Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The PPBS Story

Mary Thompson, who spoke at the Exposing the Global Road to Ruin through Education (free You Tube download) and for sale at, shared the following memoirs with us. See previous blog post about a speech she gave to the California Republican Women’s Federation regarding Planning, Programming, Budgeting Systems (PPBS) on June 11, 1972. Below is Mary's fascinating story:

In 1971 one astute California Assemblyman, Robert Burke, prepared a report about how PPBS redefined education. The report was, "Education From the Acquisition of Knowledge to Programmed, Conditioned Response". That about says it all doesn't it? In it he spelled out what we see coming to fruition today with I am sure others will cover here during this conference. Assemblyman Burke wrote in a newsletter early in 1970's, "This insidious plan already has widespread support in many quarters. Left unchecked, the consequences will be unimagined amount of power and control over society in the hands of a few". It wasn't "checked". The concept was so mind boggling, but it explained why our efforts were so easily derailed.

In 1972 I was asked to address the issue with a speech for a Republican Women's Club. I tried to explain the nuts and bolts in simple terms how it works in practice especially re: education. Imagine my surprise when twentyseven years later, someone called my attention to Charlotte Iserbyt's 1999 big book [The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America] and reading it, I found an abridged version of that 1972 speech included in the book! That was my introduction to Charlotte.

Keep in mind all the draconian possibilities had not yet revealed themselves in 1972 as we have them today. Our concept of how it would manifest itself was that GOVERNMENT would be the instigator and controller as big brother on steroids. We had not envisioned the advent of public/private partnerships with global corporate interests and their tax exempt foundations setting the agenda for schools as workforce training for a global economy. Then using government as their enforcer with taxpayers' money. That is what we see today. The system had to be in place first to accommodate that. The "Unfreezing of the System", then "Refreezing of the System" with the new foundation.