Public Schools and the Culture War
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Wed Mar 15, 2006 at 09:19:38 AM EST
Public Schools are the frontlines in the culture war that conservative Christians are waging in this country.   They have been since the day that they were integrated.

Ethics Daily has published a couple insightful articles regarding the latest developments in the battle to destroy America's public school system.  Bob Allen has written an essay about a new "Christian book" that "says Public Schools Subvert Parental Rights."  He goes on to describe recent challenges to public schools coming from every quarter of the political and religious right.   Ed Hogan has written about his "Concerns about the 'Exodus' Movement."  The "Exodus" movement is an organized effort to get Christians to remove their children from public schools.

Here's a quote from Hogan's article that talks about the politics of the issue:

Reason # 3 Politics. Steve Blow wrote a great article in the Dallas Morning News recently. He is a Christian op-ed writer who often brings a fresh perspective to issues.

In the article he quotes a home school text. In the text, a conservative is described as a person who holds on to and practices God's words and teachings. Liberals are defined as those who deny God's precepts and teachings.

That is a struggle for me for several reasons. Does that mean that my friends who vote for Democrats have "abandoned God?" Does is mean that my African-American church friends, who are biblically and ethically conservative, have denied their faith by overwhelmingly voting for "liberal" candidates?

Once a student sees something in a "text book" it carries new weight. It is no longer opinion; it is fact. It teaches our children to be intolerant of others who disagree with us politically.

One of the ramifications of extending freedom of religion to everyone is that we protect the right of parents to teach their children to be intolerant.  We do not guarantee that we will give them tax dollars in the form of vouchers to subsidize the education of their children in their intolerance.  

The right to a good public education that upholds the values of our country's constitution should be guaranteed to everyone.  The constitution secures equal respect under the law for persons of all races, religions, and creeds.  

If parents want to indoctrinate their children in values that are opposed to the constitution, they should continue to have to pay for it with their own money.

This entry is cross-posted from the Mainstream Baptist weblog.




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Speaking of culture war, another disturbing development is the explicit training of kids in Christian schools to become "cultural warriors". Agape Press and Baptist Press have the details.

by Carlos on Wed Mar 15, 2006 at 11:59:59 AM EST

That's a story that I let slip by me.

by Mainstream Baptist on Wed Mar 15, 2006 at 06:05:57 PM EST

The attacks on public education are extensive, embedded in hidden ways.  For example, I learned from a school teacher friend, that while public school students must undergo testing and teachers must now 'teach the test' and forgo other important programs and be held 'accountable,' private and parochial school students are not subjected to the same testing.  They do not have to participate in the same accountability and testing -- even when the kids have public vouchers.  There is something wrong here.

by cyncooper on Fri Mar 17, 2006 at 09:44:26 AM EST


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