Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Education or indoctrination?

I was having thoughts about my wasted youth in school and the irrelevance of education in general when I came across this news item.

The April 2009 draft Early Years Learning Framework wants teachers to make under-fives: * Contribute in a meaningful way to reconciliation, including flying the Aboriginal flag and inviting elders to give talks. * Use "social inclusion puppets" and "persona dolls" to explore exclusion and ethical issues. * Challenge and resist bias and discrimination. * Take action in unfair situations and learn to act when injustice occurs. * Assess and act on power dynamics as they get older.

In fact every country is guilty of brainwashing their children in one form or another.

Sometimes I wonder why there anyone bothers with obsessing with childrens' rights when we as a society so blatantly abuse our children by drumming concepts and values into them which we as adults consider to be the right concepts and values.

It's even done with the best of intentions when children are taught religion. I know of a movement on Facebook that is actively campaigning for a stop to religious education of children. Now, before you jump down my throat and object, think about religions such as Scientology, or Jehova's Witnesses or radical Islam.
Not all religions are as harmless or benign as we would like to believe.

And so let's consider the attempt to indoctrinate children into the current trendy beliefs that cloak themselves in political correctness. Will these values be obsolete by the time our children grow up? Will our children have the capacity to analyze issues for themselves or will their thinking be stunted by a poor education system?

Shouldn't we really be teaching children to think for themselves? After all the greatest gift any education can give someone is the insatiable thirst for knowledge.
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none said...

My son's school work is loaded with indoctrination.

On a seemingly innocent grammar worksheet there are sample sentences such as:

"La'shaniqua and Abdul are writing a science report about the dangers of global warming"

I can counter this garbage by explaining to my kids that La Shaniqua is likely to be pregnant by age 15 and Abdul has killed his sister for not wearing her burkah.

Our educational system is

none said...

totally screwed

Lexcen said...

Hammer, as each new generation of teachers knows less than the previous generation, we slowly move towards a new Dark Ages where knowledge is lost to ignorance and superstition. The thinkers will the those out of step with the rest of society and probably end up as outcasts and non-conformists.

Anonymous said...

Some injustices are necessary. Education is one such injustice.

Jeannie said...

My daughter did a philosophy course that showed how severely indoctrinated we are in many aspects - not just religious. - Our entire framework is slanted. Everything we think and do is processed slanted.

It's part of our humanity - all we can do is learn to be aware of what direction we are coming from.