Behavioral Conditioning for Schools and Capitalism

Today’s post on education is a reading excerpt from the book “RootEd: How Trauma Impacts Learning and Society.” This excerpt was taken from Chapter 11: “Behavioral Conditioning for Schools and Capitalism” read by the author, S. R. Zelenz. To learn more about this book and research supporting the points made and referenced in this book, please visit the website

References for Chapter 11 reading

Amer, K. & Nourjaim, J. (2019). The great hack.

Bernays, E. (1928). Propaganda. Ig Publishing

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2019, October 15). Data and statistics about ADHD. Https:// 

Darwin, C. (1871) The descent of man, and selection in relation to sex. London.

Fichte, J. G. (1808). Reden an die deutsche Nation. Translated by Isaac Nakhimovsky, Béla Kapovsky, and Keit Tribe. Hackett Publishing  Company, Inc., Indianapolis/Cambridge, 2013.

Gray, P. (2011). Psychology (6th edition). Worth Publishers p. 108-109.

Howie L.D., Pastor P.N., Lukacs S.L. (2014).Use of medication prescribed for emotional or behavioral difficulties among children aged 6-17 years in the United States, 2011-2012. NCHS Data Brief. 2014 Apr;(148):1-8.

Inglis, A. (1918). Principles of secondary education. Houghton Mifflin Company, Harvard University.

Kasenbacher, M. (2012, December 24). Work, learning and freedom: Interview with Noam Chomsky. New Left Project. para. 11. Https://

Levine, B.E. (2018). Resisting Illegitimate Authority: A Thinking Person’s Guide to Being an Anti-Authoritarian – Strategies, Tools, and Models. AK Press.

Mendizza, M. (2009). Everything we think about school is wrong: An interview with John Taylor Gatto. Touch the Future. Https://

National Center for Health Statistics (2014). Health, United States, 2013: With Special Feature on Prescription Drugs. 

Pavlov, I.P. (1926). Conditioned reflexes and psychiatry: Lectures on conditional reflexes, Vol. 2. Read Books Limited (2013).

Spinoza, B. (1669). Tractate Religico Politicu. Translated by Jonathan Bennett (2017).

Spitz, V. (2005). Doctors from hell: The horrific account of Nazi experiments on humans. Sentient Publications.

Watson, J.B.& Rayner, R. (1920). Conditioned emotional reactions. Journal of Experimental Psychology, 3, 1-14.

Wills, M. (2017). When forced sterilization was legal in the U.S.. JSTOR Daily. Https://