chapter  2
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The concept of indoctrination

ByPatricia Smart

As long as we are using the words prescriptively rather than descriptively there is little difficulty in distinguishing education from indoctrination. We can assume that ‘Education is initiation into what is worthwhile with the provision that what has been transmitted has been taught in a morally unobjectionable way.’1 Indoctrination might be described as the transmission of doctrines of which we are suspicious by teaching methods which we regard as morally objectionable. We might perhaps get a little closer to stating our objection to indoctrination if we attempt to say a little more about what makes a teaching method ‘objectionable’ within an educational context.