Teaching about it I mean. :-D
Is that because you think agnostics are unbiased? Dawkins has fun with agnostics who hesitate to venture an opinion on whether or not there's a celestial teapot. The reality is that kids have always been dependent on adults for how they're raised and what they're taught--not only about religion, but about everything. Typically, the adults in charge are parents, supplemented in traditional societies by kin, at least in the earliest years, which psyhchologists tell us are the most important in personality development. In modern societies, formal education is eventually taken over primarily by agents of government which in this country means local or state entities that are politically controlled. In the U.S., this usually happens at around age six. There can be variation from one state and school district to another. Do the students say the pledge of allegiance? Do they have a required civics and/or American government course? etc.When Napoleon established a public school system in France, he wasn't primarily interested in giving the kiddies an unbiased education. Efforts to substitute the government for parents in education for the young, to the extent they've been tried, have been generally disastrous. I'm thinking Hitler Jungen, Soviet Kosomols, and state military academies in the Middle East and Latin America. A course on comparative religion in their teens might not be such a bad thing, but I don't think that's what Dawkins has in mind.The idea of taking children from their parents at a tender age, or criminalizing the teaching of certain beliefs and encouraging neighbors to snoop has obvious totalitarian implications.
Equally unrealislitic would be the expectation that parents should not teach the kiddies anything about religion until they are old enough to think it through rationally. Parents should act like-- well, agnostics, even though they have their own beliefs. Does this mean that the parents won't share their beliefs and values with their children? Should they stay home from church, mosque or temple? Should they make arrangements to leave the kids behind? Do they pray in secret, lest the kids catch them in the act? And would that also apply in other areas, like parents teaching the kids their own ideas of right and wrong, which might be religious based? Of course, if the parents' beliefs are screwed up--if they're racists, sexists, etc.--that won't be good for the kiddies, bu I think the alternative is thought police. If the "political correctness' crown got control of this, the results could be intolerable. And I can think of nothing worse that a parent could do to a child than to give the kid no guidance in the area of right and wrong. Like it or not, I think human evolution is primarily cultural, dependent on imparting memes through socialization. Parents are important agents in that process and its not clear that's such a bad thing.
Edited by Okiefreak, April 12 2017 - 09:20 AM.