007: (Hidden Lesson One) – Obedience Is A Virtue?


The first in a series of episodes aimed at detailing and dismantling specific elements of the destructive hidden curriculum in public education.

Critical Thinking Question:
Why is obedience to authority actually the opposite of virtue?

An experience I had with students last Saturday led to a web of ideas about the problem of obedience training and about the philosophical path toward the solution...

The effect of this obedience training on 3 Values:
Reason, Purpose and Self-Esteem

“There is no neutral education. Education is either for domestication or for freedom.” -Joao Coutinho

Bumper Music:
"Obedience" Christian Song
"Slaves!!!" Wunder Showzen Clip (at 1:51)

Look Closer:
The Night Is Dark and I Am Far from Home by Jonathan Kozol

History of Atlas Shrugged

The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem By Nathaniel Branden

More On Branden

Wes Bertrand On Nathaniel Branden (Complete Liberty Podcast Episode 34)

The Perils of Obedience by Stanley Milgram

Milgram’s Experiment on Obedience to Authority

Mike Wallace Interviews Ayn Rand

In this 1959 interview, Mike Wallace repeatedly commits one of the most common logical fallacies used by the TV media: Poisoning the Well. Through the way he phrases many of the questions and through his tone of voice, he is subtlety encouraging the untrained mind to passively dismiss Rand's ideas without even considering them.

For an extended discussion on obedience (between Wes Bertrand, Dan Lakemacher and myself), check out Complete Liberty Podcast Episode 84

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One comment

  1. !. This talk exactly mirrors my own experience. You have described what I have been going through – your personal experience as you describe it in this podcast and your conclusions and directions as described in this podcast – and the conclusions I reached are identical. I am doing exactly what you describe, too….leaving education/teaching – in a very conformist largely Oriental environment, public school teaching in elementary school in Hawaii. To do what I want to do; challenges are present because of the decision.

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