C. S. Lewis had much to say about the nature of our children's education. One of his observations emphasized just how influential textbooks are in forming the fundamental worldview of students.
In this context, the now official policy in California to include content in public school textbooks indoctrinating students in the “normalization” of the LGBT mindset is quite sobering. As reported in the San Francisco Chronicle:
The new social studies framework addresses LGBT topics starting in second grade, in content related to stories of diverse families, including those with LGBT parents and children.
In fourth grade, the content includes the march of gay rights from the 1950s to the 2015 Supreme Court decision supporting same-sex marriage.
Then, in 11th grade, instruction focuses on gay rights and identity...
One might ask, "Why is what is happening in California relevant to us in Virginia?" One part of the answer is, simply, the textbook industry represents "big bucks," and publishers are complying with the California standards in order to not miss out on this huge market. And if past precedent is a reliable indicator, many other states will follow California's example, adopting these same texts for use in their own schools.
According to the SaveCalifornia.com Campaign for Children and Families, California SB 48 requires all public school districts to utilize textbooks and materials that promote "lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans" as "role" models, and any opposing viewpoint will be viewed as "promoting a discriminatory bias." Or, as we are seeing in other aspects of this movement, Christians and those adhering to traditional Judeo-Christian values are increasingly being branded as prejudicial and bigoted.
How quickly things have changed. Even in Virginia, once a distinctly conservative state in terms of holding to Judeo-Christian traditions, public policy at all levels of government is now embracing the LGBT mantra. As I have pointed out in previous blogs, this “politically correct” mindset is simply the tip of the spear of a much larger political and social agenda.
We must ask ourselves, when did public education become primarily a vehicle for indoctrination of specific political and social values, and who determines the kind of indoctrination to be received by our children and youth? As Catholic Archbishop Charles Chaput observes in his excellent book, Strangers in a Strange Land:
The surest way to transform a culture is from the inside out. And the surest path to doing it isn't through reasoned debate (too tedious) or violence (too costly) but by colonizing and reshaping the culture's appetites and behaviors.
Consider for a moment this simple concept of colonizing one's worldview from the inside out. Sounds like indoctrination to me! And isn’t the evidence of this all around us?
I acknowledge that I have blogged frequently about this topic, and, no doubt, some may grow weary in hearing this repeated theme. But I would hope that we as parents, church leaders and educators would not be naive when it comes to this secularist assault on our children. The "other side" harps on the theme of tolerance, but they in no way will "tolerate" or respect our views as orthodox Christians, but are intent only in ramming their agenda down the throats of any who stand in their way. We must not be naive concerning this reality. And those who believe the recent presidential election will reverse this trend are, in my view, being quite naive. At best, certain presidential appointments or executive orders can only slow things down temporarily unless there is a major awakening in our larger culture.
As followers of Christ, we must be doing all possible to strengthen and build up our Christian communities, including our Christian schools, in order to provide a healthy alternative in providing our children with a distinctly Christian education.
PS. For further reading on events in California, click the following link: http://savecalifornia.com/rescue-your-child.html.
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