The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, was a vicious, violent act against the United States. Was there anything good in the attack on Pearl Harbor? The attack itself killed and wounded thousands of Americans. It led America into a war that killed many more thousands. Yet most people observe that by leading America into World War II, America changed the tide of the war and changed the outcome. Is it possible to even imagine the appearance of the world if America had not entered the war?
Common Core is a vicious, unconstitutional act of the United States federal government on the young in this nation, directed primarily at the government school systems (“public schools”) throughout the land. It proposes to impose national standards for “learning,” driven by a socialist elite in this country. Mostly what it does is establishes preset data and conclusions that must be espoused by the student. It also proposes to establish a system of recordkeeping and control of each student in the government school system. Is there anything good in this most recent attack on the children of this nation? That depends on the response of the parents and the Church as it depended on the response of America to the attack on Pearl Harbor.
As I talk and listen to many people, particularly Christians, I am struck by their defensive posture. They want to stop Common Core. They want to save the government school system for their children. My question is always the same, why? If you stop Common Core, are you happy? The answer is always “No.” There has already been way too much damage done to the American government school system in the form of Outcome Based Education, No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top, not to mention the continuous onslaught of the left to take prayer out of school. Inner city school systems are dramatically failing students. And yet we parents want to stop Common Core in order to “save” the government school system for our children. Why?
Jesus said, “Follow me, and leave the dead to bury their own dead.” Jesus gave the keys of the kingdom to the Church. It is time for the Church of Jesus Christ to radically rethink its posture on education and return to one of its primary callings, the education of its people, all of them, including its children. It is time for the Church to stop being defensive and go on the offensive. It is time for the Church to start real schools, schools that teach our young people how to think and reason and not simply cram their head full of facts and propaganda.
What would have happened if America had responded to the Pearl Harbor attack by simply building a new navy to defend its boarders and not responded to the attack? What would have happened if Germany had invaded and conquered Great Britain? What did happen when America responded to the attack? What will happen if the Church responds to the onslaught against its children and actually counter attacks by providing good, classical education? If Common Core produces that response, there would be good that comes out of Common Core. I would like to see that response.