Year Zero Again

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Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness. When change is absolute there remains no being to improve and no direction is set for possible improvement: and when experience is not retained, as among savages, infancy is perpetual. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.

George Santayana

 

 

 

A huge Nazi book burning was held in Berlin 86 years ago on May 10, 1933, the opening act of nation wide book burnings in some 34 university cities and towns organized in Germany by the German Students Association and the Nazi Party.  Thousands of university students eagerly chucked into the bonfire some 25,000 volumes written by authors considered subversive by the new Nazi regime, which covered most of Western thought before the new era that the Nazis thought they were making for mankind.  The young in Germany, by and large, tended to be the most enthusiastic followers of the Nazis, particularly students in institutions of higher learning.  Many of them seemed to enjoy having a leader to follow blindly, no longer having the hard work of sorting truth from falsehood on their own.  Ideologies that combine certainty, action, violent rhetoric, scape-goating  and a charismatic leader provide an easy escape in this Vale of Tears from concerns of morality, justice and self-criticism, and that is often attractive for people of all ages, but especially for the young who usually lack the experience to readily recognize when a bill of goods is being sold to them. Book burning continues today, only under other guises.  Go here to read about it.

 

 

May 10, 1933 Book Burning

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15 Comments

  1. Not sure what books are being discarded in the picture above. If it’s some of the crappy-hippy-dippy kid-and-teen “with it” stuff of the past couple of decades, good riddance. That’s pulp that should been left in the tree.

  2. If it’s some of the crappy-hippy-dippy kid-and-teen “with it” stuff of the past couple of decades, good riddance.

    Since that is the contemporary equivalent she wishes to bring in, with heavy emphasis on current Leftist political indoctrination, I doubt it.

  3. Melissa is a self-proclaimed “service leader.”

    Really?

    Can you spell Homeschooling?

    The future is jackboots and brown shirts via your public schools.

  4. Speaking impressionistically, I’d say school systems everywhere are run to please administrators, who, in turn have imbibed the ideology of the teachers colleges and their accrediting body, NCATE. (And, per Thomas Sowell, are a locus of pseudo-professional training composed of ‘the deceptions, the decline, and the dogmas’). Elected officials are unwilling or unable to repair anything. If you corralled 1,000 people in a room, you might find 60 who would approve of this act of hers. It’s almost as if our elected bodies are purely ornamental.

  5. Prior to assuming her supervisory role, Barnett spent 12 years as teacher of language arts, honors language arts and social studies for grades 6-8 at the F.W. Holbein Middle School in Mount Holly, N.J.

    A 1997 graduate of Lenape High School, Barnett earned a bachelor of arts degree in education with a concentration in elementary education and a minor in music from Rowan University in 2002, and a master’s degree in educational leadership with a concentration in school leadership and curriculum development in 2006 from Wilmington University. She holds K-8 education, principal and supervisor certifications.

    NB, this wench wasn’t appointed by the superintendent of schools, but by the elected school board. Everyone in a gatekeeper position in this society seems to be a hollow man (or a hollow woman).

    She teaches ‘language arts’ and ‘social studies’ to late-elementary / junior high school students. You’ll notice she has no degree in any academic subject, just teaching certificates.

    https://www.wilmu.edu/education/school-leadership-master.aspx

    This is the cr!p ‘master’s degree’ she was awarded. Have a gander at the course list. Except for the course on fiscal matters, there’s nothing here that’s manifestly useful.

    The program, btw is ‘NCATE approved’. See KC Johnson’s writings on NCATE.

  6. Yeah, I saw that the other day, read through some of the comments there, and came away convinced more than ever that “relevant” means whatever politically correct multicultural social/cultural/political hobby horse bien pensants like me are riding today .

    By the way, bien pensants auto corrects to “born pendants,” which is also apropos. Is God great or what?

  7. I despair. The participation of young people in the so-called March against Climate Change (and that’s like King Canute, bidding the tide to halt) is evidence of ignorance: science, history and most important, critical thinking. Will home-schooling suffice to develop a cadre of educated young? Not if standards are set by the education bureaucrats.

  8. The participation of young people in the so-called March against Climate Change

    A day out of school makes that “participation” a farce. I expect the educrats to foul up the indoctrination as badly as they have fouled up actual education. A little taste of life on their own and most of the target students will shuck off the indoctrination they remember with contempt. The old Soviet Union is a prime example of this type of boomerang against education as endless indoctrination.

  9. Here’s one of those irony things: If all the parents who are homeschooling, rather than dropping out (q.v.) because you can’t fight the system, had instead decided to take over the system by putting all that homeschooled energy into local school board elections, volunteering etc., they wouldn’t need to home school.

    Maybe that’s true, or maybe that’s wishful thinking on my part. I don’t know.

  10. A little taste of life on their own and most of the target students will shuck off the indoctrination they remember with contempt. The old Soviet Union is a prime example of this type of boomerang against education as endless indoctrination.

    I dunno. They same large-type sphincter apertures that have ruined education have migrated into corporate h.r. I see a booming future for corporate consultants who specialize in creating safe spaces for woke snowflakes. They’ll be right across the hall from the lactation room, next to the transgender restrooms.

    And not just in high-tech either.

  11. “They’ll be right across the hall from the lactation room, next to the transgender restrooms.”

    Until they go bankrupt or the newest fad arrives. The current dispensation has all the stability of a bowl of jello hurtling towards a fan. Besides, 58 percent of the private sector workforce is employed by small businesses. Those who become self-employed will quickly realize they have been taught nonsense. Also do not underestimate the amount of silent rage in many large corporations among conservative employees. It is reminding me of blue collar union members in the sixties who would often vote against the wishes of their union bosses. A society is mind boggling complex, something that thought police always fail to comprehend.

  12. If you’re going to protest weather…. it’s best done on a bright sunny non humid day.. there are many to choose from.

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