24th June 2011

“Religions like to teach children as they find them easier to convince than grown-ups.”

Jeremy Hardy

5 Responses to “24th June 2011”

  1. John Says:

    Get ’em young… keep’em dumb…

  2. archaeopteryx Says:

    The purpose of education should be “to help all students develop built-in, shockproof crap detectors”. A conclusion of Neil Postman and Charles Weingartner in their book “Teaching as a subversive activity”, Penguin Education Specials, 1971.

  3. R J Says:

    makes me think of paul simon’s song “Kodachrome ” which happens to
    express this thought :::::

    ” When i think back on all the crap I learned…………….

    it’s a wonder I can think at all. “

  4. Jeff Says:

    Can we start a movement to define the teaching of religion to any child under say… 21 to be an act of child abuse?

  5. archaeopteryx Says:


    I think that the definition you propose is fair, but putting it into practice would be something else! Those in power have not necessarily got built-in shockproof crap detectors. Even if they have, they may not want others to have them – there is another quotation in Postman and Weingartner’s book, right at the start, that goes:

    “Thank god there are no free schools or printing: …for learning has brought disobedience and heresy into the world, and printing has divulged them… god keep us from both.” Sir William Berkeley, Governor of Virginia, d 1677.

    How much has changed since Berkeley’s time?