Indoctrination is defined as the act of indoctrinating, or teaching or inculcating a doctrine, principle, or ideology, especially one with a specific point of view, or the process of teaching a person or group to accept a set of beliefs uncritically.
Education is defined as the act or process of imparting or acquiring general knowledge, developing the powers of reasoning and judgment, and generally of preparing oneself or others intellectually for mature life, or an enlightening experience.
An instructor intent on indoctrinating their students would state a conclusion and then assign the students the task of supporting that conclusion and acting on the indoctrinator’s conclusion as fact.
An instructor intent on educating their students would define a problem or a controversy and then assign the student to research the problem or controversy and arrive at a conclusion. The instructor would critique the student not on the conclusion, but the research capability of the student and the ability of the student in using the results of the research to reach their conclusion.
Those who support Collectivism (Marxism, Communism, Socialism, Progressivism) insist on indoctrination because a tyrannical mindset insists on total conformity. These collectivists also oppose freedom of speech which requires freedom of thought.
Those who support Individualism insist on education because a free and liberated people must be encouraged to reach conclusions logically and rationally. An individualist understands that different viewpoints on all topics is essential for any free society and thus the individualist protects and encourages free speech or free thought on any and all topics.
This is an example of indoctrination, and although the advocates for collectivism or conformity would like us to believe this is an isolated incident, it is not. Our colleges and universities that are training teachers are themselves indoctrinating these aspiring teachers and graduating indoctrinators and not educators to teach in our schools.
A middle school teacher in Hampton, Georgia, came under fire for a classroom assignment that required students to write letters to pressure Congress for stricter gun laws.
The premise of the assignment was that stricter laws could prevent another mass killing at a school, according to reports.
“For this assignment, you are writing a letter to the lawmakers of the United States,” the assignment stated. The purpose of this letter is to pressure lawmakers to have stricter gun laws in the United States.”
The law enforcement group Blue Lives Matter obtained a copy of the assignment from a police officer whose son is in the class.
“I asked him what he had for homework that night, and he said he had to write a paper on gun control,” William Lee told Blue Lives Matter. “I looked at it, and I told my son, ‘No, you’re not doing that assignment.’ Then I emailed his teacher the next day and told him that my son would not be writing that.”
The teacher agreed to exempt the student from the assignment with no penalties for not completing the work.
How did the district respond?
A district spokesman told Fox News the assignment is not part of the curriculum. He was also said the letters were not sent out.
“We would never approve of a politically biased assignment or directive given by a teacher,” a spokesman for Henry County Schools told Fox News. “The letters were never actually going to be sent to Washington and were more of an exercise than a serious plea for further gun control.”
The school district quickly distanced itself from the idea of assignments that require students to express an opinion other than their own.
“This activity took the wrong approach in limiting the ability of students to share any thoughts outside of what was directed of them when the subject elicits many different viewpoints from people, including students,” the spokesman reportedly said.
“It is unfortunate that this isolated incident occurred, but we are appreciative of those individuals who brought it to our attention, so we could take corrective action and stop it from continuing further,” he explained.
This is a typical response of school districts when indoctrinating methods are discovered by parents. However, the indoctrination process will continue in this school district and all others across the United States. The only way this form of facilitating the fundamental transformation of the United States to a collectivist state will end is when Freedom Loving Americans end it by becoming members of school boards, by attending and participating in school board meetings, by reviewing children’s homework like this father did, and by insisting on being in classrooms during instruction.
Whether the letters were sent to lawmakers or not was totally irrelevant. The impact the assignment had on the students was significant. An authority figure told them gun control was the solution to the problem. That is indoctrination.