Reform: A Theoretical Perspective
This is part of a
network of sites comprising about seventy pages that define
the problems and solutions in great detail. Some of the statements
contradict conventional wisdom. But I would challenge you to
suspend judgment for the moment and examine the logic.
Imagine the problem as a football game. The
article describes part of the problem and it offers a partial solution.
But the medical community has not significantly responded. Yet
the article is extremely scholarly and well documented, so let's say
that this moves the ball to the ten yard line.
article addresses why doctors can't change and ascribes it largely to
shame. But it doesn't tell us why shame so severe in the first
place. Yet it is an important piece of the puzzle and so we might
say that the ball is now moved to the twenty yard line. No points
are scored at all until the ball reaches the goal line, and yet in
order to do this requires a number of steps along the way.
The very fact that we spend so much money on healthcare
and education and continue to have serious problems in these areas is a
valuable clue. It tells us that we are overlooking areas of great
importance. As a society, our minds are not functioning as
they should. I view the problem as 80% mental and 20% economic.
One of the reasons that so little progress has been made is that most
efforts have been trying to find economic solutions, neglecting the
Professor of Education at the
Harvard Graduate School of Education, noted that preschool
children learn at a prodigious rate. But as they advance in their
education, they tend to learn superficial facts, but fail to grasp the
fundamentals. Commonly, children often are able so solve problems
that people with advanced degrees cannot.
have concluded that
much more prevalent in our society than most of us realize.
They usually don't look like cults. Their appearance is
deceptive. As I use the word, cults are groups, large
or small, that have beliefs and priorities that are out of sync with
the real world. They are dictatorial, rigid, and employ
mind-control tactics such as shame, extended drills, excessive
repetition of routine activities, control over social environment, loss
of privilege, and manipulation of social status.
||This describes most of
our institutional education systems. There are four
sites on education in this network that explore this in detail and are
well referenced. Homeschooling is a movement that is growing at
the rate of 15% a year as parents instinctively are sensing the dangers
of institutional, teacher-centered education.
mindfulness, a word which I use to encompass qualities such
as judgment, a sense of priority, relevancy, compassion, the capacity to
Integrate seemingly unconnected facts into an
enriched whole, and a
multitude of other mental processes. A central problem is that
this programming occurs beneath the person's level of awareness. A
person who has been subjected to a cult doesn't know it and is usually
offended if the subject is brought up.
believe that most of society, particularly the best educated of us, are victims
of this phenomenon, and that is the reason that we have such difficulty
solving our many social problems. When you get into a discussion
with a cult member, it usually leads to an irreconcilable argument.
Cult members react rigidly as they have been programmed to do, rather
than responding with flexible logic.
We should never underestimate the power of mind-control tactics,
even when done with the best of intentions. These are the methods
terrorists use to program their members to commit mass murder in
suicidal acts. In recent history, governments have used these
principles to enslave their entire populations to do the same thing,
e.g. Japan in WW II. We are all far more vulnerable than we
The cult mentality breeds denial to compensate for the conflict with reality.
It is maladaptive, however, because it serves to get in the way of our
perceiving reality correctly.
If doctors are the third
leading cause of death, then they are either murderers, or their minds are
dysfunctional. I believe that the latter is the case. I
should hasten to add that this same issue extends to all of society -
it just makes a bigger impact in the case of doctors.
there is only one path to becoming a doctor. I propose that we take
immediate steps to allow multiple pathways, as long as at the end of
the process, the student can prove his or her competency.
its raw form, there would be no risk, cost or burden to the public or the
government; in fact, they would be drastically reduced. The
students would voluntarily organize the program, a task much less
onerous than the present system.
stop using denial and freely admit that we have, to a greater
or lesser degree,
been influenced by cults.
The alternative is to continue to go
around in circles and lead unhealthy
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