This series traces the origins and influence of some of the most pernicious people who have walked this earth, combining to drive an agreed agenda which has resulted, to a great extent, in the societal situation we find ourselves in today. The PTB have to draw their policy from somewhere, and a ready made think-tank is just the ticket.
In 1923 Georg Lukacs helped establish a Marxist research center at the University of Frankfurt under the sponsorship of Felix Weil. Like Marx’s benefactor, Friedrich Engels, Weil was the son of a wealthy capitalist and an ardent Marxist who had earned a Ph.D. in political science from Frankfurt University.
The Institute’s first director, Carl Grunberg, was a professor of law and political science at the University of Vienna and an avowed Marxist. (In fact, Grunberg was the first openly-Marxist professor to hold a chair in a German university.)
The original name for the center was the Institute for Marxism (Institut fur Marxismus), but Weil and Grunberg decided for public relations purposes to give it a more generic name, The Institute of Social Research (Institut fur Sozialforschung). Since then, it has usually been referred to as simply “the Frankfurt School.”
From the outset the founders were clear about the school’s mission. Their model was the Marx-Engels Institute in Moscow, and according to Weil, “I wanted the institute to become known… due to its contributions to Marxism as a scientific discipline.” However, there was always a contradiction between the Institute’s stated philosophy and reality.
Although theoretically a Marxist institution, the governing structure of the Frankfurt School was anything but classless and egalitarian. In fact, it was even more hierarchical and less collegial than most academic institutions with a single director who was empowered with dictatorial control over the Institute’s policies, programs, faculty and administration.
That inconsistency aside, as Martin Jay records in his book, The Dialectical Imagination: A History of the Frankfurt School and the Institute of Social Research (1973, 1996), “Carl Grunberg concluded his opening address by clearly stating his personal allegiance to Marxism as a scientific methodology, [and declared that] Marxism would be the ruling principle of the Institute.”
Immediately, up front, it has to be stated that the Frankfurt School has not been the only influence in the disintegration of western society but it has been one of the most influential, in that it has directly got into the universities and then, by definition in the educational field, into the schools.
The path is: place your people in the universities – new research appears – educational material is produced, based on that new research – schools follow suit – all new appointees comply – in-service training completes the path for those who’ve escaped the net.
It is based on utter lies – for example, it speaks of “child-centred” learning, without defining what is meant by that. Of course the bulk of formal learning is done by children of all ages, so of course it is “child-centred”.
The uninitiated new trainee teacher never questions this – after all, they all love children, they love to see them “discover” new things, they agree wholeheartedly that “discovering for oneself” is a most effective method of learning … and it is.
Therefore, the new trainee teacher accepts the whole package, e.g. that there is now no need to teach spelling, vocabulary, word-usage, grammar, numeracy. The child will “discover these for himself”, with the help of learning facilitators, he’ll often learn just out of his own “creative writing”.
These have been very clever people indeed devising these new educational philosophies who have not only ignored key foundation steps in learning but have created a whole literature to support it, whilst vilifying and marginalizing those using tried and tested methods.
This blog has mentioned the Lincoln School, so the idea of influencing education this way, as one critic of this criticism pointed out, certainly precedes 1928 and the Frankfurt School. Yes it does but the Frankfurt School attracted people of enormous influence at that time, e.g. Bertrand Russell, Theodore Adorno and that’s why they have been so corrosive.
When the monsters [and you only need look at Bertrand Russell's writing, some of which is coming up in later posts to see that the term is used advisedly] are painted, in the society, as the learned men of letters or philosophy, the leading lights of the day and so on, then the stage is set for the most appalling travesty to be played upon humanity, via the children but not only through them.
It’s also been seen in the arts, medicine, the law and in every sphere of human endeavour. To employ a colloquialism – these are evil muvvers.
The very scope of the corrosion, itself, is sufficient to create incredulity in the minds of the ordinary person, when faced with criticism such as this series and many, many others which never see the light of day.
It traces the origins and influence of some of the most pernicious people who have walked this earth, combining to drive an agreed agenda which has resulted, to a great extent, in the societal situation we find ourselves in today. The PTB have to draw their policy from somewhere, and a ready made think-tank is just the ticket.
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