Thursday, May 2, 2013

Open Season and Double Schooling

Ready to throw some tinfoil hats at me?

America is declaring open season on Christians.
"So President Barack Obama’s civilian appointees who lead the Pentagon are confirming that the military will make it a crime--possibly resulting in imprisonment--for those in uniform to share their faith. This would include chaplains—military officers who are ordained clergymen of their faith (mostly Christian pastors or priests, or Jewish rabbis)--whose duty since the founding of the U.S. military under George Washington is to teach their faith and minister to the spiritual needs of troops who come to them for counsel, instruction, or comfort."
As disturbing as this is, I am not in the military, so I have another angle.
This same government that is seeking counsel from such extreme anti-Christian activists to develop military policy is the same government that is running our schools.

Christians- it is time to take your children out of the hands of the government.

This same government has already begun to implement new standards in education called Common Core which is centralizing authority on matters of education to the federal government. This is more ground being given to an inferior method of education that somehow still passes the majority of our nation's children through its bowels each year. (Nice imagery there, eh?) Millions of parents don't so much as pause to consider whether they will send their children to school or not. As Christians, I believe we ought to give the utmost consideration to this decision. As Cindy said so well in this post on the subject of educational responsibility:

 "We, parents, have the God-given responsibility for bringing up our children. All of the rights inherent in that responsibility accrue to us as well. We have a responsibility to hand over those rights to others only very, very carefully.
What I see, though, is that we tend to treat that transfer of rights as if it were less important even than who changes our oil! If a mechanic were to tell me that he had changed my oil, but I found, after driving away with a dry engine and destroying the motor, that he had failed to actually put more oil in, I’d go somewhere else the next time, wouldn’t I? That’s just a rational reaction. He destroyed my car!
How is it that schools, somehow, aren’t held to the same kind of standard, even though our children are infinitely more important than our cars?"
One particularly short sighted defense I often hear to justify sending our children to school is that we will still have time outside of school hours to achieve our personal educational goals. A few problems exist with this theory:

1. Competing for Authority. After spending 7 or so hours per day with an authority other than yourself, will your child still see you as the primary instructor in their life? A lot of variables to consider there, but in my personal experience, public education was a factor in causing me to see teachers as more ultimate authorities on facts and knowledge than my parents.
2. Competing for Time. Public schools are structured to be able to teach a large number of children of varying abilities the required subjects in a standardized way. The "school day" for children feels a lot like a "work day" for an adult. How many adults do you know that like to come home from a long day of work to... work some more? Again, my personal experience with public schooling was that when I came home, I was "done" learning for the day. A lot more could be said about that and learning as a lifestyle, etc. Suffice it to say, your public schooled child will most likely not want to come home from class to have class with his parents in any regimented fashion. And if you're going to go that far anyway, why not just do it yourself in the first place?
3. Competing Ideologies. It's no secret that public schools teach a very humanistic viewpoint. Allowing this indoctrination to take place unanswered is what many parents in this country are doing. Some, however, recognize the need to use the "find and replace" function of their parenting software to tweak that public education to fit their personal ideologies. Guess how confusing it is as a youngster to be consistently given contradictory information... Go ahead, think about it. Does that instill much confidence in a young mind? In the tenth grade I had a terrible math teacher that spent a day or two teaching us how to solve a certain type of equation, only to tell us on day three that she had taught us wrong, and we needed to relearn it the right way before the test on Friday. Competing thoughts are distracting, and hinder our ability to internalize truth. There eventually comes a time when a foundation has been laid that an individual can more adequately receive alternative viewpoints, consider them, weigh the facts and make informed decisions about them.

Do you really want to have to try to get your children to unlearn their school day (or parts of it) and relearn with you over dinner every day? And if you can do that successfully and with any regularity, congratulations- you are double schooling! Doesn't home schooling (also known as single schooling at home) sound so much simpler now?

2 comments:

  1. Military and public schools? Six of one, half a dozen of the other. As far as the government is concerned, all those soldiers, teachers, and children are is chattel for their uses. Any time the government cuts the check (who do they think is giving them this "free" education?), the government will always, always insist that it is the highest power. It will tolerate no other authority because that is the way people in power behave. They want ALL the power.

    Governments always tend toward tyranny as they age, even when they start out with good intentions. Hello, Rome? Don't you know something about this? Unfortunately, we're living in a day in America when that tendency is coming to its jackbooted conclusion. Won't be long before that "tree of liberty...blood of patriots" thing will be evident again. Unless there aren't enough patriots left to do anything about it...

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    1. "Unless there aren't enough patriots left to do anything about it..."

      Here's to hoping all the lovely "breeders" I know who are looked down upon by the general childless populace will cause a nice liberty loving baby boom ;)

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