Supporting An Education Habit

6 03 2007

That’s not a monkey on your back, it’s just an education habit??

Unschooled-into-college Favorite Daughter has been blogging books, movies and personal experience again, this time about creative ways a young person such as herself can pay for one’s own education habits including college, even med school (assuming you get cast for the part of course) . . .


Can Thinking Parents Save Generation Joshua?

6 03 2007

 Without Church or School? FROM Church and School?

Read this first if you’re coming late to the conversation.

Continuing on:
I see that the Culture of Church and School work together to disempower and infantalize individuals, turn us into handy-dandy funding and/or voting blocs, mere materials for their designated quilt designers and tapestry weavers to fashion into their so arrogantly marketed competitive products. The sacred texts of Church and School are different in modern translation (which is why they fight to be free of each other and why our Constitution wisely separates them) but it’s the SAME culture (which is why sovereign individuals might fight hard to remain free of both, and such controlling cultural models arise in response.)

Call it school socialization or church indoctrination, doesn’t matter — same authoritarian pressures to conform and obey, for the good of society of course.

Both are about force, THE Force if you prefer. Barack Obama was such a born student of it that we’re not unreasonable to ask how as a candidate he is using, and/or being used by, the tightly woven, competition-obsessed forces of conservative church and conservative school.

Sir Alec Guiness in the first Star Wars movie: “(The) Force can have a strong influence on the weak-minded.” How cynical to call influencing the weak-minded “education” much less personal salvation, or respect, tolerance and peace. It is quite right to say I have no respect for using (the) Force to mislead, manipulate or enslave; indeed I do fear that and oppose it any way I can.

I believe what Spencer Tracy tells the jury in Inherit the Wind (great play too, not just a classic movie): I respect and revere the power of the individual human mind to THINK.

Inherit the Wind as classic play and movie is so educational that:

“I propose evaluating a young person’s reaction to Inherit the Wind as a single test of whether or not that student is intellectually curious and adequately educated. A thoughtful, complex response to it should substitute automatically for all other “measures” of education!Which means my 11-year-old already would be deemed adequately literate, thoughtful and accomplished for general public citizen purposes . . .and my almost 17-year-old could be President! 🙂 “

Beyond school and church, beyond the courts and elected functionaries at every level of every social endeavor — what progress have we made since the 1925 Scopes trial if we see that less clearly now, than before we were so thoroughly schooled and churched?

. . .If you can do one, you can do the other. Because fanaticism and ignorance is forever busy, and needs feeding. And soon, your Honor, with banners flying and with drums beating we’ll be marching backward, BACKWARD, through the glorious ages of that Sixteenth Century when bigots burned the man who dared bring enlightenment and intelligence to the human mind!
Judge: I hope counsel does not mean to imply that this court is bigoted.
Henry Drummond: Well, your honor has the right to hope.
Judge: I have the right to do more than that.
Henry Drummond: You have the POWER to do more than that.
[the Judge holds Drummond in contempt of court]

Reading the Political Pictures

6 03 2007

Okay this is just cool! I found BAGNewsNotes through Culture Kitchen and added to the Snook blogroll yesterday. It’s expert “photo-psychology” for want of a better descriptor.

The visual interpretation of political images.

You need to see it to believe it of course, so here’s one example of Nancy Pelosi being interviewed — read all the way down for the play-by-play blackboard diagrams and analysis.

My own public communication experience and training is language-based. This is like the same ideas but hung on a whole different scaffolding for social and political thought, one that Thinking Parents may want to explore with their kids schooled or not, considering how graphically advanced (beyond the written, spoken or sung word) their cognition and symbology are, these days.

Here’s who the expert is:

Dr. Michael Shaw is a Clinical Psychologist, a writer, and publisher of the popular weblog, BAGnewsNotes.

“The BAG” offers a daily semiotic analysis of news and political images from a political, cultural or psychological point of view, and is also a platform for original social photography and photojournalism.

Dr. Shaw’s training — which is woven into his commentary — involves the psychology of character and the everyday presentation of self.  His research has dealt primarily with symbolic expression, the process of visual narrative, and the psychological function of metaphor.

Besides his private practice, Dr. Shaw . . . has spent thousands of hours collaborating with students and design professionals in their creative process, as well as participating in the analysis and critique of visual images. Read the rest of this entry »