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Wednesday, November 02, 2005

No.

Should American schools use Saudi propaganda in Middle Eastern studies?

11 comments:

Ezzie said...

No.

Kiwi the Geek said...

Duh.

Eli said...

Do they teach the part in the Koran that explicitly says that Israel belongs to the Jews?
(YES there is such a thing! just like our Torah has it's reciprocal.)

Jewish Blogmeister said...

Shoulod I say yes just to break up the monotony...no.

Jack's Shack said...

No way.

Stacey said...

Can you elaborate? I'm curious what was used.

PsychoToddler said...

Follow the link.

Kiwi the Geek said...

Eli, got a link to that?

Anne said...

Okay, the First Amendment absolutist will break up the monotony.

Yes, it should be taught in U.S. classrooms and shown for what it is: hateful propaganda. It should be dissected and discussed until all the lies are bared.

Kids are smart but rebellious. They'll see the truth if you steer them toward it. Hide these things, and the mere fact you don't want to discuss it will give it greater gravitas (and validity) than it merits.

Or, to paraphrase James Madison, the answer to hateful speech isn't censorship, but MORE speech ... good speech.

And now back to your regularly scheduled blog ...

Kiwi the Geek said...

I'm all for free speech, but in case you haven't noticed, it doesn't exist in the government schools. OTOH, you can bet most homeschooling parents teach their kids to recognize and dissect propaganda. The varying styles of education have completely different purposes.

Gunny Walker said...

I don't want to start a flame war, but... Homeschooled kids are taught to recognize and dissect propaganda? I can't think of a better way to drive propaganda home than in a controlled environment. I'm sure that there are some kids that come out of HS pretty well, but most of the ones that I have met are pretty well brainwashed. Maybe, I have't been exposed to enough. I mean think about that post Fudge did about Barney.
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