posted on May, 16 2009 @ 05:01 AM
Originally posted by LucidDreamer85
True, but if you teach them at an early age what is right and wrong , then they will know better when they get older and not have to learn it then.
Plus we retain so much information at a young age that it would be a good idea to instill some right vs. wrong talk to a kid so he knows how not to be
fooled later in life.
And I agree that the subject is teachable but consideration has to be given to how in depth compared to age. For me it was an adult sized material at
around 8-9 years old including pictures. The comic shows the girl (aged 5 or so) in the clothes and in the camp indicating she is receiving
information akin to placing herself there in his shoes. Notice how she is pulled up in a fetal position with the far away look in her eyes. Care
should be given so not to traumatize while educating.
The idea of get them while they are young is also a key of propagandists as well. Notice that children at play are not overtly prejudiced until they
are told that different races are "bad". The most you will see is a hesitation to someone that is "different" which goes away as soon as they
realize that the other person just wants to play the same as they do.
The same thing happens when children are somewhat "scared" of men because they are raised by single mothers. Often times the mother will say in
front of the child that they are "scared of men" and that is when it becomes a learned behavior. I encountered a similar reaction when I met a grand
nephew of John Carlos
a few years ago. I was one of the first white people he ever encountered up
close and personal in his grandmother's backyard. By squatting down to his hight and explaining this to him about how when his mom, dad, grandma or
anyone in his family said that a person was alright then you know it is safe because they love you and would never want to see you hurt. That was an
experience that he will carry with him for a long time, even though he may not remember it due to his age. I had a somewhat similar experience with a
full blooded Cherokee when I was a child except I didn't believe he was an "indian" because he looked like me except he was dressed up as an
indian, years later I found out that that I am about 1/16 to 1/8 Cherokee from different sides of the family.
in summery, it is important to understand what is being taught and how it is perceived by the child. I saw more than I should have seen to be able to
deal with it at the age that I was exposed to the Holocaust. For all I know, my own grandfather could have been part of the liberation forces. He
never talked much of the war and only kept the medals that were awarded stateside in training with the exception of his Purple Heart. He threw away
all combat awarded medals after the war.