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What Are We Leaving Our Children?

Dave Hodges

October 5, 2013

The Common Sense Show

We Cannot Shield Our Children From the Effects of the NWO

Three months ago, I was telling my son about how his late grandfather joined the Navy at a very young age and made a successful career out of it. He stopped me and asked if I would be upset if he did not want to join the military. At that moment, I realized that I had an important decision to make as a parent. Do I tell my son the truth about the facts related to his question, or do I take the approach we often do with our kids and gloss over the truth? I subsequently wrote an article about that conversation and I strongly lamented that I did not feel that I was prepared to parent a child into the New World Order.

Three months later, the challenge of being a father to a child entering the abyss of a world controlled by immoral central bankers has reared its ugly head. Even though my son is only in 7th grade, his academic choices that he makes now, will seriously impact his options in high school. This in turn will shape his college options.

All Education Must Be Practical

My 12 year old son told me he wanted to learn French. French? Are you kidding me? I was shocked and rather than honor his new found initiative, I did not do a very good job of hiding my disappointment. I asked him why he was interested in French and I got a typical kid answer of, “the language sounds cool,” which is reflective of the harmony and cadence of one of the romance languages.

I am thrilled that my son wants to learn a foreign language and I want to honor his choice, but it did not keep me from trying to get him to process the practicality of his choice. I pointed out to him that his heritage is Norwegian and German. I reminded him that we live in the Southwest and learning to speak Spanish might be a good choice. And of course, Mandarin Chinese came up in the discussion for all the economic reasons. Yet, he was fixated on French. OK, two years of French and four years of something else beginning in the 9th grade. Am I just a controlling parent who is unwilling to release the reigns of control to my maturing son? Or, do I know something that I think that all of you should know? 

What kind of country are we collectively leaving our children? I have passionately studied the trends in education and have compared them to the prospects for success in our society. Here is what I am finding.

New Generation, Different Rules

When I was growing up, I could have literally been an average student  and still held out hope that the company I would eventually work for would allow me to work my way up the ladder of success. Those days are gone, that ship has sailed.

When I was growing up, I could have performed a little above average in high school, gone to a college, and then assumed my place in the world of work and have had the hope that I could be successful. Those days are gone, with a few exceptions, that ship has also sailed.

For the most part, the end product our schools are producing is grossly substandard. SAT reading scores have declined to 40 year lows and there is no sign of a rebound. Since reading is the key to all knowledge, we are sending our children to a gunfight with a butter knife. Before the defenders of the public school system raise their voices in opposition, everyone needs to realize that our school children have been under attack for decades. Even the best educators have referred to our public education system as “the deliberate dumbing down of America.”

The educational system is in such dire straits that Charlotte Iserbyt, former Senior Policy Advisor for the Department of Education, stated that there is a deliberate attempt to dumb our children down. Three time New York teacher of the year strongly echoes Iserbyt’s assertion related to the dumbing down of America in a book he released five years ago entitled, Weapons of Mass Instruction. Adding to the stacked deck against our children, is the introduction of Common Core standards. Arizona is only eight weeks into this grand educational experiment, and the outcry has been so loud in opposition to Common Core, that the Arizona Superintendent of Education, John Huppenthal (not an educator, but a career politician) declared that Arizona is sticking with Common Core come hell of high water. However, Huppenthal declared that he was changing Common Core to a different name (Arizona College Ready and Career Standards) in an obvious attempt to fool parents as they hear more legitimate outcries about the unproven claims that Common Core makes kids more college ready in a “lipstick on a pig approach.” And the claims that Common Core is internationally bench-marked are not true, there are no internationally normed benchmarks for the Common Core assessment called PARC. PARC is not even completed and normed. Your children are guinea pigs for these standards which arise from Education for All which emanates from the United Nations. My oh my, does that Kool-Aid ever taste good.

Most of our children are grossly unprepared for college and life when they complete their education. As a result, we have provided our son with tutors and speed reading classes when appropriate in order to compensate for an inadequate system that is failing so many of our students. However, as we consider just how bad things are going to be for the majority of our children, let’s look at some economic trends which illustrate the crises of life in America for our young adults.

Economic Armageddon

Nearly 25 million adults, or 57 percent of all young adults between 18 and 24 still live at home with their parents because they’re unemployed or underemployed. These adults are attempting to pay off student loans or save money to buy a home, save money for school or to save money for any number of other reasons. While having your parents as your roommates may make financial sense, it is devastating for a person’s self-esteem and it is the kiss of death for one’s marriage choices. Trulia’s survey found that only 5% of unmarried adults would consider dating someone who lived at home with their parents.

The majority of college graduates considered their college experience a waste of time as 70% of all surveyed college graduates wish that they had spent more time preparing for real jobs skills rather than the purely academic focus they pursued while in school. 

It would appear that the regret expressed by so many college students is well-grounded in fact, as there are more than 100,000 janitors and 317,000 waiters and waitresses that have college degrees. In the year 2000, 80 percent of men in their late 20’s had a full-time job, by 2012, only 65 percent of this population had full-time work. And what will happen as Obamacare kicks in and employers continue the trend to reduce their workforce to part-time?

These statistics are only the tip of the iceberg, but the message here is clear. Be prepared my fellow parents to support your children well into their 30’s. There is an additional consideration, the Obama administration and friends are posturing to eliminate the generational transmission of wealth. Even though we have allowed the central bankers through such nefarious strategies as the blatant implementation of free trade agreements to export many of our jobs overseas, we could have still passed along our acquired wealth to our children. However, if our pensions and 401K funds are confiscated and placed into a national redistribution of wealth center, your child will see little, if anything, of your accumulated wealth. This is an obvious ploy to impoverish this new generation and make them totally dependent on government for everything. If Obama has his way, our welfare ranks will grow from one in two working age Americans to a 100% rate of dependency upon the government.

What’s a Parent To Do?

Now, we are back to square one in which I was helping my son to weigh his options with regard to a foreign language. Parents can help their children to become focused on a career choice at an early age, by ninth or tenth grade at the latest. If college is the only way to achieve this career aspiration, then seek alternative methods of funding the early days of college which will be cheaper. Choose a high school which offers dual enrollment opportunities in which students can earn college credit for an inexpensive price. Consider going to a community college for the first two years. The savings can be astronomical. Finally, if you have a college near your home which matches the preferred path of study, have your adult children live at home and save even more money. Discourage the taking of personal interest courses as they only drive up the cost of education.

If your child does not express a legitimate career choice in high school, discourage college until they have that direction. College has become too expensive for young adults to use the experience of attending college to find themselves. These students would be better off finding a job skills training program and then going to work immediately. And forget the military as an option. Increasingly, our troops are used as the central banker’s occupation army who think nothing of throwing away their lives. And if they do survive the experience, as they complete their fourth tour of duty in Afghanistan, much of their youth will be gone and what will they have to show for it.

I estimate the odds of a child living a comfortable life by 2013 standards to be about 1 in 3 based on the existing statistics. The odds can be significantly increased in their favor if a child chooses a high demand field, at an early age, and is willing to commit to the academic effort needed to meet that success. One should always be mindful that our children are playing a rigged game which is purposely putting our economy in a permanent state of demise. It is not going to get any better.

"Mommy, I have no future without your help."

“Mommy, I have no future without your help.”

Too many parents are still raising their children in the old paradigm. The subjugation of our government by the central bankers has changed everything. The sooner you adapt as a parent, the sooner your children can begin to prepare. And having said that, there is no guarantee that the steps I am taking to prepare my son are always going to be the right steps because at the end of the day, I have no control over what the lunatics who run our government are going to do.

Someday, we will collectively look at 2013 as the good ‘ole days.



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  1. Indeed October 5, 2013 at 5:53 am

    So many kids are eager to rush out the house once they hit 18/19 or off to some college dorm somewhere out there. They do need to remember what it is they’re going into: it’ isn’t just about leaving what they perceive to be ‘problems’ experienced at their folks’ home, your’re paying on your own.

    At least when you’re at home, you have a support system to help you get stabilized (provided the folks aren’t pushing you out), even in this terrible economic time. 1) If you have a job, be thankful that you do, 2) Save $$ wherever possible, 3) Reduce DEBT of any kind, especially the pesky credit card types. Then again, when the kids finally do move out, if they buy a house, they’ll be faced with a massive mortgage spread out over 30 years or so. The system is rigged, to where you have to use credit. So know how to wield that double edged sword.

    That’s my two cents.

  2. Disturbed October 5, 2013 at 6:12 am

    A very excellent article. I remember when our daughter graduated from High School over 14 years ago and I was shocked at the lack of everyday skills she learned. She cannot spell because they could sound out words and spell them the way they sound. Wow! Poor math skills and not a great reader. What do you do with that? Apparently not much, she works minimum wage jobs and her future is not bright. A couple of times she attempted college but was unable or unwilling (?) to put the work in to get passing grades. Very sad.

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  4. Troy October 5, 2013 at 7:58 am

    I’ve said it for years that ANY TIME a liberal says we must do something for “the children”, we are obligated to get in their faces and laugh as hard as we can. Liberals abort kids by the millions annually and have financially enslaved the next three generations of Americans. They don’t give a flying F about “the children” unless they are talking about the right to abort them

    EDITOR’S NOTE: I am certainly no liberal and I care for the future of my child.

  5. Lawson October 5, 2013 at 8:04 am

    The other day I received a knock on the door and a young guy around 22 years old was selling Kirby vacuums. He need to do a demo so he could be able to go out and sell on his own because the training manager was across the street with another rep getting their basic training in the field. I invite the kid in to do the demo, and of course I wasn’t going to buy a vacuum for $2900. I asked him if he had any student loan debts. He said $60,000 was owed to a fashion design school he attended. Right there I say the new American youth of today. Debt, no way to pay, and selling vacuums door to door commission only in an economy that is failing. This kids future looks bleak.

  6. Lee-Ann M Kenerson October 5, 2013 at 8:09 am

    Dave again thank you for expressing the truth concerning education parenting surviving . My son who is in his 39 yr of life and will be retiring from the USAF in 6 months. I will be 60 in 2 weeks,my grandchildren are 17 and 13. Education: I attended parochial school from 1st to 8th grade. My studies included French and Latin for 8 years. From 9th – 12th I attended public school. Stay with me here. Going to parochial school parents were required to only pay for books and supplies and uniforms and of course hot lunch was optional cost cold lunch optional or you could walk home for lunch imagine that. This was in the 2nd largest city in Massachusetts, yes( I grew up in lib land) where being a democrat was inherited and passed down I digress here. I was a average student by parochial school standards in fact the nuns said I would not excel in life. In 9th grade my 1st year in the public school program a miracle happened I became a A student honor roll . Truth be 9th grade in public school was for me a repeat of 8th grade in parochial school. The year was 1967-68. My son attended public school only and was a A student until the dreaded puberty arrived in full force in 7th grade. I became super involved with progress reports from teachers weekly. I also insisted that I sign every homework assignment . I will never ever forget the day my light bulb exploded while going over my sons history homework. The assignment was on continents and he had no idea that Canada was indeed within the continent of North America and was it’s own country.He did not know the names of all the continents????? Being a involved single mother who worked full time I did not walk but ran to his school for a conference with all of his teachers. I became a squeaky wheel that they probably dreaded.How could my son have a B+ average in history? Thus became as I called them my 5 years of hell with the public school system. You get the picture. The dumb down of Education in America was started in my generation. I am proof. Parochial schools are now considered private and you pay to attend (we only paid for uniform and books) and depending on your state it is a crap shoot on the education. Public School has been graduating less than average students and calling them scholars for a very long time. I am a retired Dental Hygienist I have a condition that forced a early retirement 6 years ago, Retirement from work will never be a option for me I am presently working in retail with some 16 & 17 yr old kids. I can and will say these children are so ill equipped for life instills fear for the future. My two grand children have been honor roll students from day one . My gran daughter is graduating in May. There parents both continue their education at home it does not end when they leave school. Summers are always educational camps not recreational. They apply education in everything they do and you can and make it fun if PARENTS remain involved and BE PARENTS. Whether you are a single parent or not education is a 24/7 job from the moment of birth . The school system is but a tool. That is how all should view the education of their children. Parents today have it backwards and have relinquished their children’s education to the government. The proof is all around us . So think long and hard before you decide to bring a child into the world. Watch out those that do. The government of today has stolen your parental rights . Home Schooling has increased ten fold…… soon if they have their way that will be taken away. Thank you Dave for all you do to keep us informed.

  7. Lisa Campbell October 5, 2013 at 8:34 am

    These are indeed scary times in which we are living. I agree with your assessment regarding the military. Now is not the time to volunteer for this. My children are grown in their 30’s & 40’s with children of their own. I pray for my grandchildren to be able to find their way. My Christian faith is the most important thing in my opinion that I can pass down to my grandchildren. The best way to prepare your children is to start early when they are young and still believe what you say. You can help them become good readers by allowing them 30 minutes past normal bedtime if they want to read. You can offer incentives for them to do their best in school and for doing extra work. It’s a negotiation process. Find out what they want & negotiate that thing with them having to do something you want them to do. Take them to church every week and walk the talk. God is in control of all things. Pray diligently.

  8. Dusty October 5, 2013 at 9:10 am

    This is a practical article that provides excellent advice to parents trying to prepare their children for an unpredictable future. I would like to add a couple more ideas for saving on college costs. First, there are some excellent online universities that are accredited and would save your child money on driving, room/board, and tuition costs. Some online universities allow your student to pay one flat rate for a semester, and your student can complete as many courses as he/she has the gumption and competency to do so for one set price, not paying per credit.
    Second, my husband during his high school years (which was less than ten years ago), worked after school with a construction company and learned many practical skills. This lead to his ability to be self-supported after high school and pay for a college education.
    As many are now finding out the hard way, having practical skills can often times lead to more lucrative careers than a Bachelors degree. This wasn’t always the case, especially in my parent’s generation, but I know a lot of college graduates working minimum wage jobs because their field of expertise is not hiring and they have no other skill sets.
    Just some thoughts.

  9. Apple October 5, 2013 at 9:10 am

    Hi, I am a retired teacher from Texas. I suggest to those of you who have children that you find some way to homeschool. It is not easy but it can be done. That way you, the parent, know what is being taught to your children.

    I fought to be an effective teacher, but the cards are stacked against a teacher who wants to teach.

  10. Pine 4 Better Daze October 5, 2013 at 9:51 am

    We may not even have the Internet much longer…..!!
    According to a 10/03/2013 report on RevolutionRadio.org, ‘Massive NSA/DHS Stuxnet false flag cyber attack on its way’— ‘the U.S. government (Very Soon!) is going to take down the Internet after a false flag cyber attack.’

  11. Arizona October 5, 2013 at 10:00 am

    THANK YOU MOM and DAD,your cowardice has DESTROYED any chance of me and my friends EVER making it on our own,you have KISSED ass, on every government TERRORIST that came along and now the american system is SO CORRUPT,we’
    re all going to die in a FEMA DEATH CAMP,they will surround the cities and herd us like cattle into box cars,and take us to the death camps,YOUR BLIND cowardice has destroyed america………….

  12. Arizona October 5, 2013 at 10:14 am

    YOU KNOW as bad as that last statement sounds,that would really be better then whats really coming,AMERICA is going into CAPTIVITY,the russians and chinese are going to take what ever they want and millions of americas children will be taken back to foreign countries as slaves,MOST older americans will DIE fighting foreign troops,and sadly haft of americas law abiding citizens will be more then willing to help the foreign military complete their take over of america,NOT REALIZING they will use them, and then kill them too,NO ONE really cares the government is ROTTEN to the core,their blinded to whats coming when the repossion of money comes by china and HER NATO allies,who will help her collect everything promised by the american people for more money,TO KEEP THE WAR MACHINE RUNNING,stupid and broke,and still borrowing money,THEY CAN’T PAY BACK,now thats really stupid………….

  13. Arizona October 5, 2013 at 10:33 am

    HERES TO ANY PATRIOTS who might read this,stay low,till after all the peterpans have been rounded up,THEN come out to fight,ITS the only way to keep the good law abiding citizens from shooting you,THEY ARE DECEIVED and will be helping the commies,theres no point in sacrificing your life to help LOSERS who love oboozo,let them get rounded up,and taken to the death camps,THEY WEREN’T willing to lift a finger to stop the sale of america to foreign countries,or the destruction of the constutition,THEY WERE ALL FOR IT,stay hidden,and then surprise the foreign troops,WITH THEIR own weapons,BUT wait till all the PETERPANS have been rounded up…and make sure your ready to go,IT WILL BE A SURPRISE ATTACK,don’t YOU get rounded up too………..

  14. Don Was October 5, 2013 at 10:40 am

    Everything that Dave describes WILL come to pass, For the Demonic Puppeteers who string the whole world along WILL NOT STOP until the NWO is solidified by a Technocratic-Psychopathocracy Elite Minority. Our Children and Grandchildren have been stamped as “Cattle” “Chattle” “Slaves” & “Sheep”.

    They will serve a purpose and then be eradicated once they are no longer of any use.

    This is why God’s Wrath is SO important, This is why he DROWNED Noah’s Generation without Mercy. The Humans Failed, dancing across the point of no return with Fallen Angels and their Foul Offspring, The Nephilim.

    This is what Humanity does today. Humans, due to Inherent, Programmed, Flaws, are INCAPABLE of stopping or resisting today’s version of Rebel Angels or Their Plans. The ONLY way out is when Christ returns as the Destructor, to End satan & the sons of darkness Once and For All, along with all Unworthy Failed, Humans.

  15. laura m. October 5, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    Until very recent times, kids left home fairly quick, learned a trade or worked as an apprentice, or went to a local college and worked part time for tuition (with help from parents), got a good job after two years of college, not 4 or 6 years that is required now. Welding and other trades were taught in last two years of high school for boys who were bused to a trade school for several hours after lunch. Way less kids went to college then. Girls worked in office jobs or sales, factories, and could afford a decent apt., maybe a room mate. Parents were strict and most wanted to leave home asap. to incl me and most my friends. Girls married younger and didn’t have to work full time. Kids today need to train for skilled labor (HVAC, electrician, mechanic- auto, aircraft, etc., plumber, medical tech, on and on)..I can’t imagine boys esp. living w/ their parents after grad. if they are, they need to be working/going to school then move out asap. Raising a family today is a luxury few can afford. Husbands used to hold blue collar (skilled) jobs, wives didn’t have to work or worked part time for decades. Folks, this county is spiraling into the abyss with nada/zilch to leave to posterity.

  16. macaroni October 5, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    As Lee-Ann noted above, it is incumbent upon all of us to educate our children; the morons who teach in the public schools are for the most part utterly incapable of it, and this is by design, as Charlotte Iserbyt so correctly explained. I would suggest that, far from dissuading a child from learning French, or Spanish, or Mandarin, load the kid up, and add at the very least classical Latin (and Greek if possible–you can probably find a tutor at a local college). The Brits did this routinely in their elite “public” schools, which admitted children on the basis of familial heritage and alliances rather than brute intelligence, and managed to make a great many silk purses out of sow’s ears. A case in point was Winston Churchill, who never darkened a university corridor, but kept his family fed when not in office by writing wildly popular works of modern history. I’d also recommend limiting access to TV in general, with some minor exceptions, e.g., The Simpsons, South Park, both of which are quite libertarian in outlook; most of the PBS Masterpiece Theater series and older BBC comedies; and sports, if necessary; you’re better off selecting really good films for them. Nobody needs Beyonce, or Madonna; Mozart, yes.
    As regards a child manifesting a vocation–this is extraordinarily rare, and frankly something I would tend to discourage unless the kid is at one of the opposite ends of the Bell Curve in terms of IQ. Most people are going to need to manage their professional activities throughout their lives in an upward manner henceforth, which is why the more education, the better–it will make you quicker on your heels. The upcoming menace is robotization, which is likely to take over close to 80% of current human activity in the next 50 years.
    You don’t want your progeny to fall into the category of “replaceable.” That is what the vultures want. The last thing you want to do is limit your kid to a specific trade that may not even exit in five years.

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  18. Susan L. October 5, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    We pulled our now-nearly-16-year old son out of public school when he was in the 7th grade. I didn’t know what, exactly, was wrong with the educational system, but it was clear to me that something was indeed very wrong. I figured that even if he didn’t learn a single thing at home–which probably wouldn’t be the case–he’d still be better off than with what he was getting from school.

    School teaches children to learn passively, to be a part of a collective, to wait to be taught. Most parents (me included) have endured years, even decades, of schooling; do we really think we’re the best models of independent learning and thought? I submit that if a person can read effectively, a person can learn effectively, assuming they haven’t been conditioned otherwise. Somehow, we need to break free from the notion that one must be schooled in order to be educated, because it simply isn’t true; the idea that going to college somehow makes you smarter isn’t true, either. Truly free people must know how to learn on their own.

    Parents need to stop pushing their kids into college regardless of the child’s talents and aspirations. All we have done is force the cost of higher education through the roof, added to the devaluing of the college degree, and created an future of voluntary servitude for our kids. Instead, we should be encouraging our children to discover their own natural talents, develop those talents in a way that is useful–and, ideally, in scarce supply–to society at large, and to go from there.

    Everyone wants their child to be a success, though few bother defining what success really means. Does it mean driving a nicer car, living in a bigger house, or taking nicer vacations than you can afford? Does it mean paying someone else to raise your kids for you? A lifetime of pharmaceuticals to get through the day? For me, it means living as freely and independently as possible, without profiting off the misery or misfortune of others. Unfortunately, that’s fairly limiting in today’s world. But for today’s children to truly succeed in tomorrow’s world, they will have to know how to think outside the box. They better start learning now…but don’t fool yourself into thinking they’ll get that from school.

  19. reach October 5, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    What are we leaving our children? We are leaving them cancer from the nuclear radiation that now falls in our rain. We are leaving them irradiated, GMO, dead food to eat. We are leaving them a medical system that wants to inject poison into babies and force toxic drugs on youngsters. We are told to put babies in chemical-drenched pajamas so they won’t “catch on fire”. We are leaving them Corexit water and radioactive Pacific fish and aluminum in chem trails that fall on their heads on the way to school. We are forcing them to drink fluoride. We are telling them to be terrified of pointing their fingers at another kid or they could be arrested. We are showering them with violent and/or troubling sexual images in every format. You can spend your time whining about liberals or abortion or bankers or whatever, but what is most urgent is the health – both mental and physical – of the youth. And the prognosis is poor.

  20. Spent October 5, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    Dave, I hope you fully realize exactly what you and your son are standing in front of. I also enjoyed my visits to DC as a youngster. That Egyptian Obilisk remake is the same as the one that is standing before the Vatican. The male fertility phallic symbol was more than likely dedicated to the ancient Egyptian lord Osiris, another name for the devil As I mentioned in a previous statement, we live in an OCCULT DEMOCRACY. The majority of our founding fathers were Freemasons. The undercurrent of this is from hell itself and speaks to New World Order and the luciferian plan. Zenith 2016


  21. Philip B Kirschner October 5, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    As a Jewish American it pains me to see this. I thank god that I have another country willing to take me. At the same time, I am afraid for my Christian Friends.

  22. John Rambo October 6, 2013 at 1:15 am

    Yes, and let’s not forget the HUGE effects of Chemtrailing which is dumbing us ALL down AND killing us !!! Youtube : Chemtrails UN 2013 Report “Mass Extinction.”

    99 % of kids growing up today have no clue as to what it costs to run a household. If we’re talking education let’s talk about what REALLY matters. We have no TRADITION in America to begin teaching kids at age 13 how to prepare for the future. We can’t blame it ALL on the schools. Everywhere I look now I see men in shorts, t-shirt, tennis shoes and a small cap. They’re not men. I call them, “big boys.” They’re a “big boy,” looking for a mommy. And sure enough with most of them there’s some chubby short haired unhappy looking “mommy” type who walks in front of them and handles everything because “big boy” doesn’t have a clue. It’s a very sad trend.

    By 20 or so every boy needs to have a job skill, a small business going, and be able to put down on a small home. Every girl needs to know how to be a good wife, ( learn from the Jap’s, ) cook sew AND have a profession. They need to know the political landscape and how and why to store a years worth of food water supplies and ammo. And the PARENTS need to teach them these things !!! Also the parents need to buy REAL history books for their kids to read. Not the PC Newspeak ones they get at school.
    When your kid is 20, have them go to : Discoveryourpersonality ( dot com. ) to “find themselves.” It’s worth the $60. By the way … do YOU know what “The American Dream” is ? You have to to be able to teach your kids. The American Dream is … you get a job doing something you don’t hate. You then try to move up a little in pay and jobs to a reasonably comfortable point. You then start a business on the side in your spare time doing what you love. When the income from this business reaches a certain point you quit your job and go ALL OUT to build the business into an empire for all your future generations !!! Of course THAT’S not taught in school. THEY don’t want you free and strong. THEY want you to stay a slave. So yes the schools suck. But many of the parents are lazy, inept, and of course have no upbringing themselves. This fact combined with common core spells out the future pretty clearly, and it sure aint 4.0

  23. Avi October 6, 2013 at 1:43 am

    Wow, Dave … Let your son learn French !!!
    The world’s best authors are so many in the french litterature !
    I myself never stopped reading them, maybe 4/5 hundred books.
    And reading them in French is the best.
    Among the most inspiring are the 19th century ones.
    Alphonse Daudet, Hector Malot, Molières, Balzac, Dumas, Ponson du Terrail, Paul Féval, Du Boisgobey, Gaboriau, Eugène Sue, Ernest Capendu, and poets, Paul Verlaine … The list is long !!
    All those mentioned are advocating for a strong morality and warning of slavery, all written in a great language with good insights of history and geography of times that are forever gone …
    My best are those who put the plot among peasants, or the Middle Age … quite a lost world !


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  25. CINDY October 6, 2013 at 8:44 am

    This was EXACTLY the future I saw coming for our children back in 2006!
    I SPOKE-UP but was ATTACKED by black-ops! The NWO is STEALING ALL the viable LAND, MAKING IT IMPOSSIBLE FOR OUR CHILDREN TO OWN ANYTHING OF REAL VALUE! Corporations are making it difficult to have your own PRODUCTIVE BUSINESS, so are children are their SLAVES! THE STUDENT LOAN SCAM, the COST OF LIVING SCAM , DESTROYING THE FAMILY UNIT,and on and on it goes!
    This is ALL by DESIGN,
    Stand by your children, AND PROTECT THEM FROM THE NWO!!

  26. Avi October 6, 2013 at 10:25 am

    Oh, nonetheless, I do quite understand you. French people are not opened, welcoming neither straight are as American. I grew up in France, lived & worked there until aged 29 and I got to agree my best souvenirs are not with french friends. But the language and the french authors of the past are on another plane very much worth the learning.

    Concerning education, here’s a peculiar example of homeschooling in Siberia !!
    “‘Mowgli’ born and raised in Siberian forest refuses to eat a Big Mac on his first visit to a city”

    And a great text in a general point of view:
    The Age of Confusion: Mass Manipulation & Propaganda

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  29. Hopelessness Is All To look Forward To October 6, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    Because we are afraid of our government, we are leaving fear for our children to face.
    This generation of adults is the most disappointing one for being the vanguards of the Republic.
    Too fat, too lazy, too drunk, too uneducated about their Constitutional Rights and Responsibilities….too out there!

    So, when the kids think of their parents they will remember them watching endless Reality shows, mindless sports, News for Dummies channels like FOX and CNN, and Re-electing liars by the hundreds for political office. Once America finally collapses our enemies will rush in to grab whatever they can and carve up the country just like WE and the Russians did in Germany, Japan and Europe after WW2.

  30. Schoolo Librarian October 6, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    I used to try to talk to other teachers about this at the school where I worked, but they didn’t want to hear it. Dumbing down made their jobs easier; they only had to babysit, not teach, and to talk about teaching, not do it.

    As for job preparation for our kids, we should be thinking about profitable work that does not require an employer, about being self-directed and entrepreneurial. We have been wrong to rely on companies and institutions to use our labor for quality goods and services that make our lives better, just as we have been wrong to rely on banks to use the money in our accounts for our benefit.Both exist to use us to gain more money for themselves, as much as they can get away with getting out of us, But we can largely step aside from both systems.

    Teach your kid to realistically observe what is happening around him and to think of effective ways for him to participate in it for his income and for humanity’s benefit and to monitor and alter his actions if any don’t work or the situation changes. Teach him to be self-reliant and independent.(hard when public schools make kids do everything on teams and talented kids are required to help the less talented rather than use their time to further develop themselves). Teach him to value personal accomplishment in practical areas — sewing on a button or repairing scratched and dented furniture — over so-called fun like a video game or movie. Encourage him when he tries to turn an accomplishment into a business, like mending clothing for friends or neighbors (if he knows anyone who does not just throw or give away slightly damaged clothing). Especially encourage him to be open to different things and to be prepared to fail and go on to trying something else, so he will learn where his talents lie, how to continually assess his market’s condtions and how to never give up, just move on. Even if he eventually chooses to occupy a desk or spot on an assembly line in someone else’s business, he will always be able to recognize the real value and impact of his labor and to go it alone if needed.

    You will come to know your kid much better, you will be giving him much more real guidance as a parent, and you will learn much more about the world we are living in as you come to see it through his eyes and experiences.

  31. […] by Dave Hodges, The Common Sense Show: […]

  32. Fortitude October 7, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    No, we cannot shield our children, but we must model and teach our children to be independent thinkers. This does not mean being non-conformists. It means that they should be able to internalize the information, and with their moral standards (with our family it is our Biblical Christian faith), make the right choices, and know that in our ever warped society, it could be a difficult choice, but needs to be made anyway. They should not be easily swayed to and fro with all of the doctrines and “ideas” “out there.”

    I have come to understand that “education,” defined and experienced by most of the US citizens, from primary to post secondary education, is not an “education.” ***It is “training.” *** According to John Taylor Gatto, our educational system as we know it has been modeled by the Prussian system. I agree with him. It kills the the drive, skills, and opportunity to know how to learn as well as creativity. They don’t take the opportunity to learn, and therefore cannot “connect the dots” to approach things creativity and intelligently. Even parents who home school can miss the mark. Some caring mothers and fathers “school at home,” rather than creating opportunities and drive to learn and explore. It is not their fault, as they never experienced it themselves. My husband and I have raised six children. In our family, your skill base is considered just as important as your degree or job. The questions my children should be able to answer are: You may have graduated professional school, but what skills outside of your field do you have? Are you self reliant? Do you depend on yourself or others? Are you able to pass these skills on to your children? Do you gather and evaluate information to make “educated” decisions? Do you stand firm on your standards even when it is not a popular choice?

    The economic problems looming ahead do not look good. We have raised our children. We will continue to live according to our standards. The best we can do for our children is to pray for them.

  33. Brigitte October 7, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    Glad to see I’m not the only one to advise to let your kid learn French. And though I’m French i’m not saying this out of national vanity, but for practical reasons, for once you know one of the three Latin-based languages, you can easily learn the other two. For instance it was easy for me to learn Spanish, and when at some point I needed to read Italian texts, I could figure out the meaning enough for my needs. Also a foreign language helps to think in a different manner and Spanish will come in handy at some point I’m sure.
    Regardless of your children’s intellect, I would strongly urge them to learn a practical, manual skill because so much emphasis has been put on college education that there are not enough people who can build a wall, do carpentry, build a pair of shoes, make a dress from custom measurements, or whatever old world métier. These are the ones that will be needed.
    Above all encourage curiosity for aquiring knowledge, honesty, good human contact and problem solving. Train you children to look for what need is being unmet around them, and how to work backwards to the first steps they need to take to fill that need and make a decent living.

  34. […] Meanwhile, the reading, writing and math skills of U.S. students continue to decline.  The following is an excerpt from a recent article by Dave Hodges… […]

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