Censorship and education


I have never heard, nor would I ever imagine, that censorship would be good for education. I have enough trouble with it on the “parental browser settings” level, where any child with the desire to do so can override the settings. On the level of national governments, I find it shameful, and a sign of corruption and weakness.

People talk about “citizenship” as an important skill for the next hundred years. A citizenry that is never exposed to certain ideas is necessarily weakened and undereducated, and a government that intentionally weakens its citizens should not expect to do well.

Education at its most basic requires exposure to a wide variety of ideas. Guided, perhaps – but not censored.


About Colin Fredericks

By day I help to create online courses at HarvardX. By night I write roleplaying games.

Posted on June 17, 2012, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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