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Bachmann’s Crazy Education Video

The more that comes out on Michele Bachmann, the more of a total loon she looks to be. Mother Jones found a 2002 video that she made about the dangers of education reform that offers this basic argument:

Education reform efforts —-> national curriculum control —-> Nazism, totalitarianism, communism and another Holocaust.

And the video is called Guinea Pig Kids II. Seriously. Wasn’t that a bad 80s movie starring Corey Haim?

As Bachmann and Chapman explained, a little-known federal program called Goals 2000, initiated under the Clinton administration but consistent with a similar plan supported by President George H.W. Bush, was paving the way for a national curriculum. The new curriculum, the two speakers maintained, moved the state away from established truths like the supposedly Christian founding documents, and replaced them with secular documents, such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, that allowed the state to craft its own set of values. Guinea Pig Kids was designed to explain “Minnesota’s new centrally-planned education, workforce & economic system and how citizens are trying to reverse it.” Over the course of the film’s two hours, Bachmann and Chapman did just that…

She fretted that even mathematics were somehow being manipulated by the state. “How would you like it if you went into Herberger’s this weekend,” she said, alluding to a local department store. “[You] bought a blouse—gave a $50 bill for a $30 blouse. And the student said, well, here’s $5. And you said, ‘Hey, I deserve 15 more. What’s the deal’ And they said, ‘Well, that’s my mathematical worldview!’ You’d be knocking on the door of the manager so fast it would make your head spin!”

“This is where on paper these ideas sound sooo avant garde, so sophisticated,” she said, waving her hands in the air and widening her eyes. “But take these ideas down into the real world, where I live, where you live it, and it doesn’t pan out and it doesn’t make sense.” The state’s message, she claimed, was simple: “There is no truth.”

For Bachmann, education standards were the proverbial slippery slope. They were being designed by underhanded globalist bureaucrats who yearned to guide the United States toward a repressive society in which humans were just another resource to be used by the state. “Forget gobbledygook; think reality,” Bachmann said at one point in her presentation. “What has history shown us about planned state economies in the last 100 years? Think fascism, think communism, think socialism, think um, the state-planned economies—totalitarianism! Think Cuba! Do you want Cuba’s economy? Or do you want the United States of America’s economy? Which one was planned, which one was free? Which one was private initiative?” …

Through a program called School to Work, businesses would work with schools to figure out which skills they would need for the new economy. In the two activists’ dystopian scenario, central planners would be able to prioritize certain fields (sustainable development, for instance) and bring up a new generation of workers whose loyalties were to the state. Work replaced knowledge as the central goal of education.

At one point Chapman quoted Hitler: “When an opponent declares I will not come over to your side, I calmly say: ‘Your child belongs to us already.’” And he framed the educational debate as an existential crisis. America, he insisted, had become the most powerful force for good in the history of the world on account of its moral foundation. Now education standards were putting all that at risk.

“Have we evolved beyond the capability of repeating the atrocities of the past? I don’t think so,” Chapman said. “In Nazi Germany the utilitarian worldview led to Auschwitz,” he continued. “And as the victims passed under the shadow of Hitler’s Final Solution, they were tauntingly reminded one last time that they have outlived their usefulness. The iron gates carried the message ‘arbeit macht frei’: Work makes you free.”

At this point in the film, an image of the concentration camp flashed on the screen, the Nazi slogan splashed across it in large red letters. “In America the truth makes us free,” said Chapman, pounding his fist on the lectern. “And it’s time we had the truth from the state about what this freedom is, or we’re gonna lose our freedom in the next generation. Mark my words.”

If there is one constant element of the hard right in America, it’s that their paranoia simply knows no bounds. There’s a long tradition of this kind of crazy conspiracy stuff on the right, with groups like the John Birch Society claiming that Eisenhower was a communist infiltrator, that the Chinese were on the verge of invading the United States, that fluoride in the water was going to destroy us all, and so forth. That none of those dystopic fantasies ever actually come true seems not to phase them in the least. They just move on to the next bizarre conspiracy.

Today their leader is Glenn Beck, who lives for this kind of thing. And just like in the old days when I was coaching debate, when every argument had to end in nuclear war, on Planet Wingnuttia every argument has to end with Nazism and communism. For Beck, everything leads to Hitler — even compassion, for crying out loud. These people are seriously whacked.

Comments

  1. Mr Ed says

    the two speakers maintained, moved the state away from established truths like the supposedly Christian founding documents,

    Work replaced knowledge as the central goal of education.

    Which is it. Do you want education to re enforce your myths or do you want knowledge?

  2. Ganf says

    Why are commercials embedded just above comments? I don’t have tons of bandwidth to waste, being on satellite internet. Definitely a turnoff.

  3. Pierce R. Butler says

    Forget gobbledygook; think reality…

    Put those four words on a billboard, next to Bachmann’s face (Newsweek cover or otherwise).

    Then take a poll of what people seeing the billboard think it means.

    Tee hee hee…

  4. Michael Heath says

    Ed stated:

    If there is one constant element of the hard right in America, it’s that their paranoia simply knows no bounds.

    And weapons-grade projection, e.g., Michele Bachmann stated:

    She fretted that even mathematics were somehow being manipulated by the state. “How would you like it if you went into Herberger’s this weekend,” she said, alluding to a local department store. “[You] bought a blouse—gave a $50 bill for a $30 blouse. And the student said, well, here’s $5. And you said, ‘Hey, I deserve 15 more. What’s the deal’ And they said, ‘Well, that’s my mathematical worldview!’ You’d be knocking on the door of the manager so fast it would make your head spin!”

  5. Phillip IV says

    And the list of issues Michele Bachmann isn’t willing to talk to the press about keeps growing and growing – and she might even make it through the primaries that way, but once the election campaign proper gets underway, “no comment” is no longer a sustainable strategy. Sarah Palin can attest to that.

    Same goes, basically, for Rick Perry – in a normal cycle he’d never have a shot at the nomination because of the immense craploads of incredibly stupid stuff he’s said, mostly just because he’s not clever enough to couch his opinions in vague terms (a fatal flaw in a politician). He’ll be able to avoid the issue throughout the primary process, but it’s going to come back to bite him eventually – but don’t tell that to the Teabaggers, for them ideological purity is so much more important than electability.

  6. says

    For Bachmann, education standards were the proverbial slippery slope.

    Unless they are written by literalist biblical scolars, christian revisionist historians, and cdesign proponentsists, of course.

  7. CPT_Doom says

    How would you like it if you went into Herberger’s this weekend,” she said, alluding to a local department store. “[You] bought a blouse—gave a $50 bill for a $30 blouse. And the student said, well, here’s $5. And you said, ‘Hey, I deserve 15 more. What’s the deal’ And they said, ‘Well, that’s my mathematical worldview!’

    Yeah, because today’s students are soooo good at making change.

  8. says

    …And the student said, well, here’s $5. And you said, ‘Hey, I deserve 15 more. What’s the deal’ And they said, ‘Well, that’s my mathematical worldview!’

    When the hell has any student ever said anytyhing even remotely like that? Does this drivel have ANY connection to ANY real-world incident? Or is it just phony as “death panels” and that forged Kenyan birth certificate?

  9. Aquaria says

    “Forget gobbledygook; think reality,” Bachmann said at one point in her presentation.

    BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHA

    Honey, you need an interstellar map for you to find reality, you fucking moron.

  10. Abby Normal says

    She fretted that even mathematics were somehow being manipulated by the state.

    Let me guess, Bachmann’s inability to recognize satire has lead her to believe that 3 really is the Biblically correct value of Pi and therefore 3.14 is a Muslim Atheist Communist Nazi plot to turn children gay.

  11. Pieter B says

    @ganf — AdBlock Plus is your friend. I have it turned off for FTB because I want Ed and the gang to get the revenue, but if you’re getting charged by the byte, by all means download and use it.

  12. Aquaria says

    How would you like it if you went into Herberger’s this weekend,” she said, alluding to a local department store. “[You] bought a blouse—gave a $50 bill for a $30 blouse. And the student said, well, here’s $5. And you said, ‘Hey, I deserve 15 more. What’s the deal’ And they said, ‘Well, that’s my mathematical worldview!’

    Does anyone know of any math teacher (which wouldn’t include the PE coach pretending to be the math teacher) who teaches that worldviews > than 50-30=20–at all?

    I’m almost 100% certain that what has her doing this Linda Blair 360 head rotation is algebra, trig and calculus, and she thinks all those letters being used instead of godly American numbers are being interpreted however the libruhl commie socialist gay muslim teachers want them to come out, and that’s why she failed intro to algebra!

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