Plan your escape from academia before you enter it


darkbeaver
#1
Sunday, February 26, 2012

Students: Plan your escape from academia before you enter it



The undergraduate degree is a brutal endurance test for obedience. It is an imposed gateway into graduate or professional school where you hope things will be somewhat more sane.

Actually, graduate or professional school will rob you of you. Powerful structural forces will draw you into the profession where you will be pushed to brainwash yourself into accepting an ideology of service to the established order, at the expense of your moral values.[1]

Most of your colleagues will accept this personal transformation and its associated benefits of high social status and financial rewards. They will believe the mythology of the profession because this mythology facilitates preserving a positive self-image in spite of the reality of the oppressive system that they are being groomed to serve and maintain.

They will also increase their class bias (class-ism) in order to cope with the class oppression that they are trained to support. And they will begin to practice ancillary donations of their time (vanity volunteerism) aimed at medicating lower class "suffering", "public ignorance", "poverty", and so on -- by serving on various committees, boards, and with public lectures and conference papers about social problems. All part of the needed guilt alleviation and maintenance of positive self-image.

They will learn to accentuate extreme aversion to in-class injustices (age, gender, race, sexual-orientation, and so on) while doing nothing to address the gross inter-class inequities that dominate the social landscape. The greater the aversion, the better one can avoid the obvious.

They will "think globally and act locally": Perceive sanitized planetary-scale threats and act within their class to address these perceived threats via their every day lifestyle and consumer choices and via weekend political "agency". Or form some other self-supported social network of validation.

If you foresee that you will have significant difficulty with the imposed personal transition required in graduate and professional training, then you can plan your escape before you enter.

Expect to be shocked by the requirements of the profession, by the definition of "professionalism". Recognize that you are being subjected to a cleansing. Know that it is wrong and that you are right. Find friends who, like you, want to survive with their personalities and values intact, rather than "adapt".

Plan to weather the storm without buying into the lies. Cynicism is only a face-saving way to buy into the lie. It won't save you. You need to actively push the limits of your resistance every step of the process in order to discover yourself and preserve yourself. This will also expose the true nature of the beast that wants to eat you.

You won't make friends with the bosses and you won't be rewarded with high grades and praise but you will learn more and be more authentic. You will prepare yourself for a real life in the real world, not a class-secluded life in a superficial world. You will be more able to love yourself and to love others. It's not called "the good fight" for nothing.

You'll get true feedback from your environment. If they are not coming after you then you are faking it.

You can figure out how to graduate while pushing back. That is the challenge; that will preserve you rather than destroy you.

Or, just kiss ass and you will "succeed".
 
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L Gilbert
+5
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...... or else do like the Beaver and cure yourself: Psychedelic drugs return as potential treatments for mental illness | Moheb Costandi | Science | guardian.co.uk
 
WLDB
+3
#3
Did Rick Santorum write this?
 
The Old Medic
+2
#4
Darkbeaver, you are completely insane.

Please, get some treatment, for your owe sake.
 
Cliffy
+2
#5
Quote: Originally Posted by The Old Medic View Post

Darkbeaver, you are completely insane.
Please, get some treatment, for your owe sake.

And this is precisely why the Beav is right - brain dead compliance with slave mentality and soul destroying acceptance of the status quo. Anybody who dares to think for themselves outside the accepted social norm must be insane. Sorry folks, but blind adherence to the norm is insane. It is to become Borg.
 
#juan
+1
#6
Quote: Originally Posted by Cliffy View Post

And this is precisely why the Beav is right - brain dead compliance with slave mentality and soul destroying acceptance of the status quo. Anybody who dares to think for themselves outside the accepted social norm must be insane. Sorry folks, but blind adherence to the norm is insane. It is to become Borg.

The "slave mentality" is completely in your head. Beaver's copy and paste was written by another paranoid who has the same twisted view of life and education that beaver has..........could beaver be copying his own stuff?
 
55Mercury
+1
#7
I've always been a non-conformist of sorts.

In fact, I liken automatic updates to drinking the kool-aid ... just turn that **** off! You can't really trust that all they're doing isn't installing yet another way to track you, can you?
 
Nuggler
#8
Quote: Originally Posted by The Old Medic View Post

Darkbeaver, you are completely insane.

Please, get some treatment, for your owe sake.



How much do you "owe" Beave?? I could spring for a couple bucks.
 
55Mercury
#9
yeah, this spring, or next?
 
Nuggler
+2
#10
Quote: Originally Posted by 55Mercury View Post

yeah, this spring, or next?


You're too damn quick for me, Merc. ...................next.
 
LiesOfTheIntell
#11
Darkbeaver nailed it. That was very well written, thank you for sharing it

I was astonished to find that my local University - The University of Western Ontario, oops (It's now being re-branded) I mean Western University hosting a student pop of some 43,000 has a budget roughly equal to the entire city of London, pop 350,000. There is something wrong with that picture.

I once met a prof there who did charity work overseas, he wouldn't get his hands dirty in a local smelly soup kitchen. Teh term "vanity volunteerism" is indeed apt. The student body runs a day fo fundraising for cystic fibrosis, the students spread out all over the city soliciting funds. While 20 years ago it was quite successful, nowadays they are ignored, most people seeing this fundraising as being self serving, under-grads raising funds to support science grads. They are ignored - even shunned.

Though it has a "world renonwed" Business School, 78% of MBA grads credit the majority of their success to the social networking not to the academic experience or scholastic training. It's "who you know not what you know."

I think it is a real myth that Universities exist to serve society, I think they primarily serve themselves and their class, as Noam Chomsky put it "institutions of higher learning foppishly serve those with privilege and power." I agree with this. For example while almost every Economics Dept. in teh country supported free trade, you won't see Dean replacing Prof's with cheap foreign talent. We have an economy which increasingly exists to serve teh health care system (almost half of our tax dollars go to "health care.") It's ridiculous.

And now the fraud of a "knowledge based economy" and the need for more training. Here's your "knowledge based economy":
 
fuzzylogix
+2
#12
Quote: Originally Posted by darkbeaver View Post

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Students: Plan your escape from academia before you enter it



The undergraduate degree is a brutal endurance test for obedience. It is an imposed gateway into graduate or professional school where you hope things will be somewhat more sane.

Actually, graduate or professional school will rob you of you. Powerful structural forces will draw you into the profession where you will be pushed to brainwash yourself into accepting an ideology of service to the established order, at the expense of your moral values.[1]

Most of your colleagues will accept this personal transformation and its associated benefits of high social status and financial rewards. They will believe the mythology of the profession because this mythology facilitates preserving a positive self-image in spite of the reality of the oppressive system that they are being groomed to serve and maintain.

They will also increase their class bias (class-ism) in order to cope with the class oppression that they are trained to support. And they will begin to practice ancillary donations of their time (vanity volunteerism) aimed at medicating lower class "suffering", "public ignorance", "poverty", and so on -- by serving on various committees, boards, and with public lectures and conference papers about social problems. All part of the needed guilt alleviation and maintenance of positive self-image.

They will learn to accentuate extreme aversion to in-class injustices (age, gender, race, sexual-orientation, and so on) while doing nothing to address the gross inter-class inequities that dominate the social landscape. The greater the aversion, the better one can avoid the obvious.

They will "think globally and act locally": Perceive sanitized planetary-scale threats and act within their class to address these perceived threats via their every day lifestyle and consumer choices and via weekend political "agency". Or form some other self-supported social network of validation.

If you foresee that you will have significant difficulty with the imposed personal transition required in graduate and professional training, then you can plan your escape before you enter.

Expect to be shocked by the requirements of the profession, by the definition of "professionalism". Recognize that you are being subjected to a cleansing. Know that it is wrong and that you are right. Find friends who, like you, want to survive with their personalities and values intact, rather than "adapt".

Plan to weather the storm without buying into the lies. Cynicism is only a face-saving way to buy into the lie. It won't save you. You need to actively push the limits of your resistance every step of the process in order to discover yourself and preserve yourself. This will also expose the true nature of the beast that wants to eat you.

You won't make friends with the bosses and you won't be rewarded with high grades and praise but you will learn more and be more authentic. You will prepare yourself for a real life in the real world, not a class-secluded life in a superficial world. You will be more able to love yourself and to love others. It's not called "the good fight" for nothing.

You'll get true feedback from your environment. If they are not coming after you then you are faking it.

You can figure out how to graduate while pushing back. That is the challenge; that will preserve you rather than destroy you.

Or, just kiss ass and you will "succeed".

Or you could just lie about going to Grad school and having an MBA so you can get a six figure salary being CEO of ORNGE.
 
darkbeaver
+1
#13
School is a bad place to get an education.
 
WLDB
#14
Quote: Originally Posted by darkbeaver View Post

School is a bad place to get an education.

Unfortunately they are the only places that make those pieces of paper that employers want to see.
 
Cliffy
#15
Quote: Originally Posted by WLDB View Post

Unfortunately they are the only places that make those pieces of paper that employers want to see.

Lots of web sites that'll give you a certificate for real cheep. Save all those tuition fees and a lifetime of debt.
 
karrie
#16
lol.. great little article beaver.

I have brushed up against a lot of 'higher education snobbery' in my time. I'm a highschool graduate who chose to get married at 19, start having babies at 20, all while hitched to the boy I started dating when I was 14, who used to serve mass in my small town Catholic church, votes Conservative, and works in the oilpatch. I am the poster girl for WHAT NOT TO BE. Yet, I've also earned a reputation, as has my husband, amongst our friends, of being 'the brain', the one to take a problem to. My husband is on equal footing with my university friends (and at 32 I still have friends and relatives who are busy with uni, working on their doctorates), and the conversation while sitting around having drinks or hot tubbing is usually quite deep. One girlfriend in particular, working on her anthropology, leaps out as being a friend who seeks us out when she wants a mentally engaging night.

And yet, she's also the first one to say that she will never date outside of the doctorate program because anyone who hasn't gone to school like she has, couldn't be on equal intellectual footing, and would surely bore her. Hmmm.

While no single one of my friends or family fit what your article describes perfectly, their combined features are so similar that the stereotype made me laugh. And I'd highly suggest that anyone who takes serious issue with it probably does so because they fit the description too closely for their liking
 
WLDB
#17
Quote: Originally Posted by karrie View Post


And yet, she's also the first one to say that she will never date outside of the doctorate program because anyone who hasn't gone to school like she has, couldn't be on equal intellectual footing, and would surely bore her. Hmmm.

Sounds like she goes to Western. They're a pretentious bunch.
 
Kreskin
#18
My story is somewhat similar to karrie's. However I spent more time skipping school than attending. It wasn't until I began a now 25 year career in financial services that I acually paid attention to anything that involved critical thinking. Over the years I acquired bits and pieces of courses through work. Got a CFP and a bunch of related stuff. Then self taught web design/programming, and in doing so became very curious about statistics. Interested in a specific health issue I prepared and published a statistical analysis. It somehow became part of an Ontario government healthcare economics report. Today I work in in a place that has about 30 staff, some very schooled, yet I've developed a reputation of being the numbers guy .. yet I probably couldn't pass grade 10 math. It's kind of funny.
 
Cliffy
#19
Reminds me of a retired high school principal who is also an published author. He used to have deep philosophical discussions with my best friend for years. One day he asked which university my friend attended. My friend answered the University of Hard Knocks. The old fart wouldn't talk to him any more. When he found out we were friends, the principal would even acknowledge my presence and I have published more books than he has, several on philosophy and history. Funny how people think a piece of paper makes them smarter and better than those without.
 
Cliffy
#20
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