Moral Decline

Documenting The Moral Decline That Threatens To Destroy America

Homeschooling Booms As Hostility Towards Religion In The U.S. Grows

The number of children being homeschooled in the United States has increased dramatically over the past five years. According to the Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics, the number of homeschooled kids crossed the 1.5 million mark in 2007. This represents a 36% increase from 2003.

So why is this happening? Why are so many parents educating their children at home now?

Well, the truth is that parents have many different reasons for doing it, but one huge factor is religion.

More parents than ever are realizing that there is only one worldview that is being relentlessly pushed down children's throats in the public schools - the worldview of secularism.

Religious parents are starting to wonder if having their children indoctrinated five days a week from morning until evening in the ways of secularism is such a great idea.

In fact, we not only see this aggressive indoctrination in the schools, but it is also reflected in the fact that many recent bestselling books aggressively promote atheism. Just consider the titles of a few recent New York Times bestsellers:

-"God is Not Great: Why Religion Poisons Everything" by journalist Christopher Hitchens.

-"Letter to a Christian Nation" and "The End of Faith" by atheist author Sam Harris.

-"The God Delusion" by Richard Dawkins.

The open mocking of Christianity in the public schools and in the media have many parents hesitant to entrust their children to the system. Every day it seems like these public schools are becoming less and less like the schools that many of us grew up in.

Just consider some of the recent stories that have been coming out of the public schools....

*A 6th-grader's teacher recently told him that Jesus could not be mentioned in a Christmas poem that he was writing for class.

*A kindergarten teacher at a public school in California actually had her kindergarten students sign "pledge cards" in support of homosexual rights.

*Eighteen 1st graders, ages five and six, took a field trip to San Francisco city hall for the wedding of their lesbian teacher and her lesbian partner.

*According to the leaders of a taxpayer funded project in the United Kingdom, children as young as five should be "taught to understand the pleasures of gay sex".

*A high school photography teacher in Phoenix, Arizona has been put on administrative leave after his students said that he showed them "torture porn" videos for 20 minutes during class.

So what are the results of our youth being exposed to secular philosophy day after day after day in the public schools? One of the results is a complete breakdown in the morality of the next generation.

For example, a new federal survey reveals that more than 50 percent of both male and female 15 to 19 year old teenagers admit to having engaged in oral sex.

The truth is that when one puts a child in public school, you are trusting that child to a system that is becoming more antagonistic to Christianity by the day. Perhaps we should all think twice before doing that.


ninjasquirrels23 said...

The opinion that schools of today are less like the schools we grew up has less to do with religious education (or lack thereof) and more to do with a host of other factors such as societal trends, technological improvements and lackadaisical public opinion. What moral values are lacking in the youth of today? From what I've witnessed and read they are more involved in their communities and more knowledgeable on national affairs than any other generation.

The education system is the responsibility of the state and in the governing articles of this country the church and state are to remain separated and the state a neutral entity in religious affairs. I'll admit that this has not always worked out so well or in the way it was intended however they must remain separate. This country was in part started out of a need to be free of religious persecution. If religion starts to assert it's weight too far into government controlled sectors it will undoubtedly recreate the same situation in which our ancestors wanted to escape from in the first place.

The articles and news pieces you mention are sad and it is my hope those responsible face repercussions however I would be careful citing such things lest you'd like to start citing the volumes of atrocities committed by religious servants (priests, ministers, Rabbis, etc.) or acts of violence and intolerance committed in the name of religion.

The moral decline of America's youth may not be so immoral as it is a change in perspective that you can't tolerate. So who's wrong? The people of today for acting and thinking the way they do? Or is it your own intolerance of the changes in cultural trends?

Lastly I offer you a reminder that there are Catholic schools at your disposal. If you'd rather not pay for it than complain to your local church and quietly send your kid to public school instead.

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