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Message Subject Were You Part Of The "Mentally Gifted Minds" Program In California Scools back in the 70's?
Poster Handle ArmchairObserver
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I find it downright fascinating that the question of whether or not programming even exists is actually coming up again. I'm going to review the evidence for the usage of hypnosis, post-hypnotic suggestion and "attitude/character shaping" in one post.

1. Dr. Krippner in the GCQ article titled "Hypnosis and Creativity" suggests the use of hypnosis and post-hypnotic suggestion to assist and shape problem solving among gifted children.

2. John Curtis Gowan also suggests the use of hypnosis and other techniques that have a dissociative effect (not-me) on children. Also has an intention of shaping these "mutant roses" for the purpose of paradigm shift and viewed himself to be their gardener.

3. Don Bushnell writes a long paper for the DoD on attitude and character shaping using the Socratic method via computer in order to generate what is desirable views. To his credit, he does question the ethics of it.

4. Numerous articles (>20) in regards to attitude and character shaping for gifted children. An example of the level of criticism of a gifted child's attitudes can be displayed with this, "One non-conformist in the classroom wrote that he would rather be in school than in an enemy country where bombs were falling. He expressed his attitude toward school more truly then he knew. He evidently considered war and school on about the same plane." (Attitudes: Their Significance in Education for the Gifted, Peachman). Or perhaps the child was simply stating that his current location was better than being in a location where the threat of death exists--common sense being labeled as "non-conformist". Peachman also stated in the same article, "School studies should not be allowed to absorb the child's entire attention or even the major part of it. The physical, the social, and the moral aspects of the lives of these children are of the greatest importance." Basically, a specialized education program whose purpose isn't necessarily to educate...interesting, isn't it?

However, that's what you get when you have a program that is being administered not by educators but mandated by law to be governed by the field of psychology. If they were concerned about our education, then we would have seen high level educators in our programs. That wasn't the case at all. I think that's probably the most damning aspect of the gifted program.
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