Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Is Kingergarten a Good Thing?

Is Kindgarten a Good Thing?

Definition:
Kindergarten, from German. Kinder - Children; Garten - Garden. 
Often English speakers will misspell the word as kindergarden, and often assume that it is the correct spelling. While it is not the correct literal spelling, perhaps it should be the correct spelling for it's modern day usage, and people will associate it with what it really is. As the root of the word shows, it's a garden for children. One could look at this as a loving place to nurture children, but it also the very beginning of indoctrination in a system of beliefs that have very little to do with personal growth, and everything to do with growing to meet standards set by others.

There is a lot of controversy of the successes or failures of the public schooling system in America, and the growing number of parents who choose to home school their children. It may be surprising, or perhaps not as there is nothing new under the Sun, that the same debates about the public education system have previously occurred.

Kindergarten was actually banned in Prussia, and most German states in 1851, and wasn't allowed again for almost 60 years, and even then there was restrictions.

The founder of the traditional kindergarten system was a man named Frobel. Frobel had several core believes regarding the education of children at early stages of childhood. The first was that he believed that women should be the principal educators of children during early childhood years, and that they recieve a greater benefit from the feminine than the masculine at those stages of development.  Presumably so due to the strong connections children have with their mothers, and the feminine from the womb, to breast feeding, and so on. Frobel is also notably  famous for his book "Mutter - und Koselieder" (a book teaching songs to mothers to help aid in the development of sensory skills of a child during the first few months of life).

Now while Frobel put a high importance of the feminine spirit being primary in helping children develop in early childhood he also believed that the majority of women were not fit to do this. He did not believe that the majority of women on natural maternal instinct alone would be sufficient teachers of their own children. Such concepts that parents are not fit to parent their own children, and that "The State" should either incestously interfere with the lives of the children, or outright strip them from their parents is echoed in Aldous Huxley's book "Brave New World"

Cleverly Frobel used the growing feminist movement of the time to help achieve his goal of establishing kindergartens, and take children away from the Church, which typically ran the daycare systems of the day, and were often run by males.

Taking the children away from the Church they were put into a secular daycare system, the Kindergarten, and based on his beliefs of the benefit of the feminine on early childhood was ran, and staffed, almost entirely by women.

Many of the women of the time rallied behind this because they saw it as raising their social status. They were being given good jobs, and advancing their societal positions, they were being considered more on par with their male counterparts, and given equal rights.

Ironically, however, they were not really gaining rights, but rather were losing their rights. While it is true that the majority of the staff were women, it was only those select "chosen" women, because after all Frobel believed that the majority of women were not well enough qualified to use their maternal instinct and natural feminism to properly educate their child in the way they need. So instead the children are taken away from those mothers, and put in the hands of the mothers who are deemed fit to use their femininity to educate the children. However, those "select" mothers simply were not given free reign over the children, so there would have to be an established curriculum, a uniformity within the system. So even those "select" women were not chosen because of their ability to teach what they knew, but rather their ability to use the feminine to teach what they are told to teach.

That opens up the question of "Who is telling the teachers what to teach"? In the example of Prussia and Germany it was a creeping socialist undertone to the teaching that was taking children away from their family, and replacing their family with the state. This ultimately is what caused Prussia to ban all kindergartens in 1851 because they saw the danger of turning children over to the state at such a young age.

While I agree that children benefit greatly from the feminine at the early ages of development, I strongly believe that in almost all cases they benefit the most from the feminine taught to them by their own maternal mother.

Frobel was smart to co-opt the rising Feminist movement to get the kindergartens established because it is that very feminism which has taken women out of the household. In the earlier days of America it was not considered a bad thing to have a father work, and a mother stay at home. However clever marketing told women that they needed to be equals, they needed to go out and work to, after all they should be equal with the men, equally taken away from their children. In their absence allows the state to step in and act as both mother, and father.

Since this discussion had Germanic roots, I see it is fitting to close this article with a quote of one of the most notable of German's
"He alone who holds the youth, holds the future" - Adolf Hitler
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[Editors Note:
I originally wrote this piece as a spur of a moment, and ended posting in on Facebook at first. When revising it before posting it here I realized the immense amount more detail that could be given, and the depth that could be added to this subject.

If one wishes to do more research on the educational system, especially in the United States, and how a uniformed educational policy is essentially turning our children into robots, taking away rights from parents, and so on there are a number of good documentaries and lines of inquiry to go on.

A good documentary is called Indoctrination, and is about the indoctrination of children in what is now the modern K-12, then College American Educational System. An excellent resource, and amazing woman is Charlotte Iserby who is a treasure trove of information regarding the corruption within the Department of Education, and the Common Cause (Communisim Cause) Alex Jones has interviewed her numerous times. Additionally UNESCO, which many consider to be the true head of the United Nations is an interesting arm of the UN worth looking into, as they are setting a world education standard, in line for a one world government. ]

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