The debate about bias in public schools is always interesting. After all, if we all are forced to pay for something, it is only fair that we at least try to please all.
And even though this is basically impossible it should be clear to all that it is a goal to at least get close to it. The fact that bias will always be there should not be an excuse to accept bias in all forms and intensity.
The problem begins when people start to rationalize around intentional flaws. I heard some people saying that children are not really impressionable. “They are contrarians!”, so we shouldn’t really worry about this whole talk about bias. Ironically, these are usually the same group of people that say religion is a “dangerous meme”, that things like Bible Camps should be downright illegal and that capitalism only works because “it tricks” people into buying new stuff.
These people say that schools only need to worry about exposing children to all available points of view. So it doesn’t matter if you have a lunatic history professor that says “capitalism is evil, communism is good!” as long as you have another history professor saying the opposite. After all, “children are much more sophisticated than you think pal!”
Well, I could bet that most of these geniuses are not parents. Children are really, very impressionable at many different levels. They may try to emulate adults, and some might even look like adults at 14 but make no mistake: They are NOT adults, and should not be treated as one at least until they are 18.
The goal should be to limit bias as much as possible. If that is not agreed on, public schools should be completely eliminated or at least something one can opt out of paying.