Monday, September 7, 2015

#039: Indoctrination





“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America. Thank you very, very much for letting us little kids live here. It really, really was nice of you. You didn’t have to do it. And it’s really not freaky that us little, little kids mindlessly recite this anthem every day and pledge their life to a government before they’re old enough to really think about what they’re saying. This is not a form of brainwashing. This is not a form of brainwashing. This is not a form of brainwashing. This is really the greatest country in the whole world. All the other countries suck. And, if this country ever goes to war, as it often wants to do, I promise to help go and kill all the other countries’ kids. God bless Johnson & Johnson. God bless GE. God bless Citigroup. Amen.” - from "The Whitest Kids U'Know"

September has returned once more, and school has started once again. As always, students will start their school year off by reciting the pledge of allegiance to the American flag. For many, this will be their very first time reciting it, making it the very first thing they learn in school well before their alphabet or numbers.

Yet we as Americans don’t find it very odd that we expect little children who cannot even tie their own shoes to swear fidelity to a government that they know very little about. It’s almost as if the public school system is ensuring that children are raised with unquestioning loyalty to their country well before they can learn to critically think for themselves—almost as if they are being indoctrinated into a religion.

But remember, this is not a form of brainwashing. This is not a form of brainwashing. This is not a form of brainwashing.