Children today are getting a strong message from their schools, extra-curricular activities, and popular culture: "You need to help your parents live greener." Reinforcing this message are campaigns such as GreenMyParents, which trains kids to "grade their parents” on their energy and water use and demand pay for their services. In "Indoctrinate Our Kids and Green My Parents," I argued that such teaching subverts parents' authority, breaks down the family, and undermines one of the great purposes of education - to hand down civilization's legacy to the next generation. University Talk radio interviewed me on this here. My segment is from 13:47 to 29:27.
- May 03, 2010