Chapter 19 of Evolution, the Big Bang, and Other Fables, by A N Mack MD
NOKO is often in the news, and rarely in a good way. Teachers in North Korea risk imprisonment or death if they stray from the government approved curricula. According to the site Foreign Policy News, the mandatory state school education includes large amounts of hate speech, revised history, and idolization of leadership.(1) And yet tens of thousands of teachers just “go along” and don’t make waves. Teachers are faced with a choice of teaching what is in a textbook or teaching the truth. Some have to decide whether to teach what is a PC, government-sanctioned lie, or risk discrimination, disgrace, or worse for telling the truth!
We who live in the free and unfettered West are appalled that such state-sanctioned oppression of teachers and education could occur. We are aghast and we look down our noses at such propaganda disguised as curricula.
But is this unique to North Korea? Or does it occur with great frequency in other countries? And are teachers in the United States also involved in propagandizing, rather than freely teaching?
Teaching is a high calling, and in order to achieve that high calling a teacher must instill truth at every opportunity, not lies. Teaching involves equipping students to search out truth, and recognize falsehood. But today, even in American high schools, colleges and universities this is often not the case. We instead see a focus on messengers, and messaging. Truth, the student is told, is always relative, not absolute. There is no God, no Jesus, no Biblical source of right or wrong, no absolute truth. Just truth defined by atheism and political correctness!
Many educators focus on instilling “liberal values” and “fighting creationist propaganda” rather than evaluating the issues themselves, or seeking out truth in the midst of lies. They have even created “safe spaces” where students and groups can avoid any open debate that threatens their preconceptions or their liberal mindset. Teachers and students with a more conservative mindset often feel cowed into submission, unwilling to face the persecution certain to come if they stray from the secular atheistic agenda.
David Gooblar, a lecturer at the University of Iowa, explains why this is illogical, “To put this in perspective, you got a dubious letter and just spent 20 minutes fact-checking the mailman. And then you actually opened the letter and found it was a signed letter from your Mom. ‘Ah,’ you say, ‘but the mailman is a Republican!’ ”(2) Is it really the messenger which deserves the focus of our attention? Should we not rather focus on the message itself, and read what our mother has written carefully and attentively?
This is the state of so-called higher education today. In fact, I would suggest that the highest calling that some of our educators strive to attain is not truth-telling or truth-seeking, but inculcating a liberal philosophy into the minds of impressionable students, indoctrinating those youth into an atheistic, liberal, anti-God, pro-evolutionary mindset.
Now admittedly, teachers find themselves in a difficult position. If the textbook authors say there is no God, evolution is a fact, and the Big Bang has been “proven beyond question”, who are they to question such things? Readers will know from prior posts that the Big Bang and evolution have certainly NOT been proven, and are NOT even scientific, but are rather propped up by numerous unscientific allowances and alterations (think Dark matter, Dark energy and the Inflationary period). But we have already discussed this in previous chapters. Now let’s just start with this question. Does the author of a textbook, or the school board, or the government of the U.S. have a right to tell teachers they cannot believe in or speak about their belief in God? Do they have a right to indoctrinate all the children in public schools into the religion of secular atheism?
Columnist Dennis Prager has stated that a causal factor of the rise in atheism is the “secular indoctrination of a generation,” and that “From elementary school through graduate school, only one way of looking at the world – the secular – is presented. The typical individual in the Western world receives as secular an indoctrination as the typical European received a religious one in the Middle Ages.”(3)
If that statement is true, it is both powerful, and tragic. Are we indoctrinating students the same way teacher in the Middle Ages did? Has the pendulum swung so far away from fundamental Christian beliefs that our educational system is a tool of secular atheism? Many believe it has. But what can an open-minded parent or student do? If one wishes to fully educate a child, and not just indoctrinate them, what are your choices? Many, it appears, are choosing not to expose their children to atheist propaganda. According to the site Conservapedia,
The use of public school indoctrination is growing less effective for purposes of atheist indoctrination due to budgetary problems facing many governments in the Western World (per pupil it cost more to educate students via public schools than private schools), the inferiority of many public school systems and the growing popularity of vouchers for education (which can be used for private religious school education) and the growing practice of homeschooling by parents.
In addition, many public universities college are failing to educate students properly and many college students are jobless as a result. An American study found that forty-five percent of students achieved no significant improvement in their critical thinking, reasoning or writing skills during the first two years of college. After four years, 36 percent displayed no significant increases in these so-called “higher order” thinking skills. Students, particularly those who made poor curriculum choices, are increasingly angry that college does not adequately prepare them for the marketplace and leaves them with a pile of debt. (3)
As tragic as that is, still God works in mysterious ways. I can imagine the day when school teachers, school boards and parents come together and agree that indoctrination is NOT education! I can hope that someday soon students in public schools will no longer be force-fed secular atheist propaganda. I hope that we are now at a time, a very special time, when tens of thousands of teachers will once again be inspired to teach, not just push atheism and secularism. And then perhaps students will again be encouraged to think freely and evaluate faith, and science, with an open mind.