This is something you can’t learn anywhere else except at the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG), the creationist ministry of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else. Their article is titled Christian Education vs. Public School, and it was written by Brandon Clay, about whom we know nothing. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
We’ve made it to Memorial Day and your child’s school year is likely done. But we shouldn’t be so quick to forget about the lasting impact of school — especially for your own child. Have you ever considered, how many days will your child be in school by the time they finish 12th grade? Literally, how many actual days do you have to formally educate your child? According to National Center for Education Statistics, the range of days that states mandate for in-class instruction for kindergarten through 12th grade is 160–180 days per year. Taking the average of the range, that gives us 170 days/year or 2,210 days for 13 years of K–12 education, not including preschool. That’s a lot of days — or is it?
Okay, it’s a lotta days. What’s Brandon getting at? He says:
What will your child learn in those 2,210 days? Your son or daughter will learn biology [Hee hee!], grammar, algebra, history, art, physical education, sports, social skills, geography, and many other useful things. But underlying whatever education your child receives is a worldview. [Worldview?] A worldview is a lens through which your children will look at the world. It addresses origin, morality, meaning, and destiny among other areas. The worldview in the education they absorb, either directly or subtly, becomes the foundation for the rest of their life. And this worldview, by its nature, is religious. [What?]
Shocking, huh? Brandon explains:
Every school is religious, including Christian schools, homeschools, charter schools, and public schools. Whether the school is funded by a denomination or is consciously “secular,” schools will ultimately address the foundational areas of origin, morality, meaning, and destiny.
Skipping his quote from someone named Doug Wilson, Brandon he tells us:
Wilson’s point is clear. Regardless of where your child goes to school, it will be religious. It will address fundamental concerns in life, such as whether there’s a God, what he communicates to people, and how we should treat others. Education can’t help being religious because that is its nature.
Okay, that settles it. We all went to religious school. Brandon knows some of you disagree, so he explains:
Public schools in the United States actively teach religion. [What?] One aspect of a religious worldview is origins: the question of where everything, and of course humans, came from. Public schools in America are commissioned, under threat of legal action, to teach evolution as the origin story. And evolution is not observational science since it’s not observable, repeatable, or testable. [Gasp!] Instead, evolution is a religious doctrine that is dependent upon naturalistic principles, yet it lacks unambiguous evidential support. But that doesn’t stop public schools from teaching it.
Your Curmudgeon is shocked — shocked! Brandon then mentions a bunch of court cases, including Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District, and he informs us:
Every challenge a school district or teacher has brought against teaching evolution in public schools has failed in the courts. The religious origins narrative of evolution is protected by law. When public schools get out of line, lawyers straighten them out.
Jeepers, he’s right! What Brandon calls the “religious origins narrative of evolution” really is protected by law. We’re only about halfway through his article, but Brandon summarizes what he’s said so far:
Public schools cannot support biblical Christianity because they are founded on a different, naturalistic religion. At its core, public education is anti-Christian. Going back to your child and those 2,210 days in the classroom: if she attends a public school, those 2,210 days will indoctrinate her into an anti-Christian worldview. Even if that is not the intent, it will be the effect.
We’ll skip the second half of Brandon’s article, because it’s all about how — regardless of what goes on in public schools — parents can teach their children The Truth™. Go ahead, read the whole thing. Then let us know what you think.
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