a sense that a life without transcendent purpose is not worth living.

“(Thousands) of students have committed suicide all across America, and no one in Washington has even bothered to hold a hearing on the subject. It is now assumed that teenage suicide is as natural as burgers and fries. It’s just one of those things that teenagers now do in America” (162, 164). (emphasis mine)

If such a thesis made any sense, there wouldn’t be only six suicides. If Washington were just sitting on its hands while the suicide rate for teens spiked, there’d be no record detailing all the efforts the government has made on this chilling subject: resolutions, government task forces, calls for further study and active investigations from 1989 up until just last fall. And if secular humanism killed a joy for living, we wouldn’t have had the Italian Renaissance.

That’s the kind of rickety ladder of reasoning Blumenfeld and Newman use in this 314-page jeremiad to climb to their shrieks of outrage over the state of education today. Their basic thesis is that socialist progressives intentionally planted the seeds for a dumbed-down America back in the nineteenth century by introducing socialist tendencies to American educators in place of capitalism. Education philosopher John Dewey, their argument goes, subverted literacy by thrusting “whole language” reading instruction on the schools which endures today, rather than the phonics approach. Therefore, by serving up a smorgasbord of government interventions and ineffectual reading instruction strategies, Dewey set the table for the government-run education system that has singlehandedly spawned all the ills that plague our schools and our society—school shootings, drug use, aliteracy, big government and even race riots.

First things first: I’m more than happy to concede the book’s preliminary points. We do have a nation of children turned off to reading, and the schools bear quite a bit of blame in that. Our education system does not foster independent thought, creativity or originality to the extent that it could and should. No one would agree our schools are functional—neither would many elites agree, I’m sure, on what a functional school should look like. (We mere educators hate the fact that too many kids are crammed into a room together (at the detriment of their own learning) for fifty minutes at a time are shuffled from room to room by bell to bell in order to prepare for test after test, but we’re largely ignored until a book like this comes along.)

So yes, the system needs improvement. But in order to buy into this book’s prescription, you’d have to also buy into an alternate reality. For one thing, phonics reading instruction, which the authors repeatedly call for, was reinstated years ago after the so-called “Reading Wars” were more or less ended with the introduction of No Child Left Behind. If there was a battle between the two theories, phonics certainly didn’t lose.

American education never called for whole-language instruction only, and the whole language that actually is taught bears little resemblance to the methodology described in this book. Going back and forth between whole language and phonics instruction isn’t like waffling on supporting the White Sox or the Cubs. A 1990 Ed Week article called bullshit on the notion that educators were favoring chucking phonics instruction, and the National Council of Teachers of English argued as long ago as 1997 that both were required, in the proper sequence, in order to facilitate reading instruction for all mindsets of the American child. Ask kids today how they were taught to read, as best they remember, and listen to what they say. They likely won’t have a clue about words-as-pictures reading, but according to this book, that’s all the schools teach.

As for Dewey’s plot to destroy America, that only makes sense if you buy into the Pavlovian disdain of“socialism” the authors are calling for. Basically, Dewey envisioned a school system where children could learn about the world, and pick up literacy and other academic skills along the way; he wanted them to use their whole brains and pursue their own ideas and concepts, rather than have someone at the front of the room making them memorize predetermined facts absent any context or demonstration of their relevance. That’s the kind of schooling he experienced personally, which he wasn’t too fond of and which no one today would wish upon their worst enemy.

A Deweyite classroom might subordinate close, textual reading to other skills, and no one is saying we need more of that these days, but remember that he was working in a country still assimilating its population into the Industrial Revolution. The idea that the school system should be churning out future workers appalled progressives then, and when we hear business figures demanding accountability for teachers so the schools produce the employees they want, it’s hard to not see the connection.

But all of this is almost beside the point. Even when Blumenfeld and Newman approach an endearing, concerned tone matching someone like Mark Bauerlein’s over the reading skills deficit kids have today (and there are plenty of other, more sensible theories as to where that problem originates), they’re happy to chuck this tone in favor of breathless hysteria over a lack of Christianity in the curriculum. Early on in the book, they argue that kids learn how to read and think just fine until all those damn liberals came in and mucked it all up:

“All children, except the very seriously impaired, develop their innate language faculty very rapidly from ages two to six. In fact, by the time they are six, they have developed vocabularies in the thousands of words, and can speak with clarity and grammatical correctness without having had a single day of formal education.

“In other words, children are dynamos of language learning and can easily be taught to read between ages four and seven, provided they are taught in the proper phonetic way. Also, Dewey’s notion that the primary function of language is social communication is patently false. If we accept the Bible as our source of information, it becomes obvious that the primary function of language—which was God’s gift to Adam—was to permit Adam to converse with God and know his Creator” (7)

Never mind the fact that these educational gurus can’t properly distinguish between language acquisition, which is acquired socially, and reading, which is acquired textually. Never mind the fact that study after study demonstrates the relationship between word deficits and socioeconomic status, which the teachers are expected to overcome singlehandedly in those aforementioned overcrowded classrooms. Never mind the authors’ irritating habit of dumping the phrase “in other words” after every piece of objective evidence they use to come to a totally disparate conclusion. Never mind all that.

Instead, let’s focus on their choice of sources concerning the purpose of language. The Bible? Seriously? That’s how you’re going to address the biological, sociological, lexical and philosophical issues behind reading and speaking? A book written thousands of years ago by a bunch of desert-dwelling scribes who thought a man in the sky kicked a couple of nudists out of a garden for talking to a snake and eating figs? At that point of Crimes of the Educators, every following page should have “This is the product of Christian fundamentalists living in the wrong century” stamped on each and every page.

It’s passages like that quoted above (and there are quite a few others like it, or worse) that make me wonder what Blumenfeld and Newman’s problem is with indoctrinated, obedient children and adolescents. If you’re going to use the Old Testament as a guide to entering and investigating the natural world, I can’t imagine what other kind of student would take you seriously.
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September 16, 2021
Some chapters were great, others too heavy on old reports. I agree with a lot of what he says, including most of all, the lack of reading ability and the behavioral and psychological manipulation of students according to in and out theories of the day. With regard to reading, just note that the most popular reading materials among children are graphic novels…not too many words on a page.
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November 2, 2022
Education Exposed!

The slow destruction of Americas education system has been taking place over the past 100 years right before our very eyes…!yet we have been so ignorant of what is taking place. It is so obvious to me that the destruction of Gen 1 by the “theory” of evolution has done more to destroy America and the American children than any other educational concept ! Dewey was a follower of Darwian thought and we let generations of teachers be trained under his atheist pedagogy… thank you for exposing satans agenda to capture the hearts and MINDS of our children!
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