Education Versus Indoctrination

Hello, my name is Mike and I am NotYourAverageMillennial.

One of the things that are crucial in order to maintain liberty is education. But nowadays when children go to school, they do not receive a true education. They receive an indoctrination. We have moved away from traditional American principles of liberty and freedom mainly because of this. In modern times, the later generations only have a minimal knowledge of liberty. This is how those that are in power have been able to continue pushing the illusion of freedom in the minds the public.

In order to begin a paradigm shift, we must know the difference between education and indoctrination. We also must learn exactly how we ended up in the situation and finally how we can work to get out of it. In the article, I will briefly touch on the seven liberal arts which are split into two subjects, the trivium and quadrivium.

The Road to Indoctrination

For decades what has falsely been called education is nothing but indoctrination. If this word is new to you, allow me to define this word for you:

Indoctrination is ” the process of teaching a person or group to accept a set of beliefs uncritically”.

American public schooling (or public schooling worldwide) are merely camps for indoctrination. This began when John D. Rockefeller instituted the General Education Board in 1903. What most people accepted as an act of benevolence actually turned out to be a way to keep the public “dumbed down” so to speak. As a matter of fact, there was a quote from Rockefeller that sums up the agenda of the General Education Board:

” I don’t want a nation of thinkers. I want a nation of workers.”

Here we are years later and Rockefeller’s goal was achieved. But this makes sense when your agenda is to have the public willing sacrifice their liberty with little to no resistance.

I urge you to do a little research on Common Core education.

What is True Education

Liberty begins when the people become truly educated. However, in order for that to happen, we must know what education really is. The etymology of the word education comes from the Latin word educere which means to “bring out or to lead forth”. To educate is to unfold the power of the mind.

As you can see there is a huge difference between education and indoctrination, but allow me to simplify this: Indoctrination is telling people what to think. Education is showing people how to think.

Homeschooling Versus Public Schooling

One thing that people should keep in mind is that when you send your child to be “educated” (indoctrinated) is a government run public school, you are entrusting the state to care for your children. By doing this, they are being taught that their rights are given to them by an institution whose only interest is to have a population that won’t bother to critically think and never question what they are taught.

As discussed in an earlier article, when “rights” are given to others, they are not rights, but privileges. This means that whoever gave you these privileges can also take them away from you. And since the public doesn’t question this, they falsely believe that this is freedom and liberty.

The government run public schooling system also does not equip the youth with the life skills they would need in order to control their own destiny. Instead, they are giving training in order to be just smart enough to work a soul-sucking job. This makes them nothing more than a cog in the wheel of a machine, or more plainly, a slave.

But even more diabolical is that it makes those educated by the public school system dependent on the state. The government becomes the parent. This make sense because the child is in school most of the day and this means less time away from their mother and father. This breaks the family unit.

Believe it or not, there was a period in time when the child was taught at home. This kept the family strong and the child would actually learn valuable life skills that they could apply for success. Most importantly, the child would develop a passion for learning and could teach himself to do anything

The Seven Liberal Arts: An Anti-Indoctrination

We need to get back to the original way of learning by means of the seven liberal arts:

THE TRIVIUM (grammar, logic, and rhetoric) enables us to take in information, followed by processing it through the use of critical thinking, and then how to teach and explain what we learned and processed to others.

THE QUADRIVIUM (number, geometry, music, and astronomy) was learned after learning the trivium. This deals with arithmetic. Geometry is number in space, music is number in time, and astronomy, or cosmology is number in space and time.

With these seven subjects you will receive a true education which will free your mind and put you on the path to liberty


I hope that I gave you some food for thought regarding the difference between education and indoctrination. Indoctrination leads to slavery while education leads to liberty. Free minds will lead to a free society.


10 thoughts on “Education Versus Indoctrination

  1. Hi Mike, I enjoyed reading your article. We took the path of homeschooling and have also had a time of Government schooling, providing us a good understanding of the differences it can make.
    We came across Unit Study which enabled our children to explore in their learning journey, rather than just regurgitate in an exam, what they had been force fed.
    Unit Study allows Trivium and Quadrivium to be woven into a single subject which the child enjoys and has chosen.
    For example: Motorbikes
    History – History of motorcycles, steam, velocopede, business reverse trikes etc.
    Science – How motorcycle engines work, harmonics on forks on bends, gyroscopic effect on steering stabilizing front wheel etc.
    Art – Drawing, designing sidecars, trikes etc
    And so on.

    1. Very well said Dave! It goes to show that by using the trivium and quadrivium that we can learn about anything. Thanks for the comment!

  2. Mike.
    Very interesting article from a lot of perspectives. First, let me say that I agree with you on the difference between education and indoctrination. I agree that we are groomed from early in life to maintain the status quo and to allow the political leaders to remain in power by giving us the bare minimum we need to survive.
    While education may prove to be the key to overcoming indoctrination, do You believe that the political leaders will allow enough of the People to get the education necessary to make a change? Or will, once again, We get a scrap and a New Plan to keep us dumbed down?
    Again great article and hope yo hear more on the Seven Liberal Arts in the future.

    1. Well Sanders, in my opinion I choose not to pay attention to the politicians. I won’t allow another man, or group of men (especially in government) tell me what I can think or how I can learn which is why people need to just make their own way to liberty. I refuse to let a politician “allow” me to do anything. It’s obvious that whatever the politicians “allow” the people to do will be only for their gain and maintenance of power. Especially in 2018 it is becoming clear that the politicians do not have our best interest so in my own way I tell them to kick rocks. As long as you live your life without trampling on the liberty of others then that is all that should matter. It is also clear that politicians see their power slipping away, hence more laws to restrict the people from achieving liberty in the name of “keeping them safe”. Thank you for the feedback and I will work on a future article that will touch on the seven liberal arts in depth.

  3. Yes I Agree with you but it’s my first time to hear that kind of word but you explain it very well. Yes, mostly public schools and even private schools only feeding knowledge they don’t allow the kids to think and explore. You know what schools teach as yo become ordinary employee they never taught us how to find money and be successful in any kind of business.
    I think nowadays we need to change the curriculum if the schools and teach the child how to save and earn money. Like child financial education so if they come at the right age they know how to manage their income and poverty cases will be lesser. Now my advocate to teach financial literacy to everyone!

    1. Hello Joly! Yes I didn’t learn of the word indoctrination until about 8 years ago. And financial literacy is definitely one of those things that were left out of the schooling system and that is certainly by design. Great comment!

  4. Mikey, that is some interesting information. I can see how it would help people. What are your views on home schooling if the parents are highly religious and the children that are home schooled do not get to learn about alternative points of view?


    1. Well one of the important things about liberty is that parents do have the right to teach what they feel is important for their children to learn. But if the parent is serious about liberty, they will allow their children to hear and learn about alternative points of views so that they will be well-rounded. Otherwise it would be double-minded of the parent(s) to shield their children from information.

  5. Very interesting article Mike. It kind of reminds me of the book Fahrenheit 451 where they destroy any books to prevent people from thinking on their own and using their imagination, etc. The system kind of churns out “robots” to do what they are told.
    Thanks for helping bring awareness!

    1. Thanks Sergio! You are spot on. The system does churn out robots who just do what they’re told. This is the reason that there are soldiers who just use the excuse that they were “following orders” meaning that they abdicate responsibility for their actions by trying to place the blame on someone else. Imagination is the greatest gift humanity has,

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