As a homeschool dad, this is readily apparent. Our child does gym by learning and playing sport. We have specifically chosen to not participate in sporting activities on Sunday. Our homeschool community offers sports on weekdays, so we can meet this requirement without impacting the rest of what we need to do while protecting the Lord's day. But there is a lot of pressure to participate more and more. For some of our community, the opportunity to participate in public school sports is being denied them, and they would rather increase government oversight on everyone than lose that opportunity to play at a higher and more observable level.
Then there's the whole professional sporting thing, which must relate to high church. Everywhere we go, our child is asked if he cheers for the local favorite NFL team.
Like any cult, there is a means in which participants through greater training can make themselves "better" and "healthier." Fans can be more devotes than others, gaining status. And all plays into the cult of "Self" in which pleasure or status is gained through working up levels. A piece of this is sexual, both in terms of gaining sexual attention from others as well as the attempts of sexually gratifying or exciting add-ons from cheerleaders and advertising, sometimes f
Jim L, I'm completely confused how you can connect young teens being preyed upon by adult men with the homeschooling movement. There is absolutely no connection whatsoever. Many homeschoolers of both genders outperform their traditional schooled peers in every aspect of education. On the contrary, my wife who grew up in only conservative Christian schools was routinely hit on by adult men on and off campus. My dad, who was almost nothing Christian, at least could give me a very valuable piece of advice - leave other people's teenage daughters alone. And where are those kids most exposed without parental protection? School.
That's the kind of attitude every professor and administrator ought to have, but surely this strikes at enrollment for those more interested in partying than learning. Of course, for those in social science majors like political science, there isn't a lot of definition so drunkness and laziness is just preparation for political careers.
You know, our child spends a good amount of time on technology but interacts and communicates very well with people of all ages. Sure, there's something wrong with the dad but also a government system who will accuse that dad of abuse if he tells his kids to put their phones down and the school that warps kids to only communicate politically correct ideas. And the nature of society today. What's funny to me is that the first question we get as homeschoolers is how our son is being socialized...and, of course, he's more interactive & communicative than his socialized peers from the socialist system! Oh, and our child is autistic & still out performs.
This situation is quite a shame and NOT what Lord Baden Powell had in mind when he first created Boy Scouts in the UK to equip boys to become leading men of action. Many today seem confused about the difference between sexes including the U.S. military. But the other drivers beyond seeking cultural conformity is that both Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts are shrinking in size and influence. For alternative for your sons, check out Trail Life USA and American Heritage Girls for your daughters. Both organizations are unapologetically Christian and seek to uphold the Lord's created order & created identities.
This is standard fare of indoctrination by public schools, and California is being very open about their agenda. Just because it's out in the open there doesn't mean it isn't happening elsewhere. C. S. Lewis' "The Abolution of Man" raised this concern decades ago. There are alternatives, and homeschooling is one we really recommend.
I gave up on the NFL and college football years ago. I learned how Christians in Roman times stood against gladiator sports and saw the same kinds of base attractions in football...organized violence. I also noted that there is a strong female sensual side piece, making football with it's organized violence and female sensuality crafted to provoke or feed primary the lusts of the flesh and the eyes. Finally, NFL games are played primarily on Sunday, our day of rest. It is not the example I want for our child. Many professing Christians we know enjoy football and follow it closely. We are taking a 1 Peter 4:1-6 approach.
It is little wonder, then, that modern day gladiators are standing against the government under which they live. Is there nothing new under the sun? Were there not gladiator revolts in Rome?
I think Dave has the great summary comment. But this kind of indoctrination is one reason some of us homeschool our children. Just today, we received an email laying out the legal precedent from parentalrights.org. The posted version giving the broader picture is posted here - https://parentalrights.org/back-to-school/. Planned Parenthood is just the tip of the iceberg. The unfortunate reality for many parents in the US is that schools which don't support the indoctrination of liberal ideology or homeschooling are too often out of reach. It's one thing to pull out of the public system because we can. But others are trapped by economics. And in other nations, the concept of individual freedom as an inalienable right is downright alien. We need to pray for those families while fighting for their liberty to not be subjected to this unrighteousness.
This is a pretty funny article! Didn't the Girl Scouts start including boys who want to girls before the Boy Scouts started taking in confused girls? However, BSA has had programs that include girls as girls for multiple decades. Why complain now? Do they see their opportunity to indoctrinate girls into hyper-feminism slipping away with decreased membership? Does reduced membership mean a smaller weight in the lobbying battles on Capitol Hill? It's simple political maneuvering. For the Christian family, there are other, better options available.
Once a parent drops his or her child off at school in the U.S., control over what that child is exposed becomes the realm of the school and district. Parents can complain, but ultimately those who have degrees in education and working for the school system will make the decisions, not the parent. Alternative school options, including homeschooling, offer protection from this kind of government indoctrination of our children. This kind of nonsense doesn't happen at our kitchen table or in our living room. But, unfortunately, my wife and I have had to explain what is happening in regards to the growing gender confusion to our young adolescent. Yet we can do so in the light of God's word. May the Lord protect us and our children from the pressure to conform to the system of this world where that system is blatantly disregarding God & His word. Oh, did I mention the Parental Rights Amendment?
The KJV is a beautiful version and a favorite in our household. Yet, there is another, darker view of James I (James VI of Scotland) that Presbyterians from his home country soon found. I recently came across an old description of why there were settlements of Scots in the Americas in the mid-1700s, which pointed back to King James' political and economic maneuvering. John Howie documents that James used the institution of bishops to attempt to destroy the Church of Scotland in order to gain control over the church/kirk as its overall head. Tolle Press introduced its edited version of the 1599 Geneva Bible by stating that James wanted to replace it to reduce threats to the Crown due to notes on some passages as well as the notes strong Calvinistic leanings, clearly a result of who translated and produced the Geneva Bible -- http://genevabible.com/introduction/. So while some staunch conservatives stick to this version, the rest of the story does not reflect the God-fearing king wanting a readable version for his subjects. And while the readability, flow, and commonality of the KJV over the Geneva are certainly pluses, it is amazing what the Lord will do with less than holy intentions in the bringing about of the KJV. May He do the same with our endeavors which are also tainted.
Yet more reason to homeschool. The ability to read the Bible was, at one time, a big reason to teach reading. But if people can't read, they can't question what they are being told, even to be Bereans and check the contents of a sermon. There is power for the entities in power - more control and less questioning of policy. May the Lord raise up missionaries to bring not only the Gospel but to teach how to read and understand God's holy and inspired word.
Ah...why is there nearly $1B in federal funding that goes toward sex ed in public schools? That looks like $1B available for reprogramming or redistributing. This kind of nonsense is yet another reason to homeschool.
I too think that Adriel has some valid points. However, too often one gets what one pays for. "Free" (tax payer funded) education at the K-12 levels in the U.S. range from very good to downright awful. But it is also an important springboard for elitist indoctrination into Leftist and Progressive ideals. Ken Ham has documented that the current generation reaching adulthood is falling away from the faith to a large extent because they have the insight to see the dictoamy between what the Bible says and what their teachers and textbooks say. Unfortunately, according to Ken Ham, young adults are increasingly choosing to listen to the world rather than the Lord. While Ken may not have this absolutely correct, he's probably pretty close. I don't want any more of my tax dollars funding this kind of indoctrination. There are other alternatives to paying "full freight" for oollege. The college bound Christian and his/her family should invest some time into looking into those options, both to cut costs but also to limit exposure to the so-called wisdom of this world that is leading too many of our young people astray.
Dr. Voddie Bauchman has a seminar speech he gives at homeschool conferences called "Heaven or Harvard?" that seems like it applies here. His point is that the cost of higher education is extreme. Is it something every student should pursue? Is the drive for a diploma so important that it has become idolatry? For instance, parents will take out a huge, mostly unsecured loan so their child will receive a useless degree as if it is something that MUST be done. Meanwhile, due to the strong influence of liberal professors, that child no longer displays faith in Jesus Christ. There are alternatives that set individual children up for success, be that pursuing a trade or finding lower cost ways to obtain credit for class completion. I can't get a link to the talk to work & recommend searching for it on the web. SA doesn't appear to have this speech.