If You Love Your Kids, Don’t Send Them To College: The Real ‘Fountainhead’ Frank Lloyd Wright

When I think of college the very first thing I think of is intoxication, experimental sex, and liberalism.  I would never in a hundred years tell someone I care about that they should go to such a mental meat grinder as American modern colleges—because those institutions are not about learning—but are rather about following the advice of Princeton President Woodrow Wilson who said colleges were tasked to make children as less like their parents as possible.  Colleges as they are today are about reprogramming 19 years of love and emotional investment out of a child with the destruction of their individuality and through progressive scholarship—to be reborn as a collective oriented species.  Colleges are run by a class of human being called “the academic of intelligentsia” and they are a sinister group that holds much responsibility for the current destruction of The United States.

That is not to say that all young people who attend college become mindless drones who vote for Presidents like Barack Obama, campaign against gun rights, strive for social evasion through intoxication, and have difficulty maintaining relationships because all their sexual standards have been ripped away leaving nothing to cherish in their bedrooms.  I know of a few.  In fact most of my closest relationships all have advanced degrees and have survived the experience—but not without scars.  Unfortunately for a vast majority of college bound young people, they will not survive intact, and will be crushed under the mantra of progressivism taught in those schools into something unrecognizable from the miracle their youths were destined otherwise to produce.

When it is said that Americans are behind other countries in academic achievement—in producing engineers, scientists and other advanced degree oriented professions I would say to fret not.  Let India, China, Japan and other countries with collectivist cultures produce nice little pets who do what they are told under the terms of employment.  America can always hire that talent away from those other countries—it does not need to produce them in American colleges.  America needs to produce solid individuals who create jobs so that those jobs can hire the pin headed collectivist to work nicely in their cubicles under the guidance of their boss.  America needs to concentrate its energy into making more entrepreneurs and it won’t do that by copying the academic model of Europe and Asia.

To get feel for what I’m talking about, the context is explained wonderfully in one of my all-time favorite novels, The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand.  In that great American novel the main character Howard Roark was openly molded after the great real life architect Frank Lloyd Wright.  Frank Lloyd Wright, (1867-1959), was an American architect, a pioneer in the modern style who is considered one of the greatest figures in 20th-century architecture. He was born in Richland Center, Wisconsin. In 1887 Wright went to Chicago, where he became a designer for the firm of Adler and Sullivan. In 1893 he established his own office in Chicago.

Wright created the philosophy of “organic architecture,” which maintains that a building should develop out of its natural surroundings. His designs for both private and public structures were boldly original, and he rebelled against ornate neoclassic and Victorian styles. Wright believed that architectural form must be determined by the particular function of a building, its environment, and the type of materials used. His interiors emphasize spaciousness, which derives from open planning with one room flowing into another.

Wright initiated many new techniques, such as the use of precast concrete blocks reinforced by steel rods. He also introduced numerous innovations, including air conditioning, indirect lighting, and panel heating. His works include the Millard House (1923) in Pasadena, California; the Johnson Wax Company Administration Building (1939) in Racine, Wisconsin; the First Unitarian Church (1947) in Madison, Wisconsin; and the Price Tower (1953) in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. In 1959 he completed the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City.

Wright also spent much of his time writing, lecturing, and teaching. By 1908 he had originated most of the principles that serve as fundamental concepts of modern architecture. His work profoundly influenced the development of contemporary architecture in the United States and Europe.[1]

Ironically, contrary to what academics care to admit, there is no evidence that Frank Lloyd Wright ever graduated from high school.  He was admitted to college under a special arrangement, but left the school without taking a degree after only a few classes.  No college in the world could have taught Wright to think so far outside the box as he did, and in fact nobody has been able to think as originally as he has to date.  In colleges all over the world architecture students study Frank Lloyd Wright, and they copy some of his elements in modern building techniques, but they cannot think like he did.  Those other students would be what the novel The Fountainhead calls the Peter Keatings of the world, the fools destined to live in the shadows of everyone else their entire lives, who go to school, get good grades, do what they’re told, and die unspectacularly as decrypted caricatures of a mind that had degraded each year of their lives from age 4 to 75.  For that matter I have told almost the same type of story about Walt Disney.  (CLICK HERE to see a list of some of the most successful names who have not received college degrees.)  College is not necessary for success, only for keeping the coffers of progressive politics alive—to fulfill the dream of people like Woodrow Wilson who wanted to engineer young people away from their parents and destroy the American family by rule over them as members of the college educated intellectual.  (Look at that list at the link carefully and you will see a pattern.  If you want your children to be successful you should follow the evidence of that list)

Frank Lloyd Wright detested intellectuals as they were classically portrayed, and wonderfully articulated in The Fountainhead.  Wright is an excellent example of why America was great, because it created a nation that could give wonderfully original minds like Disney and Wright a place to develop their thoughts without the rigid guidelines created by college academics always in the hip pocket of politics.  America did best when it conducted itself with old-fashioned horse sense.  Colleges have prided themselves on destroying that horse sense in a quest to crush individualism in favor of collectivism.  It is because of this trend that colleges study Frank Lloyd Wright, but cannot produce modern versions of him no matter how much money a student spends on their education.  A parent who wants to produce the next Frank Lloyd Wright in their child cannot do it with their life savings.  Colleges are happy to sell the snake oil that they can, but they can’t.  Only an original mind can perform such a task, and original minds are produced while children play and such thought processes are preserved into adulthood.  Currently originality is destroyed in public education leaving once great minds caricatures of themselves by the time they hit puberty.  Once a deranged mind hits college age, they have almost nothing else left in the tank to resist the reprogramming that modern intellectuals cast upon their unsuspecting minds.  In a couple short years of college, most minds are destroyed forever and those young people are destined to look back on their youths as the best days of their lives, as they begin a slow journey toward death in the 60 or more years that follow.

Public education sells itself on producing young minds for college, but this is an error.  Parents should not spend a lifetime of savings on college only to have their children programmed away from the values taught by the family for 14 to 18 years.  If a parent really loves their children, they will discourage their children from being destroyed in these palaces of corruption called American colleges, and encourage them to become the next Frank Lloyd Wrights, or Walt Disneys.  The blueprint on the how and why can be found in Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead.  The novel like the people it portrays is a window into when America was producing the best minds in the entire world and is a direct link into how we can restore to our nation a trend of supremacy that has always defined The United States.  But such a path will not be through college doors so let the rest of the world travel that path to their own destruction.  It is to America’s competitive advantage to turn away from the stuffy academic and put its faith in the mind of the innocent and encourage them to reach for the stars without limitations, without the rigid lines of social political rules—to become the next great thinkers who will usher in a new age of prosperity and innovation.

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Rich Hoffman

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