January 21, 2004
David Carr on the effect of propaganda in the classroom

David Carr comments interestingly at Samizdata on this story, which is about a trend towards offering financial education in schools. The best news is that they are selling it to schools as "extra-curricula", but no doubt if it gets anywhere the clamour will begin for it to become compulsory.

The subject of taxation is included, which naturally fills Carr with forebodings. Will it just be pro-tax propaganda? Maybe, but the effects might nevertheless, he says, be interesting:

… this could be welcome because even if it transpires that this is really all part of a lefty 'get-them-while-their-young' programme, the effect might be to start prodding young brain cells in directions that their teachers never intended them to go.

The Internet pulsates with complaints about propaganda in the classroom, but I hear rather less about the actual effects of such propaganda. After all, Younger Generations do constantly erupt in rebellions which make nonsense of what their teachers were supposedly stuffing into their heads.

Or do they? Do these "rebellions" actually just consist of Younger Generations taking the philosophical axioms they have been taught to their logical conclusions?

Posted by Brian Micklethwait at 07:48 PM
Category: Bias