Wake County, NC finds itself embroiled in quite a bruhaha. The County School Board recently voted to stop busing children long distance to achieve “diversity” in schools. You can read more on the controversial decision here:
This all comes as a sad amusement to me. The state schools have been undergirded for 50+ years now by a Darwinian / naturalist / humanist worldview. The much acclaimed “Father of Modern Education,” John Dewey, was himself a bold socialist and a proud signer of the Humanist Manifesto I. Dewey even traveld to Russia in the early 1900’s to assist them in implementing the educational system of Karl Marx. Dewey was instrumental in bringing German scholars from the “Frankfurt School” here to America, and he gave them “power positions” in schools and universities.
The Frankfurt School embraced the worldview of Nietzsche and Foucalt, which came to be called “postmodernism.” Its central tenet is there is no absolute truth (of course we must quickly ask the postmodernists if it is absolutely true that there is no absolute truth). Nietzsche wrote “God is dead . . . we have killed him.” Further, his worldview led him to declare “that all life is simply will to power” (Beyond Good and Evil). In other words, MIGHT makes RIGHT. This is Darwinian thinking applied to social ethics. Don’t believe me? Just ask Hitler.
Why then, should the state-run school give a flip about whether or not each school has socio-economic and ethnic diversity? (I purposely avoid the term “racial” because the Bible teaches we are all one race – Adam’s.) Why not just let the powerful keep going to the better schools with greater opportunities? Why should a Darwinian care if the poorer or less privileged classes suffer? Survival of the fittest, right? We’re all just advanced animals, so the natural laws governing the animal kingdom clearly are at work in the Wake County School System. Let them run their course. In the end, it will be best for our continued evolution as a human species.
I am not hiding my sarcasm so well, am I? The school boards and teachers and parents and children simply cannot live out the worldview that the education system as a whole embraces! The irony is thick. No matter how hard Darwinian educators try to get us to suppress this pesky thing called a conscience, and to jettison the absurd notion of actual absolute moral obligations to treat all people with dignity and respect, these things just will not go away.
Deep inside, tucked away under layers of sinful corruption, mankind still possesses the very image of his Creator (Genesis 1:27; 9:6). From time to time, even the Christ-less, depraved American culture and society demonstrates that the way of Jesus Christ is still best: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength and with all your mind . . . and love your neighbor as youself.”
The laws of this nation were clearly founded upon that ethic, and were implemented, by and large, by men who were experiencing the restoration of God’s image in them through faith in Jesus Christ. Friends, the state-run schools may be forever lost in the moral swamp and confusion that is the inevitable result of Darwinistic humanism, but some of the constituents of those schools clearly are not. You don’t have to be either.
Whether or not it is economically prudent to bus children long distances in the name of diversity is not really the primary issue. It is not my intent to endorse either economic imprudence or racism. Both dishonor my God and Savior. It is my intent, however, to manifest the moral bankruptcy of Darwinism, humanism, and/ or postmodernism. The real issue for Wake County, and all Americans, is what kind of people we will be. Good Samaritans? Or Good Darwinians?
“As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”