November 19, 2015
If America goes belly-up someday, the leading cause of her demise will be our education system.
We send our kids to public school for 13 years to learn sex, socialism, and self-esteem, and the larger lesson of conformity; and then, at great cost, pack ‘em off to college. To what we insist on calling “higher education.”
Damn near everybody goes to college. As of April of this year, more than 17 million Americans were enrolled in college. That doesn’t count the tens of millions who have been to college and aren’t there anymore, for one reason or another.
Gee—imagine what that’ll cost, if we provide them all with free tuition, as recommended by assorted Democrats. The aggregate student loan debt in America is over a trillion dollars, and our social justice warriors want that debt forgiven. So we start a trillion dollars in the hole; and then, let’s say 20 million of us go to college for free, at, say, a cost of $50,000 tax dollars a year for four years. That’s 200 grand a head, times 20 million… and that’s $4 trillion, another trillion smackers every year.
Youch. Social justice don’t come cheap! And that’s if we don’t increase the number of colleges and universities, and make the existing ones bigger to accommodate more students and hire more professors.
God knows what the total cost would be. We’d only find out when the country went broke.
A golden opportunity for community organizers! America becomes a failed state, and only a one-party dictatorship can put a lid on the chaos.
We’ve seen this many times before. It’s a recurring pattern in human history. Polybius, a Greek historian, analyzed it over 2,000 years ago. Napoleon, Lenin, and Hitler took advantage of it.
College students are already telling us where this is headed. To provide “safe space” for their fragile, coddled psyches, most of them, according to a recent poll, would like to see free speech drastically reined in. They don’t want that pesky First Amendment anymore. Their unionized public school teachers and Stalinist college professors have convinced them that they’re better off without it.
Our Lord Jesus Christ taught us to render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s—and only that which properly belongs to Caesar. The rest belongs to God.
This is lost on college students, given the massive deficiencies in America’s Christian education. Who has time for the Bible anymore? Among the things we render unto God are our consciences, our morality, our speech, and our very selves. There is a lot that doesn’t belong to Caesar, and Caesar has no business grabbing for it. But try explaining that to some 28-year-old who’s still in college, demanding that no one, anywhere in America, be allowed to say or write anything that wouldn’t pass muster in his Gender Studies class.
We even have some science to help explain why college students display such immaturity.
In 2007 a British researcher, B.G. Charlton, published in “Medical Hypotheses” a paper entitled “Psychological neoteny and higher education: associations with delayed parenthood”.
Neoteny is a process by which certain animals, like some salamanders, become the Peter Pans of the natural world. They never grow up, but remain in their larval form for as long as they live. In human beings, “psychological neoteny” means not getting married, not having children, not getting jobs, not starting a career, etc.—just sitting in a classroom, year after year, learning about neat things like “microaggression” and “oppression.”
You can’t stay young, but you can be immature forever.
The Western world, including America, is educating itself right out of business. The economic cost alone is seriously threatening, but the spiritual cost is staggering.
Indoctrinated, bamboozled, and spoiled, an overeducated generation replaces common sense with wishful thinking, demands “safety” at the price of liberty, and worships not God, but a godless State whose servants tell them everything they want to hear, everything that pleases them—
And in return, ask only for abject obedience.
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Lee Duigon, a contributing editor with the Chalcedon Foundation, is a former newspaper reporter and editor, small businessman, teacher, and horror novelist. He has been married to his wife, Patricia, for 34 years. See his new fantasy/adventure novels, Bell Mountain and The Cellar Beneath the Cellar, available on www.amazon.com