Friday, June 11, 2010

What is being taught???

I'm amazed at the simple prophetic words of Rudyard Kipling from 1919. His poem is called, "The Gods of the Copybook Headings".

The copybook headings to which the title refers were proverbs or maxims printed at the top of 19th century British schoolboys' notebook pages. The students had to write them by hand repeatedly down the page.

Makes me think about the Godless education in our Country and what is being taught in our school systems today.

You might already know that John Dewey is known for his educational reform around the beginning of the 20th century and was a major influence in how our school systems run today.
But did you know he said the following?.... "I believe there is no such thing as sin to be forgiven and no life beyond the grave but death everlasting... Faith in the prayer-hearing God is an unproved and outmoded faith. There is no God and there is no soul. Hence, there are no needs for the props of traditional religion. With dogma and creed excluded, the immutable truth is also dead and buried. There is no room for fixed, natural law or moral absolutes." (John Dewey, 'Soul-Searching', Teacher Magazine, September 1933, p.33)

When I read this I was blown away! Holy cow! One of the main founders of our education system was a total anti-God and his reformation was to bring the teachings of Marx and Engles into our school system.

Take a look at this!!
The drastic drop in stories with a moral lesson is reflected in a special study of fourth grade readers between 1810 and 1950. Out of each 25 pages the following pages emphasized a moral lesson:

1810 - 16.01 pages

1830 - 16.75 pages

1850 - 12.42 pages

1870 - 6.00 pages

1890 - 4.19 pages

1910 - 4.50 pages

1930 - 1.00 pages

1950 - 0.06 pages

(George C. S. Benson and Thomas S. Engeman, "Amoral America" Stanford, Calif: Hoover Institute PRess, 1975, p. 23)

Needless to say, I have been driven to do some personal study of our Constitution, and the teachings of our Founding Fathers. I believe they would be appalled at what is being taught today!! I want to find out where we went wrong, how we could stray so far from everything they fought for and how to take it back and make things right.

I believe the only way to combat the evil that has been penetrating our society and restore our Country to the principles and morals we once honored is start with ourselves. Educate our minds with truth. Seek to understand and fight for the faith of our fathers. Defend our home. Be with our families as often as we can! Teach our children morals and principles, teach them by our own example. Teach them to pray and pray always. Teach them that God is not dead but that HE LIVES and we are His children. Teach them to follow the Spirit of Truth that God has given each one of us to guide us.

I pray like Elisha did for his servant, "Lord, open my eyes that I may see that they that be with us are more than they that be with them." 2 Kgs. 6: 16


Tony said...

It is the sad truth today. I would highly recommend reading Jonah Goldberg's "Liberal Fascism" and what he has to say about progressive education today. I say the best education is that which comes from the home, which leads to the ways of the Lord.

From David O. McKay:
"And what is true education? It is awakening a love for truth; giving a just sense of duty; opening the eyes of the soul to the great purpose and end of life. It is not so much giving words, as thoughts; or mere maxims, as living principles. It is not teaching to be honest, because 'honesty is the best policy'; but because it is right. It is teaching the individual to love the good, for the sake of the good; to be virtuous in action because one is so in heart; to love and serve God supremely, not from fear, but from delight in his perfect character."

Anonymous said...

Strangely I think you would actually see an increase of "moral" teaching in today's classroom. It is just that the morals being taught are those of environmentalism.

Alicia said...

Thank you for pointing that out Anonymous.

It's true that enviromentalism is the new "moral" way. And I certainly believe in trying to elimate pollution and waste that destroys physical life.

It's sad though that this new "morality" has no regard for the things of the spirit. There are pollutions and waste far more toxic and far more dangerous than what we see with our physical eyes: greed, lies, lust, hate, immorality,irresponsiblity, promiscuity, anarchy, tyranny, antitheisum and more.

The real way to fix the enviroment is to "cleanse the inner vessel" first, a return to virtue and a return to the God Who gave us life in the first place.