You carry wounds from being in public school, ranging from being adaptive, disavowing your own authority, refusing to be creative, and holding on to negative assessments from testing and teacher's comments as voices in your head. These impressions and experiences stay in you for the rest of your life and shape what is possible for you, until you do the adult and archetypal healing and initiatory processes that change your wounds into gateways.
What most people learn in school is that they hate learning, cannot write, despise math, and fail on purpose to succeed because when you win it means others must lose.
You are forced to survive in a school culture and cannot begin finding out who you are or what you really want until you get out of school.
Public school was invented 150 years ago to prepare workers to endure life as a production worker and soldiers to obey orders from 'superiors'. To send a child to school in the 21st Century is physical, emotional, intellectual, and psychological abuse.
Each day a child spends in school is one less day they have to prepare themselves for what is coming.
Through specific, strong, transformational, healing and adulthood initiatory processes you can heal from school and enter Life.
A Nation of Slaves
We hear, more or less constantly, that schools are failing in their mandate. Nothing could be more wrong. Schools are succeeding all too well, accomplishing precisely their purpose.
What is the primary purpose of school?
To answer this, ask yourself first what society values most. We don't talk about it much, but the truth is that our society values money above all else, in part because it represents power, and in part because, as is also true of power, it gives us the illusion that we can get what we want. But one of those costs of following money is that in order to acquire it, we so often have to give ourselves away to whomever has money to give in return. Bosses, corporations, men with nice cars, women with power suits. Teachers. Not that teachers have money, but in the classroom they have what money elsewhere represents: power.
We live in a culture that is based on the illusion - and schooling is central to the creation and perpetuation of this illusion - that happiness lies outside of us, and specifically in the hands of those who have power.
Pretend you wish to make a nation of slaves. Or, to put it another way, you wish to procure for your nation's commercial interests a steady supply of workers, and a population pacified enough to not resist the expropriation of their resources.
(...) The primary drawback of each of these approaches (direct force, choice between starvation or wage slavery, force the slaves to pay taxes and enter the cash economy) is that the slaves still know they're enslaved, and the last thing you want is to have to put down a rebellion. Far better for them is to believe they're free, because then if they're unhappy the fault lies not with you but with themselves.
It all starts with the children. If you don't start young enough, you'll never be able to acculturate them sufficiently so that they disbelieve in alternatives. And if they honestly believe in alternatives- those not delineated by you- they may attempt to actualize them. And then, where would you be?
~ Derrick Jensen (walking on water)
Away From Ourselves
God knows the real massacres continue. But the machine gun isn't really what is to be feared most in our civilized Western world. It just isn't needed all that much. The kids leave Miss Jones' class. And they go on to junior high and high school and college. And most of them will never need to be put in an internment camp. Because they're already there. Do you think I'm overstating it? That's what's so frightening: we have the illusion that we're free.
In school we learn to be good little Americans--or Frenchmen--or Russians. We learn how to take the crap that's going to be shoveled on us all our lives. In school the state wraps up people's minds so tight that it can afford to leave their bodies alone.
Repression? You want to see victims of repression? Come look at most of the students at San Diego State College, where I work. They want to be told what to do. They don't know how to be free. They've given their will to this institution just as they'll continue to give their will to the institutions that engulf them in the future.
The word education (...) comes from the latin root e-ducere, meaning to "lead forth" or "to draw out". Originally it was a midwife's term meaning "to be present at the birth of". I would contrast that with the root of the word seduce, which is closely related, but with a striking difference. To educe is to lead forth; to seduce is to lead astray.
(...) I wish I had suggested that our departments of education be called, if we were honest, departments of seduction , for that is what they do: lead us away from ourselves.
"Many teachers think of children as immature adults. It might lead to better and more 'respectful' teaching, if we thought of adults as atrophied children. Many 'well-adjusted' adults are bitter, uncreative, frightened, unimaginative, and rather hostile people. Instead of assuming they were born that way, or that that's what being an adult entails, we might consider them as people damaged by their education and upbringing."
- Keith Johnstone
Linear vs. Nonlinear Learning
Defensive vs. Expansive Learning
BEING ON THE team
When you try to be on a Team in school, you are cheating...
School is based on competition.
Expansive Learning, Transformational Learning takes a Team
It takes a Team to do this kind of learning
Next Culture Learning (Learning In Archearchy) Takes Place In A Torus
30 August - 3 September 2023 The Heal From School Possibility Lab is 5-day radically safe healing space for the dozens of deep wounds and disempowerments that we carry - consciously or unconsciously - as a burden that seriously restricts our ability to create and relate and be late.
On the one hand, it can feel very scary to actually heal these wounds and get your power of presence back.
On the other hand, what a wonderful way to create a great future for yourself and your kids.
Heal From School Lab: Details and Registration are HERE.
Heal From School Workshop
3h, held by Anne-Chloé Destremau and Clinton Callahan
From having been to school for 14 years or more, we carry - consciously or unconsciously - dozens of deep wounds and disempowerments as burdens that seriously restricts our ability to create, relate and be.
This 3-hour Heal School workshop is a radically safe place to start healing those wounds and practicing skills that were not allowed in school such as asking authentic questions, going nonlinear, speaking from the unknown and much more.
On the one hand, it can feel very scary to actually heal these wounds and get your power of presence back, on the other hand, what a wonderful way to create a great future for yourself and the next generations.
Sharing from a Participant in a 3-hour online Heal From School workshop:
navigated by Anne-Chloé Destremau and Clinton Callahan
Aloha I wanted to share what an impact Heal From School has had on me. Since our session, I've been in a kind of altered state of experimenting - particularly around discernment and artwork. It's been amazing! I think it was about 6 years ago I participated in a rage hold and had a reset that lasted many years. I'm very grateful to you for sharing your work with the world.