Games Humanist Teachers Play

By:  Sam Blumenfeld
04/13/2012
       
Games Humanist Teachers Play

Values clarification is a humanist program that seeks to carry out Prof. Benjamin Bloom’s supposed purpose of education: “to effect a complete or thorough-going reorganization of [the student’s] attitudes and values.” The evidence suggests, Bloom wrote, that “a single hour of classroom activity under certain conditions may bring about a major reorganization in cognitive as well as affective behaviors.”

 
 

Values clarification is a humanist program that seeks to carry out Prof. Benjamin Bloom’s supposed purpose of education: “to effect a complete or thorough-going reorganization of [the student’s] attitudes and values.” The evidence suggests, Bloom wrote, that “a single hour of classroom activity under certain conditions may bring about a major reorganization in cognitive as well as affective behaviors.”

 
I think that sums up the diabolical character of humanist education: a total disregard of a child’s values as acquired from his family. Tampering with a child’s attitudes and values can lead to the destruction of that child, his alienation from his family, his church, his religion, and lead to behaviors that cannot be predicted. It is opening a Pandora’s box of emotions, beliefs, and morals that can plunge that child into depression, a hatred of life, and a love of death.
 
One of the techniques used in the classroom to facilitate that single hour of classroom activity calculated to produce a “major reorganization” of the student’s behavior is the survival games. Some years ago when I was lecturing in Clarkston, Washington, a parent gave me a copy of the instruction sheet of a Fallout Shelter Survival Game that had been played in her son’s class. It was being used in the ninth grade at the local high school. Ninth graders are about 14 or 15 years old. The lesson was entitled, “Who Should Survive,” not who would or could survive. The inference is that certain people are worthy of survival and others are not. The instructions read:
 
The following fifteen persons are in a bomb shelter after a nuclear war. These fifteen persons are the only humans left on the earth. It will take six weeks for the external radiation level to drop to a safe survival level. The food and supplies in the shelter can sustain at a very minimum level, seven persons for six weeks. It is your task to decide which seven persons will survive. Be prepared to justify your choices.
 
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