March 4th, 2012

Snap observation: whole-brain teaching scares me. As I watched the teacher in this video I had Jim Joneseque flashes of brainwashing in action. This is the way you teach a pet, not a child. The children in this classroom are demonstrating that they can parrot back information without questioning, they might as well be learning to phonetically speak Greek, they are not demonstrating understanding. Am I wrong?

Charles Duhigg’s The Power Of Habit also scares me because it demonstrates the great good vs. great evil that arises from every scientific inquiry. I first heard about Duhigg’s book on Morning Edition last week. I’ve always been fascinated by how our brains function, but I’m particularly interested in matters of habit, discipline and willpower now as I continue my weight loss regime (211.9 pounds this morning, down from 265 pound in mid-November 2011).

Understanding how we can instill new, beneficial habits that we wish to cultivate is good. Knowing that advertisers and marketers interested solely in moving more of whatever they’re selling can manipulate the process without our wishes is evil. Wrapping our heads around what goes on inside our heads is our only defense.

Next up: Algonquin Books Executive Editor Chuck Adams & Literary Agent Sally Hill (from 733 days ago) and Why the Body Mass Index (BMI) is a Poor Measure of Your Health.


2 Responses to “FEELING THE FEAR…”

  1. Mary Jo says:

    This reminds me of the EST trainings that were very popular in the late 1970s. People I knew became involved and it seems very similar tactics were used.

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