Neutral Education?

When we started Mars Hill, one of the core convictions was the comprehensiveness of the antithesis. The antithesis flows from God’s declaration concerning the seed of the woman and the seed of the serpent. Abraham Kuyper’s statement that, “There is not a single square inch of creation over which Jesus Christ does not shout, ‘Mine!'” is an example of the antithesis. Christianity is a whole from which everything flows and not just a collection of individual truths leaving everything not represented by those truths unaffected by the same.

Following is a quote from a paper titled “Education that ‘Makes a Difference'” by Joseph Bayly that flows from this same truth:

“Today, we pretend as though we can ‘just present the facts’ and ‘let the student decide for herself’ what the correct response to those facts is. But this type of education is still motivated by spiritual and moral ideas. For example, it denies original sin, assuming that people are basically good, not bad, and that they will take the facts we give them and do ‘good things’ rather than ‘bad’. It also denies absolute truth, claiming that there is no right answer about what the takeaway from the facts ought to be. The religions behind this educational philosophy are relativism and humanism. So all the talk of keeping religion out of the schools is a red herring. The only way to keep religion out of a school is to shut it down.”

Chris Schlect, an early teacher at Logos School, and now, a teacher at New Saint Andrews College, puts it this way:

“In not mentioning God, my public school teachers preached a thundering sermon every day. By implication, they taught that God is not relevant to most areas of life. The most destructive things I was taught in the government schools were not the outright lies that were presented (e.g., I descended from apes, the Puritans were nasty people, etc.). These obvious falsehoods can be easily corrected. The most destructive things I was taught were, by far, the subtle lies about the character of God. Daily I was taught that two and two are four, the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776, and that frogs breathe in water, regardless of whether Jesus Christ is Lord over such matters. Every lesson attempted to debunk the clear teaching of Scripture that Jesus Christ is the one ‘in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge’ (Col. 2:3).”

The implication of all of this is that there is no such thing as a neutral education. You’re either pointing children to the God of Scripture or you’re not. Many today try to fool themselves into believing this isn’t the case but don’t allow yourself to fall for it. It’s a lie proffered by the father of lies and it will do the greatest of harm to your children.

One thought on “Neutral Education?”

  1. I don’t usually reply if I don’t have anything to add to a discussion and there isn’t really anything to add to this except applause. Great, succinct argument. Thank you for the post, and the blog!

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