Frequently Asked Questions: Part Four
Shaun Kerry, M.D.
Diplomate, American Board
of Psychiatry and Neurology
Q. What should
we do if sending
letters to our
representatives is not achieving good results?
A. Contribute to the production of our dramatic feature film which
convey these principles in an impactful and entertaining way.
Q. Why do mindless people try to exercise power
and control over others?
A. Generally it is due
to feelings of deprivation and fear arising during their development as a result of control, neglect,
Q. At what age should the educational system
make audio-visual instruction available in the bottleneck
fields, including medicine, plumbing, electrical, and air-conditioning?
Preschool, Elementary School, Junior High School, High School, or
A. It depends on the student. The students will tell you when
and what they are ready to learn, and each student should
have the freedom to pursue his own interests. Most schools have
many rooms, and different things will be going on in each room.
The student could choose what room he wants to be in at what time, given
space limitations. Part of being an education manager is observing
the students and paying attention to the things to which they respond.
Social interaction is especially important for the early age groups.
||Q. Other than
presenting students with audio-visual presentations,
how can we help teachers lessen
A. The biggest frustration that
teachers have, is dealing with students who they perceive as not wanting
to learn. When the schools give up forcing students, and allow the
students to choose what
|they want to learn, then the school will be a
friendly place to be. The teachers will be happier, because the
students will regard them as helpers rather than adversaries.
Q. Do you believe the apprentices should be
paid for their services or should it be done on a credit only
basis. If so, then this might overburden the student by having to
take another job or two to meet living expenses.
A. This would be
a matter between the student and the mentor, and subject to
negotiation. If we take medicine, for example, I would not expect
that the beginning student to be paid. But this is a far better
deal than the present system, in which the student pays big money.
Q. How do you propose to implement a
teleconferencing network for students to be directly
exposed to cutting-edge scientific discoveries?
Teleconferencing software is currently a part of newer operating system software. Someone with a strong aptitude
for computers, including many high school and college students, could
set it up within a few hours. Currently, practically all high
schools have web sites which are built by volunteer students. When
we eliminate forced assignments, grades, and required courses, a huge
amount of the student's time will be freed up to devote to these
projects. The students and teachers would work cooperatively and
organize committees to make it work to their satisfaction. The
cost would be negligible, because the energy now being put into busywork
would be transferred to establishing relationships with industry and
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