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Don't censor our Schools

Don't Censor Our School's Curriculum

I have been reading about efforts, all the way to the federal level, to have public schools post their proposed curricula online for inspection by parents. On the surface, this may seem like a good way to get parents more directly involved in their children's educations, but I suspect this is not the intent. I suspect an attempt at censorship. We should be teaching critical thinking in our schools instead of blind obedience to authority. I want our children (or grandchildren in my case) to examine our beliefs critically and challenge them.

With the tons of misinformation, conspiracy theories, and blatant lies circulating freely throughout the world, this is the one critical skill they need most. We need to examine our motives here. Do we want to pass on our areas of ignorance and prejudice to our descendants? Is there a subtle "you think you're better than me" resentment there?

Our educators are more than daycare workers. They are trained individuals, many with advanced degrees, that must meet standards to get a license to do their chosen profession and the vast majority do it well. As near as I can tell, the qualifications to be a parent are nearly nonexistent and have not changed throughout human history. No expertise is required. Whether we like to admit it or not, our textbooks have been subject to censorship for years. The history we currently teach is filled with lies. Let's at least teach our children to spot the lies and explore knowledge on their own. Let's leave curriculum selection to the professionals with only the minimal required oversight.

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Bruce Workman

Bruce Workman

Bruce is a retired rubber chemist. He is the former publisher, editor and head writer for the county Democratic Party newsletter.

He is currenty a freelance writer, and a political activist. Bruce likes to read, research, write, design this website, and fish.

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