One of my favorite television shows of the nineties was Chris Carter’s Millennium. It was a series about Frank Black (played by Lance Henrickson), a forensic psychologist who works for what he thinks is an investigative consulting firm called The Millennium Group. The Millennium Group, however, turns out to be an ancient secret organization. They try to induct Frank Black and end up alienating him from his family. Catherine, his wife, confronts him, not realizing that Frank already grasps what it happening. So we get the following:
CATHERINE: And you are gone because of them. They have so engulfed your life; you don’t even care about your own daughter. These are the psychological tactics…
FRANK: (grabbing Catherine) … of a cult!
That scene comes back to me from time to time, especially when I read reports about the Education/Media complex and their methods of dealing with those who don’t naturally submit to their control. For instance, they put a five-year-old boy who, according to his mother, is “all bugs and frogs and cowboys,” through a two-hour interrogation until he wet himself. They did this to him before they contacted his mother because the boy had brought an unloaded cap gun to school to show a friend.
I would have completely missed this Washington Post story, since the headline was angering, but bland: “Cowboy-style cap gun gets 5-year-old suspended from school in Calvert County.” Thanks go to the Newser.com website for summarizing the story and putting the outrageous details in their headline: “School Grills Boy, 5, Over Toy Gun Until He Pees Pants.”
There is more in the Washington Post story. For reasons that are not explained, the ten-day suspension also means the boy is banished from end-of-term ceremonies.
“If the punishment stands, it would become part of the boy’s permanent school record and keep him out of classes the rest of the school year, the family said. He would miss his end-of-year kindergarten program at Dowell Elementary School in Lusby.”
The mother realizes that, if public education were merely public education, than a rule against a cap gun and a discipline for breaking that rule is not a problem. “I have no problem that he had a consequence to his behavior,” she said. “What I have a problem with is the severity.”
But public education is not merely public education. “These are the psychological tactics of a cult!” Finding a five year old boy who dares to be “all bugs and frogs and cowboys,” is an opportunity that must not be wasted. The can frighten him; they can humiliate him; they can ostracize him, and they can mark him for further scrutiny and further “treatment” for the next twelve years. They have access to the boy for hours at a time at least five days a week without any other social network (family, church) present to interfere. They have not only teachers but now a platoon of behavioral therapists and counselors. They have special access to law enforcement and a tax-funded lawyer to deal with any legal resistance.
The big lie is obvious: public education is not about education: it is about cult programming.