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|NUMBER 157||THE NEWSPAPER OF EDUCATION RIGHTS||MARCH 1999|
Book of the Month
Cloning of the American Mind, Eradicating Morality through Education, B.K. Eakman, Huntington House Publishers, 1998, 570 pps., $22.99
Bev Eakman's new book is jam-packed with facts about how the use of a relatively new field called psychographics (which combines elements of demographic and marketing research) along with assessment standards, is altering the values and beliefs of our children while undermining their academic skills. The new beliefs include: no right or wrong - only conditioned responses, all ethics are situational, etc.
Eakman explains how education initiatives such as Outcome-Based Education (with its subsequent "dumbing down" of America's students) and the new "assessment tests" (which determine how a child thinks and feels rather than how many facts he has mastered) make more sense when viewed in the context of "mental health." She argues that psychology has assumed a "messianic political mission," and that unsuspecting parents and lethargic legislators have allowed the education reform movement's "bogus agenda" to be sold as "mental health" and "assessment standards."
The book traces the contributions of two distinct factions within the behavioral science community, one Hitlerian and one Marxist, and shows how they eventually merged for the purpose of introducing psychological screening and experimental therapies into the schools.
Eakman describes how students and their families are "unknowingly assessed for supposed 'markers' of psychological disorders, the most recent example being to label ADD as a 'marker' for schizophrenia." She says that assessments are tagged for identification, and shows how the collected data can be combined with other public and private records, and then downloaded at any time by "research groups" and underground information brokers in return for a fee.
Cloning provides a step-by-step guide for countering the "psychologically manipulative" education agenda that has invaded the schools. The book recommends corrective measures that the author believes both citizens and government must undertake.
Available through most Barnes & Noble bookstores, or call Huntington House Publishers, 1-800/749-4009, P.O. Box 53788, Lafayette, LA 70505.