I’m Raising a Dictator



It was my fault, really.  I wanted him to think outside the box.  I remembered reading encyclopedias as a kid and the broad base of information it gave me.  I looked at tools like Google skeptically, because they only give you answers.  The most important part of learning is asking the right questions.  I bought him books like “The Big Book of Tell Me Why” so that he had easy access to interesting questions and interesting answers.  I encouraged him to read encyclopedic collections of books…then he did so.

At first it was just noteworthy.  He came home with “How WW2 Started” and “How Carrier Fleets Work.”  They both had the same gold font lettering and trim and were clearly part of a series of books.  My wife and I exchanged skeptical looks, wondering how many more books we would see.  Soon, he came home with “How Tank Columns Work” and “The Rise of Fascism.”  The worry set in.  I read the books and was relieved to find them fact-based, with relatively few editorials or opinions.  It didn’t dawn on me that without opinions, my seven year old would be left to balance the merits of fascism on his own, with no context.  “Sure, power is dangerously consolidated but they seem to get quite a bit done in a short amount of time without all that bureaucracy.”

Then he came home with “Racism and the Far Right.”  On the cover there was a picture of a Nazi, a Klansman, and what appeared to just be a normal, white male Republican.  “How far right does one have to be to constitute far Right”, I wondered.  He also came home with The Arms Trade.  Wondering if he understood what he was reading, I started asking him about it.  In simple terms, he explained how oil embargos lead countries to trade oil for guns, and how we end up buying the oil anyway.  My son had learned how to arbitrage for guns.

The last straw was when he was playing army men with his cousins.  “I’m an American soldier,” one cousin exclaimed.  “I’m an English soldier,” said the other.   “I’m a Nazi soldier,” I heard a familiar voice yell.  I finally sat him down and explained to him that the Nazis were the bad guys of WWII.  I know that in this political climate, that point is up for debate, but I wanted to make sure my son got the message.  I like the idea of books focusing facts and refraining from offering opinions.  But maybe, just maybe, some value judgments should be included in what our kids read.  “

259 thoughts on “I’m Raising a Dictator”

  1. Pingback: generic viagra
  2. Pingback: viagra
  3. Pingback: viagra prices
  4. Pingback: viagra for sale
  5. Pingback: cialis in walmart
  6. Pingback: buy cialis online
  7. Pingback: levitra 20 mg
  8. Pingback: discount viagra
  9. Pingback: cialis
  10. Pingback: goodrx cialis
  11. Pingback: cialis for sale
  12. Pingback: tadalafil online
  13. Pingback: how much is viagra
  14. Pingback: how to take viagra
  15. Pingback: viagra walmart
  16. Pingback: viagra penis
  17. Pingback: erection on viagra
  18. Pingback: cialis dapoxetine
  19. Pingback: cialis 20 mg
  20. Pingback: brand cialis sale
  21. Pingback: viagra australian
  22. Pingback: amoxicillin pill
  23. Pingback: cymbalta effects
  24. Pingback: 141generic2Exare
  25. Pingback: hafphych
  26. Pingback: khaobcnb
  27. Pingback: keflex dosage uti
  28. Pingback: sildenafil sc 20
  29. Pingback: venta cialis
  30. Pingback: cialis
  31. Pingback: viagra
  32. Pingback: massage viagra
  33. Pingback: amoxil 250mg
  34. Pingback: sophia viagra nude
  35. Pingback: vardenafil generic
  36. Pingback: viagra taboo
  37. Pingback: canadian viagra
  38. Pingback: what is viagra
  39. Pingback: viagra boys
  40. Pingback: roman viagra
  41. Pingback: dhea and clomid
  42. Pingback: vardenafil 20mg
  43. Pingback: homemade viagra
  44. Pingback: cialis from india
  45. Pingback: effects of viagra
  46. Pingback: real viagra
  47. Pingback: tax dollars viagra
  48. Pingback: metformin xl
  49. Pingback: paxil prozac
  50. Pingback: plaquenil fatigue
  51. Pingback: ivy secret viagra
  52. Pingback: get payday loans
  53. Pingback: ivermectin 1%
  54. Pingback: 20mg for sale
  55. Pingback: 20mg for sale
  56. Pingback: tadalafil 5mg
  57. Pingback: cialis 20mg canada
  58. Pingback: tadalafil citrate
  59. Pingback: zanaflex sleep
  60. Pingback: bupropion xl
  61. Pingback: zithromax generic
  62. Pingback: viagra online
  63. Pingback: tadalafil price
  64. Pingback: cialis drug
  65. Pingback: regcialist.com
  66. Pingback: home remedy viagra
  67. Pingback: viagra online usa
  68. Pingback: viagra samples
  69. Pingback: zoloft 25mg
  70. Pingback: viagra 100mg
  71. Pingback: cialismars.com
  72. Pingback: cheap cialis pills
  73. Pingback: cialis best price
  74. Pingback: tab cialis 20mg
  75. Pingback: cialis mexico
  76. Pingback: discount viagra
  77. Pingback: canadian viagra
  78. Pingback: 1
  79. Pingback: cialis pill
  80. Pingback: viagra cheap
  81. Pingback: cialis daily
  82. Pingback: viagra cost
  83. Pingback: viagra 1500mg
  84. Pingback: female cialis uk
  85. Pingback: viagra sale china
  86. Pingback: stromectol 6 cost
  87. Pingback: ventolin 1mg
  88. Pingback: cialis website

Leave a Reply