It’s Time to ‘Decolonize’ Government Schools

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After nearly 100 days in office, President Joe Biden made his first speech to Congress last week, introducing a new program entitled the American Families Plan. For the unsuspecting, Biden’s plan may seem kind and caring. Education, affordable childcare, paid medical leave, and financial benefits all appear to help young couples in their quest to raise the next generation.

But for the discerning, Biden’s plan raises a red flag that families are about to be colonized by the government.

Colonization is a term actively frowned upon in our postmodern world, scholar Anthony Esolen explains in the April/May edition of Chronicles Magazine, for it’s used as a catchall term by the left to criticize the spread of Western civilization throughout the centuries and its domination of native cultures. In their view, every arena of life must be “decolonized” so as not to offend or give the appearance of racism.

But in reality these same self-proclaimed decolonizers are self-righteous hypocrites, guilty of the very thing they claim to banish. This is especially true when it comes to education, Esolen writes, drawing comparisons between today’s government education programs and the boarding schools of old which took Native American children from their parents and taught them to live as “civilized” whites. “The colonial power separates the children from their parents, to make them reject their traditional ways of life, and to have them think as the occupiers do,” writes Esolen. This forced indoctrination that happened hundreds of years ago is soundly condemned by today’s “woke” crowd, but they avoid looking in the mirror when a similar thing is happening today. Esolen writes:

Our teachers are proud to separate children from parents, intellectually, spiritually, and politically. But the parent of a minor child should be to the teacher as an employer to a tutor, delegating to him some measure of authority on condition that he do some designated work with a clear and mutually agreeable aim. Imagine a tutor posting a guard at the door of his study, lest the father enter and hear what the child is reading!

Unfortunately, that last point is exactly what seems to be happening in today’s schools. As one high school teacher recently noted, students can change their clothes and name at school to reflect a different gender than their own, yet teachers are instructed to stay mum about such gender changes when speaking with these students’ parents.

Esolen continues his assessment of today’s colonizers by saying:

The school is an anonymous hulk, too big for direct, personal confrontation. Its sole consultative board will be stocked with teachers and their relatives and friends. Responsibility is shielded by layers of administration. Textbooks are chosen by committee, and the choices mostly reveal contempt for the traditional. And you will be cowed into playing along, or not making trouble, because the occupiers can make or break your child’s chances for entering one of the more lucrative centers of the Higher Swindle.

In essence, schools are gatekeepers, and if your child is in their clutches, you as the parent can expect to be sidelined in the future. Biden’s American Families Plan embraces the view that parents are inept and incapable of raising their children, and therefore the government must extend education, taking children out of the home and away from those who may influence them toward traditional beliefs. Colonization at its finest.

The good news is that we don’t have to go along with this colonization. In fact, recognizing that colonization is the goal is the first step toward combatting it.

So, reverse course. If the government doesn’t like traditional families and values, you’ll need to teach your children to appreciate those very things. If the government thinks your little children should be away from home, spending time in preschool or daycare, then homeschool them instead: set them on the path to success by reading to them, answering their questions, and spending time together as a family. If the government wants to funnel all kids through the expensive, debt-fueled undergraduate system, find a way to work around it: encourage your children, if they are academically minded, to take college-level and advanced placement courses in high school to get a head start; or to pursue an apprenticeship and learn a trade instead. Both options will cut down on the time they spend subjected to government indoctrination. Most of all, teach your children truth. As an old Hebrew text states, “Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls.”

Society wants us to believe such rest is found in greater government care. It’s not.

Buck the trend. Don’t let the government colonize your child’s education.


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Annie Holmquist

Annie Holmquist

Annie Holmquist is the editor of Intellectual Takeout. When not writing or editing, she enjoys reading, gardening, and time with family and friends.

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Atheists don't send their children to an evangelical Christian Sunday School one hour per week, but Christians send their children to the atheist public schools 30 hours per week. I am a retired teacher and unequivocally proclaim that there is no hope for America as long as Christians and conservatives allow their children to be indoctrinated in the public schools. We must rescue our children! Please ask me for more information. I am not raising funds or selling anything.


The individual who down voted my previous comment either doesn’t understand how the US works or they wish to subject it to their faith. Both are dangerous and, I would venture, the product of indoctrination, probably of an Evangelical nature.
Separation of church and state. The United States is a secular political entity where, by law, all religions may be freely practiced and none are publicly endorsed. It is not a purely Christian nation.
Children need structure. They need to experience responsibility. Where are they going to get it when both parents have to work to maintain basic care? My best guess is that either k thru 12 or the military can give that basic structure. Regimented curriculum is a necessity.


If that is how you feel, why bother coming to the pages of Intellectual Takeout? I'm sure there are several places like the Atlantic or Huffignton Post where your advocacy of authoritarian thought control is in vogue.....then again, maybe you're just convinced that the Jesuits were right all along.
Canute, you've exhibited the cardinal flaw of our time: intolerance for disagreement or debate. Both the Left and the Right are guilty of this, no doubt. I come to this site to hear perspectives diverse than my own, not to exist in an echo chamber. Our civilization thrives on dialectics, or at least it used to. For all the condemnation of leftist indoctrination I come across on this site, in this article, the site's authors and loyal audience hardly does better.
Once again, Annie is on the mark. Home schooling is the only path out of the rigor of the public school indoctrination system. We could begin by dismantling the Department of Education, Carter's gift to the Teachers unions in the late 1970s. It was ever a publicly-funded Marxist cell....not unlike the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.


What about private Christian schools? I agree with what Annie is saying in this article, but I find it interesting that often articles of this nature raising concerns about public schools jump all the way to homeschooling. I think homeschooling is great for those who are able and want to do it, but there are a lot of people that are just not at all interested in homeschooling, and I would think that Christian schools would be a good solution for many. Anyway that's our plan!
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CRT 1619 is just Eric Holder's "mein kampf".


What you call indoctrination I call socialization. We complain that at risk communities are producing criminals more than productive law abiding citizens. They are not learning antisocial behaviors in public schools. They are learning it in the ally, the church, radio, TV and parents who isolate them. The problem is not only a problem on the left. It is just as bad if not worse on the right. What is the difference between those who risk their lives by resisting arrest because they have been taught the government is out to get them and those who risk their lives by resisting not wearing a mask or social distancing or getting themselves and their families vaccinated because they believe government is out to get them? Calling a public school who's stated purpose is to educate, socialize and prepare our children to survive in America as Americans A government school who's covert purpose is to indoctrinate children to hate their parents, God and country is paranoid, antisocial and leads to sedition, insurrection and the glorification of posers like the Mango Maniac Donald Trump on the right and resisting law enforcement, rioting, burning and looting by black racists and their confederates and the glorification of criminals like George Floyd on the left.