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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Utopian Collectivism in St. Louis area schools. Find out if Your Human Capital is Learning to Minimize His/Her Individuality.

Do you remember a previous posting on this site about the Rockwood School District and other area districts in the St. Louis area teaching morals in the classroom? We were concerned about Dr. Marvin Berkowitz's being hired by several districts to teach lessons and theories in morality as these values have been traditionally reserved for parents and religious institutions to teach children.

A brief summary of Dr. Berkowitz's beliefs that are being implemented in public classrooms in the Midwest:

He described a “teaching tool” that would help children explore their feelings and solve problems. This “tool" involved the children sitting in a circle, rating themselves on how they are feeling, and then being asked to share, with the entire group, what their problems were. Their peers would then be called upon to help solve said problems.

American Thinker dissects this type of children centered problem solving dynamics and have named it for what it is: Utopian collectivism.

Play the "game." Stay "in step with the group." Mind "the leash." In one illustration of how these collectivist metaphors are set into action, a Tools of the Mind counting exercise requires children to take turns regulating and inhibiting each other's behavior. In TOTM's "mature, dramatic play," teachers "help children plan, and stay true to their plans in a way that emphasizes inhibitory control..." The Vygotskyian method exploits little minds and turns play into a job performed to communal specifications. Children comply. Acclimation to the centrally planned society begins at three years old.


In kindergarten and preschool classrooms all over America, tiny young humans are being taught to regiment each other's behavior. Obedient little collectivists are learning to submit to group wishes in order to be judged "correct" -- politically correct.

Instead of focusing on pizza sales, wrapping paper drives, swimming pool initiatives, and selling bedding plants, perhaps the Parent Organizations should be asking the important questions of their schools:
  • Did this school sponsor training from Dr. Marvin Berkowitz?
  • Does this school sponsor character education?
  • If this school does sponsor character education, please explain in detail what type of character education is taught to children.
  • Does this school/district employ constructivism as a learning theory?
If you don't think this type of theory is being pushed in your school, you might be surprised. I understand many teachers in the St. Louis area (especially the younger ones) are excited and thrilled about this "collective" method of teaching:

The room buzzes with little voices. Little children engage in "mature, dramatic play." An adult helps the children "regulate" and "monitor each other's compliance" with "rules and assigned roles."
Each child knows his or her place. Each child does the group's bidding, nothing else.

Orwell's 1984? No, a scene played out in thousands of classrooms across America. The drumbeat of collectivism begins in preschool. And a long-dead Soviet psychologist helped define that drumbeat.

It's no wonder there is a huge push for universal preschool. You know, it may "all be for the kids" after all. It's just not exactly what you might have in mind for your human capital. Call your district today.


  1. Author Charlotte Iserbyt touches on this topic. Her book is free, downloadable so if you're interested and can't find it let me know.

  2. I found Iserbyt's book online last week... it's both encouraging and discouraging, how many people have been out there saying what we've been saying.
    Glad they are, bummed it's made so little visible difference.

  3. The Delphi technique is very effective with parents, teachers, school children, and any community group. The "targets" rarely, if ever, know that they are being manipulated.

    It is based on the Hegelian Principle of achieving Oneness of Mind through a three step process of thesis, antithesis, and synthesis - the reality only the illusion of Oneness of Mind with those who refuse to be Delphi'd being alienated from participating in the process.

  4. This reminds me of a news article about people who'd joined a union and were coerced into sharing in a meeting any trauma they had ever suffered. The person effectively had to expose their most vulnerable moment to union thugs. Their pain became a means of union boss manipulation. They eventually left their jobs rather than work in a union job.

    Indoctrinating children into opening up to the collective instead of their parents at age five? If molestation is acceptable to the collective, will the emotioal pain of the child be dismissed? Don't think this is out of the realm of possibility, the socialist websites are ambiguous about molestation, and do support lowering the age of consent to ten.

    This is sick.


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