In my first ever blog post, I wrote that the blog existed to expose the activities of Accelerated Christian Education. I now think that “expose” was the wrong verb. It implies that ACE is in some way underhanded about what it does. ACE is actually completely blatant about its educational philosophy, and their leaders’ own writing on the subject of education is far more damning than anything I could write on the subject.
What ACE and other fundamentalist curricula are, however, is mostly invisible to the general public. As Paul F. Parsons explains, there’s a reason for that.
Fundamentalist schools, in particular, operate in secrecy. This is done not only to discourage the prying of government agencies but to avoid the eyeing of a suspicious public.
So here’s what ACE says it exists for in its own words. After I spoke to Reading Skeptics in the Pub about ACE, one teacher came up to me, pointed to an ACE book and said “This has absolutely nothing to do with learning. You need to shine a big spotlight on this.”
Here’s the spotlight. In this excerpt, you’ll see the intense milieu control that ACE deliberately exerts over children. They don’t just intend to inculcate the fundamentalist worldview; they don’t want children to have any idea about any alternatives.
[There’s a chance that I’ll get asked to take this down because it is copyrighted material. The way I see it, it’s all available for free online from ACE, so I’m not costing them any money, and trust me, I have no desire to pass this off as my own work. The following text is an excerpt from The Great Commandment and the Great Commission: God’s mandate for Christian education, (C) 1999 (2013 revision) Accelerated Christian Education, available at http://aceministries.com/aboutus/pdf/Great_Commandment_Commission.pdf]
Christian education is not an alternative. It is not a luxury. It is not even just a good idea. It is the law of God. It is the law that He gave to our forefathers, and it is the same law that He now gives to us. It is the GREAT COMMANDMENT…
Cease to Hear the Instruction . . . !
Notice the phrase in Proverbs 22:6 that states
Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
That is inclusive of everything God has considered important enough to put in His Word. It includes all the commandments, statutes, and judgments of the Lord in both the Old and New Testaments. Furthermore, according to Proverbs 19:27, it also excludes anything that is not consistent with God’s Word.
Cease, my son, to hear the instruction that causeth to err from the words of knowledge.
Not only is the child to be taught all the principles of Scripture, but he is to be shielded from anything contrary to the way in which he should go. Does that mean we are to be careful that we do not have him exposed to just a little bit of humanism, just a little bit of evolutionary theory, and just a little bit of all the other multitudes of unscriptural concepts? Not even so our children will understand “what the world is like”? Yes, that is exactly what it means! Notice what the verse does not say. It does not say, “You would be better off not to listen to it,” or “I would not recommend that you listen to it.” It says, very clearly, “Cease to hear it!
Going Back to Egypt Every Day
After God led the Israelites out of Egypt, opened the Red Sea, delivered them from the hand of Pharaoh, and then gave them the Great Commandment, do you suppose they got their children up every morning, washed their faces, fed them breakfast, got them dressed, put a sack lunch in their hands, and then sent them back down the path to Egypt for school? Of course not! Yet that is what so many parents do today!
Tragically, there are countless parents who love the Lord and believe His Word, yet every morning they get their children up and send them back into Egypt! These parents place their children in schools where their palates are touched daily by un-Godly people who develop un-Godly hungers in them. Unwarily, they send them into a school system that has literally legislated God and the Bible completely out of it! It allows the children to see things they should never see and hear things they should never hear. God has so clearly commanded us to train our children diligently and daily in the principles of His Word, yet multitudes of Christian parents send their children every day into an educational system that directly opposes what He has commanded us to teach our children.
Combating a Philosophy of Exposure
A common reaction to the foregoing assertions might be, “We live in a day when a great education is a great exposure to all kinds of ideas!” However, the One Who created you, the One Who gives you life, the One Who says that you will someday stand in His presence, giving an account for every thought you have ever had, every word you have ever spoken, and every deed you have ever done, has commanded you to the contrary. The principle of separation from evil is repeated throughout the Bible. Romans 16:19 states,
. . . I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil.
For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
Satan twisted the truth, telling them that their eyes would be opened and they would be like gods. From that fateful day until now, the idea has been handed down that it is necessary to instruct our children both in the good and in the evil, and the results have been painfully obvious. In order to combat this lie, we must remember and heed Romans 16:19. We must teach our children to be “wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil.” We must protect our most precious possessions from the “garbage” that is destroying a generation. Just how much do you have to know about something to be “simple” regarding it? Absolutely nothing! That is what God’s Word is communicating to us: know nothing about evil. On the contrary, we are to train up our children in the way they should go, which is the way of righteousness, Godliness, and life.
[The booklet goes on and on about this, but you get the point]…
Just an Innocent Theory?
Some may question, “Isn’t evolution just an innocent, harmless little theory?” Absolutely not! It is a lie. “Why?” you may ask. “You’re being just a little bit ridiculous here,” some say. It is plainly understood from the Word of God and from the current state of the world that the theory of evolution is extremely damaging to children individually and to society as a whole. This is true for two reasons.
First of all, the theory of evolution denies the principle of the individual’s accountability to our Almighty and Holy God. It thus erodes the individual’s moral foundation. This destroys the child’s sense of responsibility to God, as well as the entire chain-of-command of God-given authority. Children may obey their parents “just because” when they are young. However, if they become teenagers and adults without first developing the foundation of accountability to a righteous God, they may begin to wonder why they should live moral and honest lives. Why not enjoy the temporary pleasures of drugs, alcohol, and premarital sex? Why not eat and drink and be merry for today, when tomorrow we die and there is nothing after that? We can clearly see the results of such a wicked and vain philosophy upon the culture and identity, or lack thereof, of people today.
Second, the theory of evolution totally removes the basis for self-worth in our children. Think of the staggering number of precious lives that have ended in our country through needless episodes of suicide, the millions of babies aborted before birth, and the dissatisfaction and low productivity on the part of those who live monotone lives without hope and peace! It is no wonder that these things occur, considering that our children are systematically taught that their very existence is merely a result of chance; that they are merely a by-product of evolutionary processes transpiring over billions of years!
Would you tend to believe there is a future of hope and purpose if you thought you were the descendant of a monkey, which was the descendant of an amoeba? This contradicts the beautiful and life-giving words that God Himself has spoken to us in the Genesis account of Creation—that man is created by a loving and holy God for a real and vibrant purpose! When we can see so clearly that our society is in desperate need of these words of hope and truth, how can we consider sending our own children out to Egypt to be taught empty philosophies and vain deceit? …
God is truth, and in Him is no deceit. We can clearly see His truth through His Word, through His Creation, and through changed lives, as well as through excellent scientific studies that have been made regarding Creationism. It is of vital importance that we carefully seek out and ground ourselves upon the truth of God’s Word before we ever allow
our most precious possessions, our children, to be taught things that could eventually contribute to their downfall!
[All text in bold is my emphasis. Children are described as “possessions” a further three times in this ACE pamphlet. I leave you to draw your own conclusions; please leave them in comments.]