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1 blah blah ad hominem mumbo jumbo.  Oct 15, 2014 9:56:34am

There is just so much in this story that is alarming. And the following is more than a little creepy.

Mitchell’s schools are also distinguished from public schools by their different tone. Staff and students pledge to avoid errors that arise from “the comfort of popular opinion and custom,” “compromise” and “over-reliance on rational argument.” Students must vow “to be obedient and loyal to those in authority, in my family, in my school, and in my community and country, So long as I shall live.”

Avoid compromise and over reliance on rational argument?! WTF?

The schools also use a rigid instructional approach in which teachers stick to a script and drill students repeatedly through call and response. Latin is taught as early as elementary school.

Mitchell’s company has managed the schools’ staffs with similar rigor. A strong sense of hierarchy took root as the schools expanded. When a new corporate office was built to house the management company, teachers jokingly began calling it the “White House.”

From the “White House,” Mitchell and other top administrators could watch teachers in their classrooms via surveillance cameras installed in every classroom, in every school. During a tour of school grounds with this reporter, Mitchell and the school’s IT director discussed surveillance software called iSpy. “We need to call it something else,” Mitchell offered with a chuckle. “Call it iHelp or something.” Mitchell said the cameras give administrators the ability to observe teachers in action and offer them tips and coaching.

Our tax dollars are making this man rich while he makes creepy ‘Children of the corn’ who refuse to compromise and distrust rational thought! I suggest everyone read the whole article.

2 Lumberhead  Oct 15, 2014 11:25:24am

re: #1 I Stand With Big Sodomy!

There is just so much in this story that is alarming. And the following is more than a little creepy.

Students must vow “to be obedient and loyal to those in authority, in my family, in my school, and in my community and country, So long as I shall live.”

The above really stood out for me. I wonder if being “obedient and loyal to those in authority” includes the federal government, especially our President.

3 Decatur Deb  Oct 15, 2014 11:26:46am

re: #2 Lumberhead

The above really stood out for me. I wonder if being “obedient and loyal to those in authority” includes the federal government, especially our President.

More simply, I wonder if the administrators take the vow.

4 WhatEVs  Oct 15, 2014 11:51:33am

re: #1 I Stand With Big Sodomy!

I find this fascinating. When I was working in Asia, one of the biggest issues they have in quality control is that the Chinese are raised with that same thought (or lack thereof) process which kills them when it comes to reporting quality issues. They cannot think on their own, which translates into two troubling areas: inability to make the connections when problems arise as to why they are happening (root cause determination) and fear of reporting issues that arise.

And this is what we’re trying to achieve here now?

Perfect. Just freaking perfect.

5 WhatEVs  Oct 15, 2014 11:53:31am

re: #2 Lumberhead

The above really stood out for me. I wonder if being “obedient and loyal to those in authority” includes the federal government, especially our President.

Doubt that. Strongly doubt that. That is neither the purpose or desired outcome. Actually, I would venture to guess that if you posted this question to those who believe this is a good system for eduction, you would find out how much so this isn’t their intent or meaning.

6 wheat-dogghazi-bola  Oct 15, 2014 6:18:35pm

re: #4 WhatEVs

I find this fascinating. When I was working in Asia, one of the biggest issues they have in quality control is that the Chinese are raised with that same thought (or lack thereof) process which kills them when it comes to reporting quality issues. They cannot think on their own, which translates into two troubling areas: inability to make the connections when problems arise as to why they are happening (root cause determination) and fear of reporting issues that arise.

And this is what we’re trying to achieve here now?

Perfect. Just freaking perfect.

We have always been at war with EastAsia.


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