Schools' inanity the result of secular humanist agenda
I rarely see an editorial viewpoint that I agree with as much as Esther Cepada's ("Schools going overboard when deciding what's 'inappropriate'," Dec. 8, 6A). For years, I have watched the inane actions of school boards, principals and teachers and thought the same thing.
Americans need to realize that our schools have been hijacked by unions (National Education Association, American Federation of Teachers), humanists and an agenda that is more concerned with political and religious indoctrination than educating our children. How else can you explain the continued focus on nonessential topics while test scores decline, writing skills wither, and rankings in science and math are anything but exceptional. As these highly educated bureaucrats make decisions using their politically correct agenda, they show themselves for the incompetents they are. I will say that most of the teachers I know are good, decent, hard-working people but their environment makes it difficult to do their job.
I refuse to believe that all of these decisions can be made by simple errors in judgment. You have to have a purposefully designed system to systematically guide these decisions across our great land. The system is the problem, not the people.
Two thousand years ago, the Apostle Paul, quoting from the prophet Isaiah, wrote, "I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate. Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?" Truly, as we have removed prayer, Christian holiday references, and any semblance of an environment that is friendly to Christianity, we have seen these ridiculous outcomes.
There is a belief we have merely removed state-sponsored religion from our schools. Nothing could be further from the truth. We have replaced Christianity, and Judeo-Christian values, with the state-sponsored religion of secular humanism. The old saying, "nature abhors a vacuum" is true with religion. It is impossible to escape a religious worldview. The only question is, "Which religion will you choose?"
And our schools going overboard in simple, everyday decisions is the outcome of the religion of secular humanism.
-- Donald Kemp,