Classroom-Based Training: a New Approach for the 21st Century

The government is introducing a scheme that will convert regular school classrooms into operant conditioning chambers. According to Dept. of Education spokesman, Dr. Aibreáin Ó Amadain, “we are convinced that this is the most effective way to educate young minds.”

Dr. Ó Amadain continued,

We have found that the “Golden Age of Education” coincided with the use of corporal punishment in schools. In laymans language, you have to “beat” the learning into the kids. Since that highly effective educational tool – the  stick – was outlawed, we have noticed there’s been a decline in educational standards, ill-discipline in the classroom, obesity, poor hygiene, and a general growing slovenliness in schoolchildren. This is especially apparent in those so-called Digital Natives, with their Playstations and iPods.

So the Dept of Education had to find a way to return to the values and standards of the past without breaking the law.

Thanks to some probably legal and only slightly unethical research undertaken by the Facultych11f1 for Acquiring Knowledge and Education (FAKE), they discovered that they could use a Behaviorist approach to educate children while simultaneously instilling traditional values. Behaviorism is a “treatment” approach to education, based on the principles of operant conditioning, that replaces undesirable behaviors with more desirable ones through positive or negative reinforcement.

This approach is sometimes called Behavioral Understanding Learning Logic or BULL. The Department’s approach centers around completely immersing learners in this environment, what is called TOTAL BULL.

According to a statement released today:

We’ve already begun converting the classrooms of Ireland into Skinner boxes. As you know, traditional Skinner boxes are used to modify the behavior of animals such as rats. In accordance with BF Skinner’s directions, the classrooms will be sound-and light-proofed. Each rat student will have their own set of levers to operate, and a water and food pellet dispenser so that they will have sufficient sustenance – if they earn them.

We feel that this approach will enable pupils to learn everything they need – pull levers, turn switches, eat pellets of nourishment, and so on – to fulfill their roles as cogs in the globalized industrial complex, ruled by a class of rich, self-indulgent overlords, or Alphas.

Honors students will be ‘inspired’ by random and frequent busts of eardrum-shredding white noise and eyeball-bleeding variable strobe lighting to stimulate the prefrontal cortex. Most importantly, the floor will be electrified to dispense admonishment and correction to errant students.

There is an added benefit to the electrified floors – the schools reckon if they activate the floors at lunchtime and leave them ‘live’ for half an hour or so , they can guarantee pupils will get plenty of exercise, certainly more than the lazy sods are getting at the moment, as they’ll have to repeatedly jump off the floor, if they’re not to suffer the trauma of being subjected to a steady 5,000 volts of electrically-stimulated agony. In the pilot program, teachers controlling the Operant Conditioning Classrooms affectionately nicknamed this feature the River of Pain.

imageAn Operant Conditioning Classroom.
Note the high density of students, lack of teacher, and feeding pipe attached to each pupil.

With the current focus on e-learning, it may seem a retrograde step to focus so heavily on classroom-based education. However, there’s an online dimension too: all of the Operant Conditioning Classrooms are connected to the internet (and to the national electrical grid), which means that rather than having wasteful and expensive teachers in each classroom, the government can save money by having one teacher “command” multiple classrooms simultaneously over the web, inflicting pain stimulating education much more efficiently than  previously.

Wrapping up his statement, Dr. Aibreáin Ó Amadain said that today, the First of April will be remembered as a special day. This new initiative was a major innovation in 21st Century pedagogy, and he looked forward to other education authorities teaching TOTAL BULL in the future.

He concluded: “Now, no-one will be able to call us fools.”

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One Response to “Classroom-Based Training: a New Approach for the 21st Century”

  1. Melissa on 01 Apr 2010 at 1:25 pm #

    I LOVE the BULL approach!! 😉