Education or Indoctrination?

Written by Jeff Carlson on .

GraduatesFor many Americans, the month of May is often connected with millions of students graduating from high school or some sort of higher education program. Many of us reading this blog may even be attending such a graduation for a family member or friend. Graduation can be an exciting time for people, filled with emotions that often mark a "rite of passage" for many of us. Graduations offer us a chance to look back on our achievements and a time to start looking ahead to where we might be going. And while Americans are spending billions of dollars each year to get an education, it has become increasing important to ask ourselves what people are really learning. The reason we need to ask this question is because it increasingly seems that our schools, colleges and universities are doing less and less basic educating. Instead, what has clearly been emerging since the 1960's is that our young people are being indoctrinated more and more with a culturally driven agenda that is often opposed to political conservatives and Christians that eliminates the real pursuit of knowledge and truth.

If we are honest with what is happening today, we would have to say that many of our schools are being run and dominated by a very small group of people that carry a progressive worldview that is directly opposed to the Lord, the Bible, the Church and this Nation's founding principles. And while the purpose of getting an education is to pursue knowledge and truth about life, it seems that a massive wave of political correctness has seemingly taken over many campuses in this Nation where even raising an opposing opinion can be dangerous. The once valued concept of schools providing academic freedom for their teachers and students is vanishing. Instead of allowing schools to be a place where ideas are discussed and tested in the real world, students are protected from life and reality with strictly enforced school policies that define "hate speech" or how someone not using the proper gender pronoun might have a problem with "micro aggression." Under such an environment one must wonder how much "educating" is really going on anywhere these days.
To demonstrate how politically correct schools have become, consider a recent study that was reported by that examines the political makeup of teachers and professors at many of our top schools.
In an article published by the National Association of Scholars, evidence is presented that almost 40% of colleges across the United States are lacking something vitally important: a Republican professor.

This astonishing prejudice against conservative thought is illuminated by Mitchell Langbert, an associate professor of business at Brooklyn College, who writes, "The political registration of full-time, Ph.D.-holding professors in top-tier liberal arts colleges is overwhelmingly Democratic. Indeed, faculty political affiliations at 39 percent of the colleges in my sample are Republican free—having zero Republicans."

If that weren't sinister enough, Langbert adds that of the remaining 61%, most of them feature barely more than 0% GOP professors; he notes that 78.2% of the academic departments that he sampled had either zero Republicans, or "so few as to make no difference."
This shocking article is telling us that a major part of all our higher education today is not much more in some cases than Democratic talking points with high priced tuition, costs for which many of our children and parents have made huge financial sacrifices. Sadly, this massive political indoctrination of our children is dramatically shaping our politics, our views of the Lord, His Church and our Nation in ways that few of us can see right now. It is simply not possible to think nothing is going to happen with this change and indoctrination of our children and future leaders in this way, largely devoid of a meaningful pursuit of knowledge and truth. So instead of us being a Nation with a Constitution and Christian principles shaping our national character, we are devolving into a politically-correct group of antagonists against the moral and spiritual order that founded and created the Nation, our higher education system and way of life.

One of the most important things that every Christian should be thinking about during this unwinding of our educational system is deep questions about the real purpose of all education. What is the purpose of education? Can our schools even answer that basic question anymore? And while our schools may struggle with an answer to that question, the Bible couldn't be clearer about the purpose of education. Our Lord Jesus Christ is the truth (John 14:6) and He is knowledge itself (Colossians 2:3), so all truth and knowledge are connected to Him. As a result, if the Lord is totally removed from the equation, education has no ultimate purpose, other than exalting or puffing up (I Corinthians 8:1) people against the Lord.

Now this corruption of our educational system can best be seen in what has happened at Harvard University. Harvard is considered by many today as the world's leading university. It was America's 1st public university, founded in 1636. The University's motto was "VERITAS," which means "truth" in Latin. You can still buy that motto on a Harvard shirt in their bookstore today on campus or online. Harvard was founded by Christians from Europe who wanted to train their pastors and leaders for the Lord. In an article published by entitled the "History of Harvard," we learn the real purpose of higher education according to Harvard.
"Let every student be plainly instructed and earnestly pressed to consider well the main end of his life and studies is to know God and Jesus Christ which is eternal life (John 17:3)... And seeing the Lord only gives wisdom, let everyone seriously set himself by prayer in secret to seek it of Him (Proverbs 2:3)."

"Everyone shall so exercise himself in reading the Scriptures twice a day that he shall be ready to give such an account of his proficiency therein, both in theoretical observations of the language and the logic, and in practical and spiritual truths, as his tutor shall require, according to his ability; seeing the entrance of the word giveth light, it giveth understanding, to the simple (Psalm 119:130)."
As you read the above, it is hard to believe that Harvard University ever talked that way. You surely would not be able to get a job there or become a student with such thinking today. Sadly, Harvard and all the Ivy League Schools, that at one time were the models of higher education and learning for our Nation, have turned against the Lord, His Word and His people. How tragic to think that people going to Harvard and many of our most prestigious colleges and universities today think they are receiving an outstanding "education," even though they deny the Lord and His people that gave most of them their birth.

This dramatic change and movement from education to indoctrination has also permeated our churches as well. A careful study of the Sunday school curriculums from mainline churches such as the Episcopal, Methodist, Presbyterian, Lutheran and others often reveals a shocking movement away from Biblical themes to political ones. Churches of all varieties seem less likely today to teach their students/members the real truth about the Christian Faith and the Bible. Social justice themes are replacing salvation in Christ alone and Biblically grounded moral standards are being replaced with "love and tolerance."

As graduations arrive this month, it is an appropriate time for every Christian and Christian parent to stop and prayerfully consider what it means to be educated. How much are the schools we support and attend costing us financially, morally and spiritually? What are these schools doing to the hearts and minds of our children and grandchildren? What will happen to our Nation and the Church if we continue to subject ourselves and our families to such a thorough indoctrination? Should we even send our kids to Harvard anymore? These are tough questions. Right now, student/parent/grandparent debt for higher education has exploded and has even surpassed credit card debt at over a trillion dollars. The evidence seems overwhelmingly clear today that we are NOT receiving what we have paid for in the educational world. Another ungodly agenda is clearly under way that needs to be discerned and challenged by the Lord's people in this hour.

The Good News this graduation season is that the real cost for our education was paid by the Lord Jesus Christ on the Cross. Our Lord's atoning death paid for all our sins so we could be educated about the real truth of our sinful condition and His love. Without a focus and awareness of that cost and what is purchased, we can never be truly educated in this life or the life to come.