This pathetic thread reminds me of a quote I read a while back in a review of a Glenn Beck "movie."
FACT: Being an American is boring. No matter how stupid or poor you are, you almost always have enough food and water. You crave excitement and stimulation! And fear is the bored man’s orgasm. It’s actually kind of sad: many of Glenn Beck’s supporters peaked one morning about eleven years ago when they watched some buildings from their postcards burn down on TV, and they’ve been chasing that high ever since. The Muslims, the Mexicans, the Religious War, the Race War, they will always be right around the corner! Arm yourself now! Educate yourself with the truth, and the truth will set you…back around 50 grand, 60 if you want the bunker that comes with a dojo.
Socialized government from a far-right President like Obama? Come on now.
With just teachers alone, there are a plethora of sources with multiple new teachers every single year. In order for your view to hold true, that would mean an inordinate percentage of all teachers would all have to not only hold the same views, but promote them as well.
In my 19 years of education thus far, I have only ever had one teacher promote liberal ideas in class (college) and he was a former political prisoner from Iran. And before you assume I was indoctrinated early or in a subtle fashion, I was a republican until I was about 23. I was even Vice President of my school's college Republicans.
There will always be people who try to influence others to think like them and there will always be people who are unable or unwilling to think for themselves. And they are not exclusive to left wingers. Hell, the Texas school board of education literally rewrote parts of their history textbooks to better fit their ideology.
But despite all of that, the very notion of indoctrination is pretty silly imo. The idea that a grown individual is incapable of being open to new ideas or changing his or her mind about something because of what they were "taught" as a child doesn't hold water. Such a thing is a failing on behalf of the individual.
Not every human is a manipulative, opportunistic, letch... or at least that's what I'm told.
I don't recall Captain Planet ever attacking a legitimate business that employed honest workers and provided a valuable service
The show is the brainchild of Ted Turner, so one shouldn't be surprised.
Here's an article someone wrote back in the day that shares the same sentiment.
I feel silly having to defend this example, because I thought it was fairly apparent. Again, if I have to explain how this is propaganda, than it merely proves my point. Do you even recognize when you are being manipulated?
It's kind of like the movie Inception, how would you know the idea is yours, or was the idea idea merely planted in your head and you are made to believe it as your own?
Yes, there are a multitude of influences over a lifetime, but again children will be largely influenced by what they are taught in school and their exposure to media (books, movies, TV, etc.). 75% of all school teachers are self-proclaimed liberals, and I don't need to tell you the political leanings of Hollywood. Again, depending upon where you live and how much TV you watch could make a difference. Yes, people can and sometimes do change their minds over time (usually as a result of life's lessons or seeking out information), but the lessons one are taught as a child will always be there and often shape our outlook on the world.
If you doubt me, try this: Is diversity always a good thing? Is profiling always a bad thing? Should equality always be promoted?
Hopefully, you didn't cheat and scan ahead.
If you are like most people, we have been taught in school how wonderful diversity is. However would want your racing jockey to look like a Sumo wrestler for the sake of diversity, or would you be satisfied with a basketball team with a dwarf as your starting forward? Probably not. You are likely taught not to judge a book by its cover or that profiling is wrong. If profiling is so bad why have police line-ups or why give out a description of what the suspect looks like? Because it's efficient and it gets results. Who gets to decide when playing field has been leveled, and equality exists? We are taught to play fair, but as we know (ala Lance Armstrong) this doesn't always happen. In a truly equal society you wind up with a Harrison Bergeron reality. So we are never really wanting "true" equality, and those that claim they do are merely looking to penalize those that have an advantage.
Again, try this test with your friends and you will most likely get responses that diversity is always good, profiling is always bad, and that we should always promote equality whenever possible, as opposed to affording people the same opportunity to compete.
I revel in it
I will say that you won this thread though. Actually linking Captain Planets list of episodes as your coup de grace instantly wins my respect.