Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Why it's so important to teach our children to think for themselves

Our public school system today has become a perfect medium for pushing government propaganda and dogmatic so-called patriotism. It's curricula, policies, and disciplinary procedures ensure that our children are under-educated, overmedicated, and pummeled with the same rhetoric over and over again. Add to that the possible humiliation of being labeled as ADHD, Learning Disabled, a Disciplinary Problem, etc. for questioning the rules or failing to properly "fit" into a one-dogma-fits-all box, and you are on your way to creating the perfect society of little robots--who grow up to be big robots.

Our children are taught to react with fervent pride to the calling out of key catch phrases ("we the people" "I have a dream" "liberty and justice for all" etc.) - without any knowledge as to the context in which they were spoken - so that the mere utterance of one or more of these phrases calls them to "patriotic" attention, with no regard to the words spoken around them or what the agenda of the person speaking them might truly be. This is how our school system has created many unthinking individuals who fail to truly consider all sides of a matter before deciding for themselves what is true and right.

"Dissent is the highest form of patriotism" ~Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence

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