brain·wash·ing (From Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary)
1 : a forcible indoctrination to induce someone to give up basic political, social, or religious beliefs and attitudes and to accept contrasting regimented ideas
2 : persuasion by propaganda or salesmanship
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For children, education is an issue between their parents and the instructors they choose for them. For adults, education is a matter between student and teacher.
Education is never the business of government; brainwashing is the business of government.
All tax-funded education falls under the definition of brainwashing because taxation is coercion.
Voluntary education is not brainwashing because, by definition, it doesn't involve coercion.
Contrary to the coercive public education monopoly (where are those "Trust Busters" when you need them?) banishing government from all classrooms would cause opportunities for education to explode.
For-profit schools, charity schools, religion-run schools, volunteer-run community-based schools, home schooling.The free market possibilities are endless, providing something for every wallet from traditional classrooms to storefront schools to the super rich école to corporate sponsored training centers to online distance learning to iPod-based courses to competing McDonald's-style franchised schoolrooms from coast to coast.
And other ideas nobody has even thought of yet.
Want traditional readin' and writin' and 'rithmatic by rote? Want liberal arts? Want performing arts? Want open schools? Want (the favorite of many libertarians) Montessori schools?
Learn your way, not the educrat's way.
Concerned that some kids will fall through the cracks and grow up uneducated? In a free society no one will prevent you from helping them by volunteering your money, your time or your effort. In an age of near-instant communication possibilities you can easily find people and organizations anywhere in the world that feel as you do and then volunteer to work with them to educate those "at-risk" children you are so concerned about.
Or you can be a liberal: bloviate about "for the children," demand tax money, then kick back in your La-Z-Boy and do nothing.
No, a franchised McEducation may not be the best, but it sure beats government brainwashing.
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