September 25, 2003

Education Last!

I love this story from Kenya: Archbishop Says Ban Book From Schools

Catholic Archbiship Ndingi Mwana'a Nzeki has advised that a book by Nigerian author Chinua Achebe. A Man of the People is a 40-year-old book that deals with politics and corruption. It foreshadowed the 1966 Nigerian coups. That, of course, is something young people in Kenya should not be told about.

According to the Archbishop, Kenyan schools should only allow books that set good examples, not those that may have a "negative influence" on young readers.

...the most important aspect in educating children is "character formation" first, followed by discipline and, lastly, education.

Especially if by educating them you put nasty thoughts in their heads. You know, social thinking...that sort of rubbish. And, you know, people have to be protected from this knowledge crap. It's upsetting to society.

"Vietnam was the first war ever fought without any censorship. Without censorship, things can get terribly confused in the public mind." --Gen. William C. Westmoreland, 1982

Posted at September 25, 2003 08:19 AM


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