by Tammy Drennan
Here’s an interesting state of affairs. IBM ran a full-page ad in today’s Wall Street Journal (6/1/09, page A20, print edition) touting its solutions to education in America.
Of course, IBM’s solutions would benefit IBM, which would be fine, except that we do not have a freedom-based school system in America, so IBM would be in cahoots with various levels of government to various degrees — and not in cahoots with parents and especially not students.
But to make this whole thing more interesting, the ad run by IBM offers as examples that we might emulate the school systems of China and Germany, two decidedly non-freedom-based systems using ever-improving technologies (IBM’s? We’re not told) to track students’ progress, attendance and who knows what else.
What makes it all even more interesting is that, according to The Wall Street Journal, “Foreign workers accounted for 71% of Big Blue’s nearly 400,000 employees at the start of the year , up from about 65% in 2006.”
And in March of ’09, when the afore-quoted article was written, IBM was getting ready to lay off another 5000 US workers and move more of their operation overseas.
Now, it’s IBM’s business who they hire and where, but it’s our business who educates our children and how much we let special interests and businesses play footsie with government in an effort to profit from or control the formation of our children.
It’s bad enough we allow it of interests based entirely in the US, but when we open access to our children to businesses barely operating here, you have to wonder just how far down the road of obeisance to the state and whoever it wants to play with we’re willing to go.
Folks, we’re talking about our children. Increasingly, big businesses and big special interest groups simply assume their right to target children through state schools, either for profit or ideological purposes — or both. Their arrogance grows with their success, just as the arrogance of the state grows with the cowering of parents.
I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating — the only thing that stands between all the child-eating piranha out there and your children is you. That’s it. There’s no one else. There are people and groups who wish to help you, but you are the front line of defense. If you won’t act on behalf of your children, no one else can do a thing.
Your children have nowhere to turn but to you. When schools employ IBM or other technology to track and control your children, when special interests employ the government to influence, shape, study or otherwise utilize your children, when government employees of public school systems use their positions to undermine the values you wish to pass along to your children, your children have only you to safeguard them.
Our children are depending on us… hoping, wishing, longing for us to stand up and shield them from the hordes of exploiters who camouflage themselves as saviors of humanity.
Our children do not belong to the state or to our neighbors or to social activists or business interests. They belong to us – the people who love them, not the people who wish to use them for financial gain or political or social ends.