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Secular Humanism…the stuff public education is built on!

Posted by Scott on September 8, 2009

*Very good article written about the plight of todays public education system. No wonder is struggles to educate the kids. A godless institution will not be blessed by the God of this universe and its success will always be a dream, but never a reality. 

A side note here:  After a recent testing was done based on the same testing system from public schools, private schools, and homeschoolers the results were astonishing. Homeschool kids ranked in all catagories at about the 85% level. Private School kids ranked at the 81% level. Public School kids ranked at the 50% level. To see the complete article on the Home-School testing result go to Home-Schooling.

Now, read this article written by the Hamilton-Wentworth Family Action Council in Canada:

“If our education system is to be secular, we need to understand what secular means and identify the foundational principles guiding the decisions being made in our education system. How does a secular system co-exist with the values and worldviews of the communities of the larger society that it serves? There are two common types of secularism – ‘secular humanism’ and ‘secular pluralism’.

Secular Humanism

Secular humanism is a secular philosophy based upon humanistic principles. Secular Humanists became a significant force in public education after the original Humanist Manifesto I was published in 1933. John Dewey, ” father of progressive education, ” is reputed to have been the author. Public education often reflects secular humanistic worldview. Secular humanism was founded upon humanistic and atheistic philosophies and is often identified as ‘without religion’. A secular humanistic worldview is based upon the beliefs outlined in the Humanist Manifesto l (1933), Humanist Manifesto ll. (1972), and The Secular Humanist Declaration (1980).

The fundamental proclaimed beliefs are:

-That the nature of the universe, as depicted by science, makes unacceptable any supernatural or cosmic guarantees of human values;

-Morals are rooted in the human experience and that supernatural beliefs are, at best an irrelevant diversion;

-The universe is regarded as self-existing and not created;

-Man is part of nature and has emerged as part of a continuous process (evolution);

-As there is no life after death, man will take the path of mental hygiene and discourage sentimental and unreal hopes and wishful thinking;

-Religious institutions, their ritualistic forms, ecclesiastical methods, and communal activities must be reconstituted as rapidly as possible as experience allows, in order to function effectively in the modern world;

-This is the only life of which we have certain knowledge and we owe it to ourselves and others to make the best life possible for ourselves and all those whom share this fragile planet;

-We find the traditional views of the existence of God either are meaningless, have not yet been demonstrated to be true, or are tyrannically exploitive.

-We reject the divinity of Jesus… Secular Humanism places trust in human intelligence rather than in divine guidance. Humanist Manifesto II

There is a broader task that all those who believe in democratic secular humanist values will recognize, namely the need to embark upon a long-term program of public education and enlightenment concerning the relevance of the secular outlook to the human condition. Further, the Secular Humanist Declaration (1980) states:

” The authors of the first two manifestos declare that humanism is a religion and the manifestos are their ‘theses of religious humanism “.

In other words… their doctrine. The Supreme Court of the United States in Torches vs. Watkins, 1961, upheld the view that secular humanism is a religion. When other religious guidelines (that were used to help us make decisions about curriculum) were removed, the default value system was secular humanism where decisions are made strictly upon rational human thought. If public education is operating, intentionally or by default, upon secular humanistic principles, and this philosophy is singularly imposed upon all families from the various culture and belief systems, it could be legally argued that such a system is discriminatory. This is not inclusive and/or accommodating of people who possess other value systems and worldviews.”

**I will post the new Secular Pluralism article next!

Scott Bailey 2009

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