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Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Educational Brainwashing

The art of cohersion or influence is essentially a form of brainwashing. It is the ability of the dominant ideology to push their agenda. Their agenda supports what they beleive is true.

In general, the key factors that exhibit coercive persuasion are:

  • The reliance on intense interpersonal and psychological attack to destabilize an individual's sense of self to promote compliance
  • The use of an organized peer group
  • Applying interpersonal pressure to promote conformity
  • The manipulation of the totality of the person's social environment to stabilize behavior once modified.

Could this be some schools?

High pressure timed testing situations. Metal detectors, guards, tracking in organized peer groups. Incarceration for students without full compliance. Bars on windows, large classes, limited freedom of learning styles or social experiences. Elimination of programs related to the arts.

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