Maybe it was the Super Bowl, followed so soon by the State of the Union Address. Whatever it was, the creationists haven’t been providing us with the material we need. The best we could find is this letter-to-the-editor in The Sentinel of Carlisle, Pennsylvania. It’s titled The state of education, and the newspaper doesn’t have a comments feature.
Because the writer isn’t a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote him by using his full name. His first name is Fred. Excerpts from his letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, some bold font for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]. Here we go!
Our United States has a sacred cow called education for which we are paying big bucks. A recent Carlisle report [Fred’s home town] listed 75 percent of our real estate taxes are listed to the school district. Our so-called educators have shown phenomenal success in demanding funds. Graduates too often finish [high school?] with an enormous debt. Yet results are disappointing.
Fred should be pleased that his tax money isn’t being spent on other things. Anyway, he says:
Years ago, a fifth grader could name every state and their capitals. [A useful skill!] Now after 16 years of “education” the average college graduate cannot name the nation from whom we declared independence. Nor can they name our WW II allies. “Axis Powers” draws a blank. And they tend to vote by emotion rather than by intelligence.
That’s probably true, and Fred’s griping is only beginning. He tells us:
Educators were delighted when president Carter established the Secretary of Education as a cabinet position. Now they, and the unions, can control and monopolize the education of our whole nation from one point.
We do have too much bureaucracy, but where’s the creationism? Hold on, it’s coming:
Another educators’ success is being able to outlaw Christian principles from government schools. [Gasp!] The Ten Commandments and prayer have been removed. [Oh no!] A teacher may be fired for having a Bible on his desk [probably a reference to Freshwater]. Gideons are prohibited from giving New Testaments to students. Intelligent Design may not be mentioned under our political correctness handicap.
That last is obviously a reference to Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District. Fred refers to following the Constitution as “political correctness.” He continues:
The idea that God has any influence in our nation was recently laughed at by the media. True education, we’re told, begins with the premise that there is no god. Everything exists by time and random chance.
“Time and random chance”? Egad, that’s evolution! How horrible! Let’s read on:
No wonder our science textbooks are obsolete after one year, much to the delight of publishers (and another heavy expense for college kids).
He’s right. If the schools taught creation science, the books would never be obsolete! He ends with this unexplained quote:
No wonder one observation is “Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.”
Somehow, your Curmudgeon was able to identify that as 2 Timothy 3:7. But what is Fred trying to tell us? Perhaps you can explain it, dear reader.
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