Video: Dawkins and Krauss say parents should not have the right to block a child’s education

Video: Dawkins and Krauss say parents should not have the right to block a child’s education February 25, 2015
Photo: James Willamor
Photo: James Willamor

In an interview with The Irish Times, Richard Dawkins said that when it comes to education that “the balance has swung too far towards parents.”

“And children do need to be protected so that they can have a proper education, and not be indoctrinated in whatever religion their parents happen to be brought up in,” he declared.

Physicist and author Lawrence Krauss, founder of Arizona State University’s Origins Project who was in Dublin with Dawkins, added that state education had to be held to different standards than those of private schools.

“If the state is going to provide education, it has an obligation to try and educate children,” he said. “That means parents have a limited — it seems to me — limited rights in determining what the curriculum is. The state is providing the education, it’s trying to make sure all children have equal opportunity.”

While the statement may seem highly controversial, it actually makes a lot of sense. Krauss compared blocking education to the likes of blocking healthcare, saying,

“And parents of course have concerns and a say, but they don’t have the right to shield their children from knowledge,” Krauss said. “That’s not a right any more than they have the right to shield their children from health care or medicine.”

Krauss pointed out that parents who block healthcare are often imprisoned,

“And those parents that do that are often tried and imprisoned when they refuse to allow their children to get blood transfusions or whatever is necessary for their health. And this is necessary for their mental health.”

You can watch the whole interview below:

(h/t Raw Story)

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