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Fed To Take Propaganda To The Schoolroom: Will Teach Grade 8-12 Students About Constitutionality Of... The Fed

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Back in September we noted a peculiar RFP by the Fed which sought to become a secret 'big brother' to the social media world, and to "monitor billions of conversations and generate text analytics based on predefined criteria." The Fed's desired product should be able to "determine the sentiment of a speaker or writer with respect to some topic or document"... "The solution must be able to gather data from the primary social media platforms – Facebook, Twitter, Blogs, Forums and YouTube. It should also be able to aggregate data from various media outlets such as: CNN, WSJ, Factiva etc." Most importantly, the "Listening Platform" should be able to "Handle crisis situations, Continuously monitor conversations, and Identify and reach out to key bloggers and influencers." While it is unclear just how successful the Fed has been in eavesdropping on various critical blogs, and divining "sentiment", it now appears that the propaganda masters at the Office of Central Planning have decided to go for young American minds while they are still pliable. It appears that as part of its reenactment of Goebbels "economic education" curriculum, the Fed will now directly appeal to K 8-12 student, in which it will elucidate on the premise of "Constitutionality of a Central Bank." You know - just in case said young (and soon to be very unemployed) minds get ideas that heaven forbid, the master bank running the US is not exactly constitutional - you know, that whole thing between Andrew Jackson and the Second Bank of the United States...

And in case one is wondering what dogmatic propaganda their childredn will be filled with, here is tje course outline.

Lesson Description

The Constitution of the United States outlines the basic principles of the U.S. government. This lesson focuses on the express and implied powers of Congress and the power of the Supreme Court to decide whether a law is unconstitutional. In this lesson, students learn about McCulloch v. Maryland, a case decided in 1819 over (1) whether the state of Maryland had the right to tax the Second Bank of the United States and (2) whether Congress had violated the Constitution in establishing the Bank. Students also review the expressed powers of Congress identified in the Constitution and analyze how Congress implements the necessary and proper (elastic) clause to enact its expressed powers. Finally, students use their knowledge of McCulloch v. Maryland and the necessary and proper clause to consider the constitutionality of the Federal Reserve System.


Expressed powers
Federal Reserve Act
Fiat money
Implied powers
Necessary and proper (elastic) clause
Value of money [ZH: lol]


Students will:

  • define expressed powers, implied powers, precedent, fiat money, the Federal Reserve Act, the necessary and proper (elastic) clause, and the value of money;
  • cite examples of the expressed powers granted to Congress in Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution;
  • explain the meaning of the necessary and proper (elastic) clause;
  • explain the significance of the McCulloch vs. Maryland Supreme Court case; and
  • give examples of the implied powers necessary to implement various expressed powers.

Yet the oddest thing about the lesson plan is visual #4. It speaks for itself:

Well thanks for the warning...

Full lesson:


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Mon, 03/12/2012 - 17:02 | 2248494 Motorhead
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Sounds like then that this Fed lesson would fit right in with the current curriculum.

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 17:24 | 2248589 Abiotic Oil
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They aren't "Public Schools".
They are "Government Schools".

Homeschooling is the only way to go. My 8 year old knows the difference between physical and fiat.

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 20:45 | 2249110 HoofHearted
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My 8 year old and your 8 year old would probably love talking about real money. My 8 year old's favorite coin is my spade guinea of Triple George. We were just at Yorktown, and my son loved the hell out of standing right where oppression was thrown off. Too bad we're all standing where oppression is right on top of us.

Homeschooling is the only way. Our kids might have a chance because they'll easily outthink the sheeple trying to hold them back.

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 17:26 | 2248597 A Nanny Moose
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Not even sub-concisous reprogramming?

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 16:05 | 2248221 battle axe
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Our tax dollars at work....Pathetic.

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 16:19 | 2248302 mossme89
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Not to worry, chap. It's much more likely that this lesson came straight from the printing press, the Fed's favorite office tool.

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 16:05 | 2248222 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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We don't need no.....education

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 16:08 | 2248234 Colonel
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You mean... propaganda.

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 17:03 | 2248498 peekcrackers
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should be tought about   Edward Bernays 1st  since its teacher Feds teacher.

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 20:46 | 2249115 HoofHearted
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We don't need no thoughts controlled!

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 16:14 | 2248277 Conrad Murray
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I doubt it needs to be said here, but there is precisely zero reason for public schools to exist outside of functioning as daycare and propaganda entrenchment facilities.

Anyone truly interested in learning can do so quite easily at a library or on the internet. MIT and others have plenty of courses available on youtube: The below link is not one of them...

Human Resources - Social Engineering In The 20th Century

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 16:19 | 2248301 donsluck
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So, wise man, did you go to public school? Do you owe a public school thanks for teaching you to read and write?

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 16:23 | 2248328 trav7777
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anyone who waited till school to learn to read and write is a shitty reader and writer.

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 16:31 | 2248369 donsluck
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You must be genius. Why are you wasting your time here? There must be some particle physics research that could distract you.

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 20:48 | 2249122 HoofHearted
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We enjoy tautning the monkeys. Hey, want a banana? Oh, so close this time. Really, want a banana? Sorry, you missed...but don't give up.

And yes, we all rad before school started. And we didn't get held back by the government education because we ignored that shit while having to sit through classes.

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 22:58 | 2249449 NidStyles
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Hmm, sure you did....

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 16:37 | 2248385 Conrad Murray
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I was blessed with caring parents and other family members who taught me the necessary fundamentals in-home. I attended public schools in a very poor neighborhood for a while off and on. I spent the majority of my time fighting off racial attacks, and finding ways to alleviate the rage, which, fortunately, included math, reading, and computers. In the end, I graduated from a homeschooling program with a 4.0 GPA, which I carried on during my bit of time in college.

If I owe the public schools anything it is a tab for my medical bills and court costs.

Maybe the majority of ZH people come from a pampered background and can think back fondly on the free chicken nuggets and pussy. Such was not my case.

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 16:36 | 2248391 BigJim
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 So, wise man, did you go to public school? Do you owe a public school thanks for teaching you to read and write?

The state hijacks education, making us pay for its provision (and thereby ensuring we use it, as we can't afford the alternative) and we're supposed to be thankful?

Like reading and writing didn't exist before 'public schools'. As someone else said here, if the State decided it was going to take over pizza production, pretty soon twats like you would be saying if it weren't for the glorious State, we couldn't get a pizza.

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 16:42 | 2248414 donsluck
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Before public school reading and writing were only for the rich.

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 17:15 | 2248543 Sean7k
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So, public school is the only option for reading and writing education? You have a source that shows only the rich could read and write? Are you saying that Catholic priests were rich? Were there not public libraries before schools? 



Mon, 03/12/2012 - 17:39 | 2248644 neidermeyer
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Are you intentionally spreading BS and looking for an argument ... My kids both could read before school ... Todays schools are VASTLY overrated as far as learning is concerned ... they are indoctrination centers ,, have been since at least WW2 ,, seems like it took the progressives a few years to get their people into positions of control within the system... School doesn't need to be fancy to teach well ... my kids learn more one day with me explaining everyday things to them than they do in a YEAR of school.  Here's an 8th grade graduation test from 1895 ... tell me if school today is worth the trouble.. http://www.barefootsworld.net/1895finalexam.html

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 18:29 | 2248783 mkkby
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You mean indoctrination like:  "I pledge allegiance to the flag... "

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 22:06 | 2249338 nmewn
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Exactly like that.

I still know the words by heart. And forcing kids to swear allegiance to any flag before they even know what allegiance is...is coercion. I refusd to participate, much to the chagrin of my fifth grade teacher.

As far as reading, writing and math, Mrs.nmewn made sure it was known before ever leaving the house and setting foot on government property.

It was the least that could be done for yet another generation of government school teachers ;-)

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 17:43 | 2248656 tmosley
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Not really.  Most kids got educated before schools became overwhelmingly public, they just didn't go as long.  I daresay they got more out of it, since they wanted to be there.

Christ, even impoverished indian orphans learned how to read and write.  Sure, it was in brutally oppressive religious schools, but it still happened, and the outside world was not particularly impressed with their abilities when they got out, because reading and writing were not uncommon.

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 17:46 | 2248662 A Nanny Moose
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That's funny. As if public schools actually teach, and rich people send their kids to public school.

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 18:49 | 2248839 BigJim
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  Before public school reading and writing were only for the rich.

Before public pizza parlours, eating a peperoni was only for the rich.

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 19:00 | 2248875 CH1
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Before public school reading and writing were only for the rich.


Mon, 03/12/2012 - 16:56 | 2248471 HungrySeagull
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I was taught to read and write, IN CURSIVE too long before I hit school.

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 17:10 | 2248525 Sean7k
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What has that got to do with the Constitutionality of government education or whether it just serves to provide a limited education of the government's choosing? 

Your response is the reason people question government in education.

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 18:25 | 2248770 mkkby
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I went to public school, but my mother taught me to read and write.

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 21:08 | 2249177 Totentänzerlied
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So, reading and writing were invented when public schooling was first introduced? My public school education failed to teach me that.

Tue, 03/13/2012 - 00:23 | 2249592 Bansters-in-my-...
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Fuck you donsluck......

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 16:22 | 2248323 macholatte
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I just love YouTube

The Century of the self


Mon, 03/12/2012 - 20:24 | 2249060 object_orient
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You know, libraries are mostly public institutions as well. If school-age kids decided to spend their days at the downtown library, libraries would look just like public schools in no time. No doubt homeschooling works great for intelligent, resourceful parents with free time, but what about guys like Cletus?


"We home school 'em. I teach the big ones, and the big ones teach the little ones, but nobody taught me, so the whole thing is an exercise in futility."

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 16:23 | 2248297 Debt-Is-Not-Money
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"We don't need no.....education"

We don't need no education
We dont need no thought control
No dark sarcasm in the classroom
Teachers leave them kids alone
Hey! Teachers! Leave them kids alone!
All in all it's just another brick in the wall.
All in all you're just another brick in the wall.

We don't need no education
We dont need no thought control
No dark sarcasm in the classroom
Teachers leave them kids alone
Hey! Teachers! Leave them kids alone!
All in all it's just another brick in the wall.
All in all you're just another brick in the wall.

Pink Floyd

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 16:05 | 2248223 Shizzmoney
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Are they also going to show, "The Wizard of Oz?" or better yet, Bill Still's, "The Money Masters"?

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 16:18 | 2248294 john39
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the matrix...

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 16:44 | 2248402 Manthong
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"Are they also going to show, "The Wizard of Oz?" or better yet, Bill Still's, "The Money Masters"?"

No they won't , but any parent that does not have their children learn the lessons from "The Money Masters" is guilty of neglect.

No one in my family makes it into the will without being answer a line of questioning from me that among other things includes:

Who killed the Second Bank of the United States and why?

Who gave a convention speech about a “cross of gold” and what was it about?

What’s a “greenback” and why was it created?

What happened on Jekyll Island?

Explain what the three most disastrous events of 1913 were.

If they don't understand these issues, then they deserve to wallow in their own Fed fiat.

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 17:19 | 2248563 Sean7k
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It would have been nice if the lesson used the Federalist papers as a source material to explain the founder's reasoning, as well as the anti-federalist papers to reason the constraints on the enumerated powers.

It would also be nice if they included other examples of Court excess, like the Dred Scott decision or Plessy v Ferguson. Teaching that the Supreme Court is always right is pure propaganda.

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 17:58 | 2248697 Debt-Is-Not-Money
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"Who killed the Second Bank of the United States and why?"

Who tried to kill president Jackson, and why?

"What’s a “greenback” and why was it created?"

Who killed president Lincoln and why?

How many other assassinations and attempted assassinations (Garfield, Kennedy, Gov Huey P. Long, etc.) were the international banksters behind and why?

Tue, 03/13/2012 - 06:32 | 2249769 Disenchanted
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"Who gave a convention speech about a “cross of gold” and what was it about?"


William Jennings Bryan - 1896 Democratic Convention - Chicago


the Wiki version of what it was about(bolded):


"In order to get the Federal Reserve Act passed, Wilson needed the support of populist William Jennings Bryan, who was credited with ensuring Wilson's nomination by dramatically throwing his support Wilson's way at the 1912 Democratic convention.[11] Wilson appointed Bryan as his Secretary of State.[10] Bryan served as leader of the agrarian wing of the party and had argued for unlimited coinage of silver in his "Cross of Gold Speech" at the 1896 Democratic convention.[20] Bryan and the agrarians wanted a government-owned central bank which could print paper money whenever Congress wanted, and thought the plan gave bankers too much power to print the government's currency. Wilson sought the advice of prominent lawyer Louis Brandeis to make the plan more amenable to the agrarian wing of the party; Brandeis agreed with Bryan. Wilson convinced them that because Federal Reserve notes were obligations of the government and because the President would appoint the members of the Federal Reserve Board, the plan fit their demands.[11] However, Bryan soon became disillusioned with the system. In the November 1923 issue of "Hearst's Magazine" Bryan wrote that "The Federal Reserve Bank that should have been the farmer's greatest protection has become his greatest foe.""


Excerpt from Bryan's "Cross of Gold" speech:


I shall not slander the fair state of Massachusetts nor the state of New York by saying that when citizens are confronted with the proposition, “Is this nation able to attend to its own business?”— I will not slander either one by saying that the people of those states will declare our helpless impotency as a nation to attend to our own business. It is the issue of 1776 over again. Our ancestors, when but 3 million, had the courage to declare their political independence of every other nation upon earth. Shall we, their descendants, when we have grown to 70 million, declare that we are less independent than our forefathers? No, my friends, it will never be the judgment of this people. Therefore, we care not upon what lines the battle is fought. If they say bimetallism is good but we cannot have it till some nation helps us, we reply that, instead of having a gold standard because England has, we shall restore bimetallism, and then let England have bimetallism because the United States have.


If they dare to come out in the open field and defend the gold standard as a good thing, we shall fight them to the uttermost, having behind us the producing masses of the nation and the world. Having behind us the commercial interests and the laboring interests and all the toiling masses, we shall answer their demands for a gold standard by saying to them, you shall not press down upon the brow of labor this crown of thorns. You shall not crucify mankind upon a cross of gold.


Full speech here: http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/5354/


Even populists get taken for a ride sometimes...

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 17:49 | 2248672 A Nanny Moose
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Watch the Wizard of Ounce? The allegory is largely lost in the movie. It's gotta be the shoes!

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 16:05 | 2248224 Ralph Spoilsport
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Hey Teacher! Leave those kids alone!

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 16:19 | 2248300 resurger
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FEDTeachers are XXX Porn Stars!!! They teach you how to fuck the economy with no rubber


Mon, 03/12/2012 - 16:06 | 2248225 spentCartridge
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You can't make shit like that up.

I wonder what type of muppet they use on Sesame Street? You know, for the kids.

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 16:17 | 2248289 dontgoforit
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Freddie Printz, of course!

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 16:24 | 2248336 LowProfile
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Chester the Molester

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 16:07 | 2248226 francis_sawyer
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"A...B...C...F...E...D... G"....

HIJK M-O-No-Lo-Py!...

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 16:06 | 2248227 fightthepower
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Fuck you Bernanke!

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 16:06 | 2248228 nwskii
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Some needs to email the Author Mary Suiter a BIG LOL

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