Russell and Duenes

The “Counter-Education” Should Be A Christian Education

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I’m greatly enjoying Nancy Pearcey’s indispensable book, Total Truth. Her call for a more biblical apologetic is utterly crucial at this moment in western culture. She sees the huge problems that are endemic to our public education system and our universities, yet in seeing such problems, I’m not sure why she doesn’t take the next logical step, which is to aggressively establish schools that will not be held captive to philosophical naturalism. In the first paragraph of Chapter 7, she writes,

A first-grader came home from school one day and asked: “Who’s lying, Mom – you or my teacher?” That day, it turned out, the teacher had informed the class that humans and apes are descended from a common ancestor. Little Ricky was bright enough to figure out that this didn’t square with what his mother had taught him from the Bible, so he figured one of them must be making things up. Surely, it couldn’t be the teacher; after all, in his young eyes she was the expert, the professional. No, the person he decided to doubt was his mother. With sorrow, she realized that she had better start on a long process of counter-education. (emphasis mine)

Uh, no! The solution is not to keep your kid in a school where the teacher says one thing day after day, which you must then try and counter, day after day. The obvious solution is to get out of schools where the curriculum is false and start establishing more schools where the truth is primary and central. Why do we cling to officially agnostic, or even atheistic, schools with such tenacity? Is there some kind of rule that says that if you’re going to be a real American, you simply cannot abandon the government schools? Do we really want our kids to be learning something while at school and then coming home to have us contradict it every day? Will we always know what it is we should be contradicting? The public schools survive because Christians stay in them. They are not inevitable. They should be abandoned.



Written by Michael Duenes

April 9, 2011 at 10:56 pm

Posted in Duenes, Education

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  1. A first-grader came home from school one day and asked: “Who’s lying, Mom – you or my teacher?”

    Hmm… do you think that a child would trust the teacher over the parent? That’s not my intuitive expectation, but if it’s true, it’s thought-provoking indeed.


    April 12, 2011 at 5:48 pm

  2. I’ve got kids in public school, and the main counter-programming I’ve had to do is debunk the “white people are bad, everyone else is good” myth.


    April 13, 2011 at 7:55 am

    • Yes, that’s another big problem. Of course, that one will only get worse over time. Too bad your kids will never be told “by what standard” white people are to be judged, or any other color people, for that matter. In the government schools, you see, they just “know stuff.”


      russell and duenes

      April 13, 2011 at 9:51 pm

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