We Have Passed the Tipping Point for American Liberalism
Gary North – January 11, 2016
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Then I got to thinking about the Khan Academy. In recent months, it has stated that it has over 26 million enrolled students. This is in 190 countries. So, I went to Alexa.com to see what percentage of the site’s traffic is from the United States. It is approximately 50%. Inside the United States, the site is ranked number 522. This is incredibly high.
I realize that some of their students are in public school settings. But I don’t think many of them are. A few selected schools use the Khan Academy. I am convinced the overwhelming majority of these enrolled students are homeschoolers.
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I’m not saying that we are winning this ideologically. I am saying that we are winning it institutionally and administratively.
The institutions are moving towards decentralization. This is anathema to the welfare-warfare statists. They are literally losing control, even if Salman Khan is not radically challenging the content of humanistic education. He is certainly no radical. He is a graduate of the Harvard Business School. His outlook and his teaching methods are going to shape the minds of tens of millions of students around the world. More important, they are going to shape the learning environments of these students. He is pulling them out of state-run classrooms.
The children who are coming up through the Khan Academy today go at their own pace. Nobody tells them what to do and when to do it. They take exams, and if they pass the exams, they go on to the next level. There is no one nagging them. There is no one telling them that class is over because a bell has rung. They are not being regimented.
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Remember the purpose of the Prussian education model: cannon fodder for the Army, willing morons for the factories, and useful idiots to vote for and be led by the elite!
I hope that the author is correct.
It can’t happen fast enough to get this country back on track.
Separation of Education and State will go a long way to restoring the American vigor.
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