Posted Dec 30, 2012 22:14 UTC (Sun) by man_ls
In reply to: Neutral values
Parent article: Petition: promote the use of free software in US schools
Take a simple example: you need to take one of these three positions on God: [...]
Given that the separation of church and state is a prerequisite of modern states, I would say that the agnostic position is the only tenable stance for public schools. Yes, it is ideological, but very desirable.
This principle is more or less embedded e.g. in our modern Spanish constitution ("Spain is a nondenominational state"). Note that it does not say "agnostic"; it could be theistic but without an official denomination.
Just to bring a semblance of on-topicness to the discussion, having more free software at schools is without a doubt an ideological position too. Even the innocent "sharing is good" is part of an ideology; many people are against it.
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