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Saturday, July 7, 2018

Do not expect weekly updates anymore. My plans & ideas for this summer, & plans for the far-future, my Linkyou profile, & why I stopped using Pinterest.

On weekly updates:

If you're a regular reader of this blog, I am sorry, but I cannot guarantee the release of weekly updates anymore.
I am stuck in the status of being a High School student. While I'd love to dedicate at least a few years of my life to online work and get it done, I'm sorry, but I simply can't. I make no money whatsoever off of my online activities at the moment, nor am I asking for money online (though I did have an idea for my future in which I respond to content and get paid for it through PayPal, Patreon, MakersSupport, and so on. More on this later).

Sure, I can add and update playlists on YouTube, write a little bit on my Trivia blog to post later, write a little on here, find content on Quora to respond to, and so on.

But, I don't get into the mindset of sitting down and articulating myself well as much as I should.

As a teenager, I do not hold full control over my life. I have to go to school to get a diploma to improve my opportunities of getting a good chance at employment in the future. I can ramble on about problems with the government schooling system, but I'll avoid putting them here.

Even in the summer, my parents want me to help with work around the house, I have to be with family, I have to work on getting a driver's license (this particular summer), do over-the-summer homework, and work on my online content. That's before I decide to take on a job or go to a leadership course offered by my JROTC instructor. 
Not a terrible environment to be honest (mine's in heaven compared to what lots of other people are dealing with, especially real journalists out there who are strapped for cash while risking their lives to report the truth, which is harder than what I've ever experienced), but not exactly ideal, either.

To be honest with everyone, I am, at least for now, little more than a blogger who finds information online and consolidates it, not a journalist who goes out and really finds information on their own. I just might become a political analyst or journalist in the future, but if I still have the motivation and self-discipline levels then as I do now, that's unlikely. 
And to give you an idea of how hard Ryan Dawson works, he literally reads everything that he can find about a topic. Talk about hard work!

Besides, much of the work on this blog that I wanted to get done is done, and there isn't much content that's particularly vital that I'll be releasing (much of it are responses to content found online or political advice that few are going to read, let alone accept, anyway).
BUT, do expect a followup article called "Upcoming articles".

Don't expect me to be from retiring from online politics anytime soon, unlike some people such as conservative man on YouTube.


Here's my new Linkyou profile. I'm not so sure rather or not to use it as of yet:
https://linkyou.blog/author/saynotodemocide/.

I also already have the blog Liberty, Peace, & Prosperity on Quora, but I have not yet used it nearly as much as this one.



Moving forward:


With me getting into writing alternate history, fiction, and fan-fiction like what you can see on my Trivia blog and on DeviantArt (if you're interested, I recommend you to see my Trivia blog, as that I don't like using DeviantArt due to how differently it works from Blogger), I can use that to get people's foot in the door and introduce them to politics in a way that I want to.

Because of how much time it takes for me to create details, and at the same time my lack of patience (the blog is over a year old, much of its content is unreleased and it has very few views), I plan on releasing all of my Trivia blog posts and putting this in with the label incomplete/work in progress, which will look like this:
Incomplete/Work in progress.

I do plan on creating a blog that's dedicated to doing collaborative writing on since I'm so poor at putting together detailed stories. I just might also open a new YouTube channel to host non-political content on.

When I feel like that enough of the work is completed, I'll also release it on FurAffinity and promote it on social media and Zootopia News Network (for the Zootopia related stories and lore).

If I get a job, it would be better for my future and I can contribute to people (especially Ryan Dawson) on Patreon, though I'd have less time to do what I'm doing online.

In the far-future after I get out of high school, if I find the time, I'll try learning about drawing on SkillShare or something so I can create art for my stories, which would be a great way to promote them as that art is a great way to introduce people to things. 
Along with that, start creating and releasing video versions of my blog posts much like StormCloudsGathering or BlackPigeonSpeaks.

Another idea that I had was to set up on a website such as Patreon and have people pay essentially me to go through content that few to no one else has addressed and talked about them, most notably things said by Christian Conservatives, such as the content on Conservapedia, USA Survival, and many, many others. 
I am on the fence of rather or not to talk about it, as that it seems that the Christian Fundamentalist type of Social Conservatism has seemingly more or less fell by the wayside, and I don't want it to come back by bringing attention to it. 
Though Ryan Dawson does predict that, thanks to Social Justice Warriors, the pendulum of mainstream political opinion in the West will swing far to the right. I'm not exactly sure how much religion is going to play a part in that.
(1:13:20)
(32:58)

I've also read that Evangelical Fundamentalism does seem to be on the rise in Brazil, which I wish that more libertarians, secularists, and atheists would talk about and address. But I don't know Portuguese, and I am unfamiliar with Brazilian political culture, so that topic is not going to be easy for me to address.


I stopped using Pinterest mainly out of lack of time, along with other factors such as Pinterest changing its notifications system which the content from the people you follow are mixed in with Pin activity and comments that people make, which is overwhelming. So I have to use e-mail to look for people's comments to respond to, not that it's particularly convenient.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Ideas for FreedomToons' Debates with Strawmen

The YouTube channel FreedomToons talk about politics from a libertarian perspective and does so in funny cartoons, which is beneficial to libertarians because political comedy attracts a larger audience.

One of my very favorite series of videos from the channel is "Debates with Strawmen", which in a nutshell, shows the types of strawman arguments presented in political debates and discussion.

Here are some ideas that I have for DwS:

8. Marriage, particularly the issue of traditional vs non-traditional marriage.

7. War on drugs.

6. Gun control.

5. Christianity vs Islam and atheism.

4. Race, particularly with blacks and whites in America.

3. Capitalism vs other economic ideologies.

2. Foreign policy and war.

1. Israeli-Palestinain conflict, and Zionism vs anti-Zionism.


By the way, I have the feeling that a debate between Andrew Anglin and Debbie Schlussel about Jewish people and their influence on the world, along with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, would probably sound like Debates with Strawmen. And having someone intelligent like Ryan Dawson come in and destroy both of their talking points would be great.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Will the Alt-Right fail or fall into obscurity? If so, why?

Do you remember the Tea party and Occupy Wall Street movements?


They both failed for having partisan demands, which drives people away.

Think about it. Now, look at the Social Justice Warrior left and the Alt-right and its extended circles. They're both, while louder on the internet, even more alienating than either Occupy Wall Street or the Tea party movements. And the Alt-right is mostly active on the internet and reviled outside of its circles. There are many people in White Nationalist and National Socialist circles that despise the Alt-right. The Alt-right barely has unity within itself, with members debating on topics such as rather or not Slavic people and Irish people should be counted as "white".

There are many segments of the Alt-right (especially the DailyStormer brand) that are so bad that even William Luther Pierce would very probably not like them.

"I'm a race realist and have ethno-nat[ionalist] sympathies but people like this guy really turn me off from the alt right. If the white nation we get is made up of Christopher Cantwell's comment section, I want no part of it." - Commenter on the video R.Realist arguing with Ry and askng questions.


I myself won't comment on rather or not the political pendulum will swing to the right, but Ryan Dawson predicts that in eight to ten years, the pendulum that swung so far to the left, is going to swing far to the right. Considering how well he predicts things, I expect him to be right.
(The part of the video where he says this is 1:13:20.)

He also mentions the issue in this video at 32:58:

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Why don't kids like school? Plus the problems with public education, how to fix it, the origins of public schools, & links to additional resources.


You are made to go in at a specified time. You are made to sit down at desks in nice & neat rows. You are made to do work which is to be completed at a specified time, & the quality of that work must be up to a specified level. A bell like that in a factory (which may also be a stand-in for military commands) rings to signal changing to other work types, with set times to do everything. It is common to walk in straight lines. 
Tgo with all of this at the same time, there is a mandatory dress code, negative reinforcement, rules that fail to fully respect our real constitutional rights (particularly with zero-tolerance & restrictions on free speech/expression), an authoritarian structure with little to no real input in decision making, & there is emphasis on silence, order, & most of all, obedience. And all of that is before you are made to do homework.
No wonder why kids hate school so much, & feel like it is a factory prison. 



How do we fix this?

My idea is to, first of all, be permissive to home education & encourage it. This is to provide maximum individualization of education, to give maximum respect to the rights of individuals & their families.
(The video directly below is the most important video here, condensing the origins, problems & solutions with education/school into a 45 minute talk.)

I'm sure that someone will say something along the lines of "What if not everyone can afford home education", or "What if there are not enough teachers for every kid?", & as a pragmatic person, if that is a problem, I have a solution to that type of problem as well. 
Second of all, convert all public, or should I say, government schools into smaller, decentralized charter schools, & combine that with school choice. This is so people are no longer bound by geography when it comes to schools, so it no longer matters rather a person is rich & living in the most affluent part of town, or poor & living in the worst part of town; people from both situations have the same opportunity to go to the same school. And school choice would both force schools to both raise standards to compete for students & allow for different educational philosophies. 

I have yet seen a study or statistic piece, or other facts or evidence to disprove of school choice. No amount of mental gymnastics or sophistry will change facts & evidence.

Not to mention how, according to one firm, about 75% of millennials support school choice, & according to the Democratic polling firm, Beck research, about 63% of likely 2018 voters support school choice.

Shorter videos (with importance being least to greatest):








Long videos:



To go along with this, I would encourage (but not require) that schools base their operating philosophy be based on the Montessori educational model, in order to facilitate the learning of individual students, embrace creativity & allow for individualism. In my opinion, if the education system truly cares for kids (which the institution of government schooling doesn't), then their enthusiasm for learning should be embraced, & be allowed to learn based on whatever their passions are in the way & environment best for them.

The Peninsula school philosophy would also work. Here's some writings from Quora user Charles Tips (more of his writings will be linked below)


Why is it that with so much evidence to the contrary, the media continue to report that public schools are failing?

"I've seen the future of education, and it works brilliantly and is cheap and fun.

We sent our sons to Peninsula School. It had been founded in 1925 on Quaker and communitarian principles. The founders wrote to John Dewey to send a top disciple to run the school. Within weeks, she had her way paid back to Chicago, and the consensus became that they couldn't go far wrong if they did pretty much the opposite of the Dewey approach in every respect. They consciously instead modeled the approach after the Little Red Schoolhouse, still an extant curriculum back then.

Half of every day was devoted to recess, to play. As my old author, Brian Sutton-Smith, would explain, you can't have genius without abundant play, nor creativity, nor spontaneity, nor superior socialization skills, nor a better cure for bullying.

There were bells to mark periods, just as in the public schools, but heeding them was always optional. Or, as my oldest explained when I asked him why he let his apprentices in the movie-making biz flounder at first, "Education cannot even begin until you realize your time is your own."

What was studied in class was always up to the students, who spent the beginning and end of each day in dialogue about next steps. The students learned to speak from the heart and listen with respect. They also learned to chart their own courses (in both senses) in collaboration with each other.

There were no grades to teach that your work was for the subjective evaluation of your betters. Rather, with permission, student work was put on display, which prompted many an organic conversation. And rather than learn that your work should not be done in the expectation of material gain, student work was a huge part of the annual auction with weavings and vases selling for hundreds of dollars apiece.

There was risk. Parents were flatly told to expect broken bones. You'd see five-year-old girls walking on the limbs of the giant live oaks like they were sidewalks. Students often lunched atop Flat Top, the sixty-something foot sequoia that had been topped by lightning. Edging the Big Building was a rite of passage.

In the upper grades, there was homework but always optional. They did not presume to tread on personal time as the state does.

Unlike the tony prep private schools in the area, there was no screening of academic potential for admission. And yet two to six members of each class of 18 to 22 went on to become National Merit Scholarship Finalists each year. One year I read that six of the sixty Finalists in our area came from Peninsula, more than any other school including the hyper-academic prep schools. As a board member, I went into the office the next morning and announced that we needed to publicize that fact. I was greeted with five dropped jaws. And then my jaw dropped; I finally understood what education should be about."


How is play important for child development?:
""With respect to education, we often seek to make a straight-cut ditch out of what should be a meandering brook. --Ralph Waldo Emerson"

Drive into the U-shaped driveway of Peninsula School and you are struck by huge trees and the Gilded Age mansion. Then you notice five-year old girls walking the boughs of ancient oaks fifteen feet in the air as though on a sidewalk. You hear voices above you. You look up... and up... and further up... and there sixty feet up at the top of "Flattop," the old sequoia topped by a lightning strike are three boys and a girl blithely having lunch. You hear raucous commotion and see heads racing around in a gaily-painted enclosure--the Ga Ga Court--where numerous dodge-ball, hike-ball and kick-ball games have been invented. As you approach the "Big Building," two boys race out of the doors, across the porch and, with total abandon, leap the lengthy set of front steps, landing in a sprawl. In a flash they are off again.

Around back the "shore" of the "Mud Puddle," the twenty-yard-by-eight-yard, shin-deep pond that is a fixture during the rainy season, is lined with, well, whoever wants to be there to witness the Spanish Armada (reduced to paper boats) attack England. My oldest son introduced the English fire ships. Well, not correct. They'd been there each year, but he added actual fire to the enthusiastic enjoyment of the onlookers. At 32, eighteen years later, it's still a key piece of how he defines himself.

The students at this school don't study; they play. Academics are greatly deemphasized compared with what's going on in the much sought after public and private schools there around Stanford University. Yet, after 8th grade when they move on to the local high schools, they slingshot past the other kids.

Play! Curb the play, curb the child."

What best prepares you for future life, private schools or public schools?

What did that look like: Half of every day was play, free play (as my old friend and author Brian Sutton-Smith liked to point out, you can't have genius without lots of play). A hand bell would be rung to note the start of class, but students were free to ignore it. There was no academic screening and academics were well down the list. The one class that used a text used a god-awful one so that students would learn to criticize what they read. 
 
Academics tended to proceed like this. Studying the Spanish Armada in 7th grade, students would assemble the Spanish and English fleets out of paper and proceed out to the mud puddle, a shin-deep pond about forty feet in diameter in the middle of the schoolyard most winters. They'd recreate the battle. My oldest is proud to this day two decades later of having added the historically-accurate embellishment of English fire ships, a tradition that has carried on ever since. Children from nursery on line the "shores" to watch the battle unfold. The presenting students weren't just learning history, they were learning to teach it in an entertaining way.
 
But academics were secondary to crafts--pottery, weaving, jewelry, woodshop, drama, animation--as learning with the hands and mastering process (something Fichte designed out of his school) is superior for brain development and leads to greater levels of creativity. In any case, what was to occupy the class's time was entirely up to the class, and each class held a discussion beginning and end of day where what they really learned was to speak from their hearts, listen courteously and get used to charting their own destinies... with others.
 
Once I noticed there was mysterious magic going on, I got myself elected to the board to figure out what. I finally had my Zen moment (every parent has one eventually) when I read a notice in the paper of the sixty National Merit Scholarship Finalists from the area there around Stanford, an area that features some of the most highly regarded public and private schools in the country. I saw five students who'd been in the Peninsula 8th-grade class (as far as the school went) of three years before. Well, Peninsula is tiny. Each grade is only twenty students give or take one or two. Five out of twenty is incredible given that Finalists represent the top one-half of one percent of SAT takers (I seem to recall). I had assumed we were sacrificing academics for a certain well-roundedness.
 
I marched into the school office the next morning and asked the director and assistant director and three others there if they were aware of five students of that class having been Finalists. "No, it was six" (turns out I had not recognized one name). Someone else added, "There were two from the class before that." "And four from the class before that and three from the class before that," someone else piped in.
 
That was incredible to me that a small student body could account for such disproportionate numbers of area Finalists--ten percent of the recent crop--and do so without academic screening or even much in the way of academics. I suggested simply, "We need to publicize this," and when I looked around the room and saw five jaws dropped, aghast, I had my Zen moment. And what makes for education and how we should go about it has never been the same for me since.


How can America build its education system to become one of the best in the world?

"Easy. Note every single abiding feature of our public schools and do precisely the opposite."

"In short, it was a design to make sure that agency and autonomy cannot form--to make sure that students cannot grow and self-actualize. Incredibly, the majority of us embrace this most anti-human of experiments and fail to see how it is at cross purposes with our American ideal of raising fully potent sovereign citizens. Even when our most rebellious parents choose to homeschool, they adopt the same dumb-making curriculum and employ many of the same methods.

What do we do instead?

Play—You cannot have genius, self-actualization, high social skills, spontaneity, freedom from bullying, and many other desirable qualities without ample play, free play. Parking kids' butts in desks, and then labeling them ADHD should be punishable by imprisonment.

Students Sovereign—Give the students their full panoply of rights as American citizens and let them learn to flex them. Let them choose what to do with their time including not attending class. Let them set their own curriculum and goals. Let them make their own decisions and live with the consequences.

Everything else is gravy. Implement those two measures and we'll be on the road to an exceptional American education. There are a small handful of schools in the US that approach education this way. We sent our sons to one, and it was worth every goddamn penny."

Why do many people default to saying that certain life skills (e.g. cooking, household budgeting) should be taught in school when children are ultimately the responsibility of their parents/guardians?


"PLAY! What is the most powerful force in all of society? The human imagination. And the crucible in which imagination forms? …play. This, by the way, is why our schools have continually limited play and kept it supervised, acting like there are better uses of students’ time. You want free play, not supervised play. And you want the full variety of play—climbing, for instance, teaches problem-solving in real time (great as a foundation for mathematics) and risk-assessment skills.
What Brian Sutton-Smith (another of my authors) called “galumphing” is the high hilarity of being totally immersed in a madcap moment. Strive to achieve it at least once a day as it floods the brain with endorphins and lays the foundation for outside-the-box thinking. Play is essential to a whole host of bodily coordination functions, some of which are critical to intellectual development.
Mastery—What turns your kids on? What do their own unique talents lead them to? As you detect them find your kids arenas to try them out. If your child heads off to college with 5000 or even 2000 hours toward mastery in whatever area, they already have an “unfair” advantage in life. Be more concerned about what your child is drawn to and wants to stick with than your adult evaluation of how lucrative or intellectual or esteemed the field is—there are lots of nuanced layers to sussing out mastery.
Mentors—The best arenas involve mentors who have those same skills. We’d send the boys off for six, eight, twelve weeks at a time to be mentored. We laid no ground rules or conditions; we wanted them to experience differing forms of adult authority. But mostly we wanted them getting deep experience from successful people in the area they seem to be headed to. “Micro” mentors and tutors for just an hour or three a week help too. This worked gangbusters for us.
Travel—By age twelve, we wanted the boys out in the world away from us for extended periods under the supervision of other adult mentors. By age 15, we wanted them in foreign countries. There’s no more real-world experience than having to adapt to new places, new household rules, new cultures, new languages.
Adventure—My business partner and I would take our sons, starting at age 12, deep into the Grand Canyon well beyond other hikers and with no contact with the outside world. The oldest got his skin-diving certification, the youngest sky-diving lessons. Such experiences build resourcefulness and are incredible confidence-builders.
And, in general, take every one of Fichte’s goals and shred it. Make their time their own. (Our oldest states with the young people he now mentors, “Education does not even start until you realize your time is your own.”) Never pass up a quality program or opportunity in sports, music, acting and improv, public speaking, intelligent conversation, caring for others, making things, doing things, letting hands and brain function together.
Do not micro-manage this process. Do not be a hover parent. Let them own it; that’s the only way it can work.
To answer the question, I have no idea why people default to saying the things they say. I do know it’s important to get your children real-world skills, and I do think the above ideas are part of the way to go about it. I also strongly suspect that keeping them out of schools these days is a great step in the right direction."

What subjects should schools teach? Are the subjects currently taught the best use of our children's time?

"My ideal high school would feature much more
  • Play--According to my old friend Brian Sutton-Smith, it's difficult to foster genius without abundant play, which also promotes spontaneity, social-integration skills, confidence and more.
  • Crafts--Students have been right all along, we don't teach useful subjects. Processes taught start-to-finish are essential to competence and to the kind of brain skills that lead to cross-over thinking (weaving is outstanding for teaching mathematics, etc.)
  • Mastery--At present, schools actually interfere with students getting a head start on the proverbial 10,000 hours it takes to achieve mastery of a discipline.
  • Real World Interaction--No more hermetically-sealed isolation from the real world.
  • Listening and Speaking--No skills get people further ahead in life than being able to speak from the heart and being able to listen with respect and comprehension."


What would your ideal education system look like?

“Education does not even start until you realize your time is your own.” —My oldest son Travis relaying one of his realizations from his school
The school we sent our sons to, Peninsula School in Menlo Park, California, had an interesting history. Founded by Quaker labor organizers in 1925, their first thought was to write to John Dewey in Chicago offering to hire one of his top graduates. Only two weeks after her arrival, they paid her way back to Chicago and decided they could not go far wrong if they did the exact opposite of the Dewey method in every respect.
So impressed was I with the school’s impact on children, I took a seat on the board the better to figure out what was going on. The following flows from my experiences at Peninsula extended a bit to cover what my ideal education system would look like.
Purpose. Rather than pretend to prepare kids for the real world by keeping them hermetically sealed from it, provide abundant real-world experience including mentorships and apprenticeships outside of school. Use extended field trips.
Citizenship. Rather than school being a special environment in which children do not get to enjoy their robust American rights, make a major point of the school using and becoming familiar with their rights and respecting the rights of others.
Location. Rather than base schooling in the bureaucratic public sector with its “one size fits all” approach, put it back in the private (for-profit) and civil (not-for-profit) sectors where innovation and catering to specific markets and needs can occur.
Academics. Rather than devote the bulk of the time to memorization of idle facts, prefer the teaching of processes start to finish. Engaging the mind and hands together provides knowledge that lasts a lifetime, unlike fleeting memorization.
Time. Rather than using bells and schedules to teach students that their time is not their own, let students own their time and be free to pursue activities they prefer.
Grades. Rather than the insincerity of passing subjective judgment on student work, put student work on display leading to discussions of students’ ideas.
Pedagogy. Rather than “the sage on the stage,” teach students control of their own lives by letting class discussion determine curriculum. Teachers should be more “the guide by the side.”
Play. Rather than long days of structured activity with even play adult-directed, allow for abundant free play.
Skill-base. Rather than ignore all-important listening and speaking skills, use class discussion purposively to resolve issues, plan, come up with ideas and so on.
Private time. Rather than campuses designed so that there is no place to escape scrutiny, allow ample places for students to gather in private or alone.
Conflict resolution. Rather than discipline flowing top-down from authority figure to student(s), have students resolve all issues directly themselves.
Duration. Rather than school starting young and lasting until adulthood, have it be optional and voluntary at all times.
Curriculum. Rather than pre-digested study materials and canned “experiments,” have students engage in realistic projects with uncertain outcomes so that they learn to cope with ambiguity, uncertainty and failure.
Engagement. Rather than each class be an island unto itself, arrange activities for age mixing in meaningful ways. Have older students mentor younger ones.
Seating. Rather than ranks and files of desks, use tables around which smaller classes can easily see and engage their classmates.
Ambiance. Rather than sterile institutional appearance, have schools that students can add to themselves, paint murals, adapt to needs, carve their names and so on.
Peninsula produced graduates who were self-assured, self-actualized, skilled, with a good start toward mastery of a discipline and well-versed at employing their rights. To me, this is education."
This includes prohibiting making students do homework, strictly except as either punishment for directly violating the rights of another individual or individuals, or as extra credit. This is to allow kids to be free outside of school, free to interact with their families without the stress or time loss of homework, & to be free to play, do extracurricular activities, work after school, follow academic or (especially) intellectual pursuits, & so on & so forth.


I'm also considering the idea of fully privatizing (& deregulating) education.
As for why school privatization in Sweden has failed, read What is the libertarian view of the privatization of Swedish schools?.








The origins of public schools:

The origins of today's government schooling system actually came from Prussia to create more obedient workers & military personnel, with other European monarchies also using forced schooling for the same reason.

Addresses to the German Nation

Some of Quora user Charles Tips' writings on the Prussian schooling philosophy





Much of what I just stated about the Prussian school model can be found on Wikipedia (a site that is NOT friendly to conspiracy-theories), so you do not need to completely take my word for it.

My beef with both liberals & conservatives:

I find it sad that the same supposed liberals who support forced government schooling & love up so much on Horace Mann actually support a system that is fascist (if not authoritarian) & goes against supposedly liberal values such as individualism & peace, not to mention how schools were made in industrial revolution era Prussia to condition people to be obedient workers & military personnel, & today, is still conditioning people to work for the exact same military that works for the corrupt government & the exact same corporations that many liberals supposedly hate. Not to mention how there were industrialists (Rockefeller, J.P. Morgan, Carnegie, Ford, & more) who wanted government schools with a design that is expressly intended to create obedient workers. Is that really what liberalism & progressivism supposed to bring?

For more details about schooling & peace, read the article How Schooling Leads to War.

Now, here's Quora writer Dennis Pratt's answer to the Quora question Why are schools politically liberal?:
"A Different Master For The Schools
Imagine that the NRA had the political power to “school” our children.

- The NRA opened NRA schools in every town.
- The NRA compelled our children to attend their NRA schools.
- The NRA forced taxpayers to pay for them.
- The NRA created the curriculum for teacher colleges.
- The NRA decided the requirements for teachers to graduate.
- The NRA selected which teachers went where.
- The NRA decided promotions and raises.
- The NRA decided the curriculum for our children.
- The NRA decided what should be in the texts.
- The NRA required students to pledge allegiance to the NRA every morning.
- The NRA posted pictures of past NRA presidents in every classroom.
- The NRA gave days off to celebrate NRA holidays.
- The NRA regularly had NRA speakers at the school.
- The schools tracked NRA news.
- Every student took heavy doses of NRA Civics. 
- Every student learned about the important role that the NRA plays in protecting our freedoms.
- The students memorized the cities in each state where the NRA had its state headquarters.
- Human history was taught through the scope? of guns
- Essay questions often ended with, 
“Describe how guns could solve this problem.”
What Result Would We Expect?




Would we be surprised to find all schools generally pro-guns? Would we be surprised to find graduates of their schools with major gun purchases and with lots of practice firing? Would we be surprised to hear the next generation talk to us passionately about the importance of guns in our life?

Whose pictures would an NRA school display for revering?


So When Government Does This Today, 
What Should We Expect?


When schools are owned and run by the government, on government property, paid for by the government, staffed by government workers, overseen by government, and we have no say in whether our child or our money goes to them, we should not be surprised that they rationalize government control over our lives."

We expect that religious schools will indoctrinate their religion.


Government is just another religion. Yet we act confused when we see government schools producing wave upon wave of pro-government drones. It’s almost like our brains had been programmed not to see a connection. (I wonder when that might have happened.….)

That government schools teach allegiance to the government was no surprise in Sparta, where young boys were taken from their parents and raised in Spartan schools to be fully indoctrinated as warriors for the Spartan state. It was not a surprise when Prussia reinstituted government schooling on the Spartan model, because Prussia was tired of losing wars and wanted to instill blind obedience to the Prussian state. (Just a few decades after the introduction of Spartan schooling into Prussia, tens of millions of young men were willing to become obedient cannon fodder for their Fatherland, enabling the carnage of both WWI and WWII.)


And it was this Spartan-Prussian model that Horace Mann consciously brought over to America to impose on our children:

I get the most sad when I hear people saying that we need government schools to “teach our children about freedom”. There cannot be two concepts further apart. And yet, somehow people schooled in government schools parrot it back.

I wonder how that happened?"

Here's a comment that he made:
The same mechanism would be used to make schools politically conservative. I think I was talking only about the mechanism, and not how liberals, in many instances, won control of the mechanism.

I’ll have to take your comment under advisement. The mechanism of government-imposed, government-run indoctrination camps is available to any authoritarian. Look at the conservative method that Sparta and Prussia used it — to create drone armies happy to die for their leader.

Perhaps it is that in the US, liberals are much more authoritarian than conservatives. I was actually playing around with some political grids, and the old school fundamentalists are much less powerful today. However, there are places (e.g, in the south) where the same mechanism is actively used by the local fundamental conservatives for the analogous outcome. There the question would have to be, “Why are schools politically conservative?”

I had a revelation one trip around the South. I came upon group after group of liberals who were so angry that their schools were politically fundamentalist conservative. I thought that I had an in-road to talk about freedom of choice in schooling — allowing lots of alternatives and parents choosing the best school for their child and their family (always based on their values.) Of course, this would allow these liberal minorities to have a choice for their child which matches their values.

However, and this was the eye-opener for me, the liberals rejected freedom of choice. Instead, they were bound and determined to capture the indoctrination mechanism themselves in order to “save” the children from the values of the children’s parents.

Just so you know, I had a similar result in conservative minority communities who were upset by overwhelming liberal schools!! They seemed to be less interested in “a thousand lights” than they were in making sure all the lights were red, or blue, or whichever color they wanted everyone else to be.

The mechanism is effective, and that’s why we have these great battles over who should control the school experience of my child and of your child. My solution is to allow many different types of schools such that no sub community feels oppressed, but I fear that many people want to oppress. Government run schools are the perfect mechanism. :("

And another comment:
"I find it amazing, Barbara, that the people who are supposed to be teaching our children how to take their place in (what is a business) world, cannot solve the problem faced by every single company, (and by every one of their teeny tiny competitors battling the big monopolists). The only solution that they can come up with is using threats of violence to get their money — artificially keeping out alternatives and forcing parents to pay even when they don’t want the service?

Let’s be glad that a few of the graduates of those schools were able to figure out what seems to be such an intractable problem for government bureaucrats!

If they can’t figure out such a common invariable cost problem, how can we ever expect them to solve the demand problem of serving customers so much better that they don’t want to escape?"

Schooling and Indoctrination:
"Libertarians are quite concerned with government’s intrusion into the raising of our children.

Authoritarians see our rulers as being kind, helpful, and concerned for our children’s welfare

Libertarians see instead indoctrination, separation from the family and its values, submission to state authority, bullying, monopolization, crushing children into one-size-fits-few schooling, and inculcation into anti-wealth creation and pro-wealth confiscation.

A libertarian society would allow any entrepreneur to open up any type of school. It would allow families to select whichever schools they preferred for their individual child. Fees would be negotiated between parents, schools, and, if needed, voluntary charities and private financing. There would be a far greater diversity of schooling approaches that better matched the diversity of children.

Rulers would be kept as far away from our children as possible."


As if all of that wasn't enough, here are some articles from left-leaning media sources which agree that school is prison (this is before even mentioning the school-to-prison pipeline):
How to Break Free of Our 19th-Century Factory-Model Education System
Teaching Totalitarianism in the Public Schools - Huffington Post
School is a prison — and damaging our kids - Salon.com
School Is a Prison — And Damaging Our Kids - Alternet
Why Many Inner City Schools Function Like Prisons - Huffington Post
When School Is An Emotional Prison - Huffington Post
When High School Students Are Treated Like Prisoners - Rolling Stone
When School Feels Like Prison
Why Public Schools Don’t Teach Critical Thinking — Part 1 - Huffington Post


Psychology Today:

And for good measure;
How US Public Schools Have Come to Increasingly Resemble Prisons Instead of Learning Centers - The Free Thought Project

As for the issue of private schools, here are some articles on the topic:
I hate the idea of private schools, but still send my kids to one - Telegraph
Public school supporter Matt Damon admits he sends his kids to PRIVATE schools because they are more 'progressive' - Daily Mail Online
Public teachers send their kids to private schools (various sources)

Please don't bother using the Argument from Moderation fallacy.

"Truth is truth, even if no one believes it. A lie is a lie, even if everyone believes it" - Anonymous.

I've seen liberals who don't like public schools being referred to as government schools, as if to make the concept sound better. But let's look at the reality;
"The building you're sitting in was built by, & owned by, the government. All of the people who work in this building, from the teachers to the custodians from the coaches to the front office staff, all of these people work for the government. They're government employees. Their paychecks are written by government. The people who decide what you will steady every day, they're government employees. The people who decide what textbooks you'll use. They're government employees. And it is the government that compels your attendance. These schools then are owned, operated, & staffed by government. So... they're government schools!" - Yankee Prepper.


I also find it sad that supposed conservatives (& some libertarians, from reading through comments sections on the internet) talk all the time about freedom of speech, expression, & being politically incorrect, but do not object to school dress codes & some even support school uniforms. Gonzales High School in Texas that even offers students who violate the dress code the option to wear jumpsuits as an alternate punishment (at least there is limited choice in the manner).
Conservatives (& libertarians) talk all the time about government overreach & lack of respect for the constitution. It seems that many do not realize that kids going to school is not just reading them to go to work, but rather, conditioning them for life. So few conservatives talk about how prison-like school is & many do not speak out against arbitrary rules & punishments. With such an authoritarian institution like school (especially with strict rules of many schools in Texas), what do they expect?

And in actuality, schooling has helped ruin entrepreneurial spirit & create generation snowflake, people who are scared of the real world. Essentially, students get validation through virtue, which is shown through obedience, which fosters intellectual & emotional dependency. Hence, why we have virtue signalling, with people seeking external validation instead of self-actualizing, leading to collectivism, the group mentality, & virtue signalling.
For example, when someone talks about a low-brow, safe topic such as how much they hate racism, that comes from them seeking external validation, to be socially accepted.
This is all talked about in the video below from 50:51 to 1:02:48.

If you want some conservative sources about how schools are like prisons, here's some examples from John Whitehead of the Rutherford Institute. Infowars also has commented on the issue.

I'm sure that someone would say something along the lines of "By attending school, you agree to its policies" or "Students & their parents sign a contract stating that they agree to the school's policies", almost as if it is a choice as to rather or not to obey school policies. This is not a true choice, considering how if a kid fails to attend school at a government specified time, they &/or their parents would be arrested, & disobeying school policies would get said kid in trouble, all the while neither the kid nor their parents had a choice in which school the kid goes to & the family does not have enough money to send move or send the kid to a private school or home educate the kid. This is little different from an organized crime forcing businesses into paying money for "protection racket". The video below articulates this type of issue better.

The thing that I see with both sides is that they have no problem with government policies as long as they're the ones in charge. This reminds me of the Winston Churchill quote “Everyone is in favor of free speech. Hardly a day passes without its being extolled, but some people's idea of it is that they are free to say what they like, but if anyone else says anything back, that is an outrage.”

And both mainstream sides are still in the old school paradigm, still trying to measure "success" by standardized tests, which in reality, do NOT measure success.










By the way, I'd like to mention a few things that I've read about the Montessori educational philosophy. In 1936, Montessori said "Preventing conflicts is the work of politics; establishing peace is the work of education", & has written a book called Education And Peace.
It's also been said that Montessori was not liked by the Italian Fascist regime because she is interested in developing unique individuals instead of people who are simply followers. 


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Quora user Charles Tipsother writings in chronological order from newest posted or edited to oldest:


How has the modern US educational system failed to prepare students for the "real world"?

Should U.S. education policy & standards be managed at the federal, state, or local level?

How can we solve the problems with public education in America?

Why has there been a breakdown of education and critical thinking in the U.S.?

Who is most responsible for the American educational system over the last 30 years? Liberals or conservatives?

Why do so many conservatives think schools are teaching kids liberal values?

How should the US education system best prepare students to engage in the democratic process?

How can people be genuinely self-confident if their entire lives they're conditioned to obey authority, whether it be parents, professors, or workplace superiors?

What factors prevent progressive educational ideas from becoming the new norm?

What should fiscally Conservative parents teach and say to their kids to counter the effects of U.S. education?

What causes smart, well-behaved children to underachieve?

What is the best age for kids to go to preschool?

How do you make the most out of the broken "education" system in the United States?

When did schools start implementing homework as a regular activity in education?

I'm looking for schools similar to Peninsula School (Menlo Park, CA) in Los Angeles. Would something like Play Mountain Place be similar to the experience? What are similar schools in LA?

Do homeschooled children lack social skills and emotional intelligence?

How would a pure libertarian government sustain a civil society? How would segments such as health care, education, & criminal justice function?

Do you like my "Read if you're making assumptions about me" post?

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