Education vs. Indoctrination

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    A poster in another thread commented that parents do not have the right to indoctrinate their children. I kind of think they do, at least to some extent, since what one views as indoctrination can easily be seen as education by another. And I don't think too many people would argue that a parents don't have the right to educate their children.

    So what is the difference between education and indoctrination anyway?

    Please discuss.
     
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    I had both and I turned out OK.... well, maybe......... ok, ok, not really.
     
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    Indoctrination is forced.

    One of my pet peeves is parents that do not teach children to know who they are.

    I think the generation that grew up via the internet age, are in constant social situations, which in turn never allows them any inner reflection, but lots of deflection.
     
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    Education: facts presented. Theories presented. Thinking encouraged.

    Indoctrination: brainwashing. Do not challenge or think for self.
     
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    Define: education

    • the activities of educating or instructing; activities that impart knowledge or skill; "he received no formal education"; "our instruction was ...
    • knowledge acquired by learning and instruction; "it was clear that he had a very broad education"
    • the gradual process of acquiring knowledge; "education is a preparation for life"; "a girl's education was less important than a boy's"
    Define: indoctrination

    teaching someone to accept doctrines uncritically
    wordnetweb.princeton.edu/perl/webwn
     
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    So when...

    ...children are taught about the evils of drug use, is that education or indoctrination?

    ...children are taught that racial differences are merely superficial, is that education or indoctrination?

    ...children are taught that that homosexuality is normal, is that education or indoctrination?

    ...children are taught that Vietnam was a mistake, is that education or indoctrination?
     
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    If you substituted the word "told" for the word "taught" then it would be indoctrination rather than education. If, on the other hand, the word "taught" is understood to mean "shown" as in 'here is one position, here is another and here's why we believe ___', then I would have to believe education rather than indoctrination.

    And you're right. There are evils associated with drug use. Racial differences are superficial. Homosexuality is normal for the homosexual individual. Vietnam was a colossal mistake.
     
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    Whatever you teach your kids or don't could be described as "indoctrination."
     
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    Education: Teaching one how to think

    Indoctrination: Teaching one what to think.
     
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    Exactly
     

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