US Public Education’s Disaster, Relativism in Place of Absolutes

Children in US public schools are taught every subject based on the Atheistic/Humanistic presupposition that knowledge is relative. When absolutes are removed from education and relativism put in its place, Public Education fails. Knowledge cannot be built without starting with absolutes. Two examples: reading and math.

1) READING The phonics method to teach reading begins with the absolutes—letters and sounds—and goes to the relative—words and sentence formation. Todays, whole languageach, starts with the relative, whole words and never builds a foundation of letters. Reading skills don’t develop without the letter foundation. Absolute  relative because that’s how God designed it. As a child develops speech, he or she starts with sounds. Listening to a baby test his or her vocals is always interesting. We don’t expect them to begin with words. Word and sentence formation comes after the sound development of the letters. Education fails to make effective readers without the absolute foundation of letters and sounds, phonics.

2) MATH In Common Core mathematics problem-solving methods are taught and little time is spent on the mechanics of numbers. The absolutes in math are the numbers and their relationships: adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing. Starting with the relative never teaches the absolutes of number structure. If you were born before the middle of the twentieth century, you probably remember memorizing the times tables. Those tables, along with addition and subtraction, are the absolutes that build the math system all the way to calculus. Without the absolute foundation of numbers, the mind won’t ever “get it.” Math becomes a mystery instead of a problem-solving tool. As a parent, look at the math-teaching materials: number lines, indirect calculations, etc.

I could go on with more issues in science, history, etc., but that’s enough to make my point. The “official” method is always relativism. NO absolutes! Only presuppositions compatible with Atheism/Humanism are permitted in our public schools.

In the seventies, I taught four summer sessions on Biblical Creation at the North Carolina Governor’s School. This summer program, for top rising seniors in public schools across the state, allowed me to make my Creation presentation because its purpose was to “provoke critical thinking in the students.” In the fourth year, I took a poll, by a show of hands, asking: “How many believed in some form of Creation instead of Evolution.” As with the general population surveys, about half the students raised their hands. Several humanist teachers were in the room and saw half the hands go up for Creation. My contact person, a Christian, later told me they were very upset because I had so many convincing arguments.

The lesson I learned here was, in public schools, you can teach, but only according to humanist presuppositions—so much for the First Amendment in education. Substituting the absolute foundation God gave us for relativism destroys critical thinking in students and makes “political correctness” the result. Today’s students can’t read or do math effectively. They become advocates for whatever, without any reason or foundation for their beliefs. That’s the direct result of relativism without absolutes.

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