Monday, July 28, 2014

The "You Hate Teachers" Card

Recently I was "observing" someone “engage” on his facebook page about the utter failure of the public education system and the amount of $$ that are spent and continue to be spent at incredible rates per pupil. No surprise that he is taking flak/fire. The USAF has an old saying about that...."if you’re taking flak, you must be right over the target".

Permit me to share some observations.

 First of all, there are many wonderful people who have dedicated their lives to the government education system. Many of my friends, godly people working tirelessly to help children get an education. For that as a citizen, I am extremely grateful.

Herein lies a major rub….the problem is….no one is allowed to bring up anything negative about what we see going on in our country that is directly related to our government run education system. It’s almost like a “race card”….as soon as someone brings up the government education system….someone slams down the “I am a good teacher”, “my mother was a teacher”, “I worked in the public school system for XX years”…..this is done either intentionally or unintentionally to silence any critic. A Saul Alinsky tactic….used by many who don’t even know who Alinsky was.

It does not follow that all is well simply because “I went to public school”, or “my kids went to public school and they all came out well”. The standard of measurement for a Leviathan system like our government education system has become cannot be anecdotal evidence. A true standard for a behemoth government system like we have today has to be broad, consistent evidence. When we hold up a measuring stick like that…..the answers are obvious to anyone wanting to give it an honest look. So….it is wonderful that many of us survived the system….can we now move on to an honest discussion about the blatantly obvious?

Again, let me caveat…the issue is not all teachers…..we have wonderful, wonderful people doing their very best in a system that is stacked against them.

It is simply incomprehensible to me that anyone that is breathing….and can read or listens to the news…and is coherent and can look around them….and not see what is happening as a direct result of our government education system.

How much history has to be re written and espoused in textbooks today before Christians wake up and take a stand? How much godless indoctrination must be shoved down the throats of children before Christians take a stand?

I would submit to you….that the government education system is a complete and utter success today! By "success" I mean, it is doing exactly what it was designed to do. Most people that defend this system have never taken the few minutes that it takes to just do some simple research into the founders of the modern education system. Men like Charles Potter, John Dewey, going back to the 1920s, both kingpins of the modern education system…and both signers of the Humanist Manifesto. Neither of these men hid their motives…. Listen to Potter: ““Education is the most powerful ally of Humanism, and every American public school is a school of Humanism. What can the theistic Sunday Schools, meeting for an hour once a week, and teaching only a fraction of the children, do to stem the tide of a five-day program of humanistic teaching?”

So we have a system doing exactly what it was designed to do….it is a machine that cranks out for the most part….a statist….a citizen that has been indoctrinated into a humanistic worldview who has been taught for the most part that the state (government) is the answer to all of our ills as a society. Not everyone comes out that way….there are many schools around the nation that are exceptions, there are many who graduate that are exceptions due to differing influences on their lives…..but to deny the obvious….the overwhelming evidence all around us that our system is producing a government dependent statist…with leftist ideology defies all reason. The evidence is all around us.

I’ll close with this….I am extremely grateful for all the wonderful teachers and administrators (well maybe not administrators so much)…and so many more that I know have worked tirelessly for years in this system. Deeply grateful. I remember a conversation with a friend who was a public school teacher years ago where she was explaining to me all the things that she had to do during a single day….that were government mandates…that kept her from …teaching. This is not news to anyone much less anyone that is inside the system.

What Christians need to do…those inside and outside the system…what they need to do is face the reality…and start pushing back against the system. As Christians we are called to engage the enemy …wherever he shows himself in our culture. We are feeding a public school system that has been in enemy hands for decades if not a century…..and more than platitudes are needed from Christians that have chosen the Public School system as their mission field…what is needed is for real engagement from within the system. It is not enough to repeat the mantra that “I’m going to be a light”….what is needed is for Christian Warriors to start pushing back and taking back territory that rightfully ought to be in the hands of those that have the words of life. And I’m not talking about Christianizing a government school system….I’m talking about leveling the playing field. I know many Christian teachers that are doing just what I described above…..they are pushing back and engaging…praise God for them!

To deny the reality and look away because we don’t want to hurt someone’s feelings does none of us any good, least of all the children that must attend these schools.

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