Love this:

One of the most important differences between education and propaganda is how they deal with great controversies.

In education, students are taught about the controversies. In propaganda, they are shielded from them.

In education, students are taught both sides of the important debates. In propaganda, they are taught only one.

In education, students are taught both the strengths and the weaknesses of the officially favored theory. In propaganda, they are taught only its strengths.

In short, education is the training of minds, while propaganda is the training of prejudices. In a democratic republic, the public schools should not propagandize, but educate.

Enough said.

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The President of the United States appointed John Holdren as “Science Czar” last December.  I recently came across this scary bit of information, and even though it’s old news, I thought I’d post it just in case anyone missed it.  Normally I am rather skeptical when one person characterizes another person’s beliefs, but it’s a wholly different thing when you can accurately quote a person and plainly make your case. 

It seems Mr. Holdren wrote a book in 1977 in which he argued that:

• Women could be forced to abort their pregnancies, whether they wanted to or not;
• The population at large could be sterilized by infertility drugs intentionally put into the nation’s drinking water or in food;
• Single mothers and teen mothers should have their babies seized from them against their will and given away to other couples to raise;
• People who “contribute to social deterioration” (i.e. undesirables) “can be required by law to exercise reproductive responsibility” — in other words, be compelled to have abortions or be sterilized.
• A transnational “Planetary Regime” should assume control of the global economy and also dictate the most intimate details of Americans’ lives — using an armed international police force.

Mr. Holdren is not “pro choice.”  His ideological commitment to abortion has nothing to do with the ordinary twisted commitment to a misconception of liberty.  Rather, he represents everything that the word “czar” connotes: population control, genocide, totalitarianism.  This is one of the people that President Obama appointed to “restore science to its rightful place” as he promised on inauguration day.