By Heather Callaghan
Isn’t it interesting how an agenda is so often posed as a debate even though there is usually only one side? Or, when a synthesis of the two is the actual goal?
That’s how things are presented to adults, usually on television. Or rather, “adult-children.” So that it looks like they have an informed choice. Unfortunately, children in many public schools don’t even have the semblance of a two-sided joust. They are expected to download beliefs. As you will see below, it doesn’t even matter if they get the answers correct, as long as they assimilate the connotation. The feeling. The message. The gist. And they will (if no one shows them otherwise) – I remember.
A lot of buzz is currently swarming on Robyn O’Brien’s Facebook page. She wrote The Unhealthy Truth… and is sometimes called the Erin Brockovich of food. Over the weekend, a father sent her his 6th grade child’s homework from Science class. It asks (and then answers) the question: Are genetically modified foods safe to eat?
This homework assignment first appeared on the Robyn O’Brien Facebook Page. Robyn asks: “Can you imagine if children were informed of the recent concern around the glyphosate sprayed on these crops? Or of the benefits of organic agriculture?” Indeed, talk about an extraction!:
The sheet pretends to ask if GMOs are safe to eat, but never offers any info contrary to the answer – yes. Whether the student’s answers are right or wrong, the message is clear – GMO vaccine-foods are a healthy part of a complete breakfast. And for their other unquestionable benefits – minerals (says who?), vitamins, ability to absorb more of the company’s pesticides, enhanced fragrance….
Adults are constantly probed, prodded, pressured, and questioned repeatedly when they don’t fall lock step with an agenda. It’s easier for them to discern and show hesitancy because they can sense coercion. For instance, one study wanted to know what it would take for adults to swallow GMO and nanotech foods. Studies like that, serve mostly to influence the public, as if to suggest there is something wrong with you if you don’t go along.
Older adults remember what life was like before the “peer-review pressure” of scientism. Back when brains and intuition took the place of mass worship, despite getting labeled a Luddite or anti-intellectual. Unfortunately, children face so many obstacles when expected to download or else fail – how can they foster that inner-mechanism or even question if there’s more to the story?
Commenters claim that this homework sheet came from “A Bunch of Bears” lesson plan of Evan-Moor Educational Publishers. The post prompted people to suggest homeschooling as a solution. However, since it can be purchased from teacher supply shops, it’s possible for the information to wind up in anyone’s curriculum.
Homeschooled or public-schooled, here is a GMO primer to watch with children in mind that at the very least offers them more information about genetic engineering.
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