As president of the Council of Educators for Enlightenment, my cousin, Moses Douglas Moorehead, believes that America has in the past 30 years taken a dangerous turn in its understanding of the place of education in history.
"This is not a Utopian position as if to say that education believes in the perfectibility of humanity. History does not bear that idea out, but education’s thrust is unwaveringly toward forward motion that makes education the real power train and real steely rails of the human experiment. Education reverses itself when necessary, like when we doctors discovered that telling people that Winston cigarettes are good for them when they actually caused cancer no matter how much Brown and Williamson Tobacco Company wanted you to believe otherwise. Education in service to Capitalism is a myth. It is a well protected myth spun by the same power elites who kept the story of General Smedley Darlington Butler's place in U.S. history out of high school civics classes while promoting the purity of the New England Puritans whose fortunes were made in opium smuggling, gun barrels and black powder," said Moorehead who noted that in due course even the well protected myth, no matter how well encapsulated by ivy halls or stained glass windows is illuminated by the very thing it seeks to control.
"Capitalism serves education and when it does NOT, it eventually reaps a whirlwind. When education serves a political ideology first then the most trusted of its basic precepts are easily usurped. Educators in this environment quickly lose courage. Or consider when the FDA warranted the work of Dr. Brinkley’s goat gonad transplant surgery for male penile erectile dysfunction. The FDA approval did not make this procedure safe or effective, no matter how much the mind sciences of Madison Avenue spinmeisters touted the procedure all across America from a radio station across the border from Dr. Brinkley’s clinic in Del Rio, Texas…..a radio station reportedly co-owned by a Mexican National and General Dwight D. Eisenhower, slyly usurping FCC kilowatt rules and pumping goat gonad treatments across the continent,” said Moorehead.