It was too late to step back. I now can appreciate why the astronomer turns relentlessly to the telescope. I was probing deeper and deeper into my own perceptions and the motivations for group and individual action. There was much more to see and try to understand. Many questions haunted me. Why did the students accept the authority I was imposing? Where is their curiosity or resistance to this marshal behavior. When and how will this end?
In 1967, only two decades after World War II, teacher Ron Jones was having trouble convincing his students that the German people would go along with the Nazi regime. To make his point, he started The Third Wave – an experiment in practical fascism that quickly got out of hand. His account of the week he’d rather forget makes compelling reading.