Week of September 28, 2015
Bills Pass Senate, Go to House
Resolutions Adopted by the Senate
Bills Pass Senate, Go to Governor for Further Action
1) How many words are in the original U.S.
Column: Education or Indoctrination?
“I always read with great interest your newsletter, especially your editorializing on the state budget impasse. Certainly I agree that the Governor should not have vetoed every and all items in the Republican suggested budget...especially those dealing with non-profits who experienced drastic cuts over the previous four years of Republican passed budgets.
“I suppose what irks me is your reference to special interests without mentioning special interest groups protected by Republicans such as Charter Schools and the Oil and Gas industry. All whom have contributed greatly to you and your colleagues campaigns.
“Speaking of colleagues, some of mine plan on discussing with our respective school boards, stakeholders and most importantly students (our future voters) exactly what the Republicans nationwide and especially in Pennsylvania have done to their one and only chance of getting an education. They need to be taught this particular part of PA history including why PA has the highest gas prices in the country, charter school favor (even though 8 of 10 PA students attend neighborhood public schools) and protection of the oil and gas industry in PA. We know the oil and gas companies have cash flow issues so let's continue to go after rubber meets the road Pennsylvanians that work in state stores.
“In summary, if we can't vote out Republicans who care only about themselves due to gerrymandering, maybe we can breed them out.
“There, I feel better now and remember, some of us know exactly what is going on!”
Putting aside the issue of using taxpayer-funded resources to express personal opinions, the missive leads me to question the difference between education and indoctrination.
Here’s a definition of “education”: “the process of receiving or giving systematic instruction, especially at a school or university; an enlightening experience.”
Here’s a definition of “indoctrination”: “teaching someone to accept doctrines uncritically – types: brainwashing, forcible indoctrination into a new set of attitudes and beliefs, inculcation, ingraining, instilling, teaching or impressing upon the mind by frequent instruction or repetition.”
I thought schools were to educate, not indoctrinate. However, in at least one of the Commonwealth’s school districts, I’m not so sure. How sad.
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