Charlotte Iserbyt: Deliberate Dumbing Down of the World

Deliberately dumb

“Charlotte Thomson Iserbyt’s new book, ‘ the deliberate dumbing down of america’ is without doubt one of the most important publishing events in the annals of American education in the last hundred years.

“John Dewey’s ‘School and Society,’ published in 1899, set American education on its course to socialism. Rudolf Flesch’s `Why Johnny Can’t Read’ published in 1955, informed American parents that there was something terribly wrong with the way the schools were teaching children to read …

“But Iserbyt has done what no one else wanted or could do. She has put together the most formidable and practical compilation of documentation describing the well-planned ‘deliberate dumbing down’ of American children by their education system.’” Samuel L. Blumenfeld, writing on “Deliberately dumbing us down,” Dec. 2 on World Net Daily at

Charlotte Iserbyt served as Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of Educational Research and Improvement (OERI), U.S. Department of Education, during the first Reagan Administration, where she first blew the whistle on a major technology initiative which would control curriculum in America’s classrooms.

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.” ~Ronald Reagan, 40th president of U.S.

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2 Responses to “Charlotte Iserbyt: Deliberate Dumbing Down of the World”

  1. Okinawa Says:

    Dear Dr Iserbyt,

    Thank you for your very thorough research in exposing the dumbing down of education, not only in America, but throughout the world.

    Two books that have also helped me with my research include:

    Apple, M. W., J. Kenway, et al., Eds. (2005). Globalizing education: Polices, pedagogies, & politics. New York, Peter Lang Publishers.

    Edelsky, C. (2006). With Literacy and Justice for All: Rethinking the social in language and education. Mahwah, NJ, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

    In Globalizing Education, a very simple and useful frame of deskilling, reskilling, and standardization of teaching is described. I personally interpret
    deskilling as the purging of good teachers from the system. In some societies, novice teachers/pre-teachers are monitored and if selected, inducted into the practice over a period of many years. Veteran teachers are coerced (the Alinsky
    Method seems to work) into retirement or manipulated and change their practice accordingly.

    Alinsky Method for Teachers:

    With the forced dumbing down of teachers, the education of students will naturally decline.

    Thank you for your insights.

  2. 070 Public School Makes Kids Stupid « McDozer’s Blog Says:

    […] for decades, I’ve recently found confirmed by serious book authors, such as John Taylor Gatto and Charlotte T. Iserbyt: Public Schools make kids […]

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