If by now the name "David Icke" comes to mind, you have evidently escaped brainwashing yourself, possibly by going to private school. David Icke is the conspiracy theorist's conspiracy theorist. His ideas are so bizarre and abstruse that they probably are secrets even from himself, and his book The Greatest Secret has been called "the Rosetta Stone of conspiracy theories." This seems fairly generous, frankly, because most of what I've read by Icke is patent horse waste. My favorite example is that various public figures are actually reptilian aliens masquerading as humans, including George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Queen Elizabeth II, Kris Kristofferson, and Boxcar Willie.
I bet you thought I was going to say "Okay, I made the last one up." Nope. That is the level of conspiracy theory that David Icke has reached -- he says even the world of washed-up folk singers has been infiltrated. Next thing you know, we'll find out that Snooki is actually a reptilian alien. And then all of a sudden the fact that her baby is due on December 21, 2012 will make terrible, terrible sense.
In any case, David Icke has now come forth with a new claim -- that the American public school system exists solely to turn children into obedient little automatons, because that's what the Archons want. (Source) You really should watch the video clip attached, which contains quotes such as, "These guys, the manipulators (the Archons) know it's an illusion, know reality is all in our minds, so they know that if they program our minds with the right illusion, we'll create it physically. The educational system is massively, massively part of that."
All I can say is, if I was creating an illusion with my mind, it wouldn't be this one. The illusion I want to have is me on the beach in Costa Rica, clad in nothing but swim trunks, holding a margarita. But maybe I wasn't programmed properly, so what I got was upstate New York in March.
Be that as it may, we will leave behind David Icke for a different sort of wingnuttery -- the kind that comes out of the actual educational system. Perhaps you haven't heard about it, but a story broke a couple of days ago about a policy by the New York City Education Department regarding fifty words that are banned from appearing on standardized tests. (Source)
If you immediately thought of George Carlin, so did I; but interestingly, only one of the banned words is even vaguely naughty, and that's "sex." Mustn't find out if children understand how humans procreate! The other words fall into a few loose classes:
- Words that someone, somewhere might take exception to, on religious grounds: dinosaurs, evolution, Halloween, the occult, fortunetelling, parapsychology, witchcraft
- Words describing things we'd like to pretend that children don't know exist: alcohol, cigarettes, gambling, junk food, pornography, rap music
- Words that get people emotionally stirred up: abuse, cancer, catastrophes (tsunamis/hurricanes), crime, death, homelessness, poverty, slavery, terrorism, war
I wish I was making this up. The powers-that-be in the New York City School District think that it is somehow acceptable to give children tests, and (worse) use those test scores to evaluate not only the children themselves, but their teachers, school administrators, and schools as a whole -- and never once ask a single question regarding war or sex, which are the two biggest drivers for human history I can think of. We are successfully creating a school system that is so bland, mechanized, and PC that it merely labeling a word as "controversial" can get it banned from appearing on the test. Did you know that "hunting" can't appear on standardized tests in New York City?
And don't even start with me about eliminating any mention of evolution.
You know, it pains me to say so, but I'm beginning to wonder if David Icke might have a point. Not about the Archons; why would we need reptilian overlords to destroy public education, when the people we've elected to oversee it seem to be doing a damn good job of it without any alien intervention?