The 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution left education up to the individual states of the United States. Prior to 1962 each state made its own decisions on what courses a person had to pass in order to graduate from high school.
Each state was allowed to pick its books as well as the subjects and most counties or parishes within the state were allowed to pick what they were going to teach from the state allowed list of books and subjects.
SAT scores were rising across the United States until this date. The scores been on a steady rise since the inception of SAT, (a test for colleges to decide if a high school senior was eligible for their school).
Beginning in 1964 the test scores of the high school seniors began to plummet. This meteoric fall continued into the 1990s when in desperation the SAT committee decided to start grading the test on a curve.
This arrested the fall but the scores have never recovered. (We’ll discuss this scoring method in a later posting.)
The Federal Government of the United States decided to pass the ESEA, Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1962. This was the first time the Federal Government had ventured into what previously was a states rights area.
In order to get the states to follow a federal law that violated the 10th amendment, (this wasn’t the first time,) the pot was sweetened. If the states passed their version of this bill then the Federal Government would pay them – in other words, pass down some tax monies that the government in Washington had collected from the people in the states.
One of the things we got from the 1962 ESEA was the entrance into our public schools of psychology and psychiatry. The “side effects” of this opiate to the states was a dumbing down of America as so astutely written about in his book on the subject by Dr. Samuel Blumenfield.
Others have written on this subject as well, such as Beverly K. Eakmon in her book, “Cloning of the American Mind: Eradicating Morality Through Education”.
G. Brock Chisholm, Canadian psychiatrist and co-founder of the World Federation of Mental Health, stated in 1945 that the eradication of the concept of “good and bad” had caused “frustration, inferiority, neurosis and inability to enjoy living”.
He then said, “The re-interpretation and eventually eradication of the concept of right and wrong” is one of the “objectives of all effective psychotherapy”.
And thus the U.S. education system went South.