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Weeping, Confession, and Hugs Replace Reading, Writing, and Math at School

Will you child be participating in Challenge Day?

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Paula Bolyard

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October 2, 2013 - 10:00 am
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Do you know about Challenge Day? If not, you may want to find out if your child’s school is hosting this intrusive, emotionally manipulative, Oprah-endorsed program that promises to provide schools and communities with “experiential programs that demonstrate the possibility of love and connection through the celebration of diversity, truth, and full expression.” Challenge Day claims the program has been presented to a million students in 400 cities in 47 states.

By “full expression” they mean confession, lots of hugs and physical contact, and tears — the weeping and gnashing of teeth kind of tears.

The “Be the Change School Guide for Creating the School of Your Dreams” has high hopes for the program — world peace: “With the ever growing increase of violence and oppression in our schools and on our planet, we believe a commitment to these simple principles can actually create peace on earth.” They attempt to accomplish that by addressing issues they believe are common in schools, including “cliques, gossip, rumors, negative judgments, teasing, harassment, isolation, stereotypes, intolerance, racism, sexism, bullying, violence, homophobia, hopelessness, apathy, and hidden pressures to create an image, achieve or live up to the expectations of others.”

Schools pay $3200 (plus travel expenses) to bring the Challenge Day program, which was the subject of the MTV series, If You Really Knew Me, to their students.

Permission slips warn parents that “students can and often do share personal difficulties and experiences with the group” and the experience can be “emotional.”

Participants are confined to a room for 6 1/2 hours during the school day. Challenge Day heavily regulates the environment. Everything from the room size, to the temperature of the room, to the windows (must be covered), to the chairs (no arm rests), is controlled. Challenge Day even dictates the number and size of tissue boxes schools must provide.

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This sounds like one of the "experimental" programs we were subjected to in my mid-60's high school (in California). It was only tried with our "advanced group" which was led by a team of teachers who were almost all Liberals. Most of us students thought it was BS, and some of us said so. The ones who had spoken honestly, suddenly found we were mocked by the teachers as being "unfeeling" and "uncaring". The class (of 100 students) split into "Liberals" and "Conservatives" and spent the rest of our high school years sniping at each other. Nearly fifty years later, at our reunions, these divisions remain.
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This is not a new program. As a former teacher, I can attest that this type of student and teacher manipulation has been around since at least the early '70s - possibly before, but unlikely. It came in with the new progressive agendas, the newly created Department of Education and from the liberal education departments of major universities.

During my forty year career, I taught in three different school systems in three different states, North, West, and South, during all or part of four decades and this type of tripe was pushed at one time or another in all of them.

I know from experience that a number of people who participated in these charades and took them seriously, exposing their emotional sides and reaping some temporary euphoria, ended up in the long run regretting the whole game when they realized that they were manipulated and exposed for no good long-term reason. In fact, some became more reserved in their activities when it dawned on them that what was said in these gatherings did not stay in these gatherings - but led to other problems with their co-workers and fellow students.

The person that knows your secrets can lead you around by your nose.
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Sounds like something from the Soviet Union, Mao's China, Vietnam, etc. They were really big on public confessions.
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Exactly. It's the old communist self-criticism
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Self-criticism
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We're not breaking down barriers y'know...... we're breaking down emotional and mental resilience. You can place a superior curricula in math, language and history on top of this and it would all be moot. That's the pernicious aspect of it.........
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I have never been so proud to be an emotionally repressed, WASP introvert in my life. How dare these preening emotional bullies demand that we applaud their very existance. Someday, perhaps soon, these simpering prima donas will get a big, cold slap of reality, and there won't be a group hug at the end.

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...in the olden days, some of this used to be called "growing up" and the conflict and angst it caused was unavoidable.
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