Part 2

Section 7

"I have found whenever I ran across authoritarian students that the best thing for me to do was to break their backs immediately." "The correct thing to do with authoritarians is to take them realistically for the bastards they are and then behave toward them as if they were bastards." (Abraham Maslow, Maslow on Management) [The "authoritarian student" is anyone who thinks and acts like Jesus, accepting (as given) and obeying their father's (parent's, teacher's, boss's, etc., God's) commands and rules, having faith in his/His facts and truth.]

"It is usually easier to change individuals formed into a group than to change any one of them separately." "The individual accepts the new system of values and beliefs by accepting belongingness to the group." (Kurt Lewin in Kenneth Benne, Human Relations in Curriculum Change) [The "new system of values and beliefs" is the child establishing right and wrong upon "feelings," i.e., upon his desires of the 'moment,' i.e., upon his love of pleasure, including his love of (desire for) the approval of others, i.e., his love of "the group" for affirming him and his desires, and dissatisfaction with authority—his hate of restraint—which he has in common with "the group," basing right and wrong upon group approval or affirmation instead of upon commands, rules, facts, and truth being preached and taught by "higher authority," i.e., by parents, teachers, "bosses,",, God, and reinforced through their threat of punishment for disobeying or being wrong. Fear of rejection by "the group," which 'justifies' his desires of the 'moment,' becomes stronger in the child then fear of rejection by the parent, who inhibit or block his desires of the 'moment.']

"Kurt Lewin emphasized that the child takes on the characteristic behavior of the group in which he is placed. . . . he reflects the behavior patterns which are set by the adult leader of the group." (Wilbur Brookover, A Sociology of Education) "The group to which an individual belongs is the ground for his perceptions, his feelings, and his actions" (Kurt Lewin, Resolving social conflicts: Selected papers on group dynamics) [The "behavior pattern" of the "adult leader of the group" directly affects the "characteristic behavior of the group" which directly affects "the child," with the leader of "the group" either preaching commands and rules to be obeyed, without question, and teaching facts and truth to be accepted as is, by faith, preventing 'change,' or "encouraging" children to dialogue their opinions (their "feelings" of the 'moment') to a consensus (to a "feeling" of "oneness" with one another), putting their "oneness," i.e., "We working for Us" into social action (called praxis), engendering 'change,' negating respect toward traditional authority in their feelings, thoughts, and actions, and in their relationship with one another and the world and having a guilty conscience for doing wrong in the process.]

© Institution for Authority Research, Dean Gotcher 2016