Educate Kids – And Give Them Santa, Easter Bunny – And Religion?

Get over to the Swift site and read one of the most thought-provoking posts you’ll read this holiday season (and debate your point of view in the comments!) An Argument for Santa, the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny, and (gasp!) Even Jesus by Barbara Drescher.

…Asking a child to learn critical thinking when you only provide accurate information is like asking them to learn to sort socks when all of the socks are the same. How can you tell the good information from the bad if all you’re ever exposed to is accurate?  

Children learn to evaluate information by evaluating information of all kinds. They learn the most from evaluating information that turns out not to be true (refer to my recent posts on criticism and critical thinking for an overview). Games and exercises in books help, but they pale in comparison to real-life problems.

About Kylie Sturgess

Kylie Sturgess is a Philosophy teacher, media and psychology student, blogger at Patheos and podcaster at Token Skeptic. She has conducted over a hundred interviews including artists, scientists, politicians and activists, worldwide.
She’s the author of the ‘Curiouser and Curiouser‘ column at the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry website and travels internationally lecturing on feminism, skepticism, and science.

  • chigau (違う)

    I don’t want to register over there so
    I think Drescher is correct.


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