Posted by Alexandra on August 06, 1998 at 09:33:44:
In response to Propaganda, written by Art on August 06, 1998 at 08:47:33
]And further, children are more resilient than you think, and you are perhaps disrespectful of their ability to think and question on their own when you "shield" them from thoughts you yourself disagree with.
Hear, hear! I agree wholeheartedly with you. Although children need a certain amount of protection they have to be allowed to make up their own minds about things. It is these decisions that will allow them to grow up into fully rounded future citizens. I always think that the more people read (and especially the younger they are when they read it) from different cultures and standpoints the less likely they are to be prejudiced in future life. I think that children should be allowed (within reason) to read what they want, perhaps at times parents might want to discuss certain issues that are raised in the books with their children. I don't know what everyone else thinks?
I also think that The Chronicles of Narnia are not a bad influence on children. To be perfectly honest I don't actually think that most children will pick up on the underlying themes in these books. I think that they would probably see them as magical fantasy stories and that it would only be as they were older and re reading them that they might pick up on the themes that are causing discussion here. To be perfectly honest (and I have read these books a lot of times) I have not picked up on any "propaganda" in them. All I have seen are the Christian stories displayed in a lovely way and picked up some rather outdated feelings towards women. I would be interested to know what sort of underlying propaganda there is....
I think I have gone on for long enough and I hope that people see that this is only my own opinion which might not be worth much......I would although like to hear what everyone else has to say!
- Hey, cool, somebody actually agrees with me... Art 11:01:14 8/06/98 (0)
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