A Declaration of Independence from Corporatist/Behaviorist Education

13 Feb

Out of the Cave

When, in the course of a teaching career, it becomes essential to break from excessively rational beliefs and schemes and to begin thinking openly and freely, disregarding the dictatorial influences of political hacks, the insidious prodding of education gurus and the bleating of complacent peers, it is necessary that the thinking educator admonish the world with the whys and wherefores of their intended independence from those scourges of productive learning, Corporations and their Behaviorist lackeys.

We hold these truths to be self-evident: that education is best described as a journey, not a destination; that education is not a medicine or treatment to be inflicted upon learners; that a partnership between willing learner, skilled teacher, and supportive guardian forms the foundation of productive education; and that a democratic society sustains itself by practice of its ideals within the educational environment. Numerous corporations and anti-public education fronts—including, but not limited…

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Posted by on February 13, 2014 in Uncategorized


4 responses to “A Declaration of Independence from Corporatist/Behaviorist Education

  1. schmooee2

    February 13, 2014 at 10:07

    Thanks for your generous repost! I hope to encourage new conversations about the role of education in a democratic society–and I invite your voice to be part of that. I’t obvious that you have extensive writing experience, and your comments on this and other posts would be welcome. Thanks again, and I hope you’ll join me regularly for new posts on . David Sudmeier

    • Lloyd Lofthouse

      February 13, 2014 at 10:45

      You’re welcome. I taught for thirty years in the public schools (1975 – 2005), and I think we should tap retired teachers to help in this fight. There are probably more retired teachers than active and they have more time to fight back against the robber barons of public education—to spread the word and shout back.

      Besides, if the robber barons loot public education, their greed will then turn on retired teachers to steal their pension funds.

      It seems that the billionaires never have enough and are always looking for more to add to their net worth and power.

      I’m currently listening to “They Bully Pulpit” by Doris Kearns Goodwin. In this book, both Roosevelt and Taft had to fight the Robber Barons of that era.

  2. schmooee2

    February 13, 2014 at 13:32

    Sounds fascinating…I’ll check it out! I’m currently reading “Liquid Memory–Why Wine Matters” by Jonathan Nossiter. Sometimes we forget that the battle being fought for control of public education is not the only front in the war against corporatism. I’m amazed at the parallels between education and the wine industry, which is prone to industry-driven fads that erase history and drive things toward standardized, but characterless,outcomes.

    David Sudmeier

    • Lloyd Lofthouse

      February 13, 2014 at 18:34

      Don’t forget what Monsanto’s been doing to independent and organic farmers.


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