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Humphrey, 1998. Social Research 65(4):777-805

What Shall We Tell the Children?
Nicholas Humphrey

Social Research: An International Quarterly
[Nonthematic: New Work by Social Research Authors]
Arien Mack, Editor

Volume 65, No. 4 (Winter 1998): 777-805

ABSTRACT: This article explores the right of the children to be protected from false ideas. It was argued that children have a human right not to have their minds crippled by exposure to other people's bad ideas. Parents, correspondingly, have no god-given license to enculturate their children in whatever ways they personally choose, no right to limit the horizons of their children's knowledge, to bring them up in an atmosphere of dogma and superstition, or to insist they follow the straight and narrow paths of their own faith. Children have the right to have their minds addled by nonsense. The society should feel obliged to pass on to children the best scientific and philosophical understanding of the natural...
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