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DissidentRage wrote

Yes. We took our 13 year-old daughter to the holocaust museum in DC. She noted the similarities between the current political climate in the US to the rhetoric, images and actions precipitating the rise of German fascism. She compared book burning to the fight to dismantle the Internet and noticed how much the German government harped on its need for law and order. She also noticed that a lot of the first victims were political enemies, including leftists who openly fought them, and that the US was at best ambivalent toward the plight of jews, turning back many who came to our shores to escape. Toward the end she took a picture of Niemöller's poem and asked me to buy her a pin of a pink triangle, representing the badges the Nazis gave to homosexuals.

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sudo wrote

I don't think anyone should teach their kids to distrust authority just because it's authority. Rather, they should look at what that person in authority is doing, and make a judgement about whether they're abusing their authority or not.

I would teach my kids about communism, if I had any kids (I don't want any).

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ladyanarchist wrote

Yes. I was taught to question authority by my parent and I will work to pass on that to my child. Teaching ones child the scientific method is easy to do and can be an introductory step to questioning everything.

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RedEmmaSpeaks wrote

I don't have kids, but I think a little mistrust of authority is a good thing, knowing that they can be horribly wrong and they might not have your best interests at heart. If I have kids, I will raise them to treat everyone with respect, but at the same time, I want them to understand that not to waste their time, bowing and scraping to please assholes. Or in other words, being older doesn't give anyone the special right to be an asshole.

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ziq_postcivver wrote

Not a parent, but if I was, I would homeschool them so they don't get fed propaganda at school, and we would live as far away from the state's influence as possible.