On Indoctrination II

Is there a better way to implant an idea from history in the minds of young people than by having them write a short essay on it? They’ll do a little research with an approved history book, and then write a simplified version of a really complex set of circumstances and people. Once the approved, simplistic version is regurgitated, the young mind will consider it a gospel truth and build from it a worldview. Several essays later, doubt that the authority represented (the state, the church, the family) is noble and good is non-existent, replaced with a faith that could move mountains. Disgusting, if you ask me. And that’s today’s two cents.


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Founder and editor of Everything-Voluntary.com and UnschoolingDads.com, Skyler is a husband and unschooling father of three beautiful children. His writings include the column series “One Voluntaryist’s Perspective” and “One Improved Unit,” and blog series “Two Cents“. Skyler also wrote the books No Hitting! and Toward a Free Society, and edited the books Everything Voluntary and Unschooling Dads. You can hear Skyler chatting away on his podcasts, Everything Voluntary and Thinking & Doing.