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The Feast of Saint Matthew the Apostle

Daily Poll: Can we protect our children from indoctrination?

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The Daily Catch - published on 08/04/16

A few days ago, Katrina Fernandez gave some advice to a reader whose parents had been teaching her kids that abortion is a valid choice for a woman, values that contradicted her own. Worried her children would become indoctrinated by these, the reader turned to Katrina, who reasoned:

Mature adults will respect family boundaries but I realize some people can be highly defensive when someone doesn’t agree with them. They may take that disagreement as judgment. You also mentioned in your comment that your in-laws are Catholic and should know better. Yes, they should, which makes me think standing your ground may cause a defensive reaction from them. Be prepared for that. The fact of the matter is that — whatever their feelings — these are your children they’re spouting off to, and and they’re doing it in your house. Any guest in your home, related or not, has to respect the house rules and boundaries.

She went on to advise that the reader to set boundaries and cut down on contact if it persists. It is a sad thought to go to these extremes with family, but if they are not willing to respect your wishes, then perhaps drastic action is warranted.

This is all reasonable advice, but it got the DC staff thinking, is it possible to protect our children from indoctrination when opinions that may contradict our own are disseminated by practically every facet of our society, from media outlets to children’s programming? Our children could pick things up from their teachers, or friends, maybe even from the radio in the grocery store. What do you think?

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