In our second hour we hear Maia Szalivitz on the largely unregulated 'troubled teen industry'. She notes that there are hundreds of expensive programs, with no proof of their efficacy. Echoing Naomi Klein's 'shock doctrine' idea, she summarises the industry's broad approach as a system of trying to break children in order to make them compliant. The body's psychology and physiology work differently when people are forced into a situation than when they choose it, and observes that labelling teenagers as 'troubled' or 'deviant' can be a self-fulfilling prophesy. Next, a snippet from the first book read on the show, Disciplined Minds, which deconstructs professional training, exposing it as an extension of the school indoctrination process. Jeff Schmidt starts his book by noting that the most creative jobs in society are done by the least creative people.
We conclude with a January 2011 Radio Free School interview with Dayna Martin, on the topic of radical unschooling. This going beyond traditional home schooling to challenge authoritarian parenting beliefs of all kinds, such as the need for parents to be prescriptive about bedtimes, diet etc.
Thanks to CBT Center of Western North Carolina for the Maia Svalovitz interview. Thanks to Radio Free School for the Dayna Martin interview.
As you listen to this week's show, reflect on how many well intentioned people are passionate supporters of the schooling enterprise, unaware of its real origins or intentions. Is there someone you know - teacher, parent or child - who is ready for the truth?
This episode rebroadcasts content from UG#175.