Saturday, May 14, 2005
Shutting Out The World
Over at Steve Gilliard's shop, a bunch of us are discussing schools and whether parents (or society) really want smarter, better kids, or just more obedient one. See, a non-trivial number of parents don't like the idea of their kids truly turning out smarter than them. Especially if it's in a secular context. In Minnetonka, which is a very white, very rich suburb of Minneapolis, some Christian parents are having a hissy fit because of an elective program there that basically gives kids who take it the challenging, well-rounded education of a diplomat. But the Christian parents hate it because in addition to making their kids smarter than they are, it doesn't teach the kids that the God-Fearing USA is perfect in everything and always has been, so they want it trashed -- even though (or perhaps because) their kids like it. And these are the same people who mock Saudi Arabia for its madrassas that teach a bogus view of history. Shutting out the world is bad, whether done in Riyadh or Minnetonka or Amistad.
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