The title statement is entirely too obvious, yet it's one people consistently forget, or never thought of in the first place. Whoever Controls the Schools Rules the World—government schools are run by the government, and therefore whoever runs the government runs the schools.
But there's more to it than just governmental control; teachers determine how students think, and when the bulk of a population is educated within the same system, the bulk of the population will think and behave similarly. Why wouldn't they be taught to obey the system that created them?
Gary DeMar shows historical examples of the power of education to control populations (the Nazis and Marxists both used schools to indoctrinate the youth) before moving on to investigate the methods used in America. He follows the history of American education from its Puritan founders to its current secularist stewards, demonstrating when the changes came and how.
From there he looks at the Myth of Neutral Facts—while secularists have managed to convince Christians that facts (math problems, grammar, historical dates) are neutral, they clearly recognize the absurdity of such an idea and have used their version and presentation of facts to guide students' minds in the direction of relativism and statism.
He also debunks myths and warns agains the dangers of taking everything one hears at face value. Perhaps the most striking part of this book is the final chapter by Oliver North, in which he compares a prison bus with a school bus....and finds they aren't so different. Chapters are short, readable and well-documented, and DeMar proves over and over the terrifying truth that Whoever Controls the Schools Rules the World.
Review by C. Hollis Crossman
C. Hollis Crossman used to be a child. Now he is a husband and father, teaches adult Sunday school in his Presbyterian congregation, and likes weird stuff. He might be a mythical creature, but he's definitely not a centaur. Read more of his reviews here.