The Mission News: Conformity Is the Jailer of Freedom

The Mission News: October 27, 2017

Follow the path of the unsafe, independent thinker. Expose your ideas to the danger of controversy. Speak your mind and fear less the label of ‘crackpot’ than the stigma of conformity.” -Thomas J. Watson

News that matters

➜ NASA astronomers have detected an interstellar object visiting from outside the solar system. Although it’s been theorized that these occurrences happen, this is particularly exciting because it’s the first ever that’s actually been detected. ☄️☄️

➜ The Astros and Dodgers will be facing off today in the third game of The World Series. So far it’s been an exciting series with the Astros securing a 7–6 win on Wednesday and the Dodgers winning 3–1 on Tuesday. Who are you rooting for? ⚾ ⚾

What we’re reading

Brave New World

This is a thought-provoking classic by Aldous Huxley. The society within the story values conformity, unity, and uniformity. The people do not understand individuality and thus fear it. From the book:

“…most men and women will grow up to love their servitude and will never dream of revolution.”

In this article, Peter Gray, author of Free To Learn, explains how social norms influence parenting and how these parenting decisions can limit children’s freedom.

For another interesting article about education and conformity, check out Madison Kanna’s recent article: What 4 Months of School Taught Me About Conformity and Finding Your True Self

What we’re listening to

Conformity & Compliance by the School Sucks Project

In Brett Veinotte’s opinion, these are the three aims of public education:

  • Blind obedience
  • Assimilation
  • The surrender of self-ownership

What are your thoughts?

How To Escape Education’s Death Valley.

Sir Ken Robinson discusses three principles crucial for the human mind to flourish and how current education works against them. Here’s how we can escape education’s ‘death valley.’

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