Today you see videos of Obama on his website lecturing children that they are better educated than their parents, and that they need to talk to their parents, to lecture them, to educate them. This sounds scary to me. Yet, to progressives like Obama, this is normal.
Progressives as far back as Woodrow Wilson lectured that, as Jonah Goldberg wrote in "Liberal Fascism," believed government was a "social contract for free men to enter into willingly, the belief that the entire society was one organic whole left no room for those who didn't want to behave, let alone 'evolve.' You home, your private thoughts, everything was part of the organic body politic, which the state was charged with redeeming."
Goldberg notes that "Children were a special concern of the government's, as is always the case in totolitarian systems.
Classical liberals, on the other hand, believed the government was a necessary evil. Conservatives today have essentially taken over where the Classical liberals left off, believing government to be a necessary evil. They believed elder Americans are less tend to be more conservative, are more stubborn, and are less likely to change. And this is good, because this makes sure the Constitution is adhered to, and the American way of life will be persevere.
Progressives believed the Constitution is a living object, and should change with the times. Thus, they believe it to be antiquated and it must "evolve." For this reason, they don't believe older set-in-their ways people (however wise) should not be deciding the future of the country.
"Hence," Goldberg writes, "a phalanx of progressive reformers saw the home as the front line in the war to transform men into compliant social organs. Often the answer was to get children out of the homes as quickly as possible."
This lead to the government run schools we see today. Progressives said they wanted to make sure every kid got a good education, so they created "free" government schools. This sounded great so we Americans supported this plan. What they didn't tell you was the ultimate goal was to create a breeding ground for teaching the progressive agenda.
Hence, we see our children being taught about things we don't necessarily believe in, that God is not real, that global warming is a fact as opposed to a theory, that climate change is occurring as opposed to this being a theory, that more taxes generates more money for the government, that FDR ended the Great Depression, and the like.
Personally, like many of my readers, I don't care that my children are taught this stuff, yet I doubt there are many progressives who want would say the same about children being taught about God or Jesus in public run schools. They don't because God stands in the way of the progressive agenda.
If kids are taught about God, then perhaps they will become Christians. Christians are, like the elder statesman, modest and stubborn and too likely to adhere to the traditional ways of the church and life and less willing to accept change. Hence, change is needed for the progressives to create their programs to benefit the people, or perform their "social justice."
Goldberg notes, "John Dewey helped create kindergartens in America for precisely this purpose -- to shape the apples before they fell from the tree -- while at the other end of the educational process stood reformers like Wilson, who summarized the progressive attitude perfectly when, as president of Princeton, he told an audience, 'Our problem is not merely to help the students to adjust themselves to world life... (but) to make them as unlike their fathers as we can.'"
This is scary to me. Yet this type of strategy has been going on for years in America.