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Secular Humanism In Our Schools

It is evident that Humanism has permeated every aspect of our society. The areas of danger are many, and it can be argued that the most insidious is the incorporation of Humanistic philosophy into the classroom. My children attend public schools. I don’t mind admitting to what I consider a quite justifiable fear for my children’s spiritual health. The Humanistic philosophy has infiltrated our public education, and is poisoning the minds of our children as many stand idly by.

It is unfortunate that many parents do not realize this danger to which our children are exposed. A chat with high school students at the congregation where I preach revealed the extent of Humanistic influence. The teaching of Evolution, numerous instances of amoral sex education (i.e. – sex training), and the concept of situational ethics all were attested to by these young people. One young lady mentioned the “lifeboat” exercise that is a favorite of Humanist educators. In this, the students are placed in small groups and asked to make choices dealing with life and death issues. In deciding which individuals in the boat should be tossed out of the boat so that others could live, the students are forced to make judgments on the quality of life. No choices in this exercise are considered “wrong”, and the only choice not allowed is to toss no one overboard, thus respecting the sanctity of life. This exercise obviously implements moral confusion, and destroys the student’s respect for life.

Another example is found in an elementary school newsletter I have on file. The flyer, sent home with students a few years ago by the principal of the Glen Rose Elementary School in Glen Rose, Texas, contains an article entitled CONTROL. Notice the following quotations from that article:

“One of the more glaring problems faced by the parents of teenagers in today’s world is one in which a parent becomes determined to control every aspect of the teenager’s life… (The author attributes this to insecurity on the part of the parent) …The way we identify insecurity is by watching the amount of control a person needs to have over others. this is seen daily as we watch parents attempting to control sleeping and eating habits, the amount of learning that takes place, the language used by the child, how others treat him, the kinds of clothes he wears, and who his friends are… The question is, “Do I feel secure enough to allow my child to become what he wants to be.”

At the bottom of the page, boxed off and in large type, is the following slogan: The greatest gift my parents gave me was ROOM TO GROW.

The above quotation reveals the Humanist’s desire to lessen the parent’s control over children. The remarks seem to indicate that they want the child to be able to decide for himself his values. Nothing could be further from the truth. The Humanist educators want less parental control so that they can exercise more control. Notice the following quote made by the head of the Nebraska board of Education, “Fundamentalist parents have no right to indoctinate their children in their beliefs…We are preparing them for the year 2,000 and life in a global, one-world society.” (1) Humanist educators are concerned less with teaching our children how to read, write, and do math, and concerned more with forwarding their world agenda. This is perfidious, and extremely effective. We must not blind ourselves to the fact that the humanist’s goal is to take over the educational system. Notice the following quote, “But if humanism is truly important, these matters must not be merely peripheral; they must lie at the very center of the curriculum.” (2)

Please understand that it is not my contention that all teachers are humanists, and seeking to destroy our children’s faith. However, this does not change the fact that the powerful NEA lobby in Washington, the University professors which train our teachers, the textbooks our teachers are stuck with, educational techniques such as Values Clarification (which does not clarify values, but rather destroys them), all support the humanistic agenda to eradicate God, nation, and family. Even the best teachers are severely handicapped under such an assault.

This naturally leads to the question, “What can we as parents do to protect our children from this godless threat?” That we should do something is abundantly clear because of our responsibilities as given by God. Paul stated in Ephesians 6:4, “And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.” Even if you do not have children in the public schools, your responsibility to, “contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 3) demands your participation in eradicating humanism from our children’s sphere of influence.

We must not abdicate to the schools our responsibility in raising our children. To do so is to violate God’s pattern. God intended for mom and dad to train the children. Parents, become involved in your child’s education. Attend the PTO meetings. Read their textbooks. Ask questions. Volunteer. The excuse, “I didn’t know” will ring hollow when your child has lost his faith in God. Also, consider home schooling. This option may not be for everyone, but if the alternative is losing your child to Humanism, it should be seriously considered.

The evidence is abundant that Humanism is central to the public school education our children are receiving. Any philosophy so diametrically opposed to the practice of our Lord’s will should be vigorously campaigned against by all right thinking Christians. Please do not let your children fall prey to Satan’s deceit.

1) Testimony recorded in Child Abuse in the Classroom, page 392.
2) Scobey, Mary-Margaret and Graham, Grace (eds.), TO NURTURE HUMANENESS: Wash. C.C.: NEA’s ASCK 1970 Yearbook Committee.