In a column warning Christian parents about the status of the government school system, Dr. Karen Gushta addresses one of the greatest myths about education: that it is "neutral."
It's a totally irrational myth that is perpetuated in our culture and believed by otherwise very rational people. Gushta writes,
I can only conclude that most parents don't know what's really going on inside their own schools. I also believe there is a prevailing mindset that even many Christian parents accept. This mindset is based on two lies: first, that all education should be neutral, and second, that the curricula of government-controlled schools are, in fact, "neutral."
Government schools are anything but neutral, especially when it comes to Christianity. They deny students knowledge of the most fundamental fact in the entire universe: that God created everything that exists - including man.
"Neutrality" of viewpoint in education is an utter myth. My great-uncle, the late Christian philosopher Cornelius Van Til, pointed out that ". every philosophy of education . is theistic or anti-theistic." Nevertheless, most parents don't think of today's government-controlled schooling as "anti-theistic." Even most Christian parents fail to acknowledge the indoctrination that is taking place.
Gushta is right. Government schools, even those staffed with wonderful Christian teachers, have been co-opted and have become engines for the propagation of a humanistic worldview from Kindergarten to graduation.
From curriculum expectations to textbook content, humanists are firmly in control of the government system. It's been their strategy from the start.
Yet, as Dr. Gushta discusses, many parents fall into the trap of the "my kid's school is fine" syndrome. This syndrome stems from the inability to distinguish between good people working in the system and bad ideas that have become the nature of the system.
Homeschooling and private schools remain excellent options, but they aren't always possible. For that reason, this column illustrates the necessity of parents staying vigilant and involved in their corporations. Run for school board, sit on textbook adoption committees, discuss the assignments and work your children bring home, be visible in the schools and involved in its operation.
The humanists infiltrated the system and overtook it. Getting it back won't be easy or quick, but it must be accomplished. The future of our civilization depends on it.