NEWS FROM THE CENTER FRIDAY DIGEST April 29, 2022 - Education: We Have a Lot of Work to Do
Our universities are in trouble, both secular and Christian. But that should come as no surprise, because it's not just a matter of college. Our schools are pushing Social Emotional Learning from kindergarten on. Mindfulness is key, and it's a starting point. Through mindfulness, the child's brain is emptied for rewiring. Make no mistake: schools want to educate "the whole child," and that means rewiring children's brains to reject the things we hold dear, including basic piety towards God and family, father and mother.
As minds are emptied via a Westernized version of what is essentially Eastern religion, children are then indoctrinated into a kind of group think, into which an us vs. them paradigm is promoted. At this point, you get early indoctrination into the mentality of White Fragility, equity, and the rainbow pride. Children are rewarded for being on the right side of the open minded, which is the social justice ideology. Our children are wired to think "socially" and that mean social and restorative justice. That is, there is no such thing as an individual's sin, but it is simply a matter of such identity markers as race and gender.
By the time our kids get to college, they are now mostly already lost, at least if they have gone to the public schools. We know that even within our own system, the Diversity, Inclusivity, and Equity mantra is promoted. What to do? Homeschooling makes sense. But if we want to save our Lutheran schools and truly equip our kids, we need to have the very best Lutheran and Christian schools of education that are aware of this indoctrination and are ready and eager to fight against this progressive ideology.
All of this is to say, we have a lot of work to do. And it's not enough to clear the barrel of a few bad apples. This stuff goes to the common core, and we had better get up to speed on it all. Just sprinkling Bible passages on this poisonous worldview is not even close to enough. As I have said, this ideology, found in Critical Race Theory, the Rainbow Pride, and Intersectionality, and introduced at the elementary school level in Common Core and Social Emotional Learning is indeed the most dangerous religion of our day, and it's a worldview that aims to take our children and their hapless parents away from Christ. And, we had better see, it's working.
The Rev. Dr. Peter Scaer is chairman and professor of Exegetical Theology and director of the M.A. program at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind.
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