The British spirit of revolt against standardized testing nonense seems to be spreading to the former colonies:

Michigan Senate Committee Passes Bill to End Common Core After Child’s Compelling Testimony

Now, just remember Michigan, it's not Common Core alone that's the problem: it's the whole concept of standardized tests....

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Joseph P. Farrell

Joseph P. Farrell has a doctorate in patristics from the University of Oxford, and pursues research in physics, alternative history and science, and "strange stuff". His book The Giza DeathStar, for which the Giza Community is named, was published in the spring of 2002, and was his first venture into "alternative history and science".


  1. LSM on May 9, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    I could be wrong but weren’t Waldorf schools initially set up to combat this and allow children do develop their own creativity farther?- hence farther learning capabilities due to their own individual speed?-

    “Common Core” seems to be a continuing part of what Charlotte Iserbyt explained in her book “The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America”-

    not to mention: it seems to be a continuing of the ominous “Frankfurt School” of indoctrination, not education- if one is not already aware of this subject please do the research on this very disturbing topic-

    Larry in Germany

    • goshawks on May 9, 2016 at 9:13 pm

      LSM, I believe you are correct. Waldorf schools (and several other types) were trying both to create a left/right brain balance AND respect Nature’s pace. (You might check out ‘who’ was the inspiration behind Waldorf school methods.)

      In the counterculture days, many folks saw the ‘evils’ that resulted from concentrating on the left brain (intellect). Think ‘Dr. Strangelove’. Joseph Chilton Pearce was a popular writer that not only wrote on the above topics, but was also a champion of the enhanced (though ‘natural’) abilities that were allowed-through when our natural development cycle was not short-circuited.

      Unfortunately, I think the bad-guys also read Pearce’s books, because the current ‘programs’ are dead-on accurate in thwarting that natural unfoldment…

      (If you are parents – or know of folks about to be parents – spread the word about the “Magical Child” book. I cannot emphasize this enough.)

      • zendogbreath on May 9, 2016 at 11:33 pm

        gosh friends have used waldorf. never seen a bad result come out of it. loved the kids who were in it and every kid we’ve known in it loved it.

        tried reading up on steiner a couple times. that’s some seriously complex farming ideas he had. more than how crazy the ideas are, i gotta wonder how those ideas developed in the first place. i kinda got a blavatsky vibe off him after the first couple books.

        you got any guidance here?

        • goshawks on May 10, 2016 at 3:06 am

          ZDB: Long ago, I made a ‘mistake’ on Rudolf Steiner; I tried as my first Steiner book to read “How to Know Higher Worlds.” It was so astounding that I just put it aside, overwhelmed. I’m glad you brought him up; I’ll try to put that book back on my reading list and see whether I have grown…

          I have only the most surface knowledge of Steiner. The main reason I have a generally-favorable inclination for him (besides the Waldorf educational system) is I read somewhere that Hitler apparently perceived him as a threat. I don’t know whether they ever met (since Steiner died in 1925), or the ‘threat’ was only due to Steiner’s philosophy and movement. Good enough for me.

          Plenty of Steiner’s works appear in .pdf form on the internet. I’ll have to try and track some down. He deserves a look. Thanks.

          • goshawks on May 10, 2016 at 4:26 am

            Interesting, from Wikipedia:
            “One of the first institutions to practice ethical banking was an anthroposophical bank working out of Steiner’s ideas; other anthroposophical social finance institutions have since been founded.”

          • goshawks on May 10, 2016 at 4:27 am

            “Your comment is awaiting moderation.” goshawks – May 10, 2016 at 4:26 am.

        • jplatt39 on May 10, 2016 at 4:21 am

          Steiner was associated with Theosophy in the early days but a lot of it was just his study of Goethe and German Philosophy. There is a great source for him on line:


          • zendogbreath on May 11, 2016 at 12:06 am

            thank you. i think the theosophical society is the blavatsky connection i considered. i get bad tastes from the likes of that. even as i gotta use such sources sometimes (like icke) to get info nobody else throws out there. foster gamble does the same service sometimes. invariably though, they smell of judas goats and provacateurs.

          • zendogbreath on May 11, 2016 at 12:16 am

            will look over more on steiner again. this looks like a good place to start. curiouser and curiouser that no one did as much with samuel hahnemann. he had much more well developed ideas on a much simpler theory that continues to ring truer today with each new discovery in chemistry, physics, biology,…

          • goshawks on May 11, 2016 at 3:38 am

            According to his Wiki entry, Steiner was a proponent of the Theosophical Society (I suspect because of his esoteric experiences), but refused to formally join them. Even so, he became a leader of their German branch.

            When Leadbeater and Besant began pushing Krishnamurti as, in effect, the next Christed figure, Steiner broke away from the Theosophist society. In doing so, he pulled much of their German esoteric organization away with him. A big split.

            It took big huevos to break-away from a cushy position with a supposedly up-and-coming movement. It also speaks to his charisma and clarity that he drew so many of that movement away and into his ‘camp’. It would have been interesting to sit him down and ‘feel him out’…

  2. goshawks on May 8, 2016 at 9:45 pm

    (Repeating, in case folks have moved on…)

    There is a darker component to all this testing, normally overlooked:

    Long ago, I read an excellent book by Joseph Chilton Pearce, “Natural Child.” The centerpiece concept within this book was that Nature has set us up to ‘unfold’ in stages. Various child researchers (real ones) have confirmed these progressive stages. There are species-averages for these stages, but each individual will vary as to their personal timing.

    The key here is that each stage must be respected. Each person will give signs that they are ready (and even anticipating) their next ‘natural’ stage. Pushing the stage too early causes damage and may even ‘stick’ the person in an earlier psychological stage. Not good.

    By the way, the above may tie-in with left/right brain research done since Pearce’s book was published. There is much evidence that force-feeding the left brain – rote reading, writing, and arithmetic – causes it to become dominant over the right brain’s pattern-matching and holistic perspective. Hence, task-workers but not intuitives…

    Putting the above together, earlier and earlier ‘schooling’ may be DESIGNED to run our kids off Nature’s rails…

    • zendogbreath on May 8, 2016 at 10:23 pm

      genius stuff gosh. just got a copy of magical child. think you’re gonna love reading everything vivian gussin paley wrote. think amazon is enjoying this blog as well. they’re doing better than lulu cause of you.

      as an aside. took sign language class years ago. discussed left / right brain ideas then with some signing interpreter teachers and future teachers interpreters. they verified with first hand experience what roger fouts proved out. (reminds me, get next of kin – he’s the guy that taught washoe to sign asl and then went on to teach other chimps. had one named booey who had epilepsy so they cut his corpus colostrum. booey’s work with fouts got fouts onto helping autists over the language aquisition hurdle with asl)

      ok back to the other aside. the human brain is ready for language aquisition by at least day one out of the womb. a girl named dani had a daughter named charlie who signed “milk” within hours of being shown it. by 7 months charlie had 70 signs and spoke in sentences. charlie never cried. she was too detailed and too well listened to for that. why cry in frustration when being treated intelligently and well? it’s reasoned that this is why so many deaf parents of hearing children have such genius progeny. from all indicators, intellectual development is determined by how early language is acquired.

      hence fouts’ work with autists giving them sign language precluded autists necessarily becoming retarded. previously autistic kids rarely acquired any language and when kids don’t by age six they’re routinely diagnosed permanently retarded.

      • goshawks on May 8, 2016 at 11:27 pm

        ZDB, you caught me in a blooper: The referenced book should be “Magical Child.” Oops. Sorry to all…

        Fascinating stuff on autistics and sign language! Thanks. Promising stuff, what with the autistic ‘epidemic’ we are in. On Charlie and Dani: This would fit-in well with “Magical Child” progression, as successful transition to the next ‘stage’ would be more likely with successful communication (of whatever variety). Signing may empower a whole class of autistic savants. Cool!

        All the above brought up an interesting thought: The origins of writing were in the Sumerian pictograms or hieroglyphics. I wonder if these were just written-down ‘signing’?

        • zendogbreath on May 9, 2016 at 11:28 pm

          it makes sense in an linguistic evolution aspect.

          the idea fouts had on autism is that it’s not a left nor right brain dysfunction issue. it’s a bad corpus callosum. to the point it pains autistics to sense sight (left brain i think) or sound (right brain) at the same time. separating the two functions and use of respective sides of the brain briefly allows more normal development. apparently the corpus callosum improves with careful use.

          to keep from too glowing a perspective here – this is old stuff. fouts did this decades ago. 20 years ago a friend who ran an adult autistic program said when asked about signing changing everything – “the thing is when they taught them signs all they found out is that they were hungry for cake.” so he was not down with the idea of asl for his clients. it’s another aspect of paradigm change. the new paradigm is still awaiting the old to pass.

          also the eugenicists are enjoying and promoting this epidemic of autism on a number of different fronts. folk like microsoft recruited autistics decades ago with websites for autists,… what the agenda is for increased production of autistics is beyond my realm. my best guess is a frank herbert idea involving production of mentats.

          the use of “evolution” has so thoroughly been abusive, it’s not likely we have any good perspective to gain from considering it as we’ve been trained to so far.

          • zendogbreath on May 9, 2016 at 11:30 pm

            small wonder eugenicists like darwin brought it to the fore and others of his family’s ilk carefully kept it there. now we even have popes rattling on about it.

          • goshawks on May 10, 2016 at 3:25 am

            ZDG, j stone believes the epidemic rise of autism is due to vaccines now-employing human fetal tissue in their preparation. Apparently, this use causes the human immune system to not only fight against the particular disease, but also against itself. According to him, there is a whole spread of responses from allergies at the low end to varying degrees of autism in the middle to ‘sudden infant death’ at the high end. He ‘rants’ on that periodically, if you want to read the particulars.

            (I am not medically-trained, so I can only say that his reasoning seems to make sense. If consciously-employed by TPTB, this is horrific. Interesting thought about ‘mentat’ production…)

          • zendogbreath on May 11, 2016 at 12:08 am

            i’m progressively more confident that as horrific and humongous as stone’s theory is, it barely scrapes surface of the reality that is going on flat out in front of us.

    • Pellevoisin on May 9, 2016 at 4:59 pm

      So glad you shone light upon Jos. Chilton Pearce’s ‘Natural Child’. Your observations on force-feeding the left brain are spot on, goshawks.

      • Pellevoisin on May 9, 2016 at 5:01 pm

        Oops. ‘Magical Child’!

  3. zendogbreath on May 8, 2016 at 7:38 pm

    now we can look for more pollution catastrophes and false flags in michigan?

    anyone hear about the two women who sued first over their poisoned city water in flint? found shot to death in their home? and the water treatment plant foreman found dead at home after he and 3 of his coworkers were indicted?

    here ya go doc. almost the same behind the scenes hidden hand as sets up blown up factories in russia and china.

    • Robert Barricklow on May 8, 2016 at 9:05 pm

      Holy Cow Batman!

  4. marcos toledo on May 8, 2016 at 10:29 am

    The problem is education has never been the basic behind schooling. Indoctrination in what ever fantasies our overlords are pimping at the moment to stay in power or their delusions of power. Schools at their best can only introduce students to ideas it’s up to the students to be interested in the subjects.

    • Robert Barricklow on May 8, 2016 at 11:38 am

      From Pavlov bell to Pavlov bell.

      • Robert Barricklow on May 8, 2016 at 4:48 pm

        It’s up to the student what they learn…
        between the bells,
        between the lines,
        between the so-called choices.

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