“If you brainwash someone, you force them to believe something by continually telling them that it is true, and preventing them from thinking about it properly.” Collins Dictionary
What if, at the heart of our education system was not creativity, innovation, entrepreneurialism, or even pupil-led learning, but instead a desire to prevent brainwashing in our learners? Before anything else we must ensure that brainwash proofing was happening in every lesson plan, every interaction with a child, every conversation with a colleague, every meeting with parents, and in every photocopied twinkle resource. You have been given permission to challenge the dogma, question the status-quo, interrogate the orthodoxies, rewrite the folklore, and liberate those stagnating in a state of learned helplessness.
Room 13 and Hidden Giants are excited about the prospect of creating an education system that has brainwash proofing at its heart. Maybe you are too . . . .
The event: Jupiter Artland, 18 Jan 2019: There was wandering in the woods. Collective confusion. Mysterious individuals on the fringes. Are they with us? Who’s in charge here anyway? A siren call to bring everyone together.
Edinburgh has fallen.
The people blame the system – the people blame the conductors of lies – the people blame education – they want to rid the world of those who controlled thinking – they want you.
You have seen what is coming. You have read the signs. You have escaped.
We have found ourselves in this sanctuary. Here on the fringes of the city; the sort of place plots can be hatched in safety.
“We want a better future – a future of risk, danger, of humans. We want to build this together. You are here to help us build. Our first task is to learn how to use nothing to build everything. We are here. You are here. And we have everything we need to start again. Let’s start. Join people you don’t know – go back to the woods and find your inspiration. Use the art to construct a new form of education – what will the curriculum be, what role will educators take, who holds the power, and how do we brainwash proof it at every turn? The world needs you – we are all it has.”
We must meet back here before dark to share, collaborate and celebrate. Listen for the siren. Go.