Archive for October, 2012

We’ve heard this siren song for decades.  The snake oil of public education has a track record for lining the pockets of union bosses and school administrators who are willing to play ball with them.  The financial backing comes from the estates of middle class families, many barely making it, to support these ne’er-do-well leaches.  See the full story of how public education got started in America  by clicking here They’re not only stealing their money, they’re stealing their children.  And here is where it gets even worse.

The vicious accelerating undertow of academia is bad enough.  Add to that the progressive mindset agenda, which sets the stage of their psyches to receive the notions of both organic and social evolution.  But even this is not rock bottom.  Read on.

Myth: Our public education system needs that extra boost from the federal level.

 

Let’s take a closer look at this monster and decide whether it should be boosted from any level.

Teachers Unions Go to Bat for Sexual Predators

This shocking headline appeared above an article posted by Twana Blevins on July 30, 2012 from the Wall Street Journal by Campbell Brown.  Miss. Brown begins:

By resisting almost any change aimed at improving our public schools, teachers unions have become a ripe target for reformers across the ideological spectrum. Even Hollywood, famously sympathetic to organized labor, has turned on unions with the documentary “Waiting for ‘Superman'” (2010) and a feature film, “Won’t Back Down,” to be released later this year. But perhaps most damaging to the unions’ credibility is their position on sexual misconduct involving teachers and students in New York schools, which is even causing union members to begin to lose faith.

The article continues by citing several cases in point of outrageous requests from teachers to students (and sometimes getting what they want).  We’re talking about everything from a striptease to ultimate performance!  It’s only fair to ask how widespread these cases are.  Miss Brown tells us:

In the last five years in New York City, 97 tenured teachers or school employees have been charged by the Department of Education with sexual misconduct. Among the charges substantiated by the city’s special commissioner of investigation—that is, found to have sufficient merit that an arbitrator’s full examination was justified—in the 2011-12 school year.

Now let’s look a little closer at the “corrective action” taken by the powers that be.  According to the article, the accused is turned over to an independent investigator (under New York law).  The union and the school district must agree on an arbitrator who is then paid $1400 per day.  For that kind of money we can easily see why the arbitrator would wish to please the union.  “And the unions—believing that they are helping the cause of teachers by being weak on sexual predators—prefer suspensions and fines, and not dismissal, for teachers charged with inappropriate sexual conduct. The effects of this policy are mounting.”

Michael Loeb, a middle school teacher in the Bronx and United Federation of Teachers member, calls this a “horrible situation” and adds, “if you keep these people in the classroom, you are demeaning our profession.”

Maria Elena Rivera says her 14-year-old daughter was stalked by one of her Brooklyn high school teachers (who resigned from his position before the Department of Education decided whether to send the case to arbitration). Today her daughter is in counseling, says Ms. Rivera, and doesn’t trust anyone: “It so messed her up. I can’t protect her.”

“I Can’t protect her”?  Yes you can, devoted mother.  Even if you can’t afford to send your daughter to a fine private school, there is the alternative of home schooling where you have direct charge over your child’s educational environment and content.  “I don’t have the credentials or the ability.”  You have the highest credentials.  You’re the mother!  You have the highest interest. You’re the mother!  Even if you have to work outside the home, there is help available on line.

King’s Way Classical Academy offers live sessions with real time teachers in a full orb Christian curriculum for only $500 per year.

When you hear all the spouting about “an education president,” pray for and encourage the rise of civil leaders at every level who will disengage government at every level from the field of education.  This would be the position of a civil leader in a biblical society.

This is King’s Way’s Mission Statement

By means of its unique online curriculum and delivery system, KWCA exists to 1) help the homeschool family overcome educational hurdles, 2) help K-8 Christian schools transition to high school, and 3) provide a low-cost alternative for Christian children in public schools.

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Our goal is to produce young people armed with a Biblical worldview and trained in the classical curriculum. This is accomplished by the 3-step process of grammar, dialectic (or logic), and rhetoric, known as the Trivium. The goal is a wisdom akin to Solomon, who excelled at applying the Bible to the practical issues of life. No matter their vocation, our students learn to think critically and speak with authority. This is portrayed 1) visually in the King’s Way coat of arms and 2) verbally in the ACCS statement of faith.

We strive to impart not only information but a method of learning to last a lifetime. Graduates are uniquely equipped to assume positions of leadership in their chosen profession. Because instruction is saturated in the practical application of the Word, young people emerge as true “ambassadors for Christ.” They enter the ranks of those who establish the tone and direction of our culture — the Christian nobility. In this way we contribute to Christ’s Great Commission to “disciple the nations one student at a time” (Mt. 28:19,20).

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This is not optional.  We have added instructor blog links to the requirement for receiving that final small portion of instructor salary that is withheld until grades are recorded at the end of each term. 

Set up occassional links from your course content in Moodle to a blog article.  Ask the students to read the article and respond with a comment or interact with other student comments. Make blog participation part of the “class participation” portion of their grade. The blog network includes:

HistoryMythBusters.WordPress.com
EconomicsMythBusters.WordPress.com
EducationMythBusters.WordPress.com
Family MythBusters.WordPress.com (This may still be named “GodsLambs.com”)
ConstitutionMythBusters.WordPress.com 
ScienceMythBusters.WordPress.com
There are several purposes for this:
1) Use the blogs as a kind of ever-expanding “school library” to enhance student learning experience
2) increase student interaction as part of the dialectic process of the classical method
3) Contribute to blog traffic that will improve organic search engine rankings and:
a) recruit more students.
b) build up advertising revenue. This will enable us to increase revenue to teachers among other things
4) Create a Biblical worldview mindset among students that relates their studies to real life current events
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FBI founder and director J. Edgar Hoover once stated, “Children brought up in Sunday school are seldom brought up in court.”  But does this hold true, today?  We currently live in a different world.  45 minutes of Sunday school cannot compare with 30 hours of curriculum designed to mould children to fit a brand new agenda.

This agenda promotes the autonomous thinking of the education establishment.  It leaves no room for absolute truth, biblical morality, or any thinking beyond institutionalized program.

Myth: My child is being reared in a Christian home.  He will be fine no matter where he goes to school.

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Written By: Daniel J. Smithwick. President of the Worldview Alliance

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For the past eighteen years our ministry has been conducting a Christian worldview testing service used by Christian schools, churches, home schoolers and various other Christian ministries. The primary use of the test has been with high school students but is also used at Elementary grades, junior high and college level.

The test, known as the PEERS Test, measures worldview understanding in Politics, Economics, Education, Religion, and Social Issues (PEERS). Results from each category are classified into one of four major worldview philosophies: Christian Theism, Moderate Christian, Secular Humanism, or Socialism.

In the mid nineteen eighties it was common to find Christian youth both in Christian schools and public schools scoring in the Moderate Christian worldview classification. Home school students generally scored 15-20% higher than average from day schools.

However, with nearly each subsequent year of testing, we found the understanding of the Christian worldview by tudents to be lower than the year before. This trend has continued through year 2003, as illustrated here:

The only exceptions to the decline were Christian schools that had adopted specific worldview materials in their curriculum. These are primarily schools known as Principle Approach or Classical Christian, and in some cases, homeschool groups. I believe students from these schools represent the true remnant and hope for the future, but they represent less than 2% of total students tested.

From 1988 to 2003, average scores of Christian school students dropped by 54.3%. Results of evangelical family students in public schools dropped 80.3% in the same period. Christian students attending public schools now regularly score in the lower half of Secular Humanism with approximately 20% scoring in the Socialism category.  Over 50% of youth from non-Christian homes score in the Socialism worldview category. This is not a pretty picture and raises grave concerns for the future of the Christian church in America.  Pastors should be highly concerned about this matter in that it specifically addresses the posterity of the church.  How will this generation stand against New Age and Islamic forces in our culture?

Many Christians are acutely aware that something is amiss with this generation of youth. Principled values of morality seem non-existent. Cohabitation prior to marriage is now the norm, even in many churches.  Tolerance for the gay lifestyle is also widespread among Christian youth.  PEERS Testing simply quantifies this loss of morality and lack of belief in biblical truth. Few are surprised that this is happening in government schools, but it is shocking to most Christians that the trend is nearly the same in Christian schools. It appears that Christian education is little more than baptized public secular education in the majority of typical Christian schools.  The foundations ARE being destroyed; what will the Christians do?

We have established -20.0 as a “Danger Zone” benchmark for PEERS Testing. This is based on test results of individuals responding to ads in the Humanist Magazine and the New Age Magazine for our worldview test. As a group, they scored in the range of -20.0 to -80.0 in all PEERS categories, expressing strong anti-biblical views of life. It is my opinion that a generation of youth from “Christian homes,” scoring this low, will surely lead America into a dark age in the subsequent generation.

“All government originates in families, and if neglected there, it will hardly exist in society…The foundation of all free government and of all social order must be laid in families and in the discipline of youth….The education of youth, [is] an employment of more consequence than making laws and preaching the gospel, because it lays the foundation on which both the law and gospel rest for success.” Noah Webster

Based on projections using the decline rate for Christian students, the church will have lost her posterity to hard-core Humanism between 2014 and 2018. This is approximately one school generation of youth, 12-16 years. If these projections hold true, it won’t be the end of the world, but it will be the end of America as we have known it for over 200 years. One could argue with projections of worldview scores, but the historical data is indisputable. The real question is, What will the church do to reverse this downward trend in Biblical worldview understanding?  Unless we are dealing with the problem of losing our youth to Humanism and Socialism, does it really matter what else we are fighting?

Parents and pastors need to realize that their children in public schools are being trained up into another world- a world hostile to the Christian faith.  Not only will this produce a culture that will not be blessed by God, but also one that His own faithfulness may require Him to destroy. “Because you did not serve the LORD your God with joy and a glad heart, for the abundance of all things; therefore you shall serve your enemies whom the LORD shall send against you, in hunger, in thirst, in nakedness, and in the lack of all things; and He will put an iron yoke on your neck until He has destroyed you.” (Deuteronomy 28:47,48)  Such was the plight of Israel over and over.

In church after church one finds horror stories of how children from good Christian families have gone astray.  We are personally aware of several situations where parents had faithfully served their church, kept their children in Sunday school and made sure they were active in youth groups.  And yet, upon graduating from public schools, the children would leave home and turn against church/family values.   Often times the children were living in a manner bringing

much shame and hurt to their parents.  We have prayed and cried with close friends finding themselves in this situation.  The question asked is, Where did we go wrong?  It sounds cruel, but the real answer is that we have allowed pagans to be substantially involved with the training up of our children.  With 2-3 hours per week of Christian training at home and church, it is simply no match against 35 hours per week of humanism found in most courses in public school.

Yet we are not without hope.  God has always been in the business of making something out of nothing.  The Lord is a master at redemption and restoration.  If we will cooperate and pick up our responsibility as parents, and as the Church of Jesus Christ, education will be redeemed.  But we are going to have to make some hard decisions and walk away from some bad situations.

If your family is actively involved in a Christian church and your children are in public schools, I encourage you to utilize PEERS Testing to begin the process of evaluating where your children rank in worldview understanding (get free Info Packet by calling 1-800-948-3101).  When you register please enter the code # CF503 as your referring source.

Martin Luther once said, “If we are correct and right in our Christian life at every point, but refuse to stand for the truth at a particular point where the battle rages–then we are traitors to Christ.”   I believe PEERS testing is uncovering a ‘particular point’ for our age.  Our youth are being taken captive, especially at the junior high and senior high grade levels in government schools, and the church is being robbed of her future.  Dear Reader, this is a battle in which you must enter!

I am well aware that speaking against public schools from the pulpit is difficult, if not ‘political suicide.’  But it can and must be done.  One of our dearest pastor friends is senior pastor of a large Southern Baptist Church in Kentucky.  There are many public school teachers in his church and his wife taught in a public school.  Yet I’ve heard him speak often about the battle that is raging in schools.  A few years ago this church opened their doors to a large Christian school and now the transition from public to private education is under way.  Pastors need to educate their flock about humanism and socialism, and about the church’s responsibility to confront error wherever it is found.

Parents and grandparents must be told that ‘their school’ (the public school that didn’t hurt them?) doesn’t exist any longer.  They must be told that it was ‘their school’ which produced the seed that now has blossomed into a humanist fruit-bearing tree.  The history of what happened to education in America must be taught and now the war must be fought.

Government-run education is bankrupt.  It has exhausted whatever spiritual/moral capital it once had.  Government-run education is living (and dying!) proof of Jesus’ claim- “It is written, ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God’.” Matthew 4:4  No Word, no life.

Teachers, curriculum and control of education make all the difference in the world- they make a worldview.  Every student is going to come out of school with some worldview.  It appears that a primary goal of the government school (perhaps even from the beginning) has been to make sure that it wasn’t a Biblical worldview.  Each new kindergarten class that enters into the government, humanist system of education is being trained to go against the Christian faith.  If they stay through high school, most of them will live their lives as trained.  They will side with relativism and shun absolutes.  The Bible will be gone from their lives.

If at all possible, Christian families and Christian pastors must make thedecision to walk away from government-run schools and place their children in an environment of instruction in the Word of God by the people of God.  Only this will “train them up in the way they should go.”

WHO IS DAN SMITHWICK?

Dan Smithwick received a B.S. degree in mathematics/education

in 1972 from North Dakota State University. He subsequently entered into business management with AT&T for 20 years and then with several small business firms in upper management positions. In addition to his business career, Dan has been active in Christian education work for over 20 years. He served as board member of several Christian schools and taught in a private school one year. Dan also worked for Dr. Pat Robertson’s Freedom Council doing grassroots training on Christian worldview principles. In 1986 Dan founded the Nehemiah Institute and authored the first version of the PEERS Test.

To take the PEERS test go to http://www.nehemiahinstitute.com

King’s Way Classical Academy PO Box 497 Clackamas, OR 97015 US

The question of college is a pressing concern for most high school students:  to go, or not to go, that is the question.  Inevitably they come face to face with one of the most persistent myths in American education today.  Don’t miss “The College Conspiracy”  documentary at the Biblical Concourse of Home Universities.  It will save you tens of thousands of dollars.

Myth:  A four-year college education is the ticket to success in life.

To address this myth, we prevailed on the talents of free-lance writer, Robert Wimer.  Mr. Wimer is the President of “Desire A Difference,” a business consultant from Trenton, Missouri.  His passion is to help individuals, groups / organizations and small businesses leverage technology that will get their voice heard in the online and offline world, as well as helping people create proper mindsets that allow them to not only acquire more wealth, but keep it.

 

The Myth About Education, Success & Wealth

By Robert Wimer

On a wonderful spring day long ago, I had a toothache, and it was terrible. Like most people, I disliked going to the dentist for obvious reasons, but when you have to go, you have to bite the bullet. When I got to the waiting room, Dr. Doe (name omitted) got me in right away. I sat in the chair with the paper napkin on my chest and a bright light in my mouth awaiting the king of pain.

Dentists invariably talk to their patients when they have a whole mess of machinery and metal in your mouth, but amazingly they can understand every word that comes out, even when you speak only in vowels. He asked me what kind of work I was doing.

“Well, I’m going to get my certification, so I can work on computers.”

He knew that I dropped out of college, so the questions were invariably set up to guide me in a verbal corner so he could dispense his brand of logic & wisdom.

“Now Bob…(I was at the age where I was being called “Bob”)…you’ve got to go to college, get your degree so you can get a real job. This cer-ti-fi-ca-tion business is just plain silly.”

You got to understand that when you are depending on a person to alleviate your pain, and when he’s holding a drill with shaky hands near your mouth, you have to bite your tongue and listen.

For thirty minutes, I listened to his pretentious wisdom and to this day I don’t know which was more painful, the root canal, or his ignorance. In the end, I was grateful for his skills…skills that could have only been acquired by going to a university. He cured my ills, but another set in soon after, the ill of ignorance, not on my part, but his. The idea that education and attending school are synonymous.

Depending on the path you choose in life, you will have to avail yourself of the resources of a higher education. Universities have resources, contacts, labs, and educators that can’t be found anywhere else, but if you want to make money work for you…to acquire true wealth, education is paramount, but not a college degree.

Within my lifetime, I’ve seen the requirements of students elevate just to get an average paying job. A high school diploma was all that was needed 50 years ago, then it was a college degree, then your masters, then a doctorate, and now, you have to have and continue to have extra hours on top of your decades of education. You have to stop and look at the grand scheme of your life…..do you want an education, to learn how to make money, and lots of it, work for you, or do you want a piece of paper to hang on your wall?

Unfortunately, in this world, 95 percent of people go the tradition route of what they call success…..work hard, go to school, get good grades, get a good job that has good pay, benefits, retirement, and save. This is what is taught in schools and in society, but the cold hard fact is that to make great wealth, you have to take risks, work smart, make your own opportunities, and never stop learning. Many students stop their education after the degree or the attainment of a few letters after their name. Getting a degree does not mean instant success, but it can mean instant mediocrity.

If you want to find a nice 5 to 6 figure job with great benefits, a spectacular retirement plan and work for a company that will show you no loyalty for all the years of dedication and education that you have invested, please, work hard, go to school, get good grades, look for a good job that has great pay, benefits, retirement, and save, in other words, be a slave to money and the antiquated ideal. If you want to learn how to make money work for you, take risks, make your own opportunities, start your own company, or better yet, own one, always be in a process of learning about everything, including money, and never let an old man tell you that what you are doing is just plain silly.

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The spirit of “peace and luv” from the never never land of the 1960’s have left us tripping in fairyland.  The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was suppose to move America toward a colorblind society.  it forced the “race” question off all Job applications, and guess what?  Affirmative action forced it back on.  Nor was the field of education neglected by these schemers and dreamers.

Myth: “Government Intervention in the Schools Sets the Pace for a Colorblind Society”

Someone is out of touch with reality.  Brown v. Board of Education, 347 U.S. 483 (1954), was a landmark United States Supreme Court case in which the Court declared state laws establishing separate public schools for black and white students unconstitutional.   Forced segregation by some state governments gave way to forced integration by the Federal Government.  Either way, there must be “force.”  Force is inevitable whenever there is government action on any level.  Force is the nature of the beast.  Without force, there is no government in any given situation..

If government were not in the education business in the first place, force would not be necessary but, progressive liberalism leaves no room for the third alternative— freedom of association.  That is anathema to educational change agents.

Rayville Elementary, Failing Louisiana School, Will Not Transfer

White Students Out Because Of 1960s Court Ruling

An article under this headline appeared in the Huffington Post on August 2.  The article reads in part::

“Rayville Elementary School in Louisiana received a failing grade this year, based on the state’s School Performance Scores. Under the state’s Public School Choice policy, eligible students in schools flagged as failing and in need of certain levels of improvement can transfer to an “academically acceptable school.”

“But an interesting and controversial issue has arisen [Emphasis added] that may actually challenge equal opportunity intended by the law. In a letter to parents dated July 25, Rayville Elementary school officials inform families of the school’s “F” grade and list two other institutions — with letter grades C- and B — that the parents can choose to transfer their children to. But there’reds [sic] a disclaimer:

“Please note that white students at Rayville Elementary School will not be allowed to transfer [Emphasis added] to the listed schools due to the present provisions issued in the federal Richland Parish School desegregation case.

“The case in question refers to a 1968 court decision that, in an effort to maintain desegregated schools, prohibits white students from leaving schools if their departure could cause the school to be considered “all-Negro.” [Emphasis added]

‘But the court’s effort to cultivate and protect fairness may now be yielding the opposite effect, some say, as a number have called the issue “reverse-racism” and discrimination.

We agree that it is, but unfortunately we’re bound by federal law and we have to [adhere] to those standards,” Richland Parish School Board President Kevin Epinette told WNYC. He adds that the decision affects between 45 and 55 students at the school.”

Whatever happened to the federally mandated color blind society?  One federal mandate (a 1968 court decision expressed in the letter to parents forbidding white children to transfer) contradicts another federal mandate (Brown v. Board of Education).  We cannot help but wonder what would happen if the parents of all these white students would decide to homeschool!  In the whimsical rules of men, freedom of association is trumped by forced integration.

CASE CLOSED:  Nowhere does biblical law call for a “color blind society.”  The solution is both biblical and simple.  Get civil authority out of the education business where it has no business.  People are what they are racially, and let them love and respect one another according to the biblical admonition,  “Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the LORD” (Leviticus 19:18).

“Back to school” is the perennial slogan we hear every fall.  But this year we find a new spin not far beneath the surface.  It’s a new “Christian” approach to evolution.  It is designed to emasculate Christianity by removing the proverbial chip from its shoulder.  “Peace talks” with an unprecedented compromise are now being offered.

“Offered by whom?” you ask.  A theistic evolutionary organization that calls itself the BioLogos Foundation is presenting to Christian parents an alternative to the tension between themselves and their school-age children over the teaching of evolution in the public school system.

Myth: Evolution and Christianity are not antithetical.  They should be at ease with one another.

 Creation Ministries International (CMI) has produced an excellent article <http://creation.com/its-not-christianity&gt; with a number of links citing the heretical danger of this approach to school children and even parents.  In fact, Christian parents are even persuaded to go ahead and teach evolution to their children.  In other words, roll over and play dead.  Let the battle-worn surrender; soul, take thine ease.  Hear the Siren call of humanism.  You are getting sleeeepy.  Lay down your weapons.  Be like “the children of Ephraim” who “being armed, and carrying bows, turned back in the day of battle” (Psalm 78:9).  This would make the wolves in sheep’s clothing happy.

 Even arch atheist Richard Dawkins sees through this façade:

I think the evangelical Christians have really sort of got it right in a way, in seeing evolution as the enemy. Whereas the more, what shall we say, sophisticated theologians are quite happy to live with evolution, I think they’re deluded. I think the evangelicals have got it right, in that there really is a deep incompatibility between evolution and Christianity. (Howard Condor interviewing Richard Dawkins on Revelation TV, Feb 2011; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wfe4IUB9NTk)

The CMI article goes on to comment:

So, of course, by advocating this strategy, BioLogos is actually on the side of the atheists, even if they are not consciously promoting atheism. It seems ironic that the world’s leading atheists can see that this type of Christianity is no Christianity at all, but Biologos themselves apparently cannot see (or dare admit to?) the hypocrisy. That should tell us something about ‘how’ Christian they are!

It appears that this hybrid approach is gaining no respect from the evolutionist community.  In a debate with Francis Collins, American physician-geneticist, founder of the BioLogos Foundation, who said that Adam and Eve were never real people, Richard Dawkins replied to this mishmash:

I think that’s [referring to theistic evolution] a tremendous cop-out. If God wanted to create life and create humans, it would be slightly odd that he should choose the extraordinarily roundabout way of waiting for 10 billion years before life got started and then waiting for another 4 billion years until you got human beings capable of worshiping and sinning and all the other things religious people are interested in.”

Case closed: In effect, the BioLogos Foundation, while calling itself evangelical,  is calling the apostle Paul a liar and even the Lord Jesus Christ Himself!  Paul cites Adam by name as a real person no less than seven times: Rom. 5:14; 1 Cor. 15:22,45; 1 Tim. 2:13,-14.  Jesus, in two gospel accounts, makes reference to the creation of the first couple: Matt. 19:4; Mark 10:6.

While thanking CMI for warning parents of this deadly viper, Education Mythbusters would urge them to take the next obvious step and admonish them to remove their children from the temples of Baal.  However, this is what CMI recommends:

The answer is not necessarily to pull out of the schools and the universities. Christian anti-intellectualism has never been the answer or provided a solution that has ultimately strengthened the Church. [Emphasis added]

“Christian anti-intellectualism”?  Creation Research Institute CRI) has already proven how anti-intellectual the evolution position is.  It is not only anti-intellectual to keep your children IN public school, It is anti-biblical!  Parents should have total control over who educates their children.  Nevertheless, CMI is correct in providing immunity books for parents to fortify their children.  Major help for homeschooling parents is available at King’s Way Classical Academy.