Why Education and Ideology Don't Mix | Video Interview with Will Reusch
"Teacher, leave those kids alone!"
Bad ideas are a true threat to our society today. They transform people into foot soldiers of destruction, whether through justifying physical violence or simply demonizing disagreement. But where do bad ideas come from and how do we combat them?
While most people fighting the culture war against bad ideas focus on stopping their spread in universities or debunking the ideas themselves, another battlefront has been left unmanned.
Narrow-mindedness and unquestioning obedience are seeping into people’s minds much earlier than we’re willing to face.
In our debut guest essay, high-school teacher Will Reusch took us through his story of realizing activist teachers are increasingly placing ideology above education. Will took the black sheep approach, being willing to question and discuss the critical social justice concepts educators began pressuring others to accept. If you haven’t read his essay and seen his “discussion” (it’s more like an attempted struggle session) with a few notable activist educators, it will fire you up.
We followed up with Will to dive deep into how the education industry has strayed so far from the principles of critical thinking, curiosity, and personal growth we hope our kids are learning. Will talks with lots of incredible thinkers, from Eric Weinstein to Africa Brooke; yet, he’s found most people who care about improving our culture haven’t taken a hard look at the place forming the next generation’s worldview: schools.
This interview will give you a deep understanding of how the education industry is undermining our culture and what it’ll take to change this. We discussed:
how critical social justice activism is showing up in schools
what the purpose of education should be vs. what it is today
how being a black sheep can help you expose the truth
how to talk productively with ideologically-captured people
embodying curiosity and civil disagreement when it’s the hardest
what the future of education could be
Jump to the following time code to go straight to your area of interest:
2:54 Discovering The Close-Mindedness in Education
9:15 Why Teachers Shouldn't Be Activists
15:08 Is School Supposed To Be About Critical Thinking?
19:30 When & Where Did The Problem Start?
25:08 Having Conversations With Disingenuous People
35:12 Should We Be Kind To Malicious People?
46:55 How Will Is Building The Future of Education
53:24 The Role Of Teachers In An AI and VR Future
58:12 Schools Can Be Like Prisons For Children
This conversation needs to reach people far and wide—especially people who aren’t aware the reality of critical social justice is far darker than it seems. We aren’t trying to build an echo chamber of people who all agree on the problem, we’re trying to help others realize there’s a problem at all.
That’s where you come in, readers of The Black Sheep.
Please watch this video, share it, and leave a comment with your favorite point to help us reverse today’s collective dysfunction. The more we boost the truth and offer an alternative path, the more people we can redirect away from bad ideas.
Thank you for your help.