by Ed Dieckmann, Jr., American Mercury, Winter 1969.
Early in May of this year, a courageous mother, Mrs. Lois Godfrey of Garden Grove, California, succeeded in getting sensitivity training outlawed, at least temporarily, in the Garden Grove Unified School District. Mrs. Godfrey withdrew two of her children from a class in which the process was being used, then appeared before the school board where she was challenged to give a definition of sensitivity training, which she gave, having received it from me through State Senator John G. Schmitz.
“Sensitivity training is defined as group meetings, large or small, to discuss publicly intimate and personal matters, and opinions, values or beliefs; and/or, to act out emotions and feelings toward one another in the group, using techniques of self-confession and mutual criticism.
It is also, ‘coercive persuasion in the form of thought reform or brainwashing.’ ”
The second paragraph, admitting that sensitivity (human relations) training is brainwashing, is from page 47 of Issue In Training, a manual for group leaders published in 1962 by the National Training Laboratories (NTL) of the National Education Association (NEA). That is, from the main source of sensitivity training, from the “horse’s mouth!”
Many people tell me that, in saying this comes from the horse’s mouth, I miss the target by the length of exactly one horse.
I’m forced to agree with them.
For what we are talking about is communist group criticism, a destructive process that is used in every communist country every day to control the people, to force their thinking into the “correct” patterns; and to make sure that each person acts as the fearful and submissive member of a group, a “collective.”