Charlotte Thomson Iserbyt
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Charlotte Thomson Iserbyt was once a senior policy advisor in the Office of Educational Research and Improvement, U.S. Department of Education, and was a co-founder of Guardians of Education for Maine. Today she promotes a conspiracist view of educational problems that attribute popular stupidity and anti-intellectualism in the United States not to the self-indulgence and ignorance encouraged by its capitalist consumer economy and runaway religiosity but to the the evil machinations of former Soviet KGB agents. If you hear the sound of hoofbeats in Central Park, then surely it must be the sound of...former Soviet KGB agents dressed up as zebras.
In 1999, Iserbyt published the book The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America. This book describes the perceived situation of the educational system in the US, complete with examples of schools and universities being used to suppress creative thinking, and encouraging students to just tow the line.
Within the introduction and first chapter, the following points are of note:
- If a child can read, write and compute at a sufficient level, they should have no limitations on controlling their own destiny. Providing such basic education is not and should not be expensive, but the brainwashing is an expensive and long process.
- In 1972, a survival problem was presented to a class where a lifeboat was overloaded and students needed to decide who to toss off the lifeboat to ensure that some survived. While the students found a method that allowed all people to survive, the professor rejected it and insisted the problem be done again.
- After Iserbyt questioned the educational value of teaching methods in some books, she discovered rumors that she was a "kook", for what she believed was a principled position.
 Skull & Bones
Charlotte Iserbyt once described the Skull & Bones society, describing links between the society and the Illuminati.