Ya Think?

Via Campfield:

Mahathy said BrainPOP also contains information about AIDS, gay and lesbian sex, and various religions, including Wicca. That nature-based religion has been linked to witchcraft.

Why the Rep feels that an online encyclopedia containing information about various religions, including Wicca, is worth noting is beyond me. But I just wanted to state for the record that I laughed so hard when I read that Wicca has been linked to witchcraft.

Rest easy, my Wiccan friends. Your work here is done. Even the Republicans are aware that Wicca just might have something to do with witchcraft.

I, for the life of me, will never understand this attitude, though, that there is knowledge that should be off-limit to kids. If a kid is bright enough and curious enough to search it out, that’s the time it’s time to introduce the subject to them. I get steering them towards age-appropriate content, but banning them from an encyclopedia?

It’s so foreign to my understanding of what one does to and for their children that I really don’t know how to make sense of it.

Keeping your children from knowing things just seems like a form of child neglect–just like we’d frown on you for keeping your kids in a bed that was too small for him or shoes that were too small for her, this seems like keeping your kid in a little mental box that’s too small. And yet that seems to be a regular pastime of folks.

5 thoughts on “Ya Think?

  1. Keeping your children from knowing things just seems like a form of child neglect

    I would get started but I better not.

    I sort of think of squelching knowledge as the type of thing a parent does when he or she has children they wish to turn into carbon copies of themselves instead of fully-developed human beings in their own right.

    Of course, my parents let me read anything I wanted to and look how I turned out. Fucking libertarian!

  2. this seems like keeping your kid in a little mental box that’s too small.

    Because someone in a box is easier to control.

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  4. First thing….. I agree with you, but I can see the other perspective.

    I know it’s cliche and condascending to say this, but your perspective really does change when you have a kid. It’s hard to think of this person who means so much to you doing something evil/wrong/bad/whatever.

    I apologize for being cliche and condascending, but it’s a realization I just came to recently.

    Also, you’re all assuming the kid will ask their parent about these things. Not necessarily a good assumption.

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