Most of us can remember what it was like to fear the monsters hiding under the bed or in the closet. Parents or older siblings helped us to overcome these unreasonable fears of childhood — so that we would avoid growing up to be craven neurotics, a drain on everyone around us.
How odd is it then, when tax-supported institutions of education spend $billions every year in the attempt to instill a deep fear of a “coming climate apocalypse?” Wouldn’t it be better to teach them something useful, something that would make them more confident, resilient, competent, and efficacious? Consider Bertrand Russell’s 10 Commandments of Teaching:
- Do not feel absolutely certain of anything.
- Do not think it worth while to proceed by concealing evidence, for the evidence is sure to come to light.
- Never try to discourage thinking for you are sure to succeed.
- When you meet with opposition, even if it should be from your husband or your children, endeavor to overcome it by argument and not by authority, for a victory dependent upon authority is unreal and illusory.
- Have no respect for the authority of others, for there are always contrary authorities to be found.
- Do not use power to suppress opinions you think pernicious, for if you do the opinions will suppress you.
- Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.
- Find more pleasure in intelligent dissent than in passive agreement, for, if you value intelligence as you should, the former implies a deeper agreement than the latter.
- Be scrupulously truthful, even if the truth is inconvenient, for it is more inconvenient when you try to conceal it.
- Do not feel envious of the happiness of those who live in a fool’s paradise, for only a fool will think that it is happiness.
If most teachers were forced to follow these 10 commandments, their heads would probably explode! Modern government-subsidised education is most concerned with teaching political correctness, as dictated from the lofty reaches of government, media, academia, think tanks, tax exempt foundations, and a wide array of other corrupt moneyed interests.
In today’s world, your children are supposed to be afraid! They are meant to panic on cue, to march in lockstep on command. They are meant to become mindless political drone armies for the elite, expressing a “popular opinion” that is revealed from on high in the form of talking points (and marching points).
The modern government-educated child and youth is well on the way to becoming a lifelong clone-mind, an incompetent perpetual child living in fear of monsters in the closet that disappear in the daylight.
Is there any punishment too harsh for people and institutions that create generations of cringing mind-cripples on the taxpayer’s dime? Think about it and let me know.
Meanwhile, Dangerous Children master (at least) three different ways to support themselves financially by the age of 18. The thing that makes Dangerous Children so Dangerous . . . is that with a little early prompting, they learn to teach themselves! In the eyes of the modern world, that can be very Dangerous indeed.
Survival Blog: Self-sufficiency as an alternative to college for young people. Getting a practical education, in other words — one that pays you for the rest of your life, rather than putting you in long-term debt.
More from original Al Fin blog:
The Road to Mastery, the opposite of the conventionally preferred “road to helplessness.”