Let's take a closer look ...
THE NEW PARADIGM
experience and feelings
speculation and feelings
fictional or multi-cultural stories
Today, the various forms of values training or values clarification effectively erase those old moral values (right or wrong), social values (bad or good), and esthetic values (beautiful or ugly). Taken from
"Teaching of Values," Title III, Grant, Northwood Public Schools, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1968. According to Anita Hoge, this is the federal grant that funded Sidney Simon's development of values clarification techniques.
In their place stands the politically correct notion that children are naturally good and endowed with inner wisdom. Andy LePage, acclaimed author of Transforming Education, elaborates,
"Many, mostly traditionalists, still carry the cynical belief that we are, by nature, evil, irresponsible and untrustworthy. This belief is gradually being countered by a growing number who believe that, instead, and to the contrary, we are naturally inclined toward becoming life-affirming, cooperative, responsible and trustworthy.... Under [the] negative assumption, we logically act to repress and contain ourselves. Under the newer positive assumption, we logically act to liberate and express ourselves; even to fulfill ourselves. ...[It] is precisely... this limited view of ourselves as human that has our world today in such disarray and despair...
The arguments by global-minded educators for stressing "higher order thinking" might sound something like this: Don't bother teaching a lot of useless information. You don't know what facts will be relevant in the 21st Century. Instead, teach children to ponder the universal truths in myths and symbols, to envision their own perfections, to imagine a better world, and to create their own stories of the future. This will help them connect with their inner wisdom - which in turn draws inspiration from the global mind. Then teach them persuasive communication skills and encourage them to share their self-expressions with parents and others in need of enlightenment.
Here are the prophetic words of Raymond Houghton, Professor of Secondary Education and Special Assistant to the President for Urban Affairs at Rhode Island College--and don't let anyone intimidate your family into believing the lie. Taken from: To Nurture Humaneness: Commitment for the '70's (Washington DC: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, NEA, 1970). Huh? The 70's ... how did we miss this one? ....
"...absolute behavior control is imminent.... The critical point of behavior control, in effect, is sneaking up on mankind without his self-conscious realization that a crisis is at hand. Man will... never self-consciously know that it has happened.
Train your children thru the Biblical Filter world view. If we don't then they will teach them the new paradigm perspectives, Christian beliefs and values will make no sense.
A war is raging for the minds of our children. That's nothing new. Two thousand years ago, God said, "See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ." (Colossians 2:8) Never has this warning been more relevant.
Take time each day to train your children to....
Know biblical truth--the only source of genuine wisdom (Proverbs 2:6)
Learn the facts needed to defend what they know and believe
Recognize the difference between logic and speculation
Ground personal plans in reality, not fantasy
Base their understanding of the world on observation rather than imagination
Trust genuine science based on facts and logic, not social philosophy
Learn the lessons found in a factual study of history
Base actions in objective thinking, not subjective feelings.
Remember their individual responsibility before God and people
And pray, pray, pray ... if you don't pray for your children ... who will?