by the ladies at Ladies Against Feminism commenting upon a piece by Justin McBrayer at the New York Times – One Reason Our Children Don’t Think There Are Moral Facts
Editor’s note – LAF is taking the original author to task for not saying that scripture is the final truth on everything. The original piece in the New York Times is how whatever school the author’s child is attending is not teaching the real difference between fact and opinion. While he may actually have a point, or not, LAF as always gets the wrong end of the stick and makes it all about how public school is evil and designed to make children fail.
[Editor’s Note: There are a few things to consider when reading this article. One, we’re all born humanists. Unreasoning. Selfish. One-sided in our thinking. Easily mislead. Often biased. Second, we’ve established that academia isn’t healthy for children and so we home school. Third, the author fails to point out the source of truth by which all thought, opinion, beliefs are measured. That would be scripture. Even with the conclusion the author gives us, there must be a standard by which that conclusion is true, rather than the ‘workings of the world’. What this article does do is reiterate just how pointedly confusing government schooling has become especially under common core. They’re setting our children up to be unable to judge rightly and discern good from evil. Do we want that? We’re setting our children up for failure if we’re still partaking in the government school system. ]
What would you say if you found out that our public schools were teaching children that it is not true that it’s wrong to kill people for fun or cheat on tests? Would you be surprised?
I was. As a philosopher, I already knew that many college-aged students don’t believe in moral facts. While there are no national surveys quantifying this phenomenon, philosophy professors with whom I have spoken suggest that the overwhelming majority of college freshmen in their classrooms view moral claims as mere opinions that are not true or are true only relative to a culture.
[W]here is the view coming from?
A few weeks ago, I learned that students are exposed to this sort of thinking well before crossing the threshold of higher education. When I went to visit my son’s second grade open house, I found a troubling pair of signs hanging over the bulletin board.
Fact: Something that is true about a subject and can be tested or proven.
Opinion: What someone thinks, feels, or believes.
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