Have you ever had your child say, “well my teacher said…” or “I’ll ask my teacher about that”? Every one of my children has done this and sometimes it’s been difficult to point out where a teacher got something wrong because the child is so trusting of their “teacher” that they tend to put greater authority on the things the teachers tell them.
A few years ago someone turned me onto a little book written by James Clavell, author of the famous book Shogun. I picked up a copy of the small book from Amazon and read it very quickly. It’s short, it’s too the point, and it will deeply affect you. In fact, it might be the most chilling book you’ve ever read when you realize just how fast someone can warp a child’s mind. Clavell wrote the book after an incident where his daughter came home from school reciting the pledge of allegiance and not knowing what any of the words meant.
Clavell writes, “The Children’s Story came into being that day. It was then that I realized how completely vulnerable my child’s mind was – any mind for that matter – under controlled circumstances. Normally – I write and rewrite and rewrite, but this story came quickly – almost by itself. Barely three words were changed. It pleased me greatly because it keeps asking me questions…”
Someone posted a link on Facebook to a short film that was made of this book. I had no idea it existed but you can download a copy of this film here. You can also get a pdf of the book here. The pdf is only 15 pages and the book on Amazon is 96, but I think the book has large print in it so the pdf may be the full version of the story. It was originally published in Reader’s Digest about 50 years ago. Here is the movie. You should watch this with your children and explain how propaganda works to help inoculate them from those who would alter their beliefs.