21 May 2007

You Will Be Assimilated

Welcome to the Peoples Most Glorious Reeducation Facility; now stop thinking for yourself:
First it was his world history class. Then he saw it in his economics class. And his world issues class. And his environment class. In total, 18-year-old McKenzie, a Northern Ontario high schooler, says he has had the film An Inconvenient Truth shown to him by four different teachers this year. "I really don't understand why they keep showing it," says McKenzie.

(E)very time we've seen it, well, one teacher said this is basically a two-sided debate, but this movie really gives you the best idea of what's going on.

Even scientists who back Mr. Gore's message admit they're uncomfortable with liberties the politician takes with "science" in the film. But, McKenzie says most of his classmates are credulous. His teachers are not much more discerning. "They don't know there's another side to the argument," he says.

"This is just being poured into kids' brains instead of letting them know there's a debate going on," (his mother) says. "An educational system falls down when they start taking one side."
Read the whole thing. The heavy-handed distribution of the DVD to educators worldwide would make Alphonse Capone blush.

Now, the flaws in Gore's song and dance aside, this is really a tremendously lazy tendency often found in government schools; teaching-by-pressing-the-'play'-button. Yea, this took place in Canada, but do you really think you'd have to dig very far to find this amateur indoctrination in the United States?

1 comment:

Sornie said...

I think it's okay to show in school but maybe just within the science curriculum so as not to barrage students with the same copout for education four times. These are the teachers that duck out for a smoke or throw back a pot of three of coffee during the classes used to show the movie and make teachers as a whole look like they actually deserve the relatively low pay they receive.