Wednesday, August 17, 2011
The Savior of our Youth - Education
I have often found it interesting that, as a country, we prize education more highly than almost any pursuit. If only we could properly educate the masses, we will have peace on earth. Through education (some might call it indoctrination) people will learn to be "tolerant" and "non-judgemental". Education will save our planet and provide every person with a job. Education is our Messiah, our Savior.
Look where education has gotten us. We are a nation without a moral compass. You cannot educate a person without giving them moral truth. One does not exist without the other. Our education system has attempted to do just that. It has put education in a vacuum outside the confines of morality. We have highly "educated" people running our country into the ground.
Our education system has failed. It was destined to fail. It was built on a faulty foundation. The more "modern" our education systems becomes, the less effective it is. Rather than teaching academics and expecting excellence, our schools have become the breeding place for social experiments. Moral relativity, an inflated sense of self-esteem and a population incapable of self-government is what our schools are currently producing. Our experiment has failed. Or, perhaps, it has been very successful. Only in a nation that is populated with rudderless individuals, can a government become the Savior. Only when our schools churn out students with no discipline, no self-control and no personal responsibility can the government enslave a nation. I'm not a conspiracy theory nut - all of this is being done right in the open, right under our noses, and we are allowing it.
Some are beginning to see that education, by itself, is not the answer. I read an article by a physician who commented on the recent N.Y. requirement that all middle school aged children be graphically schooled in sex education. She noted that they already seemed very well schooled to her. They knew what to do and how to do it. She also questioned the wisdom of telling kids to "just say no" to drugs and "no" to smoking, but when it came to sex, we educate them about doing it "safely". Can you imagine a class teaching a kids how to shoot up safely? Or how to drive when you are drunk and not get in a wreck? Of course not. That would be ludicrous. How much more ridiculous is it to expect a kid, in the middle of a moment of passion, to stop, take a minute to think clearly, make sure someone puts "something" on and then hazards to question their partner on their sexually transmitted disease status? How much better if your kid has the moral compass not to get into that situation in the first place. "But if the schools don't teach them, who will" you ask? You, of course! You will teach your own child that sex is a wonderful thing, to be enjoyed and anticipated, within the confines of marriage. You will, gasp, be your own child's teacher. And then you will make sure that they aren't put into a situation where the temptation will be too much for them to bear. Your daughters boyfriend could actually come over to your house for dinner with the family! You could invite your son's girlfriend to spend an evening at the movies, with your whole family. You could make popcorn balls together, go skating, take a hike, let the young lovers get to know each other without hopping into bed. You could model a healthy relationship and have a blast at the same time.
Education by itself leads to corruption. Only when education is paired with moral direction can we hope dig ourselves out of the mess we are in.