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    In the early 70s taking psychology classes at a University I was participated, cause it paid, in psy experiments that mirrored the Stanford experiments, Milgram experiments and measurement of cognitive dissonance and acceptance of authority

    I didn't score well on acceptance of authority and revolted against it in some of the experiments


    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanfo...son_experiment

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milgram_experiment





    Anyway I was unaware of this experiment done by a History teacher in 67 in California and the ABC after school special in the 80s that showed how easy and quickly it was to move young minds into a fascist type cult aka Hitler youth. This is the story (trailer) of the Third Wave experiment as told by the students and their teacher, Ron Jones







    This is the ABC after school special. The Wave is a short made-for-TV movie directed by Alex Grasshoff, based on The Third Wave experiment, which was a social test created by high school history teacher Ron Jones to explain how the German populace could accept the actions of the Nazi regime during the Second World War.

    The Wave is a 1981 young adult novel by Todd Strasser under the pen name Morton Rhue (though it has been reprinted under Todd Strasser's real name). It is a novelization of a teleplay by Johnny Dawkins for the movie The Wave, a fictionalized account of the "Third Wave" teaching experiment by Ron Jones that took place in a Ellwood P. Cubberley High School history class in Palo Alto, California. The novel by Strasser won the 1981 Massachusetts Book Award for Children's/Young Adult literature.




    More about the film (I know its dated and over dramatic but worth consideration
    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0083316/


    There is also a 2008 German tv film in a similar vain called DIE WELLE



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    Thanks for your post. That 1981 movie was a good reminder.

    The second “The Wave” video is not available where I live............
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    I was born and bread in the Netherlands by parents who spent their early adulthood under Nazi occupation.They came out OK and didn’t talk about their experiences very often.

    However, they had so much aversion against “uniforms and uniformity” that, when I asked to be allowed to join the Girl Scouts (which seemed to me good to balance a life growing up in a big town like Amsterdam), my mom refused to give her permission..... and she hardly refused me anything.
    But the symbols and uniforms reminded her too much of the Nazis.

    The Netherlands have never had school uniforms. Perhaps because of the same reason.
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