In a prior post, I outlined a more proactive response to the federal government’s most recent unconstitutional actions to permit leftists to take our children under the guise of Common Core. I would like in this post to flesh the idea out in a little greater detail.
One thing we must first establish is that education is not about the head; it is about the heart. As James K. A. Smith, so beautifully describes in his book,
The core claim of this book is that liturgies—whether “sacred” or “secular”—shape and constitute our identities by forming our most fundamental desires and our most basic attunement to the world. In short, liturgies make us certain kinds of people, and what defines us is what we love. They do this because we are the sorts of animals whose orientation to the world is shaped from the body up more than from the head down. http://www.amazon.com/Desiring-Kingdom-Cultural-Liturgies-ebook/dp/B00997YMOK/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1374867219&sr=1-1&keywords=desiring+the+kingdom
Smith then proceeds to take his reader through the liturgy of the shopping mall, football game and college dorm life. The descriptions are chilling in showing the dreams and loves implanted by these liturgies.
For Christians, Smith’s wisdom should be old wisdom. In Deuteronomy 5, Moses gives God’s people God’s law. Two of the ten – the fourth and fifth commandments – have a unique arrangement.
12 “‘Observe the Sabbath day, to keep it holy, as the Lord your God commanded you. 13 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 14 but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter or your male servant or your female servant, or your ox or your donkey or any of your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates, that your male servant and your female servant may rest as well as you.
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16 “‘Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God commanded you, that your days may be long, and that it may go well with you in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.
The reader should note several things about this passage. First, the commandments are reciprocal. The fourth commandment is imposed on the older generation for the sake of the younger generation. The fifth commandment is imposed on the younger generation as an honor and respect to the older generation as they keep the fourth commandment. Second, the fourth commandment is not simply about the seventh day. It also encompasses the other six. The fourth commandment encompasses all of life, including the education of our children. Third and finally, there is a promise that goes along with the fifth commandment. To the extent the people are faithful to these two commandments, it will go well with the people.
Why is the present education system failing? Because we have given the responsibility for the fourth commandment over to the secular state. Why is the secular state failing in educating our children? Because the secular state is simply that: secular. The secular state has no loves and it can pass on no loves higher than the secular passions of the day, i.e. getting a job. If education is about getting a job, education by definition is socialist. It is designed to make the student a suitable tool of the state. And every effort to reform that system is driven by a desire to remove a higher love from the content of education.
This must change. The Church has a higher love. Families have higher loves. Only by returning education to the two institutions driven by love will education be made right.
- The Good in Common Core (blackstoneinitiative.com)