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Join Date: Aug 2002
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Originally Posted by Robb
Yes, I'm making a outrageous statement. First, all parents who were married and have no extraordinary circumstances to stop them, should today, I said today, remove their children from public school. If you are thinking of getting married you should postpone the wedding until it is agreed that if you have children, one of you will stay home to educate. All sacrifices of material wealth should be made to meet this end.
First, the definition of education. The bringing up, as of a child, instruction, formation of manners, enlightenment and understanding, correct the temper, and form the manners and habits of youth, and fit them for usefulness in their future stations. To give children a good education and manners, arts and science, is important, to give them a religious education is indispensable, and an immense responsibility rest on parents and guardians who neglect these duties. - Webster's dictionary 1828.
Now let's look at the definition given by today's Merriam-Webster Colgate dictionary online.
The act or process of educating or being educated, a stage of such process, the knowledge and development resulting from an educational process, the field of study that deals mainly with methods of teaching and learning in schools.
That sound you hear is Noah Webster spinning in his grave. This is the dictionary your government schoolchildren and teachers use. Someone decides which books and reference materials are used in the schools. They are selected by the state. The history books, philosophy books, science books are all selected by the government! Even the definition of words becomes a de facto function of government. It's appalling, it turns my stomach, because education is a decidedly religious activity. Why? All human endeavor is constrained, informed, defined in and printed with the worldview of individual or institution. And worldview is the belief system determined by religious belief? It is defined by the answers given to a few questions.
What is the purpose of life? What happens when we die? How did life come into being?
Your answers to these questions determine how you approach every single endeavor of your life. All institutions have a worldview too, and it affects every single endeavor in which they engage. Therefore, the simple act of defining the word education, requires judgment. OK you say, don't just teach anything which requires worldview judgments. That's impossible, let's see why. Take history class as example,
Student: Was Hitler right to kill Jews?
Teacher: because it is wrong to kill innocent people.
Student: Why? [This is where it gets sticky. The answer is determined solely by your worldview.]
Teacher: Because God says so.[Now that is the correct answer, but we can't talk about the reality of God in government schools so...]
Teacher: because it's against the law!
Teacher: because the government says so!
Student: What if the government says it's OK?
Teacher: But the government wouldn't say that!
Student: The government of Germany did.
You see, our system forbids government to teach morality, it cannot teach about the Holocaust. To take the concept of immorality out of the subject of the Holocaust is impossible without denying truth. Education by definition requires the search for truth. Therefore government must teach about immorality, which the government can't do. Therefore, the government can't teach. That's why Government education is an oxymoron.
Government can't educate without a destroying the very object of education, the search for truth. Either government employees dictate truth, to the impressionable youth or the government employee insists that object truth does not exist. Either alternative is ludicrous and unthinkable to the rational mind.
By its very nature, government is hostile to any authority higher than itself. God, being that authority, will eventually be removed from all subjects in order to lift up the state by marginalizing or eradicating the reality of God. Government is power in force. Inherently, government only checks its growth when forced. One way to consolidate its power is to indoctrinate youth in their most formative years, and that philosophy will never be eradicated.
Lenin said: "Give me a child for the first five years of his life and he will be mine forever." Lincoln said: " The philosophy of the schoolroom in one generation will be the philosophy of governance in the next." We reject established religion and state-controlled press in our nation, yet the single greatest guarantee of those two evils is government education. Government controlled education is a means to it an end, not the end itself. A parent will sacrifice many things in defiance of tyranny, name, position, money, power. But when it comes to our kids, the state knows are Achilles' heel and it will use that to its advantage. The threat of social service thugs invading the homes of innocent Americans to wrest the children from the parents arms in retaliation or for purposes of intimidation has been exhaustively documented.
Government control education allows government to set the standards of what is taught and how it is taught. Is government able to teach anything that will contradict its own interests? The answer is a resounding no! Government cannot self critique. Are all American wars moral? Is paper money constitutional? Is the Federal Reserve legal? Were Wilson, FDR or LBJ good presidents and moral men? Is Ritalin good for children? Is ADD caused by the methods of government education? The mandated vaccinations cause crib death, asthma and allergies? Is there anything safe about sex outside of marriage? Does abortion kill a baby? Do we live in a democracy or a Republic? Is Socialism moral and is man destroying the earth? If you can't tell me the civil government answer to these questions, you haven't been in a government school! The issues are dressed every day and they are framed with the government's perspective. If the child objects, he or she is made and object of ridicule and disgust by government school educators and students. Now asked yourself, is that the role of Republican government?