10-second review: Education vs. indoctrination. Article written in connection with banning Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye at MorrisonvilleHigh School.
Source: Philadelphia Inquirer, (December 6, 1994), A15.
Comment: There is a big difference between indoctrinating students with an idea and education. Indoctrinating tries to force the student to learn and practice the idea, to make it a part of their behavior. . When the idea is found in a book and discussed, no intent exists to urge the students to make it a part of their behavior but simply to understand the positive and negative effects of the idea. Trying to make students Communists or trying to “sell” Communism to students is indoctrination. Discussing the effects of Communist society in Russia, including its positive and negative effects on the people of the Soviet Union in a study of the history of Russia is what we mean by education. RayS.