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The crisis in education

Spot the difference
Spot the difference
Arlon Staywell

If there is a crisis in education one way to tell would be to look at test results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress or various state level testing programs.
Another way is to just open your eyes and look at the big picture. One hazard with that method is that the internet is a major part of the big picture. The problem with the internet is that it is ruled by a sort of majority, which is another way of saying it isn't ruled at all.
Why is that a bad thing? In the classroom the majority does not rule. Especially science, but other fields as well, do not determine facts by vote. In the classroom there is a moderator who can thwart the efforts to establish facts by vote. The teacher's vote counts more than all the students combined.
The internet has no such moderator. It has rather easy access to all and its merits are measured, however inaccurately, by page hits, "likes," and other indicators of majority alignment.
Among the failings of the internet; it is not organized, the activists there do not always represent the views of people less outspoken, and of course even if it were the majority, the majority can be wrong. It can be like the blind leading the blind.
Glaring signs of a crisis in education are marked differences between what the majority thinks and what has been otherwise systematically determined to be true.
Most glaring is the attitude recently that anyone who believes in the existence of a god must have failed science. Quite the opposite is true. People who are convinced there is no god have much more likely failed the science.
In debates it is often noted that members of American Association for the Advancement of Science are largely atheists. What's not noted is exactly what they ever accomplished. It would appear having jobs is their only accomplishment, and no one is certain of even that much. Meanwhile hospitals run by religious organizations continue to excel.
A likely reason the majority believes atheists are more scientific is that recently some speech and writing has promised an eventual explanation of the origin of life without need of an intelligent designer. It is however not science by any means and a future that can never arrive. The real science of the matter since the discovery of the chromosome in the 1930's is that with every advance in science the plausibility of "random" assembly has become more remote, not less. Even the brief respite of the Urey Miller experiment of the 1950s failed to assemble anything but the most simple and crude molecules.
Still there is a majority opinion that science can explain away all intelligent designers.
When people attempt to argue that tornadoes in junkyards might assemble working automobiles from broken debris the obvious question should be whether anyone is actually that stupid or corrupt and lying.
It probably wouldn't be fair to call them "corrupt" since they are merely being loyal to their public schools, which gave them no understanding or appreciation of religion. They are concerned, and perhaps with reason, that many people who claim to believe in a god do not demonstrate much morality. For example many "Christians" are indistinguishable from the most immoral of all atheists.
The self styled "scientists" consider themselves "moral" and acknowledge most of the Commandments except the ones pertaining to the existence of a god.
When Judge John E. Jones rendered his decision in the case of Kitzmiller v. Dover he probably was being loyal to public education, whether he attended it or not, and to the majority opinion, at least the majority of the outspoken activists. He probably isn't corrupt, just not a biologist, not even close.
There are however many very corrupt liars out there. The problem is they don't understand power. They don't understand control. The Ten Commandments are considered "controlling" these days but they are more about freedom. Strict marriage laws ensure people care for their own. Strict property laws ensure people care for their own. That is the only freedom people can have, the only "minding their own business" there is. Government management of property and marriage has done the opposite of what it should do.
Science is failing morality, and with no check on the tyranny of the majority it always will.
The founders of the government of the United States understood that it would not work unless it is limited by a moral people.
The schools are not the problem. The majority opinion is. The majority wants no god. The majority believes it can manage without one. The talk about "climate change" is an admirable effort by people who imagine themselves to be scientific to do something socially responsible in the name of science. It won't work because they aren't really scientists. It won't work because blind faith in science can't inspire morality. Fossil fuels are finite and much of what they will do to the environment has already been done, there aren't much more fossil fuels left. Estimates are not exact science of course. Some indicate we have not yet reached the half way point of fossil fuels yet. Still we can only expect people to respond to what they can see and what the "majority" of anyone thinks, including "scientists," has not shown anything.
The crisis in education today is that the majority opinion will have to be corrected and restrained. We can't afford to keep telling people who believe tornadoes can assemble automobiles they are good scientists. They clearly are not. They clearly have loosed a majority of the blind leading the blind because they never learned an important lesson about power that only religion has.

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