Tuesday, August 01, 2006

The War On Education

Yesterday, in my satirical post on the crisis of Global Homeschooling, I talked about the "threat" homeschooling is to the world. But the real threat isn't from homeschooling parents it's from governments who seek to control their nation's children through education. Here's two recent examples,

No More Right and Wrong in the UK. Moral relativism isn't new, but the UK is actually writing it into the national curriculum guidelines.

Schools would no longer be required to teach children the difference between right and wrong under plans to revise the core aims of the National Curriculum.

Instead, under a new wording that reflects a world of relative rather than absolute values, teachers would be asked to encourage pupils to develop "secure values and beliefs".

But if there is no such thing as right and wrong, then how would these teachers classify what is going on in the schools of Afghanistan?

The Taliban had posted a note in the village mosque a few weeks earlier, ordering all girls schools to close. And another "night letter" left at a nearby school had warned: "Respected Afghans: Leave the culture and traditions of the Christians and Jews. Do not send your girls to school." Otherwise, it said, the mujahedin of the Islamic Emirates, the name of the former Taliban government, "will conduct their robust military operations in the daylight."
Clearly, some people are not afraid to establish their version of right from wrong.

Hopefully, the moral relativists in the UK will wake up to the Truth before those that think girls shouldn't be educated start knocking on their school doors. One Afghanistan teacher pleaded for help,

If Afghanistan's teachers are willing to risk everything to educate their children, can't the international community at least establish a secure environment for them to do so?
Someone needs to tell this poor Afghan teacher that many in the international community believe there is no such thing as right and wrong anymore, only secure values and beliefs. Somehow I don't think that's going to make this teacher feel very secure, do you?

This balance of religion and values in education isn't just being fought overseas. It's right here in our schools, not that this should be news to anyone.

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same. - Ronald Reagan

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