The indoctrination of children

There have been several studies examining brainwashing and it seems that it doesn’t work well or not for very long.  Indoctrinated PoWs or cult members tend to revert back to their normal selves after leaving that environment and returning to the familiar comforts and habits of home.  So that’s good.  I cannot find said studies now to link but evidence is for fascists.

However, there is one group that is exquisitely vulnerable to any sort of brainwashing, be it political, religious or otherwise: Read More

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Ban Recess

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In a school playground somewhere in the United States, a terrible and entirely preventable tragedy occurs.

A ten-year-old boy, already known for his recklessness and lack of foresight, stands perilously upon the top of a slide.  He looks over to a group of girls and waves both arms, ensuring that they are watching his antics.  They are.  They pretend to mock his foolishness but nevertheless give him their full attention and ignore the boys playing more sensibly down below.

And then – no one knows quite how – he teeters.   Read More