Indoctrination In Education?

Indoctrination is the process of inculcating ideas, attitudes, cognitive strategies or a professional methodology. It is often distinguished from education by the fact that the indoctrinated person is expected not to question or critically examine the doctrine they have learned. (wiki)
To imbue with a usually partisan or sectarian opinion, point of view, or principle.  (Webster)

Indoctrination of Children

Perhaps instead of the indoctrinating children, one could just destroy their ability to think at all. This might in fact be taking place. Let me know what you think after examining a school assignment about-ironically-propaganda.

The readwritethink.org site sponsored by the NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English) has the following assignment available as part of a lesson plan on propaganda.

Re-naming it as the read, write and get confused as hell.org society might be more appropriate.

After students have learned the 7 propaganda techniques and completed worksheets to identify examples of those same techniques in literary text and political advertisements, they are asked to write the following.

Persuasive Essay Assignment

Using specific examples of propaganda techniques from the literary text we explored and the online political advertisements, write a well-organized essay that argues in support or against the following statement:

It is essential in a democratic society that young people and adults
learn how to think, learn how to make up their minds. They must learn
how to think independently, and they must learn how to think
together. They must come to conclusions, but at the same time they
must recognize the right of other men to come to opposite
conclusions. So far as individuals are concerned, the art of democracy
is the art of thinking and discussing independently together.

(Institute for Propaganda Analysis. The Fine Art of Propaganda. New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1939)

It is hard to agree or disagree with something so hopelessly bereft of real meaning. The first thing that leaps off the page as a nonsense phrase is “They must learn how to think together?” Another nonsense phrase is, “the art of thinking and discussing independently together”.  What on earth do these phrases mean?

And of course the conclusions you come to can’t be universal, everyones’ conclusions being as self-evidently correct as the neighbor next door.

And finally, how would it be even possible to use examples of propaganda techniques to refute or support this muddleheaded statement?

The output produced by such an assignment can only result in more confusion at best and at worst is a contributory factor in actually destroying the true mental architecture necessary to make reasoned arguments.

This is either an act of teaching maleficence or programmed indoctrination to ensure your child will not be able to think properly after graduation.

Indoctrination Definition for Kids

The activities of someone who is trying to influence you without your knowing about it for their own purposes and not necessary in your best interests

Indoctrination in a Sentence

The goal should be to educate broadly, rather than to indoctrinate students in a narrow set of political beliefs.

Indoctrination Synonym


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