greeney2 wrote:No too sure I agree all parents brainwash kids--no exceptions! Maybe you could elaborate, as to what you would regard as brainwashing, and what the spectrem of that would be.
Every parent (going now with healthy families) will educate their child based on their personal opinions, beliefs and perceptions. Since the title uses the word brainwashing in conjunction with an atheist camp I am taking the word rather lightly. The title could have said do Christian parents brainwash their children....and the article could have spoken about the Christian camps that also exist and my response would have been the same. Every parent does based on their background. No this is not real brainwashing.
True brainwashing comes with abuse, isolation etc. I think of some of the cults that have entire societies within them and what we deem normal society never reaches these children and so to break out is difficult or not even on the mind. That is real brainwashing to me. A child who hears over and over again by their parent(s) that they are no good, a loser etc is also a form of brainwashing due to emotional abuse.
In essence in regular everyday life parents pass on to their children what they believe to be true whether that is religion, politics, morality or how to boil an egg correctly. And in a lot of ways children take exactly on what there parents teach them.
On a personal note I was sitting next to my daughter one day on the couch (I may have mentioned this before) and I had a moment of real insight (feels surreal) where you come to realize that you really do not have any power over another person or your child and that what you are really doing is placing seeds within them hoping they will water them into full bloom. You can help to try to show them how to water them but that is pretty much as far as it goes. As a mom...scary....
Once force is used, emotional, physical or mental than true brainwashing is taking place.
So my answer remains the same....no atheist are not brain washing their children.