Co-writing/directing a School Intruder Film with an Iconic Pulitzer Prize Winner – SDP#24

[podcast] In the summer of 2016, David Perrodin “The Safety Doc” and Pulitzer-Prize winning author/producer David Obst toppled the established rhetoric narrative of school intruder cinema by writing a school intruder film based upon how most school intruder situations empirically complete – without harm to self or others. 

 

THE ICONIC DAVID OBST

Obst, a legendary American literary legend that was the agent for Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward, also produced the blockbuster hit movies Revenge of the Nerds, Fast Times at Ridgemont High (Sean Penn’s breakout role), and All the President’s Men.  Obst received the Pulitzer Prize for breaking the My Lai Massacre story (Vietnam) with investigative news reporter Seymour Hersh.

SEEKING A CONTENT EXPERT

The grapevine of connections put Dr. Perrodin’s name before David Obst at a time when Obst was seeking a school safety content expert for a school intruder film.  Perrodin’s role quickly expanded from reviewing the accuracy of a handful of scenes to co-authoring, and eventually co-directing, scenes with David Obst.

CRASH COURSE IN FILM

Dr. Perrodin had to quickly learn the lingo, format and nuances of the movie industry as he and Obst aimed to have a completed 120-page script in 8 weeks.  In this episode, Dr. Perrodin shares feeling overwhelmed and the unrelenting need to anchor his recommendations to empirical findings – something that wasn’t required by David Obst who repeatedly stated, “Dr. Perrodin, you are the expert – you don’t need to tell me why, you need to tell me what would happen during a scene.”  Oh yeah, what’s a slug line?  Anyway, some habits are hard to break for a social scientist who is also a safety expert.  Dr. Perrodin also emphasized the benefit of voice-overs, or actors’ thoughts being shared out loud, as a way to increase the accessibility of the film to persons with visual disabilities.

 

SENSEMAKING

The film maximized the sensemaking framework, or placing emphasis on identifying very subtle changes in one’s environment and how to assess context and situation before determining options.  Bucking the trend of school intruder films, nobody was shot or killed and profanity was not incorporated into the script.

FAST FACT

One page of script equals approximately 1-minute of screen time.

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David will respond to discussion thread comments or questions & also to emails.  The Safety Doc Podcast is hosted & produced by David Perrodin, PhD.

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Opinions are those of the host and guests and do not reflect positions of The 405 Media or supporters of “The Safety Doc Podcast”.  The show is curse free and adheres to nondiscrimination principles while seeking to bring forward productive discourse and debate on topics relevant to personal or institutional safety.

CAPTURED! A Look Back At The Bizarre Unraveling Of the Wisconsin Manhunt – SDP#23

[podcast] One of the Midwest’s largest manhunts ended peacefully at a makeshift campsite in a remote area of Wisconsin farmland.  Joseph Jakubowski, a Janesville, Wisconsin man accused of sending President Donald Trump a 161-page anti-government and anti-religious manifesto was uneventfully captured by law enforcement on the morning of April 14, 2017.  

 

BIZARRE DECISION BY FUGITIVE (To Camp, or Not to Camp)

When a farmer, who was a retired school counselor, discovered a man camping on the distal fringe of his property, he engaged in a ‘cordial’ hour with him that included a request for the uninvited camper to move from the farmer’s property.  At this point, Jakubowski refused to move his camp.  Really?  It’s unclear as to his justification or why the fugitive simply didn’t feign making a simple oversight in choosing his camping spot.  After holding to his property claim, Jakubowski likely expected that the farmer would report him – so was Jakubowski ready for confrontation or prepared to surrender?  

THREE TYPES OF PUBLIC REACTION

Per the posts left under my own social media and reading other users’ posts about the matter to various discussion threads, it was clear that those posting about the manhunt evenly fell into one of three very distinct categories:

  1. Supporters of Jakubowski’s beliefs.
  2. People grasping for any information about the manhunt.
  3. Backers of law enforcement and a peaceful society.  

AWARENESS FADES  

It was evident that life was returning to a normal routine for most Wisconsinites as the manhunt exceeded a week.  Some events were canceled and overall security was heightened, but this was nothing like the lockdown of an entire region that we observed 4 years ago following the Boston Marathon bombing.  Why?  

FALSE FLAGS

FBI profilers publicly stated that Jakubowski was likely heading East (to Washington DC) and that he might be working with a support network.  Yet, he was found 2 hours from his home and presumably never left Wisconsin.  Did profilers purposely stir misinformation into the media streams believing that it would eventually reach Jakubowski and either direct his next steps or cause him to lower his guard?  I wrote several posts stating I felt he didn’t leave the state and that he was primarily seeking affirmation via his manifesto and subsequent letter to a TV station.  

THE BOTTOM LINE

Ultimately, it appears he wanted his beliefs to be acknowledged and not to deliver dark justice.  We can all be thankful that one of the charges against him will trespassing in rural Vernon County.  By the way, profiling is an imprecise practice – Google search “Mary Jane Moore” and juxtapose her characteristics against law enforcement’s “profile” of the person that attempted to assassinate President Ford.  Just a bit outside…

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David will respond to discussion thread comments or questions & also to emails.  The Safety Doc Podcast is hosted & produced by David Perrodin, PhD.

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Opinions are those of the host and guests and do not reflect positions of The 405 Media or supporters of “The Safety Doc Podcast”.  The show is curse free and adheres to nondiscrimination principles while seeking to bring forward productive discourse and debate on topics relevant to personal or institutional safety.

My Life in the Midst of a Manhunt – Navigating Armageddon – SDP#22

[podcast] David gives a vibrant inside-perspective of how he was literally at the center of what has unfolded into one of the largest manhunts in the Midwest. Working in a mile-long educational facility a mile from the fugitive’s home, Dr. Perrodin notes that the very first step is to consider the campus unsecure until facility personnel walked the grounds, pulled each door handle, and then did it all over again.  

 

JANESVILLE (Wis) MANHUNT (April, 2017)

Officers are looking for a Joseph A. Jakubowski, a 32-year-old man who’s considered armed and dangerous said he sent a 161-page manifesto to President Trump. Jakubowski is wanted in connection with the theft of guns from the Armageddon gun and ammo shop. A car registered to Jakubowski was found burned nearby, and he’s suspected in the arson, officials said. A quick review of the Wisconsin Circuit Court online records search reveals that Joseph Jakubowski has been charged or ticketed 32 times since 2001. The sheriff’s office said it learned Thursday that he had made threats to steal weapons and use them against public officials or at an unspecified school. However, it was now mid-morning, and most school shooting occur at the start of the school day. This man, in my expert opinion, has decided not to attack a school. What appeared to be a rush of adrenaline, from breaking into a gun store (allegedly) and setting his vehicle ablaze didn’t carry forward to a red dawn. He certainly had become aware that soft targets were now hardened targets. This was favorable news for area schools, many which were in lockdown or had cancelled outdoor events.

MANIFESTO

Few potential (actual) killers craft 161-page manifestos. Granted, Jakubowski’s was more of an inventory of wrongs than a battle of epistemologies, but still, the manifesto demonstrates a strong belief set. Looking back to the infamous Unabomber Ted Kaczynski, the manifesto starts to reveal what brought the individual to the point of “crossing the line.” Michael Taylor, Chronicle Staff Writer for the San Francisco gate wrote the following shortly after the apprehension of Kaczynski: (April 6, 1996): “The idea of isolation is a very critical ingredient in a case like this because you’re dealing with a political and philosophical fanatic who has an extreme view of the world. And he has nobody around to serve as a reality check,” said James Fox, dean of the College of Criminal Justice at Northeastern University in Boston and author of several books on serial killers.

AFFIRMATION-SEEKING

A February, 2013 article titled: The Final Word: Why Killers Write Manifestos, Marc Lallanilla of Live Science Contributor wrote: “All of these people think they’ve been wronged,” said David A. Clayman, Ph.D., a clinical and forensic psychologist. “These people collect wrongs and they seek out affirmation of their righteousness,” said Clayman. “They saw the world as against them. The common theme is a grudge.” Look for this in Joseph Jakubowski. He even had a friend film him applying postage stamps to his manifesto and depositing it to the mail receptacle – not to mention a recent YouTube rant referenced, but removed from public view.

LINGERING QUESTIONS

As this manhunt drags on, people will ease their guards. You won’t hear people asking about targets as it seems that this man had opportunities and didn’t act upon them. Perhaps he really wanted to be heard. Still this probably won’t end well. An armed and dangerous man is being pursued. He has a history of no regard for authority, is a loner, and certainly realizes that capture means living out his years in prison.

ADVICE

I urge you to be aware of your environment and changes in your environment. Just because a threat now seems dissipated or distant doesn’t mean that a police pursuit won’t bring the chaos to your street. Also, harden your own targets by locking doors and leaving lights on at night until this matter has been resolved.

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David will respond to discussion thread comments or questions & also to emails.  The Safety Doc Podcast is hosted & produced by David Perrodin, PhD.

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Opinions are those of the host and guests and do not reflect positions of The 405 Media or supporters of “The Safety Doc Podcast”.  The show is curse free and adheres to nondiscrimination principles while seeking to bring forward productive discourse and debate on topics relevant to personal or institutional safety.

Logotherapy & Reclaiming Youth From the Existential Vacuum – SDP #21

[podcast] Viktor Frankl’s Logotherapy is a relevant framework and also a confusing term as it makes one think of branding and not the Greek word logos, which is “meaning”.  In this podcast, I share why it is important to make youth aware of Logotherapy as a perspective to counter the growing rhetoric of determinism and The Butterfly Effect that are eroding belief in free will and therefore distancing people from a sense of control over self or environment.  Such disempowerment, I believe, destroys agency and purpose and therefore contributes to personal anxieties, depression and an overall ability to set goals and live a non-centric lifestyle.  Perspective taking is a deficit in today’s youth that are IV hooked to the steady drip of social media affirmation.  A quick search in jurn.org will discover countless studies of the negative relationships between youth (and all adult) mental health and addiction to social media applications.  I believe that Logotherapy should be taught to all youth.

 

WHO WAS VIKTOR FRANKL?

Viktor Frankl was an Austrian neurologist and psychologist who founded what he called the field of “Logotherapy”, which has been dubbed the “Third Viennese School of Psychology” (following Freud and Alder). Logotherapy developed in and through Frankl’s personal experience in the Nazi concentration camps. The years spent there deeply affected his understanding of reality and the meaning of human life. His most popular book, Man’s Search for Meaning, chronicles his experience in the camp as well as the development of Logotherapy. During his time there, he found that those around him who did not lose their sense of purpose and meaning in life were able to survive much longer than those who had lost their way.

MAN’S SEARCH FOR MEANING.

Dr. Perrodin provides several chilling, yet reflective accounts from Frankl’s hallmark book.  For example, Dr. Frankl shared that a prisoner was never awoken from a nightmare as the reality of life in the camp was certainly worse than anything conjured in the mind.  He also talked of how he volunteered to care for typhus patients, although such an act very well could have brought upon his own physical demise.

WHAT IS LOGOTHERAPY?

It is loosely interpreted as therapy through finding meaning as “logos” translates to “meaning” in Greek.  However, Dr. Perrodin explains why he interprets Logotherapy as less of a therapy and more of a framework. Logotherapy has 3 basic assumptions (1) Life has meaning under all circumstances (2) People have a will to meaning (3) People have freedom under all circumstances to activate the will to meaning and to find meaning.

HUMAN ONTOLOGY TRIAD.

Dr. Frankl believes the dimensional ontology image of a human being also is the composite of a triad of characteristics: (1) Body (soma), (2) Mind (psyche), (3) Spirit (noetic core) – and this core is immune to sickness of the flesh.

MEANING IN LIFE.

Frankl’s meaning triangle for finding meaning in life (1) Creativity (giving something in the world through self-expression: using our talents in various ways, i.e., the work we do, the gifts we give to life). (2) Experiencing (receiving from the world: through nature, culture, relationships, and interactions with others and with our environment). (3) Change of attitude (even if we can’t change a situation or circumstances, we can still choose our attitude toward a condition, this is often a self-transcending way of finding meaning, especially in unavoidable suffering).

EXISTENTIAL VACUUM.

Frankl’s way to describe life that has no meaning and this perpetual condition creates a void that we aim to satiate with drugs, violence, food, and other vices such as modern-day social media — yet the void will be a black hole and we will be forced to intellectually reason with our purpose to live or to die.

PURPOSE IN LIFE TEST (PILT)  (Crumbaugh & Maholick, 1964).  Dr. Perrodin describes this quick 20-question test that is one tool to help determine when a person is in a state of existential vacuum.

WE NEED TO BE TEACHING KIDS ABOUT LOGOTHERAPY & GOAL SETTING.

Frankl’s “Spirit” or noetic core of human ontology resides in a place unreachable by Facebook Likes, Generational Poverty or Personal Strife.  Logotherapy is intrinsic and introspective.  It is Viktor Frankl’s philosophy of life.  As such, it can be used in every profession and walk of life.  Today it is being used by educators, counselors, ministers, etc.  We can all use it in our daily life, when dealing with our family, friends and colleagues.

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David will respond to discussion thread comments or questions & also to emails.  The Safety Doc Podcast is hosted & produced by David Perrodin, PhD.

ENDORSEMENTS

Opinions are those of the host and guests and do not reflect positions of The 405 Media or supporters of “The Safety Doc Podcast”.  The show is curse free and adheres to nondiscrimination principles while seeking to bring forward productive discourse and debate on topics relevant to personal or institutional safety.

Websites / Resources Discussed During this Podcast

Viktor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy:  http://www.logotherapyinstitute.org/About_Viktor_Frankl.html

Purpose in Life Test:  http://faculty.fortlewis.edu/burke_b/personality/pil.pdf

Debunking the Butterfly Effect & Embracing Chaos Theory – SDP #20

[podcast] The Butterfly Effect is a false premise of illustrating how small initial differences may lead to large unforeseen consequences over time.  This is nothing more than cause and effect and yet the Butterfly Effect is spilling across the sciences as some belief that every event has a singular, infinitesimal known origin.  It is absurd to propose, and yet to scaffold with a mathematical formula, a relationship between a butterfly flapping its wings in New Mexico as the beginnings of an eventual hurricane in China.  Don’t succumb to such hype.

 

COMPLEX SYSTEMS WITH COUNTLESS VARIABLES

We can never know all the initial conditions of a complex system in sufficient (perfect) detail.  For example, the formula below accounts for a static fraction of the potential millions or even billions of variables that interact in time in a complex system.  Such models are fancy, yet crude and embarrassingly incomplete representations of something that has about the same chance of occurring as predicting winning lottery numbers.

CHAOS THEORY

The Butterfly Effect’s logical replacement is Chaos Theory, which describes transitions between order and disorder.  These transitions are often surprising and nonlinear.  Chaos is the science of surprises, of the nonlinear and the unpredictable.  It teaches us to expect the unexpected.  Gravity is linear.  We understand gravity and can mathematically calculate its influence on items.

PEOPLE ARE NONLINEAR & IRRATIONAL

Crowd response to a terrorist attack is nonlinear.  We know from studying such events that certain tendencies tend to arise, but crowd behavior is not predictable and also dependent upon the forces within the crowd as well as contexts and situations.  If leaders rapidly emerge, a crowd stabilizes and will generally follow those giving directives.  Nobody could have predicted the manner in which chaos theory played out in the extraordinary boat evacuation of 500,000 people from Lower Manhattan on September 11, 2001.  Cause, effect, context, situation, actors – all combine to produce the effect.  When you hear someone talk of the butterfly effect, direct them to the nearest flower garden or to the library.

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David will respond to discussion thread comments or questions & also to emails.  The Safety Doc Podcast is hosted & produced by David Perrodin, PhD.

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Opinions are those of the host and guests and do not reflect positions of The 405 Media or supporters of “The Safety Doc Podcast”.  The show is curse free and adheres to nondiscrimination principles while seeking to bring forward productive discourse and debate on topics relevant to personal or institutional safety.

Mainstreaming, Inclusion, Tolerance, & Acceptance – Oh My! Unsnarling Conflated Terminology – SDP #19

 

[podcast] “The Safety Doc” untangles the conflated terms mainstreaming and inclusion as well as the seemingly synonymous words tolerance and inclusion.  A clear-cut definition of each designation postures the listener to grapple with the practices of debate, protests, and the non-aggression principle – all of which are powerful contributors to a society that is safe and orderly for its citizens.  Dr. Perrodin’s discussion centers the public school context and examples are situated to that context and situation.

MAINSTREAMING  

Think of a global positioning device worn by each child (just imagine it).  In this universe, one can physically pinpoint the location of the student.  If the child is located in the “regular education” classroom / specials (art, music PE), lunch, recess then that child is MAINSTREAMED.  Mainstreaming does not mean that the child is being included in the classroom curriculum and to claim PASSIVE benefit is an incredible stretch.  This is often justified as “exposure” to peers without disabilities.  If that is what’s happening, then refer to it as what it is – mainstreaming.  If Mainstreaming is passive and implied, then INCLUSION is active and explicit.  For example, when a child is being included in a regular education setting, he or she is actively engaged in educational instruction and activities and the teacher holds an expectation of academic rigor.  Exceptions exist.  Dr. Perrodin straddles the line of mainstreaming and inclusion as he describes a girl with an anxiety disorder that “Skyped” into a regular education classroom, but for the most part, there’s not much gray between mainstream and inclusion.

MYTH OF FULL INCLUSION  

Many schools tout a mantra of “We are full inclusion for students with disabilities.” That’s simply not accurate – and if it is accurate, then it’s out of compliance with the intent of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  I think what school actually mean is that when they discuss placement of a student with a disability, which is done by an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) team, the school looks first at having the student served in the regular education setting and exhausts accommodations, modifications and interventions before moving to consider a range of options to serve the child in what is legally known as the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE).  The LRE is the placement that best meets the educational needs of the child and the LRE will not always be the regular education setting – just as I noted in my example of the girl with the severe anxiety disorder.  There’s nothing “wrong” with an LRE that is not full inclusion.  Again, full inclusion is the starting point of a placement discussion and LRE is the ending point of the discussion.

COLLISION OF GALAXIES  

Billions of years from now, the Andromeda Galaxy will smash into the Milky Way Galaxy.  That’s bad news for Earth.  Sorry.  In a metaphorical sense, Federal education policies are rocketing toward a similar collision that will determine if the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) (Mainstreaming for All) overpowers the incumbent Individuals with Education Act (IDEA).  You can’t have one law implicit that every student attends college or university and another that focuses on transitioning the student to post-secondary supports and services that might not include a gown and tassel.   Something will give.  If ESSA overpowers IDEA, then you’ll see students focusing less on safely transitioning to life and school.  ESSA can argue from a position of rigor for all, but it places students with special needs in a perilous position of being tracked to an academic path that appeases legislators and not educators.

TOLERANCE

Simply put, tolerance is adherence to the Non-Aggression Principle.  However, tolerance is a basement-level threshold.  We are better than tolerance – a term that implies that one has to actively suppress some level of discrimination or rage.  Teach Tolerance – really?

ACCEPTANCE  

This is a step, well, actually a flight of stairs above, mere tolerance.  It’s a safer distance away from the tinderbox.  Acceptance is active.  It is seeking to understand another position.  The great philosopher Aristotle countered clubs and stones with the art of rhetoric, persuasion and reasoning – in short, Aristotle created the framework for debate.  And remember, to be informed of another’s position doesn’t mandate that you must befriend the other person (or group).  Practice acceptance and you will be informed about existing information as well as able to consider newly-presented information that might (or might not) alter your beliefs.

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Opinions are those of the host and guests and do not reflect positions of The 405 Media or supporters of “The Safety Doc Podcast”.  The show is curse free and adheres to nondiscrimination principles while seeking to bring forward productive discourse and debate on topics relevant to personal or institutional safety.

Discovering the Awesomeness of Multiplayer Video Games – Interview with Seann Dikkers, PhD – SDP #18

[podcast] In 2011, 97% of youth in American played some type of video game each week!  Gaming is trending across all generations with millions of people “running into” the world of video games – including the young as well as the elderly. Video games, for example, are being used in senior care homes to refresh memory, build hand-eye coordination and foster social interaction through games of Wii Bowling.

VIDEO GAME IS JUST ANOTHER FORM OF MEDIA  

Dr. Dikkers regards video gaming the same as other media such as movies and music.  It has become part of our society and just like heavy metal music, is not the causal factor of violent behaviors.  In fact, as game play increases violent behaviors decrease.  Seann examines digital game design and teaching and learning.  What can we learn from video games to provide a meaningful experience in classrooms? 

DEBUNKED THE RHETORIC OF VIDEO GAMES AS MOLDING YOUTH THAT WILL THEN CARRY OUT ACTS OF VIOLENCE AGAINST OTHERS  

Grand Theft Childhood: The Surprising Truth About Violent Video Games and What Parents Can Do is a book by Dr. Lawrence Kutner & Dr. Cheryl K. Olson.  In it, they draw various conclusions that run contrary to the rhetoric of some politicians and activists. Along with psychiatrist Eugene V. Beresin, M.D., Kutner and Olson are co-directors of the Harvard Medical School Center for Mental Health and Media, a division of the department of psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital. 

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GAMERS REGULATE THE GAMING ENVIRONMENT  

Seann shares that this happens in digital spaces where people gather to do fun things and the human nature is to produce systems within the social group to manage abhorrent behavior of individuals.  This point is underscored by a story Dr. Dikkers shares of playing recess football as a child and the natural emergence of group rules for playing the game.  Some video games allow for other users to ignore players and if a gaming environment becomes toxic, it dissolves and gamers migrate to other game spaces or castaways reinvent themselves through new avatars and identities and re-enter the gaming world with improved etiquette.  Dr. Dikkers adds that there are websites, such as Common Sense Media, that adults can access to obtain reviews of games. 

GAMERS COMMIT TO THE GOOD OF THE GUILD  

Seann shared a story of how his own children participated in a gaming social group and felt a strong commitment to be accountable to the group.  If they couldn’t be available to participate in a group game, it was important to them to notify other players so they could plan accordingly for the multi-player activity. 

TEACHING ETHICAL DECISION-MAKING & PARENTING IN THE DIGITAL AGE  

Seann shares that many games are about ethical decision-making and each decision has an impact on the overall storyline.  This is common among role playing games and those are actually the games that Dr. Dikkers enjoy playing side-by-side with his children so the video game is a medium for a social relationship and discussions about choices and consequences.  He shares that one rule in his household was that playing games must be a family activity.  He also limited weekly time spent gaming for his children and notes that when his children were younger, he had a rule that they wouldn’t do anything in a game that they wouldn’t do in real life. 

PEOPLE RECOGNIZE THAT GAMES ARE NOT REAL  

Just as when we read books, we don’t run out and do what the characters do.  Dr. Dikkers describes this as psychosocial moratorium, or when a person takes a break from “real life” to actively search for their identity.  He recalls times when people burned comic books for fear that they would inculcate youth to a belief set of acting being the rules of society.  Host Dr. Perrodin adds that as a Wisconsinite, thousands of youth and adults are hunters, but that sport doesn’t make them prone to kill people. 

HOW DO SCHOOLS ADOPT GAMES? 

Dr. Dikkers indicated that this question is the center of current research in gaming in educational setting.  Teachers are learning digital literacy.  To facilitate expansion of teachers’ gaming knowledge base, he urges educators to watch how games are designed, such as World of Warcraft, to look at what roles students are given and what missions they are given.  Lesson plans could follow how game designers capture the attention of children and then build the child’s skills.  Seann shared that schools are able to set up intra-district servers to house games in order to allow students to game with each other, but not with the entire outside world.  He re-iterates that Minecraft is a very popular game to use in schools and can be the medium by which to foster curriculum about math, reading, science, problem solving, etc.

MINECRAFT FOR EVERY STUDENT  

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Dr. Dikkers talks of working with schools that now have Minecraft video game accounts for all students.  He notes a public school in Oregon, Wisconsin that focused on teachers learning technology and designing lesson plans integrated with technology.  Teacher training is first and simply not some assumed “acquired competency” that happens after dumping technology into classrooms without teachers knowing how to use it.  There must be a lesson that is connected to the game for it to be meaningful to school curriculum. 

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David will respond to discussion thread comments or questions & also to emails.  The Safety Doc Podcast is hosted & produced by David Perrodin, PhD. 

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Opinions are those of the host and guests and do not reflect positions of The 405 Media or supporters of “The Safety Doc Podcast”.  The show is curse free and adheres to nondiscrimination principles while seeking to bring forward productive discourse and debate on topics relevant to personal or institutional safety.  

Websites / Resources Discussed During this Podcast

Time to Expel Suspensions – Unpacking the School Discipline Debacle – SDP #17

Student suspension rates continue to drop across the United States.  However, are we observing a genuine decline or the engineered result of creative new categorizing exempt from state and federal reporting? 

CANDID TRUTH

Dr. Perrodin cautions listeners that, “I am going to be direct and very blunt with you from an insider perspective telling you what is happening with school suspensions and some of you frankly are not going to like what I have to say…”  Wow – unleashed.  From his experiences as a school administrator, doctoral researcher, industry consultant and school safety expert witness, Dr. Perrodin crafts an argument that school suspension data is grossly flawed and impractical as a metric for school improvement. 

DECADES OF FLAWED DATA

School safety expert Kenneth Trump testified to Congress multiple times over the past 20 years about the serious, chronic inaccuracies in school safety data.  Dr. Perrodin offers an example (below) to support Mr. Trump’s claims by citing a Wisconsin high school of 800 students that reported a total of 4 school suspensions for an entire school year after reporting 71 suspensions the previous year (and shares the data screenshot in the YouTube version of the show).  How is such an astounding figure achieved?  At best, it was a mistaken entry that evaded data scrubbers with as much ease as stepping over a crack in a sidewalk.  Yet, the situation is probably much darker and intentional than mere sloppy digit entry.  In fact, the overall decreasing trend in school suspensions is not a representation that student behavior is correspondingly improving! 

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WHAT IS HAPPENING WITH STUDENTS’ BEHAVIOR? 

breakfast-clubSuspensions have been replaced by abeyance agreements and pre-expulsion agreements.  Such measures, often thick with “legalese” and the coercive positionality of district’s brass and legal counsel, are basically “suspended” sentences that operate in a matrix where the benevolent-appearing school holds massive power over the parent and student to “go along with the deal or gamble the creaky plank of expulsion.”  It’s a camouflaged suspension. 

WHAT HAS CAUSED SCHOOLS TO NO LONGER SUSPEND STUDENTS? 

It’s simple.  First, suspensions have never been a quality tool to improve student behavior.  Teach the student a lesson instead of teaching the student the lesson.  And, the suspension is a reprieve for the school from the student.  Remember, I said I was going to candid.  Also, suspension data is a dark cloud – it’s a black mark on the school.  In an era of free-agency for students, a district with low suspension numbers is more appealing than a district with high(er) suspension numbers.  Lose kids and lose funding.  Schools are being identified for disproportionate suspensions of youth per a specific race – and a “fix” to such a problem is to not produce a reportable suspension.  See where I’m going – it’s not a fix, its re-badging terms and allowing persistent achievement gaps between students of different races. 

A BETTER WAY

Inter-rater reliability will forever make it impossible to compare schools and to distill reliable aggregate school discipline data.  But, who cares?  Is this really a problem at all?  If you accept that the school is the unit of measure and that context and situation vary greatly between schools, then you can center improvement on each specific school.  I believe that this is the correct approach to increasing school safety.  In 2015-2016, North Carolina’s state guidance to schools on discipline reporting included 114 behavior options from gambling to fray?  Really?  Just because you can report on something doesn’t mean that you should report on something.   

FRONT-END DOCUMENTATION

Dr. Perrodin’s blueprint for improving student discipline and school connectedness focuses on mandatory local and state reporting of front-end connections for students manifesting behavioral concerns to school counselors, school psychologists, school social workers, and school or outside agencies that are equipped to meet the innate needs and other needs of the child and family. 

PIE IN THE SKY?

Not really.  The vehicle to craft robust inter-agency collaboration is the hospital-led Community Health Needs Assessment.  Dump suspensions and re-allocate time sucked into that black hole to front-loaded efforts.  Also, restorative discipline practices decrease recidivism in all measures student subgroups – but it’s an intensive up-front investment.  This passionate podcast surfaces Dr. Perrodin’s frustrations with a “smoke and mirrors” game that is largely unchecked at a state or local level and either too confusing or too coercive to be questioned or challenged by parents. 

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David will respond to discussion thread comments or questions & also to emails.  The Safety Doc Podcast is hosted & produced by David Perrodin, PhD. 

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Opinions are those of the host and guests and do not reflect positions of The 405 Media or supporters of “The Safety Doc Podcast”.  The show is curse free and adheres to nondiscrimination principles while seeking to bring forward productive discourse and debate on topics relevant to personal or institutional safety.

Examining the Patriot Act, Privacy, Freedom & Safety – Interview with Dylan Allman – SDP #16

Mr. Dylan Allman | Free Thinker | Constitutionalist | Liberty | Small Government


Dylan Allman is a rising political scholar alarmed by the growth of government and its invasion into personal privacy as protected by the 4th Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America. 

POLAR POSITIONS REGARDING THE PATRIOT ACT. 

During this riveting interview, Mr. Allman challenges the tenets of the Patriot Act, something that host Dr. Perrodin has openly supported for its assumed function of removing barriers to the exchange of threat leakage information between law enforcement agencies.  Dr. Perrodin also believes that government surveillance thwarts countless threats aimed at the American people – things we never read or hear about due to the classified nature of such operations.  Yet, Dr. Perrodin admits that his belief is perhaps a reality created by his own positionality and that such covert operations will never, by function, be transparent to the populace. 

BE SKEPTICAL. 

Mr. Allman introduces deeper skepticism to the conversation, implying that Dr. Perrodin seek to better inform his position about the value that the NSA, and like, organizations that might not authentically contribute to safety.  Both Mr. Allman and Dr. Perrodin find themselves questioning the purpose of the Patriot Act as peaceful protests, from streets to college campuses, are rapidly eroding into riots between persons subscribed to “The Left” or “The Right” – a pattern that seemingly would be suppressed by the knowledge skimmed by the National Security Agency (NSA) and other covert government organizations purposed with identifying and stopping terrorism. 

MASS MEDIA DELIBERATELY AROUSING PUBLIC FEAR?

Has the mass media purposely saturated Americans with feelings of fear and insecurity and have we become so distanced from the constructs of the Founding Fathers that the Constitution has taken a backseat to Executive Orders? 

PERSONAL SAFETY. 

Ultimately, this earnest discussion positions personal safety in the capable hands of the people and beckons all listeners to not only preserve the remnants of their rights, but to restore the rights granted to the states, localities and citizens by the Founding Fathers. 

NON-AGGRESSION. 

Both men embrace the non-aggression principle and liberty via the ballot and not the bullet.  

FORMATS.

You can also listen to this podcast on SoundCloud https://soundcloud.com/user-186592129/sdp16-examining-the-patriot-act-privacy-freedom-and-safety-interview-with-dylan-allman or on The 405 Media http://the405media.com/the-safety-doc/  You can view this episode on YouTube https://youtu.be/pVN_Q6zLL4Y  FOLLOW DR. PERRODIN: On Twitter @SafetyPhD and subscribe to “The Safety Doc” YouTube channel and SoundCloud RSS feed. DR. PERRODIN’S SAFETY BLOG: https://crisisprepconsulting.wordpress.com/ SAFETY DOC WEBSITE: http://www.safetyphd.com David will respond to discussion thread comments or questions & also to emails.  The Safety Doc Podcast is hosted & produced by David Perrodin, PhD.  Follow Dylan Allman on Twitter @realDylanAllman 

ENDORSEMENTS. Opinions are those of the host and guests and do not reflect positions of The 405 Media or supporters of “The Safety Doc Podcast”.  The show is curse free and adheres to nondiscrimination principles while seeking to bring forward productive discourse and debate on topics relevant to personal or institutional safety.

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YouTube Trailer:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSkJ6u6RnBg

A Blind Man’s Amazing Stories about Personal Safety – Interview with David Hyde – SDP #15

FACT:  David Hyde (left) Bench-Pressed His Guide Dog Out of a Window During A Fire Drill at a Prison.  David Worked at the Prison and the Dog Was Safe on the Fire Escape.


When David Hyde was a boy, his mother stuffed a sock to shape it into a ball and then set him forth to play and learn with his sighted peers. He is appreciative for the curious antics and experiences of his formative years, including roller skating down a hill while dodging people in his path, and reflects upon that stage as a time when he learned to assess and safely, or with informed risk, negotiate his environment.

BEING BLIND and BEING SAFE.

David explains the concept of “talking signposts” and how they are used to orient and direct people that are blind as they travel through a busy location, such as the lobby of a convention center. Curiously, such approaches are rarely considered during crisis situations, like evacuating a burning building. In fact, the mere sound of alarms or horns can be disorienting, per David, as he interjected a casual apology to a friend that honked and waved at him several times in the past.

STAY PUT, THERE’S A FIRE!

Of the many engaging stories shared by David, his recollection of being told to harbor in a stairwell during a fire drill evacuation set the groundwork for an interview theme of a redundant the collective public’s under-estimating of the capabilities of a blind person – and yes, David began the interview by stating he was fully comfortable with being referred to as a “blind man” – as the disability was not a definition of him, but merely a description of a characteristic about him.

GRANDPA’S REPLY.

OK, David laughed at this story – so it’s OK to chuckle as all’s well that ends well. Working some years as a door-to-door insurance salesman, David points to the importance of portraying confidence and strategies he used to increase his personal safety in unfamiliar territory. Still, he borrows a story about a blind salesman that was exploited to humor others as he painstakingly awaited a potentially lucrative reply from the grand patriarch of a large family.

WHY BLIND CHILDREN DON’T HAVE SEEING-EYE DOGS.

No, it’s not due to funding, although a trained guide dog represents an investment of at least $30,000 ( not including food and care). David explains the reason to center on the need to first become proficient at white cane use and orientation and mobility. As he stated, a guide dog would not lead you through town to a convenience store – you just don’t follow it, you command it.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS.

As the poignant, often-humorous, stories map the intersections of blindness, safety and humanity, David’s words are threaded with introspection from a life of marked accomplishments, although humbly stated, such as creating statewide professional development programs from scratch or serving in essential roles on national organizations (not to mention the countless positive influences on colleagues and students).

ASK, DON’T ASSUME.

His parting advice for sighted people is to ask a blind person if he or she wants assistance in crossing a street or perhaps in some other situation. David is aware that people are expressing goodwill and are genuine in offers to help, but at the same time, he feels the stereotype of judged to be incapable because he has does not have sight. Nonetheless, David’s unlikely to turn down your offer to help him shovel his walkway following a robust Wisconsin snowstorm! This show is captivating and educational while also bringing to consideration one’s own beliefs and assumptions. The stories from this blind man will enable you to see a bit further over your own horizon. David Hyde can be contacted via email at david.hyde@wcbvi.k12.wi.us

FORMATS:

You can also listen to this podcast on https://soundcloud.com/user-186592129/sdp15-a-blind-mans-amazing-stories-about-personal-safety-interview-with-david-hyde or on The 405 Media http://the405media.com/the-safety-doc/ You can view this episode on YouTube https://youtu.be/QFAUJEtxbA0 FOLLOW DR. PERRODIN: On Twitter @SafetyPhD and subscribe to “The Safety Doc Podcast” YouTube channel and SoundCloud RSS feed. DR. PERRODIN’S SAFETY BLOG: https://crisisprepconsulting.wordpress.com/ SAFETY DOC WEBSITE: http://www.safetyphd.com David will respond to discussion thread comments or questions & also to emails. The Safety Doc Podcast is hosted & produced by David Perrodin, PhD.  

ENDORSEMENTS. Opinions are those of the host and guests and do not reflect positions of The 405 Media or supporters of “The Safety Doc Podcast”.  The show is curse free and adheres to nondiscrimination principles while seeking to bring forward productive discourse and debate on topics relevant to personal or institutional safety.

PLEASE SUBSCRIBE to this BLOG and to “The Safety Doc Podcast” on YouTube – new episodes posted each week!  The truth will keep you safe!

YouTube Trailer:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSkJ6u6RnBg