The Factory Mindset … Time to Update Our Way of Thinking About Education

We knew it was coming. They, the forerunners, have been telling us for years that one day farming and industry would no longer dominate and drive our “industry” but would be replaced by the Information Age. We have been told for years that our world would be changed beyond what many of us could dream or even comprehend.

For me, the cartoon, The Jetsons, comes to mind, especially since now we can now “talk” with each other through computer screens as they did in the cartoon fifty years ago.

But the change is more important, broader in-depth, and wider in scope, and even more difficult to achieve when people cling to the traditions that no longer serve us, including the traditional thinking of the industrial age … such as the Factory Education model, when for the most part, the western world lives and grows more enveloped by the Information Age.

The Factory Education model was developed to pour the majority of people through a boxed form of education through institutions in order to prepare a workforce for the changing times from farming to industry. Still going strong today, even with new knowledge, science continues to prove that not everyone learns best in “boxed environments” where everyone is expected to be the same, to learn the same way and to do the same job at the end of their studies.

Even with the multitude of field of study, the Factory Education model still works from the same generic teaching format even with the knowledge gained that very different personality types with complex blends of learning and communication styles, plus diverse social beliefs and experiences, plus the prejudices created by The Disrespect Philosophy that teaches us all no one is to be respected for who they are as unique individuals but for what we judge them as valuable “for” simply means one type of education model is not only inappropriate and not very effective, but very costly in terms of individual and our collective welfare, particularly the varying levels of neglect and abuse the Factory Education model forces upon people with its conformity mandate.

As you may have discovered yesterday by looking up the website I recommended for viewing, people do not quit learning when they abandon their formal institutional studies. I know I certainly did not. Interestingly enough I discovered, my studies, research, analysis and own writing became more prolific as I focused much better in the environments most conducive to my learning styles, mostly at home. And as the list of dropouts shows I am not alone. On the contrary many people become quite successful with their own course of study, well beyond the average person when they leave the Factory Education institutions and strike out on their own. Such people are also so successful because they are forced by their discomfort in the traditional to do the “untraditional” which requires them to think well outside of the box the Factory Model institutions create.

Does this mean the institutionalized education model is becoming irrelevant? No. What it means is we have to move past the traditional way of thinking and doing to foster thriving in everyone.

Maria Montessori developed her educational theory and practice to teach young children based on the university model that encouraged a child’s natural curiosity to foster his and her drive for learning, enabling them to work on their own and together with others at time, guided, of course, but even with the success generated by its students, Montessori Schools are, like universities, mostly accessible by people with the money.

But as the history of dropout successes reveal as does our general history, as much as some people want their children to be the next “great” whatever, we never know where the next “great” is going to come from … so it is vital and beneficial to all of us if we create different education models accessible to all people.

Familiarity with the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality types reveals there are two primary types that are then split into sub-categories based on three other dominant factors. The consultants, Paul D. Tieger and Barbara Barron-Tieger, research revealed the majority of the population are Extroverts … those whose brains require external stimulation around them constantly to feel engaged and energized; therefore also revealing that the Introverts, whose brains, in contrast, receive excessive amounts of internal stimulation and as a result, thrive in quieter home, learning, working, and social environments and activities.

Yet the Factory Education model does not take this into consideration and our schools, particularly junior and senior high school, college and university, reveal the results in the typical stereotyping of students, plus the often tragic consequences created by both the education model and The Disrespect Philosophy.

I believe, with a higher Respect Level, we can honor all individuals by developing new education models to meet the education needs and learning styles more efficiently, effectively and compassionately.

First we must recognize the damage being done to people’s psyches by forcing them against their will to do and be what they are not and to learn in the one way someone has deemed “best.” Recognizing also, the financial burden we put upon our society for having to “correct” and “remedy” the effects created by the damage done by the Factory Education model, we will be more motivated to support not just alternative education, but to establish the two education models suited to the two major personality types and their learning styles.

Like any change, it is not so much learning the new way of thinking and doing things that impedes us … but often it is our refusal to accept that once was working, or was perceived to be working, is no longer working for the purpose the way intended. New knowledge is being discovered and developed every day. Embracing what we know now to make life better for all people will elevate the quality of life … the standard of living of all people, while at the same time, will empower us to use our resources more effectively … to feed, clothe, shelter, educate … so we ensure those who have “great” talents, gifts and ideas that will help lift us all up higher and higher are provided the support to do so … but we cannot do so if we refuse to adapt … to move beyond “tradition” for the sake of staying traditional.

Personally, I enjoy the sand, sea and grass under my feet, so I have no desire to live way above ground like the Jetsons, yet I strongly desire humanity to be inclusive and respectful of our differences … and therefore more adaptive and accommodating to everyone … because I believe every child … every person … should know, by their own experience, they are valued … RESPECTED … and when they are, the world, our shared world, will be a far better place than anything we have yet seen or imagined for all of us.

June 27, 2014

KAT (Kaitlin A. Trepanier)

All rights reserved by KAT (Kaitlin Ann Trepanier) and DARK HORSES PRODUCTIONS launching September 2014 … Entrepreneur, Creative Writer, Visual Artist, The RESPECT Specialist and Architect of the global initiative Connecting the Dots … with The RESPECT PRINCIPLE … because every child … every person … should know, by their own experience, they are valued … RESPECTED.

Oppression by physical violence … deadly, but spirit oppression by those who do not know they are oppressed …

We know oppression by physical violence is deadly, but often we are not aware of the more life-threatening oppression of people’s spirits by those who are not even aware they are oppressed and, as a result, cast their oppression onto those they are supposed to be “helping.”

Nowhere is this more prevalent than in those who are supposed to lead others into the future … whether the leader is a parent, teacher, principal, counsellor, minister, politician, or mentor of any kind … anyone in a position of authority.

How we can determine if we are being led by an “oppressed” leader is by their words and actions that seek to keep us small and limited based on their oppression … their own experience of being oppressed … being told by words and actions their dreams and goals were not possible and so took the path their own leaders told them to take … and they too became like their leaders … oppressed, bitter and jaded … passing on the legacy of oppression without even knowing it.

Over my lifespan, what was applauded in my life was my conformity to other people’s expectations, regardless of what I wanted. Just because I could do well what other oppressed people valued, did not mean I valued what I could do … and over time, the denial of what I knew I could do, with time, study and experimentation turned me into an oppressed, bitter and jaded person till I became so sick in the spirit I had no desire to live.

Interestingly enough, as my Respect Level has grown, I repeatedly have to stand up against, not the physical oppression, but the constant onslaught of the oppression of the unconscious … a “traditional” mentor who attempted to slay with sarcasm and dismissal that writing a book was not “real work,” which I gather he has never done because he would know how much work it is … an employment “counsellor” who also attempted to dismiss “creativity” as something wives of Bruce Power husbands do because they can afford to create at their leisure and at their husband’s expense.

As I wrote yesterday in, “If I knew then what I know now …” my few previous attempts to reclaim my own identity, gifts, talents and abilities have been met with an unexpected backlash of negativity and what I now recognize as the spirit oppression by those who too were spirit oppressed but still do not know it.

All of which fuels my passion even more to raise both individual and our global Respect Level because we know what to do with the oppressors who use violence physically … we return the same on them, but as of yet, on a mass level, we have not even recognized how we are passing on the oppression by the denial of its existence and its impact on our lives and the lives of those we lead by example.

To “oppress” means to weigh heavily on the mind, spirit or senses; to keep down by the cruel or unjust use of power; tyrannize over.

Being “oppressive” is distressing, not only physically but also mentally.

When any person takes on any role of leadership, guiding and mentoring others, what would serve everyone is simply the recognition of one’s own oppression, overcoming it and helping others to do the same … so they can rise to their potential … not be limited by oppression’s weight that attempts to keep people small, limited and powerless … because keeping people small, limited and powerless is also what drives our economy … keeping our wealth capped by the those who seek their false security by their control by oppression over other people … so they feel more valued … respected.

The problem is oppressors will never ever find the peace and wealth they crave … because peace and wealth are only born of the freedom to be who we really are as unique individuals discovering, developing and delivering to the world what only we have to offer.

Ironically, in the end, the oppressors are the ones who ultimately suffer the most by the legacy of oppression they pass on … for they will never be happy, satisfied, fulfilled … and wealthy in the way that counts most … in their spirit.

June 24, 2014

KAT (Kaitlin A. Trepanier)

All rights reserved by KAT (Kaitlin Ann Trepanier) and DARK HORSES PRODUCTIONS launching September 2014 … Entrepreneur, Creative Writer, Visual Artist, The RESPECT Specialist and Architect of the global initiative Connecting the Dots … with The RESPECT PRINCIPLE … because every child … every person … should know, by their own experience, they are valued … RESPECTED.

Time with Dad today … priceless. And the words he inspired …

For all the years
you were there for me
and all the years
you were not.

For all the years
I was not there with you
I am glad the time did come
when back together we came.

For these past few years
dear Dad of mine,
I have come to know the boy
inside of the man too …

And for these many reasons
I feel incredibly blessed.

Happy Father’s Day Dad.

Your eldest daughter,
Kaitlin …
and your once little girl,

June 15, 2014

Kaitlin A. Trepanier

All rights reserved by KAITLIN ANN (TREPANIER)/Future DARK HORSES PRODUCTIONS … Entrepreneur, Creative Writer, Visual Artist, and The RESPECT Specialist, architect of the global initiative Connecting the Dots … with The RESPECT PRINCIPLE … because every child … every person … should know, by their own experience, they are valued … RESPECTED.

Why would I give you the time of day?

Dear Unknown Callers with Mystery Phone Numbers,

Other than many of the obvious benefits of the technology, a high RESPECT LEVEL advantage of new technology today is also the opportunity for people with cell phones is to say “No” by actions or words to people who do not respect … value our time.

With name and number call display technology, now we get to choose who we want to speak to on our telephone. We can now choose who we will allow to take up our time. We decide who will be in our life … or who will not.

Balance is now finally attainable, at least with regard to the phone and interruptions. Before cell phones, when the phone rang, the phone’s shrill echoed off our home’s walls and many people would scurry to discover who wanted to enter their world. That was before telemarketers turned many people away from their phones because of their unwanted interruptions day and night.

Messages left on answering machines were often welcome at the end of the day because we could choose when to respond or whom to, but even then, LAN lines and answering machines could not keep up with our needs with so many us unavailable during emergencies or even when our plans changed and we needed to know before we got home to check the answering machine.

LAN lines are still great tools, especially because of the vulnerability of cell phones to conditions that do not affect LAN lines, but having both is now questionable as necessary, especially when there is also Skype to communicate with by video online. Personally though, I enjoyed having a LAN line after years of just having a cell phone, though when I do have a LAN line again, the number will be private and used for private personal and business calls … but all incoming calls will still be routed through my cell phone because I now have, not only the technology that enables me to make that choice, but also a high enough RESPECT LEVEL to know I have the right to choose who I will let into my personal world through my phone.

So, unknown callers with no phone number revealed on call display, why would I give you the time of day if you will not give me the courtesy of knowing who you are before I allow you into my life? Revealing who you are on my phone enables me to manage my time effectively and respond accordingly to the demands on my time. Revealing who you are on my phone demonstrates your high RESPECT LEVEL for my time. And if you leave a message, rather than calling repeatedly showing unknown caller, no phone number and no message, I can reciprocate in kind by calling back … demonstrating a high RESPECT LEVEL for your time and effort to contact me.

However, if we have communicated directly, by talking or leaving messages on each other’s messaging system and one of us does not want to engage, then just stop calling and move on. Life is too short … time is far too precious and everyone is worthy of being treated respectfully … whether in person on the Internet … or on the phone.

June 10, 2014

Kaitlin A. Trepanier

All rights reserved by KAITLIN ANN (TREPANIER)/Future DARK HORSES PRODUCTIONS … Entrepreneur, Creative Writer, Visual Artist, and The RESPECT Specialist, architect of the global initiative Connecting the Dots … with The RESPECT PRINCIPLE … because every child … every person … should know, by their own experience, they are valued … RESPECTED.

When “Negative” is a Good Thing!

Being positive is a good thing because positive thinking helps us overcome obstacles, keeps us moving forward and empowers us to meet new challenges head on … makes us bold, brave, courageous and wonderfully alive!

Yet a “Negative” is also a good thing when tests come back and the “Negative” means all is well.

The other time “Negative” is a great thing is like today when I received the “Negative” on my Vulnerable Sector Check so I can start volunteering in Kincardine. Anything but a “Negative’ would have been a surprise but just yesterday I was reading in the Owen Sun Times that the Canadian Civil Liberties Association has come out with a report concluding “Police forces across the country are running millions of record checks per year and are disclosing information that goes far beyond convictions and formal findings of guilt. (Alan Shanoff, Owen Sound Sun Times).

If you have seen Robert Redford’s latest film, The Company You Keep, you will understand why the “Negative” is important to me. For five years, I shared an apartment in Toronto with a man I had met while living in Oshawa. We were both struggling to get back on our feet after being beaten down by a number of personal tragedies. He had just lost his girlfriend to cancer and the husband the had been separated from her returned during her illness and kept my friend from his girlfriend and even from her funeral.

We dated for a few months, but I knew quickly he was not someone for me to have a relationship with. Several months later, we met again briefly and I discovered that the rooming house he had been sharing with an old friend had become derelict. The “respected” owner had drug problems and a variety of legal problems. The house had become a shambles. What was once an old estate home had quickly turned into a pit with no hydro and no running water plus other problems. Dishes and garbage hid the small kitchen from view. The upstairs shared bathroom between three men reeked from the urine puddles on the floor. Tucked in his room, amongst all his theatre paraphernalia, the shell of a man I had met several months ago sat as immobile as the huge puppet heads surrounding him.

Recently moved from a small room in a “rooming house” to a basement apartment I spent hours cleaning and painting, I could not wait to find a decent apartment to share. I thought we could help each other get back on our feet. I already knew I wanted nothing more from him than friendship, someone to come home to, someone to talk to … who understood how it felt to fall so far and how difficult it felt trying to regain footing.

Within months he regained some of his composure and became driven to move back to Toronto; the place he had called home since his teenage years before his move to Pickering to live with his girlfriend and work near her. For five years, we shared a place on the far west end of Toronto and though a few times we tried to be more than friends, it never lasted, especially as I was discovering some of his dark secrets … secrets that made me pull further and further away though we were sharing the same living space simply because I wanted to move forward with my life and he was stuck in his past; angry and bitter and not caring much how his words and actions affected other people.

Like Redford in the film The Company You Keep who was judged guilty of an event because of his known association with people, I later realized I had been too, but not during the time I shared the space with him. I did not think I was being judged for the company I had kept till I finally moved away and then heard people’s comments about him and me. What astounded me more was the realization that people just could not seem to understand those “cast aside” by society gravitate towards each other because they have been cast aside … rejected first usually for differences and then later for things they may do in their pain of rejection.

The problem is without a high enough RESPECT LEVEL developed at a young age, rejection devastates people, causing them to often turn to others rejected and depending on the people they then connect with, their lives can become a vortex filled with things they can’t see or don’t want to see … just because they want someone to see them, hear them …

Stories reveal the countless number of people who later admitted they sensed something was more wrong than they thought, but for whatever reason, they stayed and stayed and stayed till they became the collateral damage of lives gone wild. When the parade of girlfriends started to arrive in the small apartment, I could finally use the excuse that it was too crowded for three to live in when the last girlfriend arrived along with a steady stream of her belongings.

Eager to raise my own RESPECT LEVEL to get out from the darkness my life had become filled with, I finally left amidst a violent stream of dialogue that lasted several months and included a visit to a police station to consider options. But I felt so sorry for the broken man who seemed unable to move past his pain and I just let time handle the problems he poured into my email and cell phone. Fortunately, I knew better when I left to make sure I had moved several hours away and then only five months later returned to Kincardine; the place I had left at age twenty-nine filled with the hope of a new, better and successful life.

A lot happened while I was away from here … business college, some university, arts college, a few awards, seven years with a progressive international company and much more great stuff, but I realized yesterday after reading the Owen Sound Sun Times article that the way police were gathering and providing information, I was also thinking about Redford and the company I had kept and the impact it could have on me and my goals if my friendship and sharing of a home for five years with someone who perhaps had done things I was not even aware of … things that could have marred my own goals of developing a higher RESPECT LEVEL for myself as well as for others.

I am glad I was able to be there for my friend yet I am also glad I finally found the strength to no longer keep company with him. And today, when I picked up the “Negative” Vulnerable Sector Check, I was thrilled and grateful I left when I did to see his company ultimately did not impair my reputation.

Being alone, learning how to treat one’s self more respectfully means I will attract people who will also treat me more respectfully … because I will no longer accept anything less … because I am learning I do not have to. As wonderfully said in the 80’s cult classic film, Some Kind of Wonderful, “I would rather be alone for the right reason than be with someone for the wrong reason.” Ditto.

And though I have had a few years in my own places since then, for now I am glad to be sharing my living space with my brother who helps fill that lonely space I sometimes find myself in … till the next phase of my life leads me elsewhere.

June 6, 2014

Kaitlin A. Trepanier

All rights reserved by KAITLIN A. TREPANIER/ DARK HORSES PRODUCTIONS … Creative Writer, Visual Artist and The RESPECT Specialist, architect of the global initiative Connecting the Dots … with The RESPECT PRINCIPLE … because every child … every person … should know, by their own experience, they are valued … RESPECTED.

Difficult People … or Difficult World?

We have all met them. People who just rub us the wrong way … who get our back up … who we just want to say or do something to in order to let them know we do not like them, don’t approve of them, their choices, lifestyle … whatever.

In fact, as books, television, movies and the news show us, many of us even have family members we just can’t stand … and for some people their feelings about other family members even motivate them to commit crimes, even murder.

But are people being difficult for the sake of being difficult? Are people you consider difficult really difficult … or just different? And how much different?

In Connecting the Dots … with The RESPECT PRINCIPLE, my goal was to transform and provide a wealth of knowledge from the various fields of academic study and present them to our youth and to those who do not spend their time reading academic or even popular culture books.

As a result, one of the key components of the book presents the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) … a psychological profiling tool used by organizations and high-level academic institutions to help them secure the people with the personality type, along with other factors, best required for the role they need filled. Initially proposed by Carl Jung, one of the two forerunners of psychology, the other being Sigmund Freud, Jung suggested there were several personality types and then later, the team of Myers-Briggs took his work and made it more accessible as a psychological assessment tool. Later, other teams, such as consultants Paul D. Tieger and Barbara Barron-Tieger made the psychological tool more accessible with their books Do What You Really Are and The Art of Speed Reading People.

The core of the MBTI is there are sixteen personality types, though primarily divided by two main key elements that are supported by other components. The key element defines how a person experiences the world as a result of the way their brain functions and processes information.

Introvert brains are highly stimulated internally and as a result, they require quieter, more removed from the mainstream work and living environments to thrive.

Extrovert brains have a much lower internal stimulus level and as a result, thrive when their environment, is bustling and filled with data their brains covert into knowledge.

You can read more about the MBTI in my book, Connecting the Dots … with The RESPECT PRINCIPLE or in the previous authors works, but for now, let’s just consider the accessible knowledge there are sixteen personality types, plus all the other influences of family, community, culture, financial status … plus what I call the Disrespect Philosophy that drives our unconscious conditioning, motivating us to think that a person should have to “earn or be awarded” respect … to be valued for just being a life.

Add religion, politics and the low RESPECT LEVELS of many people conditioned by the experience of being raised and living in a Disrespectful Philosophy-driven global culture and suddenly, it is easy to see it isn’t so much “difficult people” as it is a “difficult world.”

Difficult only though because one, we have been taught to not value others not like ourselves and two because, until now, we had not connected the dots to see each other differently from ourselves … and to accept not everyone has to be like us. Seeing “difficult” people through this new lens empowers us to positively change our thinking, our words and of course, our actions.

So what if we don’t like someone or approve of them? With our own increased awareness that boosts our own RESPECT LEVEL we learn our feelings or thoughts are not cause to hurt or harm with gossip, judgment, neglect or with physical violence. We learn we are just different and that difference is good, even great! Great because acknowledging our differences empowers us to more fully develop our differences, which is our potential, and as a result, to become more realized individuals … and citizens.

Difficult people? No. Just a difficult world shaped by the negative, limiting and harmful Disrespect Philosophy and supported by a lack of knowledge … till now.

June 4, 2014

Kaitlin A. Trepanier

All rights reserved by KAITLIN A. TREPANIER/ DARK HORSES PRODUCTIONS … Creative Writer, Visual Artist and The RESPECT Specialist, architect of the global initiative Connecting the Dots … with The RESPECT PRINCIPLE … because every child … every person … should know, by their own experience, they are valued … RESPECTED.