Posted Dec 30, 2012 19:08 UTC (Sun) by gerv
In reply to: Neutral values
Parent article: Petition: promote the use of free software in US schools
Ideally, the state just mandates a baseline of minimum contents which should be free from ideology.
That's simply not possible. All education is ideological. Take a simple example: you need to take one of these three positions on God:
- He exists, and that existence affects what we teach here.
- He does not exist, and that non-existence affects what we teach here.
- He may or may not exist, but whether he does or not have no effect on what we do in this school, so we aren't going to take a position, and won't talk about his existence or non-existence.
The third position is the one most commonly suggested as "free from ideology" or "neutral", but it's clearly not. Saying that "God is irrelevant to what we do here" is clearly not an ideology-free statement.
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