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Intelligent Disobedience by Philip Zimbardo, Ira Chaleff

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CHAPTER NINE

The Price of Teaching Obedience Too Well

UNFORTUNATELY, THERE IS VIRTUALLY no Intelligent Disobedience training in human school systems. We will examine the contribution this omission makes to the significant problem of misplaced obedience. First, let’s witness the dramatic and shocking results of failing to instill Intelligent Disobedience in our sons and daughters. I must warn you, what follows is disturbing.1

In 2004, an eighteen-year-old girl named Louise Ogborn went to work for a McDonald’s fast-food restaurant in Mount Washington, Kentucky. Mount Washington is small-town America, which we like to think of as representing the best of traditional American values. She was a “good child,” with no history of trouble in school or ...

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