There have been a lot of comments in this lengthy thread that I have disagreed with. However the next 2 comments are I believe reprehensible
Originally Posted by AccessBlaster
The big threat is how the left weaponize children. They can't seem to get their agenda passed using adults.
The Klan and white supremacy represents a tiny fraction of society. The classroom on the other hand represents about 99% of political indoctrination of children mostly run by democrats, pushing their kooky theories.
After 37 years in education in a wide variety of UK schools, both as a Science/ICT teacher and for the final 12 years as a senior school manager, I think I know a bit about this particular subject. Rarely have I heard such dangerous uninformed nonsense as that espoused in the above two quotes.
There are of course teachers of all political persuasions from extreme left to extreme right though most would be roughly in the political centre. Whatever their views, very few will make those views known to students.
However, schools as institutions, are in general basically 'conservative'. By that I don't mean they are right wing. Nor are they left wing. What I do mean is that there is no agenda either overt or hidden to change the nature or structure of society.
On the extremely rare occasions that schools do shift away from the middle ground, a series of checks and balances come into place to counteract that.
There have been occasional issues e.g. with faith schools of different religions pushing an intolerant viewpoint
The last time a school had a radical left wing agenda in the UK was the White Lion School back in 1973. It was closed down.
What schools are expected to do, at least in the UK, is to ensure students are informed about important world issues, are made aware of the evidence available and of differing opinions that exist on those issues. They are encouraged to make up their own minds and to respect the different opinions held by others. A tiny minority will become activists for a particular cause because they feel strongly about an issue. How can anyone suggest that is due to political indoctrination and expect to be taken seriously?
If the next generation become more open minded and show fewer prejudices than their parents & grandparents that is a good thing. Amongst many other things, the deeply held prejudices shown in this lengthy thread has certainly indicated that there is a need for society to become more tolerant.
In that respect, perhaps I agree with Uncle Gizmo's comments in the last post ... though not with all of his opinions about JP. That certainly doesn't mean I'm right & he is wrong.