School Chaosby David Loren Buehner
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If something can't be fixed, sometimes it's best to just discard. After all is said and done, if your school still sucks, if the system is unfair, if your sick of them trying to force you to do things regardless of whether it’s good or not but just because they have the "authority", if they accuse YOU of being the problem, if you want to do something about it without acting and looking like an idiot, then this is for you. If you don’t have a problem with the way the education system is run, and don’t care about students rights, the failed education systems maliciousness, the shattered lives and the rise in senseless killings, then you may want to look elsewhere, or better yet, give the following a close hard look.
As the world spirals downward, compulsory public schooling goes with it. A vast number of people believe the public system should exist the way it does, and that if more money is pushed into this rotting structure, somehow the money pit will deliver. Like so many people who refuse to admit defeat in the face of facts, they constantly look for another way to solve their crisis while yet maintaining their screwed up foundation. Even when people who are members of education boards refer to “our failed public schools, ” such language is not enough to stop the torture of youths.
The main point of this is to help people deal with all the crap they go through in school, and to make way for a different direction in education. Though I am not an anarchist myself, some of the anarchist youth sites on the net have some great ideas about fighting the system. However, many of these sites fail to understand basic principles of winning the support and admiration of others, shown by some of the more reckless things they endorse. I seriously suggest that people study The Art of War (c. 400-320 B.C.) by Sun Tzu (a real or fictitious Chinese author), which is historically considered among the greatest classics of military literature. I especially recommend the translation by Samuel B. Griffith. Many of the strategies and tactical lessons the book has to offer apply easily to some things outside of actual warfare.
It would be good to mention some of the points of the struggle. Not having a goal just leads to senseless violence (which there is always bound to be anyway). A member of the California Board of Education (Dr. Tim Draper) once said, “The big move toward using the Internet and home schooling is happening because people are dissatisfied with our failed public schools.” There are different good reasons why some people drop out of school, and different good reasons why some stay and stick it out. That is each person’s own decision. For some of us who left because we were fed up with the all the crap and did not want to deal with it, there have been staggering opportunities to educate ourselves far beyond what school could ever give us, and many of us have indulged fully. The Internet is providing great avenues for education, even making it less profitable (by billions of bucks) for people to sink money into school buildings, supplies, salaries, etc., instead of investing into home computers and online web education. As Frank Feather said in his book, Future Consumer.com, “It would be much cheaper for the U.S. and Canadian governments to give a free PC to each household that doesn’t now have one and then switch all schooling to in-home study. In turn, they could close down the schools and save at least $1 trillion a year in school budgets. For a fraction of the sum they could provide constantly updated e-learning materials and online tutoring to every student from age two through PhD. Even though youth’s rights and lives have often been overlooked by the state, perhaps government at least won’t be careless enough to throw away these possible money savings in the future, but considering how stupid things are, who knows.
Regardless of whatever direction education goes in the future, the fact stands that under the present education system, parents’ and youth’s rights are highly suppressed by civil governments on a global level. Decent parental authority over children (which unfortunately is often abused by parents to treat some children, especially young adults, as little slaves that exist merely to do their bidding) is a fact of nature, and is not given by the State or Church/religious institution, etc. What good parent could fail to resent the intrusion of any authority between his/her own beliefs and their child? The state has no right to invade the parental sphere and neither have parents a right to invade the state’s sphere.
Yet currently, no training of any school faculty happens without some aspects of government. On what basis of belief/morals do teachers rest their authority which they exercise in the classroom, seeing as how in public school they claim to be neutral and reject appeals to religion/beliefs/morals? By whose authority then do they ask students to do this or that, to not cheat, to listen up, to study hard, etc. By what standard? I agree, compulsory public school is NO place for religion, but this is precisely because there is no place for such forms of compulsory state controlled public schools. By claiming to be non-religious, non-biased, etc., they have become anti-religious and pro-state biased. History shows us that to educate people without giving beliefs/morals to support the education, is putting weapons in the hands of maniacs, and it is driving students crazy. They force so much upon students when students have so much they need to understand first and/or learn along with education. No wonder things are so unfortunately explosive these days in “school.”
The state has no right to interfere in basic education. In the past, children learned from teachers near their homes in private schools created through parental and public interest. The best people are supposed to be chosen for what is one of the most important, worthy jobs ever. The best people (however messed up they may be at times) are those who are close to their children. Instead of educating according to children’s natural interests, aptitudes, differences, and their primary, logical, real life needs, public education brings larger numbers of children into schools oppressed with an over-generalized education, resulting in increasing numbers of youth who don’t have high quality education (and in many cases not even basic quality education). A response is often, “But parents are often too incapable, irresponsible, and careless to be entrusted with the task of educating our nation’s children and controlling our nation’s future.” If such is the case, then the government (many of whom are also parents), which is part of the same nation of people whom they use as a pretext to control school, is in no position to do any better, and in fact are in a position to do far worse since they are not the actual parents of all the nation’s children whom they would rule over in these prison like shams called schools. The State has a right to protect its existence from abuses within the nation (even a right to protect children from the abuses of careless parents who endanger their children’s rights), but not at the expense of the natural human rights of being a parent. If people returned to private education, with parents shouldering the decisions of what sorts of private schooling their children are to have, then, though there would be less symmetry in education, there would be room for more flexible, practical quality. Special mention of inspiration goes to some, though not all, of the writings of R. L. Dabney , 1820-1898 A.D., "Money will be wasted, and the schools will become corrupting examples to their own pupils of slighted work and abused trusts."
Thoughts to Start With
It is highly recommended that people study prisoner of war books. Different wars and forms of captivity can inspire different flavors and levels of resistance. Understand what reprisals and group punishments from the enemy are all about first. People who shoot up schools, start bomb scars, glue lockers shut, etc., are going about it the useless way. They have no concept of how to wage aggressive psychological warfare, how to entertain and win admiration for one’s cause, how to be creatively disruptive in ways that affect the system while trying as much as possible to not affect and interfere with other students. Not everyone is meant to be involved in a resistance movement. Such is for select people who are brave enough, and yet wise enough. Toeing the line as much as possible while being as subversive as possible. The examples below are ideas to inspire possibilities and serious consideration into building Youth Resistance Groups in your school (if you choose to stay in school). Quality is always more important than quantity. A few, powerful, quality ideas are easier for people to remember and work in unison with. Also remember, continual harassment is often far better than one big shocking exhibition. Getting captured (suspended, or worse) is probably not normally going to help the cause. Those of us who have been in the hell of modern school with our eyes open know what is going on, and what is destroyed inside a person. Eventually some people go over the edge. When it comes to school, direct physical violence against people or things accomplishes very little in affecting any kind of good change and is NOT recommended. If you feel like doing damage to someone, don’t use a weapon to hurt yourself or anyone else. Think before you react. Walk out of school. USE YOUR MIND. In most cases it seems, psychological warfare is the name of the game schools have inflicted upon students anyway. Catch them in their contradictions, their hypocrisies, and their weaknesses. The moral justification for some extreme measures below can be found in the fact that some circumstances may call for defensive measures that are similar to war time conditions and events.
The following ideas were compiled from all sorts of places. If anyone has a problem with that, they can know that they are published here in the spirit of Free Speech, and only as information to advance a worthy cause. If you are reading this to try and find ways to avoid gaining an education and understanding life, then you are missing one of the main points here. People experience life every moment they live. If you don’t know what you’re experiencing and have only a vague understanding of how to view life, then you have in fact, a vague life. Life involves education as a matter of natural course. Even the foundations with which we view our life by may grow. Sometimes the things we learn may be tremendously important, other times they contribute only subtly, yet life is a constant education. When you find that some form of education is not rewarding or beneficial, move on, don’t regress.
Character Class and Observations
There are different ways that people can go about resisting the corrupting, brainwashing education forced upon them in today’s schools. Use your talents. Like the military, know what your specific areas of training are. What is your primary way of operating? How about secondary? Are you the intelligence specialist type of person? Or do you excel in morale building, class clowning, playing it dumb to survive? Whatever style you work best in will determine what form of resistance will work best for you. Getting students to work together in these different ways of operation can make for some incredible school experiences.
Know yourself, know your opponent, and know who really is an opponent or not. Mistaking innocent bystanders for the enemy is an awful thing that brings hurt to those who don’t deserve it and wastes your time and resources fighting the wrong people. Also, some concepts of surviving school and resisting the system depend upon too much second-guessing of how school staff “will” react and respond to certain actions and strategies. “The teacher will then become sympathetic/unsuspecting/won’t have the guts/can’t afford to. . .” etc., etc. Though it’s good to know what may be more or less likely, too much guesswork can lead to disaster and expose the way you operate. Strategies that are too dependent on such things are weak. Choose things to protest against wisely. Don’t target too many things at one time.
Know your opposition. Are they using their job as a mere step to something else? Does this affect them? How? Do they not like their job? Are they bullheaded types? Are they hard to steer without a great deal of care? Are they like a big rock that takes a lot of effort to push at first, and then wwooooossshhh, down it goes? Or are they dedicated, devoted, out to actually help and assist? Find out how they think. Ask questions. Work accordingly.
Know when to play it smart and when to be affected by everything that’s going on. Exploit ramifications. Know when to cultivate your intelligence and play the pet. Use organization and disorganization. Some people are good at using appearance, hiding behind a mess of disorganization, the result of preoccupation with the pursuit of goals.
Work up to things. Be subtle. Desensitize. There are many possible roles. There is the student who is the champion of great causes and focuses attention in one direction, and there is also the martyr who focuses attention in another direction. Use health, sleep problems, family problems, etc., though be very careful not to abuse such things. Know what things that the class clown mode of operation can and can’t do. Stay in character. School staff are not totally stupid and can know when things are uncharacteristically coming from the wrong person.
Treat teachers like the professionals they are or think they are. It is not necessarily wise to use the “us versus them” approach. Teachers are not always united on everything among themselves. Students hide things, and so do teachers. Students shoot their mouth off sometimes, and so can teachers. Treat teachers like fellow human beings, and they may confide in you. But then again, even if they confide, not everything in life is trustable.
On other occasions (especially for the class clown role) it might be best to confront full on. But even then, be as polite as possible. If you are going to relentlessly call them on every thing you disagree with, do it in as a mature and peaceful way as possible. If they can’t handle contradiction or criticism, they might start getting angry, even shouting. If so, then get even more calm and logical. If they get more frustrated, then show them that that’s no way to act and keep pouring on the politeness. You’re treating them like a human being, why can’t they do the same in return? They have to play by the rules as much as anyone. Hence, as long as you happen to be in the right, this is a great time to drive it home that they can’t get away with acting like spoiled brats with lofty authority. Careful though, if you’re in the wrong you will just look stupid. Though it is preferable that they give up and play fair, who knows what they may drive themselves to say and do. If you’re going to have a remark for everything then be smart about it, otherwise it may all come back in your face. If you play by the rules in such an extreme manner and have done nothing wrong, you can’t really get in trouble for anything. Of course, that does not mean that you won’t get in trouble, but it does mean that you will have a lot of material from which to draw on against your opponents.
Some people have suggested things such as students performing school computer sabotage, the bombarding of school staff’s cell phones, and other sorts of technical harassment. Though for some people these may have their place at times, it is important to not close off all avenues of their escape. What I mean by this is that if you are in the process of tearing down the failed corrupt brick and mortar education system, leave open an alternative avenue, such as Internet education. Don’t just drive cattle into a dead end, give them some place more desirable to run to. If you show that technology is unreliable, you may be cutting your own throat. It’s easier to just spend time crushing the inefficient brick and mortar system with superior technology.
Stalling for time, starting discussions, asking staff to repeat themselves, and more certainly have their place. There are various sorts of physical interactions that students may perform differently in person than over a computer. Of course, depending on what type of computer interaction is possible, some of the same things may be performed during computer education classes as well. But if students wield their resistance wisely, they will try to drive things into areas where the advantages are on their side.
Start an information service to students (new and old alike) containing opinions and warnings about the teachers and administrators. For really bad school staff, some students may consider submitting reports on specific individuals to any other places of employment they may work at. Help make society efficient (though don’t be stupid about it). Compile all research (including any crazy school budgets and expenditures), publicize it on the Internet, and give it to students, faculty, school board, and community. Write reports on the kind of “education” at your school. Distribute it to parents at school functions. Use the Internet as a way of communicating and informing others about what is going on. Undermine the corrupt education system by using the Internet and appealing to it. Give your school and students subscriptions to underground Internet news.
Save your book reports and essays—use your computer to compile them. Outrace the failed education system by having answers easily at hand for any test that a school might throw at students. Make research and answers available on the Internet at various places dedicated to such tasks. Keep passing these things down for students to use the next year and have them add to it all, even reusing the answers yourself.
Use any “free choice” book reports, term papers, etc. to read revolutionary literature and further your agenda and that of your resistance group. Start a campaign to have a letter or symbol appear everywhere as the mark of angry students. Put up posters all around the school. Newspaper stands in buildings may be left unguarded. Some students may take out the papers and replace them with movement newspapers and flyers.
Wear Down the System
At times, as things progress, pressure may take more direct forms of expression. It is wise to be cautious in being involved with these kinds of ideas. The school may not view some things as just student pranks and may decide to bring in outside law enforcement to address some issues. Regardless, first and foremost it is recommended to avoid too much harassment to school nurses. You may need their services some day! But there are many other things that some people may exploit, as reported here for those who wish to be educated about such things (though they are not necessarily all endorsed).
Students might go to the office for any number of reasons (cause traffic). They might remove contents of teachers’ mailboxes, and they may print up things that are confidential or interesting, or print rap sheets with the names and telephone numbers of bad school staff on it and distribute it. They might risk calling them up from pay phones at any time of the day or night and reprimand them. To avoid legal hassles, and for safety’s sake, avoid giving out home addresses—though mailing subtle stuff to them at school where it may be seen by some students is a possibility.
Some students may consider flushing things down faculty toilets (spare the student toilets, and possibly force the faculty to use student toilets) like balloons filled with air, baseballs, huge amounts of toilet paper, etc. Students might rub lipstick, glue, Vaseline, or shit onto the doorknobs of the school's administrative offices.
There are students who might embark on forgery ideas (more risky). They might consider printing up false notices frequently using the same format as the school uses and distribute them to the teachers' mailboxes. Other students may leave phony letters of resignation from teachers or administrators on the principal's desk. Teachers sometime leave grade books, conduct sheets, and attendance records unguarded, of which certain students will take advantage. They might collect things that have teachers' signatures on them, and then paste them all down on a sheet of white paper and either Xerox or print up a bunch of copies. This they may use to make their own passes, forms, etc., if they don’t just take such things right out of the staff’s desks. Students might try putting a piece of carbon paper under the signature with the carbon paper facing down on what they want signed. Then they trace over the name with a steady relaxed hand. Other students may impersonate parental (or other) voices and make phone calls to the school.
Some students might liberate anything not bolted down and donate such items to a needy movement group, but that certainly can involve more than what some schools consider as just a prank. Likewise, others may embark on short-circuiting the school's wiring, or always carrying screwdrivers around and slowly dismantling the school (without putting lives at risk, and concentrating on extreme psychological torment of the faculty). Still others might disrupt the school’s intercom system using magnets near or on electrical connections of the speakers, or they might splice into the school's intercom system and operate through it from a remote hidden spot. Some students may even place drugs, alcohol, pornography, stolen items (or more subtle items), etc., in places where really bad administrators will get blamed for them, but if they do such things to a staff member who is not so bad the staff person might get replaced with someone even worse.
If school staff start cracking under the pressure and start doing things that could be construed as breaking one’s governmental rights, some students might consider performing citizen's arrests of the staff and then telephoning the police to come and take the criminals into custody.
Students might consider reprinting and circulate these and other concise things in underground school newspapers, in flyers, on the Internet, etc. Then, if student centered Internet education ever puts public brick and mortar education out of business, enjoy the freedom. It may not last long though as almost certainly it faces the same kind of tyranny, just government tyranny over the computer instead. But then there is all the information that resistance movements have compiled over the computer, the use of other Internets (such as Freenet), encryption, and God knows wherever else it may be leading to.
Note: Though some things may not be considered within a government’s rights to punish a student for, times change. Look out. Also, if you decide to quit school (a decision not to be made lightly), it would probably be best to gather all the information you can about home schooling, Internet education, etc. Be subtle about it. Break it to your parents easy. Consider subscriptions to home school magazines, or get information/propaganda pamphlets. Show them stuff on the foolish school shootings. Or, perhaps even better, get a job and just move away. Currently, there are pluses and minuses on either side of staying or leaving school. If you do leave, try to purse a good education. Yet either way, don’t take education for granted. It is very important to try to secure for yourself the education that the system is not giving to you. Knowledge is a form of power.
Written by: David Loren Buehner
13 September 2001