The Family as First Educators

“It needs more than ever to be stressed that the best and truest educators are parents under God. The greatest school is the family. In learning, no act of teaching in any school or university compares to the routine task of mothers in teaching a babe who speaks no language the mother tongue in so short a time. No other task in education is equal to this. The moral training of the children, the discipline of good habits, is an inheritance from the parents to the children which surpasses all other. The family is the first and basic school of man.”

R. J. Rushdoony

Kinder Surprise: "Kinder Drag Alter Ego"

So, to be brief: one person’s confusion becomes that person’s right to confuse children. This is as creepy as it sounds. Article from the Hamilton Spectator

You may find this perspective refreshing.

Kinder Surprise: “Kinder Drag Alter Ego”

So, to be brief: one person’s confusion becomes that person’s right to confuse children. This is as creepy as it sounds. Article from the Hamilton Spectator

You may find this perspective refreshing.

Blogging the Revised Ontario Sex-Education Curriculum: the experiment is over.

Stevenson Quote

Public education, which I define as taxpayer funded, government controlled, and compulsory, is a very recent development in Canadian history. What is also clear, that given the backdrop of human civilization, taking education from the home, church, or synagogue and placing it in the hands of the government has a very short history. As an experiment, we may see that it has largely failed.

I believe that public education, as presently defined and practised, is an experiment that must end. It has not produced the fruits that parents desire, and all too often has produced children who are more indoctrinated in the will of governments rather than educated for critical thinking and moral knowledge.

Anyone who calls to end the present system will be met with charges that he is anti-education. It must be kept in mind, however, that education and school are not the same thing. Public school and church academy are not the same thing. There are a variety of means to educate, but the family is primarily responsible. So insofar as public education now seeks to  pit child against parent, it is time for the parents to once again take full control of their children’s education. Those who doubt this is true should remember that in 2001, parents were given a tax break in Ontario if they paid tuition to a private school, whether or not that school was religious or not. The Liberal Government does not believe in competition in forming young minds, however, and quickly cancelled the tax deduction when they came to power.

The problems we face today have been very long in coming. Public education has, from its beginning, been against a Christian worldview, and therefore set against Christian families. The moralistic lessons that were once taught in public schools gave false sense of security to religious parents. That day is past, and the mask is off.

Homeschool or private school: your children are your responsibility.

Please read this quote, then be sure to make note of when it was written. Could it be that we’ve been in this struggle much longer than we first thought?

“The whole development of modern society has tended mightily toward the limitation of the realm of freedom for the individual man. The tendency is most clearly seen in socialism; a socialistic state would mean the reduction to a minimum of the sphere of individual choice. Labor and recreation, under a socialistic government, would both be prescribed, and individual liberty would be gone. But the same tendency exhibits itself to-day even in those communities where the name of socialism is most abhorred. When once the majority has determined that a certain régime is beneficial, that régime without further hesitation is forced ruthlessly upon the individual man. It never seems to occur to modern legislatures that although “welfare” is good, forced welfare may be bad. In other words, utilitarianism is being carried out to its logical conclusions; in the interests of physical well-being the great principles of liberty are being thrown ruthlessly to the winds.

The result is an unparalleled impoverishment of human life. Personality can only be developed in the realm of individual choice. And that realm, in the modern state, is being slowly but steadily contracted. The tendency is making itself felt especially in the sphere of education. The object of education, it is now assumed, is the production of the greatest happiness for the greatest number. But the greatest happiness for the greatest number, it is assumed further, can be defined only by the will of the majority. Idiosyncrasies in education, therefore, it is said, must be avoided, and the choice of schools must be taken away from the individual parent and placed in the hands of the state. The state then exercises its authority through the instruments that are ready to hand, and at once, therefore, the child is placed under the control of psychological experts, themselves without the slightest acquaintance with the higher realms of human life, who proceed to prevent any such acquaintance being gained by those who come under their care.

J. Gresham Machen, Christianity and Liberalism, New Edition. First published: 1923. (Grand Rapids, MI; Cambridge, U.K.: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2009), 8–10.

Blogging the Revised Ontario Sex-Education Curriculum

I am using the next few blog posts to highlight the Revised Ontario Sex-education curriculum. This first post is about values:

From the curriculum for grades 1-8:

“Parents are the primary educators of their children with respect to learning about values,
appropriate behaviour, and ethnocultural, spiritual, and personal beliefs and traditions,
and they are their children’s first role models. It is therefore important for schools and
parents to work together to ensure that home and school provide a mutually supportive
framework for young people’s education.”

At the outset, if the government of Ontario really believed that the parental role is important, the parents’ religious values would not be so immediately dismissed. The consultation of parents was done by allowing one parent from each school in the province to weigh in on the program. Judging by the persistence of the protests,, it seems the wrong parents were picked for consultation. Less than 1% of parents were consulted. It should be noted that the curriculum demands the surrender of the Christian parents’ values to the values of the state. This would, I believe, be true of many non-Christian religious values.

A question period video is available about this consultation.

For those outside Ontario, Kathleen Wynne is the Premier of Ontario, similar to a governor of a U.S. state. She is also a lesbian.

Original document here.

The Gospel and Education

“The foundation of true education is the truth that man, though fallen and sinful, is made in the image of God the creator and king. Education is a core implication of the gospel truth that Jesus Christ is Lord over all the earth.”

Video by Joe Boot of the Ezra Institute for Contemporary Christianity here.

Ontario Liberals to introduce updated version of sex education curriculum pulled in 2010 over religious objections

The new sex ed. curriculum will teach the following. Much of what would be taught would fall under the criminal code of “sexual interference” a few (better) years ago. My quick list below is not in any particular order of importance, and most will be explicit in their instruction, but some will be implied.   The destruction of faith and family has always been a stated goal of Marxist thought, and is certainly a goal of Cultural Marxism.

 

    1. Sex is a personal choice, and the authority of parents and religious faith are secondary to the self.
    1. The human person is autonomous. Nothing should impede personal freedom.
    1. Gender (male/female) is a social construct. The child may change gender at will, and identify with any number of options (see Facebook).
    1. Number in a sexual union is a social construct.
    1. Abortion is not evil, nor something which should bring shame or guilt.
    1. Abortion is acceptable for any reason at any time in a pregnancy, including the abortion of a baby of an undesired sex.
    2. Abortion is a good way to prevent children with birth defects from being born.
    1. Male, Female, single or two are optional and interchangeable in raising children. There is no preference to a stable, male/female parented family.
    2. Divorce is not a tragedy or failure.
    1. Sex before marriage in inevitable, so all precautions must be taken.
    1. Whatever you wish to do with your body is good and wholesome, as long as it is consensual and done safely.
    2. The State owns children.
    3. The State defines what constitutes marriage and family.
    4. The State supersedes religious faith and family.
    5. What is considered taboo now may well be approved by the State at a later time.
    6. Marriage is not for the endurance of the natural life of the married, and any number of unions may occur in a person’s life.
    7. Sodomy is not a sin, nor unnatural, nor a problem to solve. It is as normal and healthy as heterosexuality.
    8. Church and family must defer to State authorities on these matters.

 

What the Educational establishment doesn’t know (or does know and refuses to heed), is that Jesus words are true:

 

Matthew 18:5–6 “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, 6 but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.”

 

 

 

Because Kids Who Attend Public School Are So Well Socialized.

As might have been predicted, the way to prevent tragedies such as the Sandy Hook shooting, is to further regulate homeschooling. This, of course, makes sense, because kids who attend public school are so well socialised.

Perhaps There's a Pattern . . .

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I don’t need to comment on the absurdity of this situation, but does this indicate a pattern of micro-control in the name of “safety?” In almost all of these cases, children are humiliated, embarrassed, and shamed by those who should (after family) care for them the most. Then the perpetrators (and that’s what they are) hide behind the excuse that they are protecting the privacy of their victims.