Unbiased Education

st enodocThere is a feeling in the general community that secular state education is neutral and Christian education is partisan. However the real question is, can any educational system deliver education that is not shaped by the values and particular world-view of both the system and the teacher? To be frank, I believe the manner in which we teach any subject is saturated in a world-view.

For example, history is more than just a collection of objective facts but also about how we interpret them. We can ask, is history simply events determined by the decisions of humanity – are we in charge of our own destiny, or are greater forces at work? Is science the exploration of the chance events occurring over millions of years or is there a higher being at work? Any study of literature is the study of values, worldviews, hopes, aspirations and failures of humanity. A neutral objectivity is naive and foolish.

Why do I raise this question? There is an arrogant totalitarianism developing in democratic countries that suggests that the only truly valuable education can be pursued by the state – everything else is partisan. The reality behind this thinking is that mankind is “god”. We determine what is valuable and true. The majority rules. Somehow truth is determined by the greatest number.

Essentially the fundamental difference between Christian education and state education is the God/god that we follow. The God I follow has revealed himself in His Word and in His son. It is a truth that has withstood the test of time. The god of secular state education is determined by the values, votes and fashions of any particular era.

I know where my loyalty and faith lies.

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6 thoughts on “Unbiased Education

  1. agreed!!!! one cannot effectively live without some sort of side taking. not everything can be bipartisan and still be correct.

  2. nbiser

    Exactly! The state teaches its own god..itself. Even atheists have a god, themselves. My point being that the state teaches a god, just not the true God. Great post Mr. Stok.

  3. At last you are making statements I can totally agree with!. Whilst I can understand and even tolerate much of the relativistic philosophy that it is being taught in schools it seems so pathetically ironic that moral relativism is being assumed as the only philosophy that is considered ok to pass on to our students in a state run education system. Somehow words such as “tolerance”, “acceptance”, “inclusive” and “your truth” have crept into the narrative of our children’s education, whilst anyone claiming a Christian value is thrust to the side or accused of bigotry.

    • Thanks Mick!. You may only be a bigot if you are on the side of the majority. Which is probably a view that Hitler was supportive of as well. In our society evangelical Christians and unborn children just happen to be part of the bigoted minority.

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