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Can Your Child Spell Indoctrinatable?
Can you say that? "Indoctrinatable!" I knew you could! Have you ever given much thought to what it means? A new school year is about to begin with high expectations for continuing education. Are your children receiving an education or indoctrination?
I took a class taught by Pastor Tommy Reid who told us what he thought his job as a teacher was. He said that he would present information to us as students and it was our choice to "chew-on" the information and form our own knowledge base and opinions. That's pretty good advice for teachers and students.
An indoctrinator deals in absolutes. You must absolutely accept, believe and apply what you are told without question. There might be some absolutes in the classroom; two plus two will always equal four, right? What if the first two is light and the second two is dark? What if the second two desires to steal, kill and destroy any potential that it comes in contact with?
Indoctrination is accepting a belief system without question. Pastor Reid's method of giving an education would not be used by an indoctrinator.
The world seems to be evolving into an "anything-goes" belief system. If it feels good do it, don't question it. For over twenty years, I have been speaking to students in schools across the country and as far away as Africa. Recently, I've been told to refrain from speaking on several subjects including abortion and sexual identity. My views did not conform to policy so my voice was taken away. That policy comes straight out of the indoctrinator's tool box.
You have a responsibility for knowing what kind of education your child will receive. As a former school board member I can tell you that parental involvement is the number one precursor to a child's satisfactory education experience. Here are a few suggestions from an old-head parent and youth director of many years.
BE INVOLVED IN YOUR CHILD'S EDUCATION TO PROTECT FROM INDOCTRINATION!
Teach your child to ask questions and not accept anything as their own belief system until they have had time to "chew" on it. Hopefully your child will discuss what they have been told to believe with you.
Teach your children to set healthy boundaries regarding who their friends are.
Go over your child's homework every night.
Go through your child's textbooks and discuss anything that might be contrary to what you believe.
Spend the time to get to know each teacher personally.
Examine School Policy and follow the reports from the School Board.
Vote in School Board elections.
Indoctrination, brainwashing, mind control, shame and guilt, coercion are used by many organizations including churches, governments and educational institutions. The best way to protect yourself is to study and know the Truth. There are some folks who will say that the Bible is a brainwashing book. That's simply an indoctrinable statement.
God is love. He asks us to love Him and our neighbors as ourselves. He has a more excellent way for our lives. Some folks choose to prefer a destiny of their own making. God has a preferred destiny. Teach your child to love. Teach your child to embrace the struggles of life as they lean on God for understanding. Today's struggles form tomorrow's wisdom and help our yesterdays give birth to new beginnings. Darkness will descend in your child's life, teach them about the Light.
"For all that is secret will eventually be brought into the open, and everything that is concealed will be brought to light and made known to all." Luke 8:17
"The people who walk in darkness will see a great light; those who live in a dark land, the light will shine on them." Isaiah 9:2
"The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it." John 1:5
Thanks for your time. Go do something nice for somebody.
Jesus loves you and so do we.
Bob Kuebler is the Founder & Director of Youth With A Purpose. Bob has spent the last 15 yrs. learning about pain and persever ance from inner city young people and their families. Healing starts with love and encompasses compassion and empathy. Our mission at YWAP is to inspire inner city young people to develop as God's leaders who overcome the mindset of poverty and gang violence. Bob is the Author of five books, several magazine articles and blogs including The Bright Spot Report. He regularly shares with audiences about how God is redeeming our cities through young people.
Bob can be reached at 716-830-8240, firstname.lastname@example.org. www.youthwithapurpose.org