> 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.
This is not about ideology or indoctrination. It is about public schools teaching incoherent, inconsistent as "mathematics", incomprehensible falsehoods as "science" and propaganda as "social studies". The garbage peddled in public schools is not only so watered-down as to be useless, it is actively harmful. (This is the case here in BC. YMMV, especially for the remainder of this rant.)
Evolution doesn't affect anyone's life. Electricity does. Mechanics does. Chemistry does. History does. And yet when schools are filling children's heads with nonsensical mental models and lies, extorting the funds to do so, anyone complaining about it must be a creationist? Anyone trying to opt out must be trying to indoctrinate their children?
If you think a child should (a) memorize state doctrine well enough to pass tests, (b) learn enough actual science or mathematics or history or art to be a functioning human being, and (c) double-think well enough to do both (a) and (b) on a daily basis, you have a very strange idea of how a child ought to develop, and a strange idea about how many hours there are in a day.
Certainly, it would creep me out if I was living in such an oppressive state that this was actually -required-.