Relativistic education without absolutes is fatal to learning.

“Humanist Manifesto II,” promoted by John Dewey, is the foundation for US public education. Children in public schools are taught every subject based on Humanist presuppositions. Here are two examples where language/reading and mathematics remove absolutes and put relativism in its place.:

1) Using phonics to teach language starts with the absolutes—letters and sounds—and progresses to the relative—words and sentence formation. The look/say method begins with the relative and does not build a foundation of letters, so reading skills never fully develop. Look/say readers are frequently poorer readers than those taught by phonics. The absolute has to come before the 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 come after the sound development of the letters.

2) In mathematics, particularly Common Core, problem-solving methods are taught with little or no time spent on the mechanics of numbers. The absolutes in math are the numbers and their relationships: adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing. Common Core starts with the relative and never teaches the absolutes of the basics of number structure. If you were born before the middle of the twentieth century, you probably remember memorizing the multiplication tables which, along with addition and subtraction, are the absolutes that build the math system all the way to calculus. Without the foundation of numbers and how they function, the mind won’t ever “get it.” Math becomes a mystery instead of a problem-solving tool. As a parent, look at the Common Core math-teaching materials: number lines, unnecessarily complicated calculations, etc. I could go on with more issues in science, history, and other subjects, but these two examples are enough to illustrate the point that learning and knowledge are always built on a foundation of absolutes.

There are many Christian teachers in public schools that base their teaching on Christian principles, but the “official” line is Humanism. In the 1970s I taught summer sessions on Biblical Creation at the NC Governor’s School, which is a summer program for top rising High School seniors, whose purpose is to “provoke critical thinking in students.” In year 4, I took a poll asking students: “Who believes in some form of Creation?” and about half raised their hands. This opportunity ended abruptly when several humanist teachers in the room saw half the hands go up for Creation. My contact person, a Christian, later told me the ones that ran the program were very upset because I had so many convincing arguments for Creation and against Evolution. It was evident to me that in public schools you could only teach according to humanist presuppositions, so much for the First Amendment in education. Presenting only one side of any axiom, like Evolution destroys critical thinking in students and makes “political correctness” the result. They become advocates for Evolution, without any reason or foundation for their beliefs.

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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.

NOTE:  This material is from pages 45 and 46 of my book “Always Be Ready to Give an Answer!” Get your copy at http://yourchristiananswers.com

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