“The deliberate dumbing down has now become the excuse for complete social change, including the privatization of education (the handing over to the unelected multinational corporations the responsibility for education—actually training—of future citizens). Such a transfer of responsibility will be facilitated by the creation of charter/magnet schools and passage of legislation providing tuition tax credits/vouchers. The workforce development system will, of course, be international . . . [The] child becomes part of the corporate fascist quota system, being tracked into a career chosen for him/her by unelected corporate managers who set labor force requirements. Such quotas will be a part of the global planned economy. Parents will have no say regarding their child's placement since their will no longer be an elected body, such as a school board, to whom they can complain.”
— Charlotte Thomson Iserbyt
About Charlotte Thomson Iserbyt (1930 - 2022)
Charlotte Thomson Iserbyt was an American freelance writer who served as the Senior Policy Advisor in the US Department of Education's Office of Educational Research and Improvement (OERI) during the first term of President Ronald Reagan. Iserbyt was dismissed from the US OERI after leaking the Reagan Administration's technocratic plans for Project BEST (Basic Education Skills through Technology), which Iserbyt published in a 1982 Human Events article. Iserbyt also served as a social worker with the American Red Cross during the Korean War (stationed at SAC airbases on Guam and in Japan). In addition, Iserbyt served in the US Department of State (Middle Eastern and Soviet Union Affairs); and she also served as Administrative Assistant to Ambassadors Philip Crowe, Republic of South Africa (1959) and to Douglas MacArthur II in Belgium (1961-1963). Upon returning to the United States in 1974, Iserbyt served as an elected school board member in Camden, Maine 1976-1979. Iserbyt also founded Guardians of Education for Maine. Additionally, she founded the Maine Conservative Union, which is an affiliate of the national American Conservative Union.
The Order of Skull and Bones
Charlotte Iserbyt’s father and grandfather were Yale University graduates and members of The Order of Skull and Bones, a secret society at Yale University. Iserbyt leaked The Order's "black book" address catalogues to former Research Fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution, Professor Antony Sutton, who wrote America's Secret Establishment: An Introduction to The Order of Skull and Bones, which is the premier scholarly tome exposing how the infamous secret society was instrumental in orchestrating the rise both of Nazi fascism as well as Soviet communism. In "How the Order Controls Education," Sutton documents how prominent Bonesmen imported Hegelian collectivist philosophy and Wundtian stimulus-response psychology into America's compulsory education system.
My book, School World Order, builds on Sutton's research by historicizing how The Order's Wundtian-Hegelian pedagogy has supplanted the classical method of teaching students how to think, thus replacing it with a technocratic outcomes-based method of teaching students what to think.