Thought provoking piece by Steve Siebold on critical thinking and the need for more of it.
A middle school girl is scolded, embarrassed and banished from the classroom for refusing to stand for the pledge of allegiance in Pennsylvania. And what makes this story even more disturbing is that she was refused medical care by a school nurse because of it.
This incident is another example of what a joke our education system is in the 21st century. We shouldn’t be teaching kids to accept anything they are told. We need to be teaching them to push back and punch holes into outdated rituals, dogma and behaviors.
It’s time to start teaching children to think for themselves and not be forced to adhere to someone else’s point of view. After all, education is about teaching kids how to think, not what to think, and the pledge is a form of indoctrination.