Education Issues

Lantern Road Elementary, 2nd Graders Sing To Allah, Islam in the Public Schools

Posted on December 15, 2009. Filed under: A Theology of Patriotism, Contemporary Religion, Education Issues, Islam |

In an age where some schools are even disallowing red and green (i.e., Christmas Colors, non-religious) paper plates and plastic ware at “Winter Holiday Parties”

www.bpnews.net/printerfriendly.asp?ID=19738

and Christmas carols are being banned,  to have second graders at a school perform a “Holiday Program” that includes a song praising Allah is OUTRAGEOUS!

www.indystar.com/article/20091212/LOCAL/912120364/Fishers-school-adjusts-holiday-show-after-protests

In Fishers, Indiana, at the Lantern Road Elementary School,

www.hse.k12.in.us/lre/

Principal Danielle Thompson defended the program that included things from Christmas, Hanukkah, Ramadan, Las Posadas, and Kwanzaa. While only  a few local parents protested the inclusion of a song about Allah, the word got out to the American Family Association and a national campaign developed to stop the song in praise of Allah.

“School officials removed a phrase saying “Allah is God” after the American Family Association launched a protest of the program on its electronic newsletter.The change was made, Thompson said, because no other deities were directly named in the program.”

At Pamela Gellers’ website, Atlasshrugs, some of the words to the program that the children were to sing are included:

“Allah is God, we recall at dawn,
Praying ‘til night during Ramadan
At this joyful time we pray happiness for you,
Allah be with you all your life through.”

But when it came time to perform the “Christian” part of Christmas, children were assigned to say:

“I didn’t know there was a little boy at the manger. What child is this?
I’m not sure if there was a little boy or not.
Then why did you paint one on your nativity window?
I just thought if there was a little boy, I’d like to know exactly what he (sic) say.

Micah Clark, executive director of the Indiana AFA, launched an Internet protest once he heard about the allegations. “What surprised me here is that we’ve had a secular scrubbing of Christmas for so long and the school apparently didn’t see the problem with kids singing to Allah,” he told FOX News Radio. “You won’t even mention Jesus and you’re going to force my child to sing about Allah?

atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2009/12/public-school-second-graders-sing-about-allah.html

The first problem here is the desire to be “inclusive”. This modern innovation in our society and education system is inherently self loathing and destructive, although it sounds nice. Historically, America has been a “melting pot” that has rightfully welcomed immigrants. However, the goal has always been (until recently) to have E Pluribus Unum,   Out of Many- One. The goal is to make Americans not to have a thousand different little cultures perfectly preserved, included, and respected.

We should be inclusive in the sense that, wherever you come from, whatever your past, you are welcome to come to America to start afresh. But starting afresh means you are willing to become Americanized. You learn our religion (Christianity), you learn our language (English) and you learn our culture.

Modern day inclusiveness directly implies that all cultures are equal and are of equal value and truth. It teaches that we cannot judge other cultures as inferior and we must respect everyone’s culture, religion, etc. It teaches that it would be wrong to make immigrants change their ways when they come here. This belief is not only wrong, it is dangerous.

What makes a nation is three things: 1) a geographic border; 2) a language; and, 3) a common worldview (based upon core beliefs, most frequently religion).

Christmas is about as American as you can get. As a Christian, and former Baptist Pastor, I know that Christmas is itself a melting pot of a tiny bit of  biblical Christianity, a dash of paganism, a lot of Roman Catholicism, some folk lore from Germany, England and America, and a lot of American entrepreneurial spirit. The early Puritans who founded New England tended to stay away from Christmas as too Popish.

But Christmas is THE BIGGEST HOLIDAY IN AMERICA. Christmas is inherently about Christ, hence the name, and any attempt to put it on an equal footing with Hanukkah, Kwanzaa (a totally made up, non- African holiday) and Ramadan is just plain wrong. Now I can respect Hanukkah and celebrate it because Christianity and Judaism are somewhat intertwined and the Jews are a wonderful people and culture that have contributed immensely to Western Civilization.

But should a public school try to celebrate and link all these different religions in one holiday celebration in the name of Inclusiveness or Diversity? NO!

The SECOND problem with Lantern Road Elementary’s celebration is that they FAVORED Allah over Jesus. Allah was proclaimed as being God, but Jesus was left out of Christmas entirely and the song even cast doubts on the nativity. In the last 50 years there has been a steady war against Christianity in the public schools, but now we are seeing a deliberate attempt to teach islam in the schools, to favor islam and give muslims special rights.

Does Ms. Danielle Thompson even know that in most muslim societies she would be given the lash for how she dresses and for being a woman out in public and daring to teach girls in a school? I don’t think so.

The one quote in the article that stands out as being the most nonsense is this:

But one state Muslim leader said the school’s decision to remove the word Allah was far from inclusive.”It’s unfortunate if that was removed from the program just because of Islamophobic feelings,” said Shariq Siddiqui, executive director of the Muslim Alliance of Indiana. “Schools are a place where we should learn more about each other rather than exclude each other based on stereotypes and misconceptions.”

Please point out how inclusive and ready to learn about other religions the schools in Islamic countries are? Wherever Islam goes, oppression and ignorance follow. Do you really think that if muslims were the overwhelming majority in this school district, and were allowed to practice sharia law, that they would allow Hanukkah or Christmas to be celebrated equally with Ramadan?

The last problem in this story I want to address is this quote:

In the week before the program, the principal said, about 30 people called with concerns — and only four of the complaints came from local families. Thompson said many callers were appeased when they heard the program’s purpose and scope.

Only 4 local families called to complain? This is either a complete lie or, what I fear, it shows complete dhimmitude and apathy. People don’t know and they don’t care to know what Islam is really like. We have grown complacent and sheeplike, afraid to speak out.

I am convinced that we must eventually address the “free exercise and establishment clauses” of the First Amendment in light of Islam. This is dangerous territory for a secular state can then slap restrictions on all religions. But the problem is that Islam is spreading aggressively in the West and in America now as well. They have learned to “game our system”. Their goal is not an equal playing field, it is total dominance.

They have been at war with us, we are not yet at war with them.

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Review of the President’s Speech to Schoolchildren

Posted on September 8, 2009. Filed under: Education Issues, News of the Day, Political Issues |

After reading the President’s speech to Schoolchildren, and reading what some have written about it, and following the controversy that has led up to the speech, I will now say that the speech is overall a positive speech but  inappropriate, and reveals more about the President than he intended. It is a nice speech, but I am through being nice.

First, the positive: the President does give many positive, helpful words of advice to the children about not giving up, studying hard, fulfilling their obligation toward their own education, etc. Indeed, he sounds very fatherly, kind and wise in the words he gives to the children. The speech may very well inspire and motivate hundreds, even thousands of children to really do better. This may in fact be a life-changing experience for many of the children who hear it. So in that sense, it will be a good and positive thing. For a listing of many of the good things the President said go to Desiring God and John Piper here:

www.desiringgod.org/Blog/1989_ive_read_the_presidents_speech_amazing/

Or just read the entire speech here:

mark12ministries.wordpress.com/2009/09/07/president-obamas-speech-to-school-children-tuesday-september-8th/

or here:

www.whitehouse.gov/MediaResources/PreparedSchoolRemarks/

But while brother Piper speaks very positively about Obama, the speech and how we as Christians should show more respect to the President and how ashamed he, Piper, is of his own state’s governor for the things he said against the speech, I believe that brother Piper is missing the bigger points here. Sure the speech is a nice, positive speech and the children will be blessed. But I would no more want my children to listen to this President in this kind of situation than I would want them to listen to any Socialist. Socialism is evil and those who deliberately promote Socialism are evil. Stay away from my children, thank you very much.

Piper just plain doesn’t understand what this President is all about.

Dr. Al Mohler has also written about this speech and makes some mistakes too. Mohler writes: “Much of the controversy is reckless, baseless, and plainly irrational. Some have called the speech an effort to recruit America’s children into socialism.” Well, no doubt there have been some rude comments, but I do not consider it irrational to think that the speech as it was originally intended was an attempt to influence children to support Obama who is a socialist/marxist.

There you go Bryan, calling the President names again. Look, all you have to do is study what socialism and marxism are all about and compare them with what the President has said and done through the years and who he hangs out with and you will understand that this President is a socialist/marxist. Most of the Demoncrat Party is now socialist and a good many Republicrats are too. President George W Bush, though an honorable man, included much of socialism in his agenda. Why have we become a socialist nation now? Because of the education system, a government monopoly. What system was the President going to use to talk to the children? The government run education system. If you don’t believe that the Demoncrat party runs the large majority of the public schools in this country then you haven’t been watching what the NEA stands for and who they vote for. The largest Teacher’s Union in the country is about 95% demoncrat. If you don’t think the public education system is filled with liberals with a pagan worldview you have been asleep. Schools are used to promote the gay agenda, the Islamic agenda, the Greenpeace agenda, the PETA agenda and every other liberal cause. Are there some good schools and teachers? Sure, but they are vastly outnumbered.

ONE of my objections to the President speaking nationally to the schoolchildren is because I know and understand the schools are already a tool of the demoncrat party and therefore this speech would fall right into that agenda.

Mohler continues: “Others have argued that any presidential speech piped into classrooms is illegitimate. But a presidential speech to students is hardly unprecedented.” Certainly two Republican Presidents, George HW Bush and Ronald Reagan gave broadcast speeches to school children across the country. And, though I do not remember those events, having researched them, I have found that they too had very positive messages with much in common with Obama’s. However, at the time, the Demoncrats seriously condemned the Republican Presidents for politicizing the schools, spreading Republican ideology, etc.

www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2009/sep/03/arne-duncan/barack-obama-not-first-president-address-school-ch/

bushlibrary.tamu.edu/research/public_papers.php?id=3450&year=1991&month=10

www.reagan.utexas.edu/archives/speeches/1988/111488c.htm

Dr. Mohler continues with much praise for the President’s speech but then he says: “This message should be welcomed by America’s parents, both Democrats and Republicans, liberals and conservatives. So why the controversy?”

“Well, things are rarely so clear-cut as they seem. When President Obama wonders who he should blame for this controversy, he should look directly to his own administration. Put plainly, his own Department of Education released suggested lesson plans that appeared to be more about the cult of Obama than about the President’s message.  The lesson plans (changed after the controversy erupted) suggested: “Teachers can extend learning by having students write letters to themselves about what they can do to help the president. These would be collected and redistributed at an appropriate date by the teacher to make students accountable to their goals.”

“Needless to say, helping the President achieve his goals is a big departure from encouraging students to set and attain their own goals. Add to this that the President’s speech to students, timed reasonably enough to be the first day virtually all of the nation’s public school students are in classrooms, comes a day before the President also scheduled a speech to a joint session of Congress to defend his health care reform proposals. Though there is no reason to assume any sinister timing here, and there is every reason to see these scheduled events as separate, the public effect is hardly a surprise.”
“Children are to be asked to help the President meet his goals the day before the President puts his administration on the line for his controversial health-care reform effort? Conspiracy? No. Horrible timing? Yes. Administration slow to get it? Obviously.”
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Here is where I have the biggest problem with what Dr. Mohler is writing. He properly blames the controversy on the President but basically says it was a timing issue. Placing the speech one day prior to the Administration’s speech before a joint session of Congress on Health Care was not only no accident, it was a brazen effort to get children on his side who would then talk with their parents and urge them to “Help the President like he asked us to in school yesterday.
Here is a Socialist President, whom I believe is not even a native born citizen of the US and is therefore a usurper and imposter (and that belief is based upon several strands of evidence) wanting to use the children to promote his health care agenda that will ruin the excellent health care we have in America bringing pain, suffering and early death to hundreds of thousands of our citizens. The health care plan is evil, not just bad policy.
Furthermore, Dr. Mohler does not bring up the issue of Federalism. If it was wrong for two Republicrat Presidents to speak to the nation’s school children, and the Demoncrats said it was wrong, then it is wrong for the Demoncrat President to do it. Why? Schools are a local and State responsibility. I am tired of Federal encroachment upon local and State areas of responsibilities. In Obama’s speech he talks repeatedly of how he is helping the schools. He needs to leave our schools alone and close the Dept. of Mis-Education. The US Constitution does not allow for Federal involvement in schools. Period.
Mohler goes on to address the toughest part of the issue, that of the President as a pop icon and the cult of personality that has developed. Here again Mohler blames the administration and Hollywood; he even appropriately links this behavior to the Soviet Union and North Korean personality cults of their dear leaders. Mohler urges the White House to shut down the cult of personality.
So is it wise to be nice and go along to get along with the President making a speech to the nation’s schoolchildren? i don’t think so. 1) Socialism; 2) Federalism; 3) the President is likely not a US Citizen and, 4) Orwellian images of Big Brother. Unlike John Piper, I would not want my children watching the speech unsupervised. I do not trust our public schools, the President, or the news media .
The speech is nice, but I am tired of being nice. Socialism and Big Brother are here now, they are through the wire, inside the gates and it is time for hand to hand combat. That is nowhere close to nice.
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www.desiringgod.org/Blog/1986_i_hope_my_daughter_hears_the_presidents_speech/

http://www.albertmohler.com/blog_read.php?id=4404


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President Obama’s Speech to School Children, Tuesday, September 8th

Posted on September 7, 2009. Filed under: American History, Education Issues, News of the Day, Political Issues |

Here is the text for President Obama’s speech to the nation’s school children scheduled for Tuesday, September 8th, 2009:

Prepared Remarks of President Barack Obama
Back to School Event

Arlington, Virginia
September 8, 2009

The President: Hello everyone – how’s everybody doing today? I’m here with students at Wakefield High School in Arlington, Virginia. And we’ve got students tuning in from all across America, kindergarten through twelfth grade. I’m glad you all could join us today.
I know that for many of you, today is the first day of school. And for those of you in kindergarten, or starting middle or high school, it’s your first day in a new school, so it’s understandable if you’re a little nervous. I imagine there are some seniors out there who are feeling pretty good right now, with just one more year to go. And no matter what grade you’re in, some of you are probably wishing it were still summer, and you could’ve stayed in bed just a little longer this morning.
I know that feeling. When I was young, my family lived in Indonesia for a few years, and my mother didn’t have the money to send me where all the American kids went to school. So she decided to teach me extra lessons herself, Monday through Friday – at 4:30 in the morning.
Now I wasn’t too happy about getting up that early. A lot of times, I’d fall asleep right there at the kitchen table. But whenever I’d complain, my mother would just give me one of those looks and say, “This is no picnic for me either, buster.”
So I know some of you are still adjusting to being back at school. But I’m here today because I have something important to discuss with you. I’m here because I want to talk with you about your education and what’s expected of all of you in this new school year.
Now I’ve given a lot of speeches about education. And I’ve talked a lot about responsibility.
I’ve talked about your teachers’ responsibility for inspiring you, and pushing you to learn.
I’ve talked about your parents’ responsibility for making sure you stay on track, and get your homework done, and don’t spend every waking hour in front of the TV or with that Xbox.
I’ve talked a lot about your government’s responsibility for setting high standards, supporting teachers and principals, and turning around schools that aren’t working where students aren’t getting the opportunities they deserve.
But at the end of the day, we can have the most dedicated teachers, the most supportive parents, and the best schools in the world – and none of it will matter unless all of you fulfill your responsibilities. Unless you show up to those schools; pay attention to those teachers; listen to your parents, grandparents and other adults; and put in the hard work it takes to succeed.
And that’s what I want to focus on today: the responsibility each of you has for your education. I want to start with the responsibility you have to yourself.
Every single one of you has something you’re good at. Every single one of you has something to offer. And you have a responsibility to yourself to discover what that is. That’s the opportunity an education can provide.
Maybe you could be a good writer – maybe even good enough to write a book or articles in a newspaper – but you might not know it until you write a paper for your English class. Maybe you could be an innovator or an inventor – maybe even good enough to come up with the next iPhone or a new medicine or vaccine – but you might not know it until you do a project for your science class. Maybe you could be a mayor or a Senator or a Supreme Court Justice, but you might not know that until you join student government or the debate team.
And no matter what you want to do with your life – I guarantee that you’ll need an education to do it. You want to be a doctor, or a teacher, or a police officer? You want to be a nurse or an architect, a lawyer or a member of our military? You’re going to need a good education for every single one of those careers. You can’t drop out of school and just drop into a good job. You’ve got to work for it and train for it and learn for it.
And this isn’t just important for your own life and your own future. What you make of your education will decide nothing less than the future of this country. What you’re learning in school today will determine whether we as a nation can meet our greatest challenges in the future.
You’ll need the knowledge and problem-solving skills you learn in science and math to cure diseases like cancer and AIDS, and to develop new energy technologies and protect our environment. You’ll need the insights and critical thinking skills you gain in history and social studies to fight poverty and homelessness, crime and discrimination, and make our nation more fair and more free. You’ll need the creativity and ingenuity you develop in all your classes to build new companies that will create new jobs and boost our economy.
We need every single one of you to develop your talents, skills and intellect so you can help solve our most difficult problems. If you don’t do that – if you quit on school – you’re not just quitting on yourself, you’re quitting on your country.
Now I know it’s not always easy to do well in school. I know a lot of you have challenges in your lives right now that can make it hard to focus on your schoolwork.
I get it. I know what that’s like. My father left my family when I was two years old, and I was raised by a single mother who struggled at times to pay the bills and wasn’t always able to give us things the other kids had. There were times when I missed having a father in my life. There were times when I was lonely and felt like I didn’t fit in.
So I wasn’t always as focused as I should have been. I did some things I’m not proud of, and got in more trouble than I should have. And my life could have easily taken a turn for the worse.
But I was fortunate. I got a lot of second chances and had the opportunity to go to college, and law school, and follow my dreams. My wife, our First Lady Michelle Obama, has a similar story. Neither of her parents had gone to college, and they didn’t have much. But they worked hard, and she worked hard, so that she could go to the best schools in this country.
Some of you might not have those advantages. Maybe you don’t have adults in your life who give you the support that you need. Maybe someone in your family has lost their job, and there’s not enough money to go around. Maybe you live in a neighborhood where you don’t feel safe, or have friends who are pressuring you to do things you know aren’t right.
But at the end of the day, the circumstances of your life – what you look like, where you come from, how much money you have, what you’ve got going on at home – that’s no excuse for neglecting your homework or having a bad attitude. That’s no excuse for talking back to your teacher, or cutting class, or dropping out of school. That’s no excuse for not trying.
Where you are right now doesn’t have to determine where you’ll end up. No one’s written your destiny for you. Here in America, you write your own destiny. You make your own future.
That’s what young people like you are doing every day, all across America.
Young people like Jazmin Perez, from Roma, Texas. Jazmin didn’t speak English when she first started school. Hardly anyone in her hometown went to college, and neither of her parents had gone either. But she worked hard, earned good grades, got a scholarship to Brown University, and is now in graduate school, studying public health, on her way to being Dr. Jazmin Perez.
I’m thinking about Andoni Schultz, from Los Altos, California, who’s fought brain cancer since he was three. He’s endured all sorts of treatments and surgeries, one of which affected his memory, so it took him much longer – hundreds of extra hours – to do his schoolwork. But he never fell behind, and he’s headed to college this fall.
And then there’s Shantell Steve, from my hometown of Chicago, Illinois. Even when bouncing from foster home to foster home in the toughest neighborhoods, she managed to get a job at a local health center; start a program to keep young people out of gangs; and she’s on track to graduate high school with honors and go on to college.
Jazmin, Andoni and Shantell aren’t any different from any of you. They faced challenges in their lives just like you do. But they refused to give up. They chose to take responsibility for their education and set goals for themselves. And I expect all of you to do the same.
That’s why today, I’m calling on each of you to set your own goals for your education – and to do everything you can to meet them. Your goal can be something as simple as doing all your homework, paying attention in class, or spending time each day reading a book. Maybe you’ll decide to get involved in an extracurricular activity, or volunteer in your community. Maybe you’ll decide to stand up for kids who are being teased or bullied because of who they are or how they look, because you believe, like I do, that all kids deserve a safe environment to study and learn. Maybe you’ll decide to take better care of yourself so you can be more ready to learn. And along those lines, I hope you’ll all wash your hands a lot, and stay home from school when you don’t feel well, so we can keep people from getting the flu this fall and winter.
Whatever you resolve to do, I want you to commit to it. I want you to really work at it.
I know that sometimes, you get the sense from TV that you can be rich and successful without any hard work — that your ticket to success is through rapping or basketball or being a reality TV star, when chances are, you’re not going to be any of those things.
But the truth is, being successful is hard. You won’t love every subject you study. You won’t click with every teacher. Not every homework assignment will seem completely relevant to your life right this minute. And you won’t necessarily succeed at everything the first time you try.
That’s OK.  Some of the most successful people in the world are the ones who’ve had the most failures. JK Rowling’s first Harry Potter book was rejected twelve times before it was finally published. Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team, and he lost hundreds of games and missed thousands of shots during his career. But he once said, “I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
These people succeeded because they understand that you can’t let your failures define you – you have to let them teach you. You have to let them show you what to do differently next time. If you get in trouble, that doesn’t mean you’re a troublemaker, it means you need to try harder to behave. If you get a bad grade, that doesn’t mean you’re stupid, it just means you need to spend more time studying.
No one’s born being good at things, you become good at things through hard work. You’re not a varsity athlete the first time you play a new sport. You don’t hit every note the first time you sing a song. You’ve got to practice. It’s the same with your schoolwork. You might have to do a math problem a few times before you get it right, or read something a few times before you understand it, or do a few drafts of a paper before it’s good enough to hand in.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it. I do that every day. Asking for help isn’t a sign of weakness, it’s a sign of strength. It shows you have the courage to admit when you don’t know something, and to learn something new. So find an adult you trust – a parent, grandparent or teacher; a coach or counselor – and ask them to help you stay on track to meet your goals.
And even when you’re struggling, even when you’re discouraged, and you feel like other people have given up on you – don’t ever give up on yourself. Because when you give up on yourself, you give up on your country.
The story of America isn’t about people who quit when things got tough. It’s about people who kept going, who tried harder, who loved their country too much to do anything less than their best.
It’s the story of students who sat where you sit 250 years ago, and went on to wage a revolution and found this nation. Students who sat where you sit 75 years ago who overcame a Depression and won a world war; who fought for civil rights and put a man on the moon. Students who sat where you sit 20 years ago who founded Google, Twitter and Facebook and changed the way we communicate with each other.
So today, I want to ask you, what’s your contribution going to be? What problems are you going to solve? What discoveries will you make? What will a president who comes here in twenty or fifty or one hundred years say about what all of you did for this country?
Your families, your teachers, and I are doing everything we can to make sure you have the education you need to answer these questions. I’m working hard to fix up your classrooms and get you the books, equipment and computers you need to learn. But you’ve got to do your part too. So I expect you to get serious this year. I expect you to put your best effort into everything you do. I expect great things from each of you. So don’t let us down – don’t let your family or your country or yourself down. Make us all proud. I know you can do it.

Thank you, God bless you, and God bless America.

www.whitehouse.gov/MediaResources/PreparedSchoolRemarks/

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U.S. News & World Report’s Top College Rankings

Posted on August 20, 2009. Filed under: Education Issues |

U.S. News and World Report came out with its top college rankings again. No surprises: Harvard and Princeton are tied for the top spot, Yale comes in third followed by a cluster at #4- Cal Tech, MIT, Stanford and Univ. of Penn.

The US News & World Report methodology is based upon the SAT scores of the students, the selectivity of the schools, their reputation with their Peers and the amount of money donated by alumni. This sounds like a recipe for inbreeding to me, but I am inherently prejudiced against most Ivy League schools.

www.msnbc.msn.com/id/32483002/ns/us_news-education

A Clemson University (#61)  administrator admitted to trying to game the system by rating Clemson #1. This sounds like the same thing that goes on in college athletics as they rank football teams.

Forbes uses a different system of rating schools which resulted in the United States Military Academy at West Point as the top school. Imagine that in the liberal world of academia- a military school highly rated. The Forbes system of rating uses the debt load of the graduates, their employability, and the controversial ratemyprofessors.com.

www.forbes.com/forbes/2009/0824/colleges-09-education-west-point-america-best-college.html

The American Council of Trustees and Alumni, which advocates schools teaching a strong core curriculum, does not rate the Ivy League schools very highly. This group gave an “F” to 9 of the top 20 US News listed schools based on their curriculum, while giving an “A” to West Point, Texas A&M, University of Texas, Arkansas, The City University of New York-Brooklyn College.

www.goacta.org/

The ACTA discovered that about 90% of the country’s leading universities do not require a survey course in American Government or American History. (Maybe this explains why Obama is a Marxist). Just two of the schools listed required an Economics course as part of the core curriculum- Univ. of Alaska at Fairbanks and West Point. Again, you wonder why we have marxists in congress and the White House…there you go. And some of the top schools core curriculum included some pretty mindless stuff like Stanford’s class on “The New Renaissance of a Hawaiian Musical Tradition” Voof.

colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges

Baptists will be happy that Baylor Univ. in Waco made the list at #80. (When my mother was looking at going to college in the 1940’s my Grandfather would not let her go to Baylor because it was TOO LIBERAL! She went to Wheaton instead.) The Univ. of Tulsa is the first Oklahoma school on the list at #88 while OU, my alma mater, doesn’t show up until #102.

If an Ivy League school has the kind of reputation that impresses people, but whose famous professors do not actually teach the undergraduates, but rather focus on Ph.D. seminars, writing their books and doing “research”, why bother? The real questions for higher education are these:

1) Are you teaching truth? Most of academia has gone over to the liberal agenda.

2) Are you teaching undergrads with excellence and high standards so that they not only learn truth but acquire a hunger for truth because truth is also beautiful?

3) Do you have a core curriculum required of all students that is centered on the Great Ideas of Western Civilization?

My idea of a core curriculum would include 6 hrs of the history of Western Civ, 6 hours of Western Lit, 6 hrs of US History, 3 hrs of Grammar and Composition, 3 hours of American Lit, 3 hours of Government, 3 hours on the founding documents of America (including the Mayflower Compact, Declaration of Independence, the Northwest Ordinance, Jefferson’s 1777 Bill for Establishing Religious Freedom, The Articles of Confederation, The Federalist Papers, the US Constitution, Bill of Rights and all subsequent amendments, and Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech.) The core should include 3 hours of the music appreciation, 6 hours of math, 6 hours of economics and 8 hours of science. Additionally, each school should require 2 years of a foreign language. Finally, 3 hours of Logic and 3 hours of Western Philosophy.

But none of these course would be good if taught by closed minded, liberal professors who want to brainwash students.

Dream on.

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PS, and maybe a course on the writings of Ayn Rand.

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Stupidity, Schooling, and the Takeover of America’s Culture- an Interaction with Evan Sayet of Big Hollywood

Posted on August 4, 2009. Filed under: Culture Matters, Education Issues |

In recent weeks I have been spending some time reading the blogs at Big Hollywood by Breitbart. They have some thought provoking columns about cultural things from a conservative, mostly secular, perspective. This morning I read Evan Sayet’s piece, “Stupidity, Schooling, and the Take-Over of America’s Culture”. I want to spend some time interacting with this seriously good column.

Let me get the obvious blunder over with first, I call it a blunder, perhaps he was just rounding up by about 9 years. Sayet is talking about the 1968 takeover of Columbia University in NY yet he says,

Half-a-century ago, a band of Leftist thugs violently took over the administration building at Columbia University and hijacked the American education system.

That was 41 years ago in 1968, not half a century ago. Minor point, I make more mistakes than that in most of my blogs.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Columbia_University_protests_of_1968

www.columbia.edu/acis/history/1968/

On to the good stuff, Sayet’s thesis:

From that moment on, they used this system to indoctrinate – in fact brainwash – generation after generation into their cult of Leftism.

For the next five decades (pseudo)-intellectuals, hiding behind tenure and “Academic Freedom,” have been spewing greater and greater nonsense designed for one purpose and one purpose only: sabotaging and eventually destroying all of Western Civilization.

I substantially agree with his thesis and have stated things like this in some of my own blog rants. While I would agree that 1968 was a key date, that you can pin the radical takeover of the universities, the press, and even the political system to that year, the American Academy was long before controlled by the Left. If you have never read God and Man at Yale by Buckley you ought to; he shows how the godless left controlled Yale   in the late 40’s-50’s. And the socialist/communist roots go back even further to the 1920’s-30’s- the Press, the American Media Elites, failed to truthfully cover the Stalinist purges, the disastrous 5 yr plans, and the intentional starvation of millions of unwanteds in the Soviet Union. Why? They were communist sympathizers who wanted “Uncle Joe” to succeed.

While Sen. Joe McCarthy did somewhat exaggerate his claims, and he ended up being somewhat of a loose cannon with his own problems, the basis of his charges that there were communists in Academia, Hollywood, the State Department, etc. has been proved true.

So, while 1968 is the “key year”, for the destruction of the American Univeristies, and American culture in general, it had been preceded by about 40 years of gradual creep. And this doesn’t even address the damage done by Darwinism that started in the middle of the 19th century, Freudianism from the latter years of the 19th century, or the decline of Religion in America- thank you Charles Finney, Transcendentalists, Unitarians, etc., etc.

Sayet gets it right when he points out that, for the Left, Western Civilization is the great Evil that must be destroyed. He does, however, get the chant wrong, “Hey, hey, ho, ho. Western Civilization has got to go.” In reality it was, “…Western Civ has got to go.” Another minor point, but the only reason I bring up these minor points is because I am sympathetic to Sayet’s piece here and I know that libtards who read this will jump all over these minor points and not deal with his big idea.

Sayet continues,

With control of the “education” system, the Leftists turned what had been a place of scholarship into a Leftism factory with a curriculum and modus operandi designed to facilitate their Utopian dreams which first required the demolition of the great (but imperfect) Western World.

The import of the 1968 revolution is exactly that the Let gained control of the education system on both coasts and some other inland universities. The Leftists had been in the system, but now they made great strides at taking over and changing the system. Today, they own it, THEY are the establishment. Sayet is absolutely correct when he says that “what had been a place of scholarship” was turned into “a Leftism factory…designed to facilitate their Utopian dreams.”

What are the Utopian dreams of the Leftists?  The lyrics to John Lennon’s song, “Imagine” come to mind:

Imagine there’s no heaven,
It’s easy if you try,
No hell below us,
Above us only sky,
Imagine all the people
living for today…

Imagine there’s no countries,
It isnt hard to do,
Nothing to kill or die for,
No religion too,
Imagine all the people
living life in peace…

You may say Im a dreamer,
but Im not the only one,
I hope some day you’ll join us,
And the world will live as one.

(Imagine all the people sharing all the world)

Imagine no possesions,
I wonder if you can,
No need for greed or hunger,
A brotherhood of man,
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world…

You may say Im a dreamer,
but Im not the only one,
I hope some day you’ll join us,
And the world will live as one.

This adolescent dream of having no God above, no hell below (hence no Judgment or accountability), no nations, no laws, no greed, just a nice brotherhood of man…absolutely fails to understand human history, the present, and MOST IMPORTANTLYthe SINFUL, FALLEN HEART OF MAN.

The problem with the universities today is not merely that they have almost completely purged the curriculum of Western Civ and the great books, though that is a huge problem. The real problem is spiritual. The reason Communism/Statism/Socialism gained ground in American Academia, the Press, Hollywood, Government, is that the Church became liberal, gave up key theological ground and then became irrelevant. The Church failed to answer Darwinism, Pragmatism and Liberalism. The Church left a void in the Universities and the Universe hates a vacuum. What the Church vacated, the devil of communism filled.

The universities have now become Leftist Factories as Sayet said. That means, they make more Leftists. While Leftists frequently do not reproduce biologically, due to their religious rite of abortion and high incidence of homsexuality and their beliefs that humans are a curse upon the planet, they do reproduce ideologically in the Amerikan edukation system. Sayet speaks primarily of the Universities, but the American Publik School System is also owned and operated by the establishment, effeminate, liberal elites. He writes:

With America’s children in their hands, from the moment they enter kindergarten barely able to read or write, until the moment they graduate from Ward Churchill’s “Ethnic Studies” class (still barely able to read or write), the Leftists were able to instill their agenda into the minds of those too young to be able to stand up to these moral and intellectual bullies and fight back with the facts.

How can we conservatives fight this beast? We must recognize that the problem in the universities trickles down to kindergarten through the Teacher Colleges. Liberal Professors in Teacher Colleges produce liberal education theories, textbooks, teaching methods and teachers/administrators.

Further, in the era of unprecedented prosperity (thanks to the efforts and the values of those who came before them), when suddenly virtually everyone went to college, the indoctrination process stretched on (and therefore, so too did childhood) often well into one’s mid-twenties and even into their thirties. Think about that!  If a person retires at the age of sixty, having first left the unreal and perverted world of post-coup schooling at thirty, that means they will have spent half their lives – their most formative years – in an indoctrination process of misinformation and lies.  Many Right-Thinkers are stunned at how immune Leftists are to facts and reason but, in reality, they are no more so than members of any other cult and, in fact, their response to factual and moral challenges are exactly those of the cultists, seeing the other as the enemy and attacking with vitriol and violence.

There are two solutions to this problem. 1) Pull our children and grandchildren out of public education and homeschool them using Christian curriculum or place our children in private schools that have a conservative and or Christian curriculum. Even this option necessitates a political struggle for parental rights for the homeschoolers and private schoolers to avoid being co-opted by the States which might require liberal, ungodly curriculum.

2) The Conservative movement must recognize that what we have been doing for the past 45 years is not working. We have slowly been losing the cultural war politically and culturally. We must focus our resources and energy on some precision strikes, while fighting a rearguard action to conserve the whole battlefield. Specifially, Conservatives need to identify a handful of universities that can be salvaged and do a hostile takeover. Look at some of the Red State universities, identify which ones are close enough to the conservative ideal and then send in reinforcements. Specifically target the schools of Education, Journalism and Arts&Sciences and establish them as conservative bastions through changing the board of regents, endowments, faculty, curriculum, etc. Work with the State legislatures and State School Boards to ensure a conservative resurgence in the university targeted and in the secondary schools of the state.

This is a long term effort. You cannot get quick results here. You cede the territory where the enemy is strong and you attack your enemy where he is weak. The East and West Coast Universities are hopeless. But universities in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, Wyoming, etc. may not be out of reach. This effort will take leadership and money. This campaign must be waged in elections, in hirings and firings, and in advertising.

If we do not change the American Church back into a God-centered place of sound doctrine, worship and practice and change the American education system back into a place of truth, justice, beauty, competition and excellence then the battle will be lost and America will fall onto the ash heap of history.

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Decline of Education and the Future of America

Posted on July 29, 2008. Filed under: Education Issues, Political Issues |

Tuesday, August 4, 2009- Here is an update on the decline of Education in America from Big Hollywood:

bighollywood.breitbart.com/esayet/2009/08/03/stupidity-schooling-and-the-take-over-of-americas-culture

Tuesday, November 25, 2008 update–Here is a link to an article by one of my favorite authors, Victor Davis Hanson, a classicist. In this article he touches on many topics, but the common theme is that Western Civilization is falling apart in Amerika because we have failed to educate ourselves in Western Civ. From the arts to business to our way of talking to our work ethic to education itself we are failing.

www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2008/11/ten_random_politically_incorre.html

Friday, October 17, 2008–Update- here is a link to a story I got off the Drudge Report this morning. The story is about a school district in Wisconsin that uses an 8th grade  text that they started using a year ago and already had a chapter on Barack Hussein Obama. Since when do they put entire chapters in 8th grade texbooks about junior senators who are running for President? Where was the chapter on a certified American hero like John McCain? The whole textbook industry is a mess, a liberal morass to be exact. We need a conservative textbook publisher to sell books to school districts that are more conservative. Of course every state board of mis-education has to approve all textbooks used in the state and the Texas, New York and Mexifornia being the largest states are the ones the textbook publishers go to first.

The bottom line is that the ENTIRE school bureaucracy, from Teacher’s Colleges, to textbook publishers, to the NEA to local school boards are all in the tank with a liberal agenda. Conservatives and Christians, we must be co-belligerants here and fight to regain the schools while aggressively pursuing the voucher system, home schools, charter schools and private schools. This must be a multifront war. America is being turned into Amerika by the libtards who run the schools!

www.suntimes.com/news/metro/1225887,racine-obama-textbook101608.article

To add insult to injury in this case, the textbook used excerpts from Obama’s book “Dreams From My Father”. There is now a controversy brewing about Obama’s book because it is suspected that a ghostwriter was used, but not credited. Furthermore, the ghostwriter is thought to be none other than the Terrorist, Dr. William Ayers! See this link:

www.americanthinker.com/2008/10/who_wrote_dreams_from_my_fathe_1.html

What this means, if true, is that the textbook is using the writings of an anti-american terrorist to teach the kids in Wisconsin. See how messed up this is? Voof!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008–Update on education. Here is a link to Sen. McCain’s education policy. The last politician I trusted with an education policy was Ronald Reagan who promised to get rid of the Department of Re-Education…and failed. The establishment was too firmly…established.

www.nydailynews.com/opinions/2008/08/03/2008-08-03_its_time_for_education_reform.html

The Pols just don’t get it. If you have a majority of families that are wrecked by divorce and a majority of the kids being raised in single parent homes, or homes that have “2 mommies” or “2 daddies”or in homes where mom and dad both work and the computer or Nitendo is the baby sitter along with the TV, then you will have lazy, undisciplined, rebellious  kids who think the world revolves around them and you will have problems in schools. So half the problem with our school system is bad homes that cannot be fixed by any Government regulation although ending the marriage penalty for taxes and making tougher divorce laws could help. The main problem in America’s homes is spiritual. But the other half of the problem, and again Government cannot or will not help, is the philosophy of education that currently reigns in America that is rooted in Darwinism, Statism and multi-culturalism. Government cannot even fix the bureaucracy of the schools.

So I guess maybe I am a little bit cynical about either McCain or Obambi promising anything about schools.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008–While reading in Realclearpolitics.com this morning, I came across a good piece from the NYTimes Op-Ed Columnist David Brooks. In this opinion piece he refers to some education research by Claudia Golden and Lawrence Katz to show that education in America basically peaked in the 1960’s and that there is a gap between technology and education now that is increasingly going to hurt our nation’s growth.

www.nytimes.com/2008/07/29/opinion/29brooks.html?ref=opinion

And here is another good article that goes along with it:

www.nytimes.com/2008/07/27/books/27reading.html?pagewanted=1&ei=5087&em&en=3af553d356386347&ex=1217476800

First of all, the Times’ OpEd title for the article is “The Biggest Issue”, and I disagree with that title hugely. There is a reason behind the decline of Education in America and this the abandonment of Christianity, the Christian Worldview and Christ Himself. Philosophy/worldview precedes education. If you have a bad philosophy of man, epistemology, and ultimate concerns, then your educational values and methods will decline. The Biggest Issue is that America needs a revival/reformation that saves souls, radically changes the Church, and then affects the leading thinkers, philosophers, artists and educational system. Our society has knocked out the spiritual foundations of the American education system, and yet they wonder why test scores are declining since the 1960’s (when prayer was outlawed in schools).

Secondly, the article did not address the liberal, relativistic education system that has dumbed down the curriculum. Gone are the great works of the Western Literary Tradition and in are the multiculturalists. History is abbreviated and given a liberal slant and there is pathetic little in the way of economics or government. Gone are the days when Latin was studied in High School.

Third, the article did address the decline of the family and its role in education. And why has the family declined? 1) Lost, unchurched families do not have the same values or discipline that were present back in the 50’s and 60’s when most families went to church. 2)Let’s face it, the Baby Boom generation made pretty lousy parents because we were so self centered and lax with our kids. 3)The technological materialistic culture of “play first” work later has kept kids on the couch playing Nintendo instead of reading or, God forbid, playing cowboys and Indians outside with toy guns. Too much TV and game boy affects how people learn in a negative way. Research on the internet is not equal with research in books in many ways. (ok, the internet can also improve research, but, as a former teacher who saw much plagiarism from wikipedia I think there is a need to focus on using books first).

Fourth, there is the issue of school discipline. I believe we ought to bring home some of the Marines from the war and station them in the schools to instill some form of discipline in the kids. Any teacher will tell you that discipline is the #1 concern in most public schools. I have seen it first hand. Parents have raised their children to be little hellions instead of polite, respectable young men and women. The kids know they cannot be touched anymore and the parents have most administrators running scared. Where there is no discipline there can be no serious learning. Thank you Dr. Spock and the ACLU.

I personally have given up on the public school system. It is a waste product that cannot be fixed. Though my two sons, my wife and I, my brother and parents are all products of the public schools, I really think my kids got the short end of the stick. I strongly urge parents to consider home schooling. I also urge the Southern Baptist Convention to get off its backside and begin a network of Baptist schools across the country for our kids. Of course the Baptist colleges do not give me any confidence in Baptists getting primary schools right (Baylor is such a dismal mess!) But there does need to be an emphasis from the SBC for the churches and Associations to start schools.

Using a classical curriculum with some modern technology/trade classes with a strong dose of the Bible and theology, and some good ROTC programs with firm discipline is my recipe for private, Christian schools. America’s public education system will continue to decline until the next Great Awakening hits.

Update: Tuesday, September 23, 2008–Here is a link to a Newsweek article that explains a bit about the difficulties of educating young boys today.

www.newsweek.com/id/157898/output/print

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