According to the National Science Foundation one in five Americans still believes the sun revolves around the earth. That's not a lack of education, but flat out denial promoted by a culture with endless taboos. It's not enough to believe evolution is wrong, you must learn to hate the concept itself and find even entertaining the possibility abhorrent. The more taboos you adopt the more thorough your brainwashing becomes.<br />
Genuine education, on the other hand, teaches people to suspend judgment and think for themselves. Socrates was considered the greatest teacher of all time, never accepted a dime for what he taught, and was a soft spoken man of few words who urged his students to "Know thyself". Unfortunately societies demand a lot of education today consist of propaganda and promoting taboos or brain washing. Thankfully even those institutions promote at least a little education or we'd all still be living in caves.
Brain-washing is a technique to 'program' somebody to think a certain way. It also doesn't exist.<br />
Education is (ideally) teaching somebody a set of valuable skills in addition to expertise on a particular subject matter. <br />
So even if brain-washing did exist, the idea is that you have to learn one thing or else. Education should teach you the skills to learn anything.
I assume they were talking about metaphorical brainwashing, that is, indoctrination.
I know. I'm being a pedant. :D
When you educate you provide information; when you brainwash you do all you can to get people to agree with your ideas. Big difference.
If education is done properly, all sides of an argument are given. Then the person makes up their own mind as to what is or is not true. <br />
In brainwashing you are TOLD what is the truth and that anything other then what you are told is a lie.
Education is (should be) about teaching people how to look at a source of information and apply critical thinking to decide for themselves what they think about it and what conclusions and further hypotheses they can draw from it. <br />
"Brainwashing" (I'd prefer to say indoctrination, brainwashing sounds a bit tinfoil-hat) is about telling people what they should believe, whatever their sources might tell them. You give them the conclusion, and teach them how to twist any evidence to fit it.<br />
That isn't to say that some schools don't do the latter better than they do the former. But in my experience they're more geared towards drilling facts into you and not even addressing the bigger questions.
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Yay i get to be the first. Brain washing is showing kids that "this is what you must do, follow and be in your life" Take that concept and apply it to things like religion or cults or anything. Education is teaching you at first how to behave in a regular society ( K-4th grade), then concepts of many studies, allowing you to theorize and learn at ones own will. However my belief is that schools can take school rules on behavior, and some teachers can take what should be education, and turn it into brain washing.
Real education makes you think. Brainwashing makes you behave like a parrot - able to repeat the right answer.<br />
Too many religions and public schools are NOT in the education business.<br />
Just a thought, backed up by thinking, backed up by observation.<br />
Thanks mate. The basic distinction is so obvious, brainwashing is about repeating thoughts (nouns) like a parrot, and real education is one of training people how to think - creatively and accurately - verbs (actions).
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