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  • young children in private schools have no defense against any private ideas antagonistic to our free institutions.

    Young children in public schools have no defense against any ideas antagonistic to our free institutions, either.

    • Children in public schools (North American meaning) actually do have more defense against being inculcated with strange ideas at school - they generlly live at home and have lots of daily social and family contact outside the school. Private schools are more likely to involve a fully controlled environment, with the students living within the school with the other students and with the teachers - all part of the same environment. A simple reality check early on lets the student recognize that a teachers ideas might be weird and questionable; if the ideas go unchallenged for a longer while, they become more deeply rooted and it becomes harder to unseat them.

      I generally see the school system as operating like open source - because there is a large amount of public visibility, there are many eyes involved and it is harder to nurture bugs, err wild indoctrination, unnoticed.

      • I didn't have boarding schools in mind as examples of North American private schools. I expect that what you say is more true there, but my experiences with daytime-only private and home schools is that there are plenty of opportunities for socialization and external contact.