006: Conformity & Compliance

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(Introduction to the Hidden Lessons of School)

Critical Thinking Question: Imagine a very small group people trying to exercise power and control over a very large group of people. How dangerous would this situation be for the small group if they lacked the tools to control the thinking of people in the much larger group?

Topic:
Introducing the three aims of public education:
blind obedience, assimilation, and the surrender of self-ownership

The Matrix and Plato's Allegory of the Cave

What if the Hokey Pokey IS what it's all about?

Bumper Music:
Psychostick "Hokey Pokey"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UKZZ7ed7vXY

Look Closer:
The Matrix and the Cave

John Taylor Gatto: Schooling is not Education

"AGAINST SCHOOL: How public education cripples our kids, and why" By John Taylor Gatto
http://www.wesjones.com/gatto1.htm

"Separating School & State: How To Liberate American Families" by Sheldon Richman
http://www.sntp.net/education/school_state_intro.htm

Crossing Education's Rubicon With Horace Mann
http://sixthcolumn.typepad.com/cubedseducationblog/2007/05/education_is_a_.html

WAS DEWEY A MARXIST? By William Brooks
http://www.stlawrenceinstitute.org/vol13brk.html

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4 comments

  1. Just found you all about a week ago…Thought I would start at the beginning. You all are doing great work and I hope you get the word out there. I home-school my child and it has been the most wonderful thing for both of us. 🙂

  2. For some reason this podcast plays very jumbled. Anyone else have this problem? Ive noticed a similar issue with several of the oldest episodes (but not more recent ones).

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