Stiff Upper Lip by Alex Renton review – the damage boarding schools have done https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/apr/12/stiff-upper-lip-by-alex-renton-review? CMP=share_btn_tw
28 Signs That U.S. Public Schools Are Rapidly Being Turned Into Indoctrination Centers And Prison Camps http://endoftheamericandream.com/archives/28-signs-that-u-s-public-schools-are-rapidly-being-turned-into-indoctrination-centers-and-prison-camps
Teachers say long days make ‘ghosts’ of children dropped at school gates http://gu.com/p/3zevn/stw
Teachers reject policy to ‘lock children into formal schooling for nine-hours-a-day’ – SecEd https://shar.es/1sO00c via @sharethis
COMMENT – Education OR brainwashing?
Where has real education gone? Years of experimentation, dumbing-down but the onslaught on education, particularly the onslaught on young minds have moved into a higher gear.
A Jesuit once said “Give me the child for the first seven years and I’ll give you the man”. The methods of brain-washing – breaking a child’s mind and turning him into a programmed robot obedient to the programmers wishes have been known for centuries, but the methods have been refined in modern times. It seems that there is a modern trend for schools to sideline real education in favour of brain washing methods favoured by cults. Isolation. Unique and unusual world perspective divorcing victim from the world around them. Psychological abuse using over-work causing exhaustion at pointless tasks at which the person can only fail then be condemned for failure. The setting of impossible tasks at which the person can only fail. Group think. Shaming. Unique meanings attached to words. Constantly changing the rules in an arbitrary way. De-personalisation and de-individuation – most effective in young children who haven’t had a chance to discover their own personalities and attributes. Mindless conformity. Repetition. Censoring of speech and therefore thought. Pillorying and punishing any idea or action not prescribed. A climate of fear. Incited mockery of any non-conformity however minor. Intolerance of individual idiosyncracies or frailties. Compulsory attendance. Control of time as in removal of free time. Refusal to acknowledge normal conditions such as tiredness, loss of attention through tiredness, illness, physical, mental, emotional and maturity limitations. The merciless eradication of sympathy and helping others more vulnerable. Learned helplessness and a psychological dependence on those in charge. Putting the developing mind into a confining strait-jacket.
Education and brain washing are polar opposites. Education respects the individuality and autonomy of the child and makes allowances for the deficiencies of immaturity while helping the child to recognise and fulfill its greatest potential. Fostering creativity and a healthy curiousity about the world and a love of learning.
Brainwashing seeks to turn all subjected to it into unthinking, obedient robots, incapable of independent thought and action and emotionally and morally trashed. Fearful of independent thought, creativity and innovativeness, curiousity crushed. Opposed to knowledge and treating the desire to learn as suspect. Minds broken in the formative years in preparation for indoctrination as slaves.
One wonders if social engineering is at work. With 7.3billion people in the world and rising and increasingly open borders it is an impossibility for everyone to obtain success in life. Has education been targeted for re-jigging to create a mind set of acceptance of personal failure and unworthiness but dependence on the authority providing the individual offers unquestioning obedience?
What is education today? Is it real education or politically orchestrated cult-style brainwashing for the political objective of maintaining the status quo?
10 hour school days, Austerity does not apply to 10 hour schooldays, brainwashing, de-personalisation, Destroying creativity, institutional child abuse, over-working children, prison-like schools, training for slavery
A 10 hour school day for children from the age of 2?
Add travel time to that. Not every parent can get their child into the nearest school, and journeys of an hour are not uncommon.
What child has the stamina to concentrate for 10 hours? Whatever they will be doing at school for all that time, it won’t be learning.
Children have different needs for sleep. 12 hours is not unusual in the under-10’s.
All that time at school will take up all the daylight hours through much of the year.
What time is left for the child to play, to have a social life, to have a hobby, to be creative, to read a book, or think?
What will happen to psychological health? If a child becomes exhausted, will it be punished for that? Will institionalising all our children in this way damage healthy personality development? Will the result be a generation of de-personalised people?
What will it be like to look back on childhood, and all your memories were being at school – nothing else.
What is the point of this, and at this time. Austerity is being imposed everywhere, yet this proposal inevitably will involve increased expenditure. Another reform that no-one asked for.
Personally, I can see only one strategic reason for lengthening the school day ( and it is not to turn out highly qualified people by the age of 14). It is to give the state total control over childhood. Exhaustion increases susceptibility to brain washing, along with total control of the subject’s environment. And de-personalised automatons, used to 10 hour days with travel time on top, from the age of 2, will not think anything amiss of 10 hour working days as adults, with no expectation of leisure time to follow their interests ( because they won’t have any).
It is said school is preparation for adult life. This is the schooling you would expect for future slaves.