View Poll Results: Would you purchase a children's book with a clear partisan agenda?

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  • I don't have children but if I did, I would

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Thread: Political agendas and children - What say you?

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    Re: Political agendas and children - What say you?

    Never. Why steal the innocence and brainwash 4 year olds?

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    Re: Political agendas and children - What say you?

    I find the notion vile.

    Palestinians, for instance, indoctrinate their children from the time they are born to be mass murderers, glorifying such on their children's programs on television, and in their children's books. It's disgusting, and is nothing more than systematic child abuse.

    I won't EVER act in any way even remotely like that.
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    Re: Political agendas and children - What say you?

    I have to plead guilty to political indoctrination of children. I read my 3-1/2 year old daughter a story from Aesop's Fables or the Brothers Grimm before bed each night. Mea culpa!

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    Re: Political agendas and children - What say you?

    I voted "Other".

    If my child were in public/private school, I would wish to know in detail what exactly they were being taught. If a book/idea were questionable to me, I would probably attempt to purchase/find info on it and attempt to instruct my child as to the possible inaccuracies involved.

    In short, I would want any child of mine to automatically question every single bit of information they take in.

    I might purchase books on both sides of an opposing argument of this sort to illustrate how devious partisan persons can be.
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    Re: Political agendas and children - What say you?

    Quote Originally Posted by The Mark View Post
    I voted "Other".

    If my child were in public/private school, I would wish to know in detail what exactly they were being taught. If a book/idea were questionable to me, I would probably attempt to purchase/find info on it and attempt to instruct my child as to the possible inaccuracies involved.

    In short, I would want any child of mine to automatically question every single bit of information they take in.

    I might purchase books on both sides of an opposing argument of this sort to illustrate how devious partisan persons can be.
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    Re: Political agendas and children - What say you?

    I wouldn't buy books like those in the OP for any child of mine. Even if they leaned in the direction I did...
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    Re: Political agendas and children - What say you?

    I would if they were older maybe, as a joke if they were interested in politics.
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    Re: Political agendas and children - What say you?

    Well, I'm pretty much dead center politically and I don't think there are any centrist children books out there, but even if there were I wouldn't buy them. Not just because I detest the idea of indoctrination of any kind, but also because I would be much better at explaining things to my kid than a stupid book ever could.

    When it comes to raising my kid, I approach politics pretty much the same way I approach religion. Neither subject was ever brought up until the day she expressed interest in them by asking questions. Her questions were answered in the most neutral way possible and I took every opportunity to give her the various vewpoints in our vast political spectrum and the many different religious traditions held around the world. She's free to go as far left or right as she wants. My job is to make her aware of all the options and let her chose which she likes best, it's certainly not my job to make her a clone of myself. The very idea gives me the creeps to no end.
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    Re: Political agendas and children - What say you?

    I think these sorts of book are stupid. I guess it's ok for parents to spread stupid as there is no law against it; but they are nothing more than propaganda pieces looking to create a cog. What you want to create is a reasonable, critical thinker; not a cog. People should at least know what they are doing. You can go much further by encouraging your children to think things through, apply logic and reason to decisions, and to consider all the available data. But that takes work, and I think many parents are just too damned lazy and stupid their own selves to understand that the proliferation of mindless, thoughtless propaganda is ultimately dangerous and will promote forms of government never meant to exist.
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    Re: Political agendas and children - What say you?

    I don't think children are ready to make up their minds as far as political views are concerned. But I do think they should be taught about current events. The election of Barack Obama is a significant event in our nation's history, and something children might want to have a personal memory of when they grow up. I don't believe in brainwashing, thus I don't think any partisanship present will permanently scar anyone's views. But it would make them remember the history.
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