In this blog I will demonstrate how easily children can be influenced to accept or reject certain ideologies through the power of story books.
One example that comes to mind is, In Our Mothers’ House, by Patrica Polacco. This book is about children growing up with two mothers who are always upbeat and basically superwomen. The one mom is a pediatrician and the other is a paramedic. When the girls were chosen to host a mother-daughter tea, the pediatrician mom sewed three whole nights to make the dresses for the two girls and two mothers. If there are any seamstresses reading this, that’s impressive! Finishing four dresses after working all day as a pediatrician is quite a feat! These busy moms even brought two puppies home as a surprise for the three children when they had the flu.
The only character in the story who disagreed with their lifestyle was Mrs. Lockner (seen below):
The three children question what is the matter with Mrs. Lockner and are told that “she is full of fear” and “[s]he’s afraid of what she cannot understand.” One of the moms suggests that there seems to be no love in Mrs. Lockner’s heart. The neighbors gather around the two lesbian moms and give them hugs of support.
This book is listed on Amazon for children six to eight years. How are the lesbian moms portrayed and how is Mrs. Lockner presented?
Perhaps one book on the subject will not imprint this message with complete efficacy . . . but what if many books with this message are presented through not only the lower grades, but through the middle and high school years?
Islam is another pervasive theme in books for the young. There are numerous books for young readers that primarily focus on the wonders of wearing a hijab, as well as books that weave this message into other fictional storylines.
Many of these books can be found in both public and school libraries. Some of these books are used under the guise of teaching diversity. Some are required reading, and some are merely chosen by children frequenting the libraries. Others are selected and read to younger children by their parents or teachers.
The blatant brainwashing of young children into accepting or embracing Islam is overshadowed by the accusations of censorship hurled against those trying to expose this indoctrination. As the censorship argument clouds the indoctrination issue, adults are distracted and lose sight of the predominant issue at hand, which is the powerful influence that children’s books hold in shaping the beliefs and attitudes of their children.
Certainly, textbooks and curricula play an important role in propagandizing children. It is my contention, however, that children’s books are far more seductive and allow the indoctrination process to begin at even earlier ages than supposed.