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January 11, 2012

If you can’t teach them to read and write, maybe you can at least teach them not to hit girls

Nothing illustrates the collapse of Secular Humanist visions of utopia quite like the painful way educational experiments reveal their bankruptcy to the world. Heather MacDonald in The Weekly Standard (Oct.  31, 2011, p. 17) details the latest in educational malpractice:

Over the last several months, L.A. Board of Educa­tion member Steve Zimmer, a former teacher and activist, has been working close­ly with the anti-dating-violence program Peace Over Violence on how to expand its services district-wide. The proposed expansion, estimated to cost $2 million in its first year and approximately $600,000 a year thereafter, would hire a new central district administrator and four full-time assistants who would coordinate each school’s anti-dating-violence programs and would train a teacher or staff member on each campus to help students identify when they may be veering toward physical, emotional, or verbal abuse and to raise awareness of these issues.

This in a largely Hispanic district in which only 35 percent of Hispanic seventh-graders are proficient in English, and only 43 percent are proficient in math.

That the L.A. school district seems to have abandoned any pretense of education should not surprise those who have been studying the bizarre practices of the secular humanist education system: Once you give up the idea that human beings are made in God’s image and are to be stewards on the earth, education loses its meaning. Yet schools continue, if for no other reason than to keep students off the streets. But what if they cause trouble anyway? Then use the school experience to indoctrinate them against violence,  in the hope that they’ll peacefully slink away and leave us alone.

A biblical worldview of education calls for so much more: No young person is sim­ply a wastrel lurking on the edge of civiliza­tion. All are image-bearers of God. There­fore we mentor the vulnerable (rescue the perishing), communicate a vision (where there is no vision, the people perish), and help them recognize and value the good, the true, and the beautiful.


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