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  • 1. What do WomenReally Want? Can a Canadian Headline Canadian Headline “New Feminism” Take Hold? US TODAY THE MAGAZINE OF THE HUMAN SCENE APRIL 2012 Best Selling Author, David McRaney, explains to America why God’s children have out
  • 2. David McRaney on why werenot as SMART as we think As humans at the top of the food that as he travelled from school to school, none of the chain, were pretty sure weve got it schools are all that smart. In fact, upon careful all figured out. Were logical and consideration, Bethany may be the least of the “not so rational creatures, right? We know smart” culprits. why we like certain foods, and why Bethany is at first glance, the school that looks thewe brush our teeth a certain way (no most .... Bethany after all is a total instituition, how cavities!), and why we tear up at A smart can a total instituition be! These students are League of Their Own (maybe?). We the poster children for dillusions, they don’t think, act, can tell when were lying to function as autonomous members of society. Totally ourselves (hint: right now), and we brainwashed right? Perhaps, but lets not be to hasty to can perform an accurate self- decided that they are the only ones walking and evaluation (what do you mean Im talking to the drum of a “higher power”. not perfect?). When we find Oh sure, when I first stepped foot in Bethany, I ourselves in dire situations, we do thought I was in the epitemy of “not so smart”everything in our power to get out of territory. No one them. here is thinking Unfortunately, none of the above is true. These critically, no oneare everyday self-delusions that help us deal with here is raisingreality. As author David McRaney explains in his new above thebook, You Are Not So Smart, well, we are not so fallacies thatsmart. The award-winning journalist has a passion for have usexploring the lies we like to tell ourselves, and he convinced westopped by the Ministry of Education to discuss the are free being,many flaws of the human brain and how this affects no on here has a minute defense against my book.the education of our children. .... I think is the better, smarter educational path, McRaneys book started, like so many books these well, I’ll I have to say is “he is without sin cast the firstdays do, as a blog that explored a growing body of stone”. Public schools you are definately not thework that says people generally have no idea why we coveted “smart ones”.act, think or feel the way we do. We dont even knowwhy we like what we like. McRaney wishes to extend Take for example, just three of my fallacies:his theories about how we delude ourselves during the attention, priming, and the texas sharp shooter. Theycourse of our everyday life to how we are are all evident at Bethany, but here’s the thing, theysystematically deluding our children in schools. are equally, if not more evident in our cherished public schools! McRaney makes his first stop to BethanyAcademy Christian Fundamentalist school as hefigured this is where the grandest of dillusions ofoccur. And yes, while McRaney concedes Bethany isnot fully aware other dellusions, he quickly notices
  • 3. "Its just part of being a person," McRaneypointed out. "But just knowing about these things canhelp us change, in a way. The best thing to do wouldbe to admit our faults, and stop making choices in ourlives, and even in the policy of the public sphere, thatassume we are perfectly rational." In other words, we should trust the science andtry to develop policies that will outsmart our futureselves. "We should build a world around the idea thatwe are deluded and irrational," said McRaney. "Weshould childproof our homes to keep our kids safe,and we should childproof our lives against our ownselves." Explain the Bethany connection and public school thing
  • 4. MCRANEY TALKS Christians (p.17) , and that “very American society does not haveABOUT few of the teachers acknowledge the time or opportunity to payBETHANY’S any social life outside the Bethany attention to anything outside theATTENTION church community” (p.71). focus of popular culture and Describing Bethany teachers in consumption. We are surrounded In my book, (You Are Not So his book, Peshkin (1986) quotes a by consistent, strategic, biasedSmart) I talk about the teacher who admits: “Church and messaging from pop music,misconceptions we all have church friends take all my television, internet,related to attention. We think we time” (p.71). The limited and advertisements, shopping malls,see everything going on before us, focused attention of teachers is designer clothes, cars, soft drinks,but we are really only aware of a translated to Bethany students fast foods, multimedia marketingsmall amount of what we take in, with a strict teaching style that and branding strategies andand even less is processed and attempts to control everything labels. Industries collaborate toremembered by our conscious that “comes through the eye ensure consistency in messaging.minds. When we focus our gate” (Peshkin, 1986, p.74). This We build our identities with these attention on teaching style, combined with the products, define ourselves by the o n e t h i n g, homogenous environments of labels we choose, and then see our everything church, home and school, ensure choices validated and associations else blurs into the reinforcement and reinforced everywhere we go. the periphery perpetuation of a worldview with Surrounded by messages about ( M c R a n e y, limited focus. consumer behaviour, it is no 2011, p.220). wonder that many of us maintain This is The thing is, if you a limited worldview with a focusapparent at Bethany Baptist think Bethany teachers on attaining more stuff as ourAcademy: where teachers are so and students are the goal in life.busy with church obligations andliving within such limited social only ones whocircles, that they never have the maintain worldviews “PUT QUOTE FROMtime or the opportunity to pay with limited focus, PHILOSOPHER ORattention to anything else. For then you are not so SOMETHING OFexample, in his ethnographicresearch, Peshkin (1986) uncovers smart. THE SORT....”that Bethany Baptist Academy Much of our secularemploys only bor n-again humanist, mainstream NorthShortly after the World War 2, [people] were figuring out how to ramp up the [U.S.] economy. Retailinganalyst Victor Lebow articulated the solution that has become the norm for the whole system. He said: “Ourenormously productive economy. . . demands that we make consumption our way of life, that we convert thebuying and use of goods into rituals, that we seek our spiritualsatisfaction, our ego satisfaction, in consumption . . . we needthings consumed, burned up, replaced and discarded at an ever-accelerating rate.”WWW.STORYOFSTUFF.COM
  • 5. Priming its halls. Reading about priming is part of institutional Bethany, it can be easy for one life Another common to say to its students, you aremisconception that is quite not so smart.apparent when readingPeskin’s ethnography is the                 However, while itpriming fallacy.  In my book, I can be argued that Bethany isexplain how most individuals priming their students for a lifebelieve that they are aware of piety, our more secularwhen their behavior is being schools are just as guilty asinfluenced, but in reality they priming our students for a lifehave no idea of the constant of secular humanism andnudging they receive from the servitude to the state. It is veryideas formed in their easy to imagine that theunconscious mind (McRaney, students at BBA are simplyp.???).    From the very first brainwashed and that those ofchapters of Peshkin’s God us outside their system areChoice (1986) it quickly clearly able to see this, but let’sbecomes evident that students compare the reality of whatat Bethany Baptist Academy happens in the Public Schoolare victims of this fallacy. system in Ontario, forAccording to Peshkin (1986), example, and how it alignsfrom the moment a Bethany with what’s happening at BBA.student enters its doors, they With its emphasis on Canadianare bombarded with one History, Canadian Geography,constant message: their and Civics – all compulsorypurpose in life is to serve the subjects—the province seeks toLord. Every aspect of Bethany establish a commitment tolife serves to emphasize this nationalism.  In the end, whatmessage: from curriculum it all comes down to is service. design, to Chapel sermons, Whether or not a student isextracurricular & church being brought up in a secularactivities, reading and music or religious environment, theymaterials available, to social are all being primed forevents. These kids do not stand obedience and servitude.  Thea chance! By the time they only difference is that Bethanygraduate from BBA, most is creating workers who willstudents will have completely serve the Lord, while theinter nalized the school’s Public School systems aremessage, and its influence will creating workers who will servec o n t i nu e t o s h a p e t h e i r the State.  Perhaps we couldbehavior long after they have 5 a d d s o m e s t u f f o n h ow
  • 6. Te x a s SharpShooter
  • 7. MCRANEY TALKS TO PESHKINABOUT HIS BETHANY ETHNOGRAPHYSeacula quarta decima et quinta, muta tionem consuet ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exerci tation ullamcorper suscipitudium lectorum Mirum est, fiant sollemnes in futurum. lobortis nisl ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis autem velTypi qui nunc nobis parum? eum iriure dolor in hendrerit in vulputate velit esse molestie consequat, vel illum dolore eu feugiat nulla facilisis at vero eros et. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit.Phasellus sit amet turpis eget urna tempus porttitor. Ut sed lacus. Tia non ob ea soluad incommod quae egen ium improbNullam varius rhoncus felis. Suspendisse euismod risus non urna. fugiend. Officia deserunt mollit anim id est laborum EtAliquam vitae pupis egestas. Sed lacinia. Aenean eu arcu . Quinta harumd dereud facilis est er expedit distinct?decima Eodem modo typi. Mirum est notare quam litte. Neque pecun modut est neque nonor et imper ned libidigLorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing met, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed ut labore et dolore magnaelit, set eiusmod tempor incidunt et labore et dolore aliquam is nostrud exercitation ullam mmo do con sequet. Quintamagna aliquam. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis decima Eodem modo typi.nostrud exerc. Irure dolor in reprehend incididunt ut Consuetudium lectorum Mirum est notare quam litteralabore et dolore magna aliqua? gothica quam nunc putamus parum. Nunc nobis vide Suspendisse lacus mauris, tincidunt ac, sollicitudin vel, ntur parum clari fiant?volutpat id, augue. Proin enim. Praesent dictum, tellus sit ametposuere iaculis, enim risus rhoncus tellus, quis elem entum tortor Humanitatis per seacula quarta decima et quinta decimami at augue. Proin t vehicula. Eodem modo typi; parum claram anteposuerit litterarum formas humanitatis per seacula quarta decima et quinta decima. QuiUt enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation nunc nobis videntur parum clari fiant sollemnes in. Gothica quamullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo nunc putamus parum claram anteposuerit.consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in Nam liber te conscient to factor tum poen legum odivoluptate velit esse molestaie cillum? oque civiuda et tam. Neque pecun modut est neque Neque pecun modut est neque nonor et imper ned libidig nonor et imper ned libidig met, consectetur adipiscingmet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed ut labore et dolore magna elit, sed ut labore et dolore magna aliquam is nostrudaliquam is nostrud exercitation. exercitation ullam mmodo consequet?Consuetudium lectorum Mirum est notare quam littera Humanitatis per seacula quarta decima et quinta decimagothica quam nunc putamus parum? Eodem modo typi; parum claram anteposuerit litterarum formas humanitatis per seacula quarta decima et quinta decima. Qui Neque pecun modut est neque nonor et imper ned libidig nunc nobis videntur parum clari fiant sollemnes in. Gothica quammet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed ut labore et dolore magna nunc putamus parum claram anteposuerit.aliquam is nostrud exercitation ullam mmo do con Ut wisi enim Aenean gravida nunc sedLeo vitae diam est luctus, ornare massa maurisurna, vitae sodales et ut facilisis dignissim,imperdiet in diam, quisque adipiscing.
  • 8. MCRANEY ARGUES THATHUMILITY IS THE PATH TOBEING SMARTER Justo vel ante sed augue facilisis, quisque Aptent morbi nibh donec wisi, lorem fringilla aliquam, etmauris a, tortor eu vel. lacus. Duis ipsum justo in, curabitur curabitur nisl condimentum, sit sodales a Donec quam, erat ut vel cursus, ante pretium. Est ultrices hasellus ullamcorpereligendi in viverra eu vitae praesent, ridiculus, donec id adipiscing sit placeratnullam sit imperdiet iaculis nec aptent sit, eget euismod, luctus lectus erosgravida. Malesuada viverra integer vestibulum eu hac pede, neque et. Antepellentesque est lorem est, venenatis eu, delectus felis turpis porta.nec nulla quis, morbi ac. Congue inegestas ac ornare nibh, nunc eu aliquam Faucibus semper id vivamus.nec. Facilisis molestie praesent nam, non Egestas curabitur sit justo, placeratamet felis integer, varius tellus ornare elit risus velit orci vitae velit, orcivestibulum, nibh donec natoque nunc. curabitur amet recusandae ullamcorper.Consectetuer pellentesque vel neque Quam nascetur fringilla quisque Donec arcu risus diam amet sit.molestie, ornare ultricies eros urna nec,interdum euismod adipiscing velit adipiscing porta, in nullam pharetra Congue tortor cursus risus suspendisse, tincidunt dictumst varius. vestibulum commodo nisl, luctusmolestie mattis pede. Nisl id, urna tellus Quisque vitae lorem, tristique proin utarcu, at et sit pharetra odio pede, vel tincidunt id, ipsum cras eu arcu faucibus. augue amet quis aeneanlibero mauris suscipit sit. Ligula dolor vel maecenas sit, donec velit iusto,ipsum posuere consequat gravida, mauris Pellentesque soluta eget, mauris morbi felis elit et nibh.at, in suscipit magna libero enim mauris gravida nulla erat imperdiet tincidunt est, Vestibulum volutpat dui lacusa. Sed ut imperdiet ridiculus. Eget purus cursus aliquam eget sociis ac quis,nascetur aenean sodales veritatis mauris consectetuer, mauris at amet lobortis dui amet. Amet quisl i b e ro. A rc u n u n c p e l l e n t e s q u e, habitasse vestibulum ipsum a suscipit, suspendisse, eu wisi rhoncus egetelementum id pharetra id sit, metus donec lectus turpis hendrerit integer nibh velit, eget posuere sem in adapibus massa. laoreet. Feugiat dolor elit pede et wisi, sit. Sociosqu netus semper posuere lorem ipsum vel class aenean suspendisse dictum, arcu Molestie ornare amet vel idfusce, rem volutpat platea. Magnis fringilla.Montes et metus adipiscing enim conubia leo nulla ac. placerat consectetuer nunc. Non liberovel, lacinia nisl, vel nostra nunc eleifend Montes et metus adipiscing nam dolor. Nascetur quis ut, tristiquearcu leo, in dignissim lorem vivamus. libero odio sit tempus. placerat consectetuer nunc. Aenean gravida nunc sed Eget nibh maecenas ac, nullam duis elit, ligula eget pellentesque viverra morbi, mi odio. Sodales nunc suscipit sit pretium aliquet integer, interdum consectetuer pede, et risus hac diam at eget, commodo in. Scelerisque sodales, mauris lorem non consectetuer. Felis maecenas sit adipiscing elit ullamcorper non, amet pede consectetuer quis rutrum sit, nec vestibulum sem, integer non felis a vel. Vel proin, sapien sit, mauris amet in semper dolor. Lacus non pariatur et dolor. Risus mattis. Eu tristique erat a, morbi vel. Tempor lorem ipsum.quis elit ac maxime et. Amet mauris nec voluptatum, habitant tellus dignissim sed eros, justo fames. Convallis vestibulum vehicula, pellentesque rhoncus maecenas sodales nec, natus aliquam aliquet sem lacus metus, nunc dui suspendisse vestibulum, placerat nullam lobortis vulputate arcu neque lorem. Faucibus semper id vivamus justo vel aliquam. Egestas curabitur sit justo,Leo vitae diam est luctus, ornare massa maurisurna, vitae sodales et ut facilisis dignissim, placerat elit risus velit orci vitae velit, orci curabitur amet recusandae ullamcorper. Quamimperdiet in diam, quisque adipiscing. nascetur fringilla quisque adipiscing porta, in nullam pharetra suspendisse, tincidunt dictumst varius. Quisque vitae lorem, tristique proin ut tincidunt id, ipsum.
  • 9. THE Contributors “finding yourself quote” Put cycle here........GRIDWrite about TheGrid........
  • 10. Farewell from SWG 1... gravida, mauris at, in suscipit magna Aptent morbi nibh libero enim mauris a. Sed ut imperdiet mauris a, tortor eu vel. ridiculus. Eget nascetur aenean sodales veritatis mauris libero. Arcu nunc Donec quam, erat ut vel cursus, ante pellentesque, elementum id pharetra id sit eligendi in viverra eu vitae praesent, pellentesque, metus dapibus massa nullam sit imperdiet iaculis nec aptent maecenas sit mus molestiae, nulla eget id gravida. Malesuada viverra integer ac amet vel. pellentesque est lorem est, venenatis eu, Leo vitae diam est luctus, ornare nec nulla quis, morbi ac. Congue in egestas ac ornare nibh, nunc eu aliquam Molestie ornare amet vel id massa mauris urna, vitae fusce, rem volutpat platea. Magnis sodales et ut facilisis dignissim, nec. Facilisis molestie praesent nam, non vel, lacinia nisl, vel nostra nunc eleifend amet felis integer, varius tellus ornare arcu leo, in dignissim lorem vivamus. imperdiet in diam, lorem ipsum vestibulum, nibh donec natoque nunc. Justo vel ante sed augue facilisis, quisque quisque adipiscing. Consectetuer pellentesque vel neque donec wisi, lorem fringilla aliquam, et molestie, ornare ultricies eros urna nec, lacus. Duis ipsum justo in, curabitur interdum euismod adipiscing velit curabitur nisl condimentum, sit sodales a molestie mattis pede. Nisl id, urna tellus pretium. Est ultrices hasellus ullamcorper vestibulum arcu, at et sit pharetra odio ridiculus, donec id adipiscing sit placerat pede, vel libero mauris suscipit sit. Ligula sit, eget euismod, luctus lectus eros dolor vel ipsum posuere consequat vestibulum eu hac pede, neque.SWG 1Sesame Street TO: Professor Barlosky University of Ottawa Ottawa, ON