The indoctrination is only sort of working

The global warming indoctrination is working — up to a point.  In common with the school children in this John Stossel video, my children are worried about a climate change Armageddon and are hostile to Western culture because “it’s all our fault.”  It’s a common topic of conversation.  Hot days, cold days, nature shows — whatever.  Global warming comes up.

But the one thing that the schools have completely failed to do is to teach the children the single trick that will help them, powerless little things that they are, take some responsibility for reducing emissions:  they haven’t trained them to turn off the lights. In my house, you can track the children’s movements by the bright lights blazing in every room they’ve entered, even if they only passed through on their way to something else.

If the schools are going to be doing this kind of indoctrination, I wish they’d at least teach the kids some practical skills, instead of having them come home to my fog-ridden neighborhood insisting that I start cooking with a solar oven in the back yard.


7 Responses

  1. You mean … you want the teachers to teach something useful rather than propoganda and victimhood? Oh, come on! How outdated your thinking is!


    Watch the kids at store and Malls, throwing their trash on the ground. Yeah, they’re learning something!

  2. The point of the indoctrination — sorry, “education” — isn’t to change the kids’ behavior. It’s to give them the proper mindset so that they’ll reflexively support any political program which claims to be “for the environment.”

  3. One of my 5th grade students mentioned global warming as a part of his speech for Student Council President. (Big sigh…)

    Anyway, he *did* make suggestions to the students such as riding bikes or walking to school instead of parents driving, turning off lights, and making sure all the classrooms had paper recycling bins. This part of his speech turned out to be the best part because it was really about personal responsibility and the small things even young children can do to make a difference in their own world.

    He’s a very bright student. I’m sure that as he matures he will be able to overcome the “indoctrination.” After all, we are supposedly teaching “critical thinking skills.”

  4. …my children are worried about a climate change Armageddon and are hostile to Western culture because “it’s all our fault.”

    That’s the frightening part. Our schools are teaching the multi-culti, global-warming, etc agenda while deliberately crushing any teaching of patriotism.

    Trimegistus above has it right. It’s not about personal responsibility, it’s all about encouraging the government to control us all. Have you read Edwards’ latest speech? I’m all for empowering people to rise out of poverty, but Edwards’ approach is 100% focused on government control and government solutions. There’s not a HINT of personal responsibility nor of market forces anywhere in it.

  5. I think personal responsibility has a different connotation to us as adults than I meant when mentioning the speech. I was pleased with the personal responsibility theme because so many students seem to be extensions of their parents and do not act or think independently. This is reinforced by some of the ways they are taught in school.

    I remember growing up on Long Island and learning at school that the ice caps were going to melt and Long Island would be underwater by the time I was 30. I am now 37. Although I had conservative parents, I went to a very liberal public university and adopted many of those beliefs. As Dad said, though, I’d be conservative after my first paycheck. He may have been right.

    My point is that 19 years of public education has not inhibited my ability to love America, analyze information and draw conclusions contrary to those of my collegues and the prevailing wisdom. Neither has 12 years of public school teaching. While I hope that my being a teacher-librarian is a bit of counterbalance to the norm in education, I know that my parents had much more impact shaping the person I am and how I think in the long run than any teacher did. The indoctrination didn’t take!

  6. The Left needs more cannon fodder recruits, Book. Creating useful idiots is about as easy as taking candy from babies.

  7. Just be sure to ensure that your children will eventually find out how the Left betrayed their beliefs. The Left was never about environmentalism, that was just a neat little trick to use guilt as a method to force people to pay them gild. They won’t teach them how to conserve energy because so long as the problem exists, then the parasite can continue to survive.

    A completely healthy organism, after all Book, neither has nor has need of parasites.

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