by Jon Atack
Critical Thinking Not Allowed
Indoctrination has come to mean teaching without appealing to the student’s critical faculties and without allowing disagreement. It is a central aspect of cultic practice.
Chanting to Learn
Repetitive learning – where students simply chant responses – is a popular form of indoctrination. It can be a useful way to commit information to memory, such as the alphabet or our multiplication tables, but it also can be used to impose political or religious doctrine and overwhelm critical thinking. In this circumstance, it is a form of manipulation.
Education vs. Indoctrination
The exact delineation between education and indoctrination often lies in the eye of the beholder. Some distinguish between them on the basis that the indoctrinated person does not, or is not allowed to question or critically examine the doctrine they are learning.