All I'm saying is, kids will be vulnerable to cult manipulation no matter what you teach them (unless you teach them REALLY well). And if they are unlucky enough to actually be sucked into a cult, I'm not so sure that having been told that they are now invulnerable to cult tactics would be all that helpful to them getting out...
Ive heard from Xen's aide that he wants us there Thursday (tbc). At this stage I'm in.
For those considering it, tomorrow we'll have more of an idea on what we'd be doing there, and at that point we can let ya know so ya can weigh it up.
Amusingly, the subjects you bring up are the clearest examples of how our education system fails us.
Dietary habits taught in schools are a joke, as is the education against substance abuse. In fact, most of the "education" we get about substance abuse is complete disinformation.
And I don't doubt that many teachers will teach the subject of cults completely backwards... Imagine if we had C.A.N. teaching kids about cults
But, maybe you're right. I guess there's no harm in bringing up cults in school, but I really doubt it would be all that effective.
I'll concede the point.
But, if you are going to do this, please make sure it's done right.
Can you fellers get your own thread on education?
Thursday is actually a very bad day because the special ed people are demonstrating outside Parliament House. I will be supporting their demonstration, although I could possibly flit from one to the other.
On the whole I am available whenever needed though, pretty much. What time? Would we be meeting on the lawns?
I am sure Nick Xenophon would have some great input into what such a cult education would involve. When I was at school, we were briefly taught about cults in one or two Scripture lessons. Scientology was one of the few cults mentioned, and it was coveyed as quite sinister. Too little time was spent discussing it though to leave an effective impression on me when I was routed in off the street and love-bombed some years later. It would be great if many ex-cult members (I'd do it if asked) were scheduled to visit schools, and also if lots of audio-visual material was utilised over several lessons to really get the message across.
Yes, I think kids need to hear the story of another person who got in young, and be given a few key warning signs, such as:
Beware of any group that:
- tells you they have all the answers
- discourages you from listening to people outside the group
- tries to occupy all of your time
- tries to get you not to trust your family and friends
Age-appropriate materials could be developed, of course, with the older kids being shown programs such as the Four Corners one or "How to Spot a Cult" (what a great title).