Last week, I discussed the one thing Conservatism needs to do, in order to resurge. Namely — we need to improve our game in marketing. We need to look appealing. Argument — appealing to someone’s head — is not enough; it never was. You can go for the head however long you can handle, and not get anywhere. No, people as a rule make decisions based on what “feels” right— and use reasoning (however flawed) later, in order to justify it.
However, that doesn’t mean we abandon argument— far from it. Something military tacticians often say, when going into territory ruled by the enemy: “We need to win the hearts and minds of the natives.” The two go hand in hand.
Glenn Beck recently laid out on the chalkboard™ the two areas central to the “hearts and minds” of our society: Education and culture. I’ll discuss culture more, in coming weeks— it’s too complicated to sum up in one article.
Folks, the reason most of my generation went Left these past two presidential elections is because they didn’t know any better. And like it or not, education is a big part of it. This sounds cliché, but— we have parents put their kids in the public school system and expect them to learn what they need to know, there… and then said parents wonder why their values are not passed down. No— nature abhors a vacuum, and the Left knows it, and they seek to instill in young minds their philosophy.
I know; it’s something Conservatives have been saying for decades. Say it enough times, and people yawn. But perhaps said parents don’t comprehend the depths of the shamelessness the school system is willing to go to. As far back as kindergarten, we have pooling of resources— pencils and so on are to be pooled together and “shared by everyone”. At times, there is the “good manners” talking point that kids should not bring food/snacks to school unless they “have enough to share”. Sorry, but— there is a word for this: communism. Sharing is good— but that’s something parents are to teach. A school culture that demands it of kids is one step closer to “from each according to his ability,” and so forth.
Remember, kids at a young age are impressionable. And from these impressions arise the foot in the door. If you think this is extreme, ask yourself how we got to the point of whining and moaning about “fair share”. Those Occupiers were kids, once— and the education they received has told them that enforced sharing is everything, that those who decide to keep what they own are to be stigmatized as greedy and selfish.
How do we escape this? Well, there are three ways. The first— private schooling— is the expensive one. Still, it may be necessary, if parents don’t have the time to pursue the alternatives.
On the political front, Conservatives constantly push for “school vouchers,” to ensure that people can afford it— and for charter schools, to force public schools to use the successful alternatives as a model. Alas, until the teachers’ unions are all broken down, Chris Christie style, this will face constant resistance.
Second is homeschooling. Yeah, I know, it’s been stigmatized— by whom? By a culture which, again, is ruled by the Left. Look, I was homeschooled. My mother actually ensured that I would, bit by bit, learn the curriculum on my own, without her overseeing (aside from grading). Look how I turned out!
The common criticism is that, while homeschoolers tend to learn more than public-schoolers, they also become “anti-social”. Well… considering how being integrated into school culture tends to include indoctrination— isn’t that almost a good thing? Again, do it right, and kids will enter college with the right mindsets.
But again— it’s a matter of money. Like it or not, our tax dollars go to public schools. We pay for kids’ public school education, whether they go there or not. So… what do we do?
Well, this brings me to our third and, in the culture war, most important option. Conservatives who have the time— and the motivation— should give very serious thought… to running for their district’s school board. They determine what kids are being taught— and how. In order to fight child-targeted propaganda, we must secure the power to weed it out.