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The Greatest Story of Fraud and Deception Never Read

THE GREATEST STORY OF FRAUD AND DECEPTION NEVER READ
Copyright © 2008 Patty Degen
Sing a little song about Columbus, Halloween, George Washington, or a Christmas carol, say the Pledge of Allegiance, and even
occasionally hear a verse from the Bible. Ladies and gentlemen, all those things except the Pledge of Allegiance (and it’s even under
attack) are passé in today’s schools. In New Jersey, they even want to restrict ‘with liberty and justice for all’ since affirmative action
is preferred. And it’s getting worse. Each day brings some new affront.
John Adams said in 1765: ‘A native of America who cannot read or write is as rare an appearance as a comet or an earthquake.’
INTRODUCTION
A RUDE AWAKENING FROM THE 1960’s TO WHAT WE HAVE NOW
I taught school in New Jersey in the 1960’s; at that time I believed the schools there to be second-to-none, my daughter having
attended for 3 years. We then moved to Germany where I taught at a Dept. of Defense School which was a regular American public
school. Upon returning to New Jersey after a 38- year absence, it literally blew my mind when I realized what had happened. It took a
hospital stay and 1-½ years to recover. I should have known because I had been researching education since 1990, but somehow I
believed this particular town could not have fallen for such folly. At that time I believed the schools there to be second-to-none, my
daughter having attended for 3 years. We then moved to Germany where I taught at a Dept. of Defense School which was a regular
American public school. Upon returning to New Jersey after a 38- year absence, it literally blew my mind when I realized what had
happened. It took a hospital stay and 1-½ years to recover. I should have known because I had been researching education since 1990,
but somehow I believed this particular town could not have fallen for such folly. Two inner city teens
PREFACE
I’m a teacher who is retired from a 42-year career in the public schools. I learned from the children that each can learn to his potential
and can enjoy this challenge. That’s why I’m writing this since it, for the most part, isn’t happening today. First, thanks to the
hundreds of children I had the honor of teaching over the years. And thanks to Jasper Ho, engineer and education activist of
Kutztown, PA, who has produced many studies that argue for free market principles to be brought into our public school system, one
of which is the voucher system. I also owe many other fine, dedicated writers to the cause of helping our most vulnerable. These
include Samuel L. Blumenfeld, Thomas Sowell, Reed Larson, Peter Brimelow and Leslie Spencer, and many others. May their
dedication some day be better recognized. I believe writing for this noble cause has to come from the heart. May God open up your
hearts to the plight of every child in America.
CHAPTER 1
RIDDING OUR SCHOOLS OF TIME-HONORED TRADITIONS
Once upon a time in the land of the free and the home of the brave, lit- tle children could walk or run to their neighborhood schools
with real reading books, times tables, and a sandwich and apple in their school-bags. When there, they would be greeted by teachers
who might even hug them. And if a child needed help, he’d be helped by this loving teacher after school without charge. When inside
the classroom, besides phonics in reading, systematic writing ‘n arithmetic, they migst talking about walking to school: ‘I’m scared for
my life.’ ‘I could get shot.’ WHY THIS SENSELESSNESS? Two main things are responsible: the teachers’ labor unions which
started their stranglehold over the schools in 1961 and the gradual creep of federal involvement (the Elementary & Secondary
Education Act of 1965), bringing in a whole menagerie of groups feeding from the federal trough. Here is a partial list of them:
Amer Assn of School Administrators;
Amer Federation of Teachers (AFT);
Assn of Supervision and Curriculum Development;
Business Roundtable;
Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, & Student Testing;
Committee for Education Funding;
Council of Chief State School Officers;
Council of Great City Schools;
Education Commission of the States;
National Assn for the Education of Young Children;
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