A shame the kids themselves don't get a say in their indoctrination & skewed education ...
... in so far as the kids allow themselves to be indoctrinated.
I could have become one of the millions of "Red Guards" of the People Republic of China. I could have waved that "Little Red Book", just like millions of others, smashing homes of those accused of being "counter-revolutionary", ransacking their properties, beating/killing the people inside, just because Chairman Mao allowed those things to happen.
But I didn't, because to me it was something very wrong.
I ran away from my own family. I ran away from my hometown. I traveled alone, from the Northeastern China down to the Southern China, to Guangdong, and then, I followed people who were determined to get to Hong Kong, and in the middle of a moonless night, we went into the water, and started swimming, while the Chinese border guards were shooting at us.
As I said, I could have just accepted what I was "destined" to --- the society around me, my own clan people --- were all very supportive of Chairman Mao.
But not me.
I steadfastly refused (and still refuse) to obey leaders who have no moral. I rather die than working for authority which does not put the people first.
So please, stop all the excuses.