Posted Dec 29, 2012 19:03 UTC (Sat) by man_ls
In reply to: Petition: promote the use of free software in US schools
Parent article: Petition: promote the use of free software in US schools
By which you mean that it is all but mandatory that every child is educated according to the state-approved curriculum. Doesn't that creep you out just a little bit? Are you sure their values are your values?
Not necessarily. Ideally, the state just mandates a baseline of minimum contents which should be free from ideology. If you want you can take your child to a private school, where apart from the baseline they can be indoctrinated in whatever religion or beliefs you prefer, or just teach an alternative set of skills.
In practice the official curricula include varying degrees of indoctrination, including what you call "values", but they are not necessarily bad. Even if you think that things like evolution of the species are a matter of opinion (not that I want to enter this particular debate right now), then you can try to influence your local board to include intelligent design as an optional world view.
Here in Spain there was a big fuss some years ago when the government instated a new subject in secondary education: "Educación para la ciudadanía" (Education for citizenship). It included such revolutionary values as coexistence and gay relationships; honestly I still don't see the problem in a country where gay marriage is legal. But no doubt it was moral content, which as I said above is not necessarily bad.
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