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Thursday, March 31, 2005

Why are people so compliant?

It's our schooling system. You know, the compulsory one where you started at age 5 and left sometime after age 15, or is it 16 now? It wasn't always like this.
In those early years of the 20th century a radical shift was well under way, transforming a society of farmers and craftspeople, fishermen and small entrepreneurs into the disciplined work-force of a corporate state, one in which ALL the work was being sucked into colossal governments, colossal institutions and colossal business enterprises - a society whose driving logic was comfort, security, predictability and consensus rather than independence, originality, risk-taking and uncompromising principle. In the gospels of social engineering this transformation was leading to a future utopia of welfare capitalism.
In fact, it's not like this in Switzerland. Forget Sweden, Helen. Go to Switzerland. No, wait, are they socialists? I don't know, I'll have to go look them up. (Looked them up, they are on the right).
The Swiss just like us believe that education is the key to their national success, but that's where our similarity ends. In 1990 about 60% of American secondary school graduates enrolled in college, but only 22% did in Switzerland; in America almost l00% of our kids go to high school or private equivalents, but only a little over a fifth of the Swiss kids do. And yet the Swiss per capita income is the highest of any nation in the world and the Swiss keep insisting that virtually everyone in their country is highly educated!
I've been trying to write this post, or one similiar to it introducing the concept that compulsory schooling is designed to numb the mind and create a compliant, predictable citizenry. The subject is just too large for me to be able to really explain it well, so here's the article I took the top two paragraphs from. Your homework for tonight is to read it, and come back with thoughts.

and Twenty-one Facts the Institution Would Rather Not Discuss

John Taylor Gatto

Posted by Lucia Maria | 3/31/2005 10:25:00 PM


Blogger ZenTiger said...

Ah yes, the pieces of the puzzle slowly come together.

3/31/2005 11:21:00 PM  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

My entire 6th and 7th forms were a complete waste of time. I honesty can't remember a single useful thing from them.

6th form was horrible because we lost the drive to achieve good grades because we thought they'd be distributed around anyway. Whats the point in working hard if your year only has two '1's to dish out across all Calculus students? At least the NCEA Level 2 did away with that insanity.

Isn't the leaving age now 17?

4/01/2005 12:28:00 AM  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

Good article, I like it. I once found the website of a NY teacher who won many awards as the best in his city. He quit in disgust after some kerfuffle with the school administrators.

He has done a lot of research on the 'progressive' movement which created the present school system in the USA, which has subsequently been implemented here in NZ and the rest of the anglo countries.

Can't remember his name for the life of me.

4/01/2005 12:44:00 AM  
Blogger ZenTiger said...

Heh, same guy Antartic Lemur!

So, you can see from this article John Taylor Gatto can walk the walk and talk the talk.

4/01/2005 08:53:00 AM  
Blogger ZenTiger said...

Looking at the above posts, we've created a wildlife reserve.

From the jungles of India to the frozen land of the Antartic...with the claws and teeth of the Tiger and the, erm, smaller teeth?, or perhaps the AK47? of the Lemur...

Left Wing idiots (so that's not you Phil) shall have the wrath of the animal kingdom thrown at them.

[End impressive music]

4/01/2005 08:58:00 AM  
Blogger ZenTiger said...

Has no-one done their homework?? Where are the comments?

4/01/2005 07:34:00 PM  

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