|Education: the “front line”
| Education is the front line of the culture war: a battle for the hearts and minds of the next generation. Parents always had the major role in educating their children, but now that role is going more to the secular state.
The moral decline in American culture today is tied primarily to a process in the secular schools that removes the Christian basis for morality. Behind the push for pornography, sexual promiscuity, abortion, immoral lifestyles, etc. there is an ideology of relativism taught in public schools under the guise of religious neutrality. It is not mere coincidence that the secularization of the schools has preceded a growth in godless behavior.
Educator John Dunphy made the strategy clear, “I am convinced that the battle for humankind’s future must be waged and won in the public school classroom by teachers who correctly perceive their role as the proselytizers of a new faith: a religion of humanity . . . utilizing a classroom instead of a pulpit to convey humanist values in whatever subject they teach . . .
The classroom must and will become an arena of conflict between the old and the new – the rotting corpse of Christianity, together with all its adjacent evils and miseries, and the new faith of Humanism . . . will finally be achieved.”
John Dewey, known as the father of modern public education, held the same view although he was more subtle and tactful about it. Dewey pursued a “common faith” among theists and humanists, but he made it clear that he was a Humanist.
The current school system forces Christians to pay tax money for their children to be taught atheism. No, it is not a blatant teaching of atheism, but it is an education that consciously ignores God and treats man as a god.
How did religious Humanists succeed in taking control of public education? They convinced Christians that secular education was neutral to Christianity. Secular education would simply teach the basics: reading, writing, and arithmetic without indoctrination.
We bought a clever lie. We forgot that education is sacred. All education presupposes a purpose for teaching all subjects, which determines how they will be taught. So-called “values-neutral education” presupposes the world-view of secular humanism. A Christian worldview cannot accept this dichotomy between sacred and secular knowledge.
God did not teach us a private faith to keep out of public life. God said, “Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.” Deuteronomy 6:4-9