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Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Ideology and Indoctrination of CanoeKayak Canada: Is mainstream "war canoe" racing a stepping stone to success?’

CanoeKayak Canada Mainstream "War Canoe" Racing

Distinguish between ideology and indoctrination. How are they related? What key aspects of ideology were highlighted in this discussion? Do a little Internet research and provide your own definition of ideology. What features of our thinking process would signal that we have incorporated ideology into our mental processes?

What key aspects of ideology were highlighted in this discussion?
After reading The End of Homework, the highlighted ideologies in this discussion included the following key aspects:

- The “taken-for-granted” quality of homework - Society sees homework as important, therefore never questions if it is actually a good thing or not. As the writer points out, “the taken-for-granted” ideology is “considered to be natural and self-evident truths”.

- Set of Ideas - Ideology is a “set of ideas” “that directs our expectations, goals and actions”.
However, the simple equation of “taken-for-granted” ideas that directs our expectations, goals and actions” is not enough to qualify it as an Ideology. The writer points out: “ideologies only become ideological when they are no longer open to question.”

Distinguish between ideology and indoctrination.
If Ideology is a “set of ideas that directs our expectations, goals and actions”. Then, Indoctrination is when people come to believe the set of ideas without question. There are two types of indoctrination, which include; a) passive and b) active.” The writer continues by saying that passive “agents of socialization don't necessarily intend to introduce ideology, and they are not aware that repetitive reinforcement of ideas amounts to indoctrination, but they are part of the process nevertheless”

How are they related?
The writer says it well: ”the short answer is that ideas become ideological through a process of indoctrination. The term “indoctrination” itself is just a fancy word for repetitive teaching.”

Do a little Internet research and provide your own definition of ideology.
In the sport of canoe/kayak in Canada, there are two streams of “war canoe” racing based on race. The a) mainstream/whitestream and b) the Indigenous stream. The institution of CanoeKayak Canada race mainstream war canoes and credits it as the core of their club development system. Their narrative is that by racing war canoes, it creates a stepping stone to success.
Based on my Internet research,’ Is mainstream war canoe racing a stepping stone to success?’
For me when I think of the institution of CanoeKayak Canada and their ideology. I would explain that the institution who was incorporated in 1900 (as the Canadian Canoe Association) has had more than 100 years to share a set of ideas they believe to be true with their members. Given this length of time - of repeating these same ideas - have consequently reinforced to its members their beliefs which are not necessarily based on fact.  As seen in my previous Research Essay where a) the Banook Canoe Club, b) the 2013 Canada Summer Games, and c) the Bear Mountain Boats, Sprint Racing History media videos share their ideas/beliefs from these institutions as factual. When in fact, there is really no scientific evidence to back their ideas of ‘mainstream war canoe racing’ as a stepping stone to success. That parallels the writers comments about when “the taken-for-granted” ideology is “considered to be natural and self-evident truths”.”

What features of our thinking process would signal that we have incorporated ideology into our mental processes?
When ideas or beliefs, repeated enough times, through the years, becomes factual - with no basis or evidence of fact involved.  An example of this thinking process can be seen when: ‘both the mainstream and indigenous stream of war canoe racing become so indoctrinated in these ‘ideas’ they don’t even realize it.  That is when assimilation is complete.



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