The Battle Over Education

Battle Ground of the Mind

There is a battleground for the mind of the next generation. All ideas have consequences. What you don’t know can be what you should know. Your source of education and worldview determines your actions. Actions flow from our thoughts, and our ideas come from what we have heard, read, and studied.

No Neutral Ground

All education comes from a set of values and worldview. All schools are religious because all knowledge comes from one of several philosophies. You would expect a school taught by Muslims to comes through their worldview as seen by the Quran. You would hope if your children were in a Christian school, they would be informed from a biblical worldview. Well, it may come as a surprise, but there is no such thing as a non-religious worldview. There is no neutral ground when it comes to education. The question is not whether we give our children a religious education, the question is whether we chose the right influences of religion. Even though I don’t like to call Christianity a religion because it is a relationship with Christ, in this context, I mean it well. You will either teach from a Christian worldview or another religious world view.

When you take God out of the worldview, then you have Secular Humanism. Secular Humanism has become a religion. Secular humanism believes that humanity is capable of morality and self-fulfillment without belief in God. David Pollock, a British humanist, and former President of the European Humanist Federation, gives detail beliefs of humanist on this website called Thinking About Humanism. He states that humanism does not believe in God, afterlife, but is a naturalistic, physicalist, or materialist. Humanists believe that the universe can be explained by natural laws, and the only reality is what we can detect through our senses. What you can see, hear, touch, or else detect by the use of scientific instruments.  There is no “second layer” to existence, and our only route to sure and certain (or rather eternally unsure) knowledge is through an assumption of naturalism.

A more aggressive form of humanism is called Revolutionary Humanism, which is seen in our universities and played out on our nightly news. On the home website of Revolutionary Humanism, they state, “Revolutionary humanism will be spread and implemented with the political and social combativeness that we have come to expect from organized religion, and political ideologies. It will make no apologies for causing offense to dogmatists, in the process of criticizing and refuting their dogmas, be they religious, ideological, or nationalistic.” One of its principles is rationalism. They state, “Rationalism is a principle by which reason is considered to be the ideal basis for beliefs and opinions about the nature of reality, rather than supernatural, non-scientific, and/or irrational explanations.” All so-called secular education is based on Secular Humanism and eventually can lead to Revolutionary Humanism. It is a religion just as much as any other.

History is Under Attack

All education is inherently religious because it presents a particular perspective and selection of history, values, and practices, and it prescribes a worldview. Why is the history of our nation under such an attack? If you destroy or change history, you can win the battle to change a people. One of the most disturbing quotes comes from Karl Marx, “The first battlefield is the rewriting of history.” Marx also said, “Keep people from their history, and they are easily controlled.”

History of a nation is like the history of a family—it is not all good. Mankind is not inherently good. That is why we need redemption. The gospel does not change your history; it redeems your past so you can go forward. However, we must know the history and keep it accurate to learn from it. We can denounce what is wrong and still accept what is right without rewriting history or walking in shame. The Scriptures tell us why we have history. In speaking about the history of Israel, Paul writes, “Now these things occurred as examples to keep us from setting our hearts on evil things as they did” (1 Cor. 10:6).

Cicero, the Roman statesman, said, “To be ignorant of what happened before you were born is to remain a child forever.” And probably the most famous quote about history comes from the philosopher George Santayana, ”Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” A 2014 report by the National Assessment of Educational Progress showed that an abysmal 18 percent of American high school kids were proficient in US history. Colleges such as Stanford declined to require Western Civilization classes and high schools have changed their curriculum so that history is taught only from 1877 onward. Why? There is a school of thought that says, “We are educating for the future, not from the past.” We will have a different future, and it will be after the course of Secular Humanism that now prevails in our educational system.

Who Has the Responsibility

Parents can delegate the task of education but never the responsibility. Let’s face it, we have embraced a socialist mindset with schooling. We have given the state the responsibility to educate our children. They do not belong to the state. Parents are given the responsibility to impress the words of God on their children and talk to them at home when you are sitting around, and when you go for a walk or drive (Deut 6). Parents are given children to “bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord” (Eph 6:4). No wonder Marx said, “The education of all children, from the moment, that they can get along without a mother’s care, shall be in state institutions.” He knew that if you control the education of the children, you will control the future.

You can delegate the task, but you better not release your children to a different worldview. That is why it has taken place so subtly over the past five decades. We are now reaping the harvest of Secular Humanism through our educational systems, and we wonder why the nation has gone the way it has. It is only the fruit of our educational system for the past fifty years. Even though we had men like Thomas Jefferson, pushing for humanist views in our founding days as a nation, there remained a solid biblical worldview until the middle of the 20th century. The battleground is the mind of the next generation.

2 thoughts on “The Battle Over Education

  1. Glenn, you have done a wonderful job presenting the problematic issues, while emphasizing the process toward a solution. Parents must see the BIG picture and refocus their priorities in order to raise up a generation of Biblical thinkers who, with wisdom, will be able to confront and resolve the social issues – not just today but of tomorrow.

  2. Thanks Glenn for helping to expose the struggle of mankind in pointed spiritual warfare. I pray that more and more voices will be raised up against the subtle deceptions working in our culture. The struggle, of course, is not new—and I am reminded of Pilate words before our Lord, the truth, declaring “what is truth.”
    However, we who have been so blessed to see and know, yearn for clarity for seeking imprisoned hearts. You have touched on several of the tools of deception, working especially through our educational systems. Thanks again for your labor of love.

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