This article is from an unusual source, EnergyBulletin.net. The site’s focus is the peak (and the downhill slide afterwards) of the global oil supply. The article’s author Richard Embleton has written other articles about education, and those articles are at his blog, Oil, Be Seeing You.
Energy Bulletin, 29 January 2007, Give me a child until… (italics in original)
Richard Embleton’s essay below makes the strong case for viewing the school system as a form of forced indoctrination. I’ve made a few notes following it about existing alternative models. -AF
If we are ever to gain serious momentum toward ending our suicidal destruction of this planet – our home planet, the only one in the universe we know to support life – we must start with our children. We must stop allowing them to be essentially brainwashed into supporting the societal norms that are responsible for our race to self-destruction. We must also reach our leaders and do what we can to get them to look ahead and realize that the bridge is out and get them to start leading in a different direction. Is either likely to happen? Not likely, but we must keep trying. I think the long-term of our species is worth the effort. For a more detailed review of the debate over the government and corporate indoctrination taking place in our public schools follow the links below.
1) Science a la Joe Camel – By Laurie David
2) Software business profits from influence, good timing
3) influencing future decision makers by Dr Sharon Beder
4) Echoes of corporate influence
5) How Business Gained Influence over Chicago Public Schools
6) The Religious Policeman
7) PUBLIC SCHOOLS: ENFORCED SOCIAL CONVERSION & PARENTAL DENIAL 8) Fifth Annual Report on Commercialism in Schools / The Corporate Branding of Our Schools
9) New Education Initiative: Public Education as Transnational Corporate Welfare
10) United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (January 2005 December 2014)
11) Education for Sustainable Tyranny: The United Nations Plan for Our Children
12) Smaller Learning Communities: Preparing Workers for a State Planned Economy
13) Government Can’t Run Schools Like Businesses
14) American Indoctrination — The harsh reality of public school
15) Are Lady Liberty’s Books for Education or Indoctrination?
16) The Central Fallacy of Public Schooling By Daniel Hager
17) Nightmare Awaits Under Globalization – effects on public school system in Canada
18) High School Indoctrination
19) Indoctrination and filtering
20) Political indoctrination seeping into private schools
21) Political indoctrination in the curriculum during four periods of elementary school education in Taiwan.
22) FIRE Has Never Been ‘Sheepish’ on the Danger of Confusing Free Speech with Indoctrination
23) The Road to Democracy Starts at the Schoolhouse Door; Teaching our Children Beyond the “Three Rs”
24) Brainwashing and Thought Control in Scientology — The Road to Rondroid
25) Throw Out Your TV- Mass Mind Control
26) Public Schools Warned: Requiring Ritalin Is Unlawful
27) How Public Schools Coerce Parents Into Giving Mind-Altering Drugs To Their Children
28) 18 Ways Public Schools Can Hurt Children and Parents
29) Just Say Yes to Ritalin!
30) Nature vs. Nurture: Are We Really Born That Way?
31) Freedom: Transcending Enculturation and Choosing for Ourselves
32) Avatar and the Restoration of Free will
33) IS MANIPULATION REAL?
35) Pulling kids out of government schools
36) Central High School
37) Education or Indoctrination?
38) Bill Gates and the Corporatization of American”Public” Schools
39) Schools With a Slant
40) A Citizens Guide to Adopting Commercial-Free School Board Policies In Your Community
41) Curbing the Commercialization of Public Space
42) Naming Rights Sold — This Time, at High School Field
One of the positive things to come from this is the realisation that learning isn’t a chore in the way many of us have come to think of it, nor are the we and the people around us so inherently stupid as we might think! While changes, as Richard point out, would be effective at the national levels, it’s at the local level where the problem doesn’t seem so overwhelming. Homeschooling, Montessori, or Waldorf methods offer alternatives.
posted by Valerie