Charlotte Thomson Iserbyt is a critic of public education. She is the author of Deliberate Dumbing Down of the World (1998). Under the Reagan administration, she was a senior policy adviser in the United States Department of Education.
She believes for at least the past 100 years both the Democratic and Republican (i.e., neoconservatives) parties, at their very tops, have had the same malevolent agenda towards misusing and abusing public education. Their goal, she asserts, is not reading, writing, and arithmetic but to change children's thoughts and feelings in order to bring about a new socialist and humanist world order.