Washington Post headline at the moment of this writing: “Trump alleges ‘left-wing indoctrination’ in schools.”
My first reaction: “Gee, what a revelation.”
My second: “Does the Washington Post really expect its readers to find Trump’s claim wild and outrageous?”
My third: “Yes they do, and their expectation will prove true. The indoctrinated rarely know they are indoctrinated — and what is more, they have the strongest possible vested interest in disbelieving the charge.”
Everyone at the Post, like all but a tiny handful of their readers, was subjected to this same indoctrination at its various stages. And so were their parents. In other words, they learned the leftist presuppositions at school and at home growing up. And so did all their favorite entertainers, authors, political commentators, and artists, who in turn passed the indoctrination along through their own presupposition-infested works. In other words, the indoctrination is ubiquitous, and has been for more than a century. Trump himself is riddled with indoctrinated leftist attitudes and reflexes.
If I am to be totally honest, I would estimate the percentage of the current North American population that has, by hook or by crook, grappled its way to some decent (though inevitably partial) measure of intellectual freedom from this indoctrination, at about 0.001 percent. That is neither a joke nor hyperbole. On my rough estimate, that would mean about 365,000 combined Americans and Canadians living in relative spiritual liberty, and that only after many years of slowly and painfully extricating themselves from the bonds of progressive educational methods and aims. As I look at it now, I suspect I have been far too generous in my estimate, and would probably have come closer to the mark if I had said 0.0001 percent.
Oh, of course I know that you and I are completely free of it, naturally. None of this applies to us. Surely.
And if you understand the irony intended in that last paragraph, I recommend that you take the next step, which is to read my Case Against Public Education, available, as always, right here on this website, free of charge. That price, if I may say so, is no reflection on the relative value of the reading experience offered therein, relative to other “conservative” books on public schooling. Some of those books (though not the best of them) have made their authors a lot of money, which of course was their primary intention. Mine, by contrast, is more likely to be the one serious people will be reading in a future civilization, if there is to be such a thing, as they sift through the ruins of our time in search of evidence and warning signs.