The “Right” To An Education?
Supposedly, we have the right to an education.
The right to education is a universal entitlement to education, recognized in the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights as ahuman right that includes the right to free, compulsory primary education for all, an obligation to develop secondary education accessible to all, in particular by the progressive introduction of free secondary education, as well as an obligation to develop equitable access to higher education, ideally by the progressive introduction of free higher education. (continued here)
If education is a right, what is this “right”? The legalistic definition (see Right to education) will probably leave the average person more confused than informed. Is the “right” to an education the right to go to a school? No. A school is just a building. Hence, Wikipedia provides this definition of education.
Education in its general sense is a form of learning in which the knowledge, skills, values, beliefs and habits of a group of people are transferred from one generation to the next through storytelling, discussion, teaching, training, or research. Education may also include informal transmission of such information from one human being to another. Education frequently takes place under the guidance of others, but learners may also educate themselves (autodidactic learning). Any experience that has a formative effect on the way one thinks, feels, or acts may be considered educational. (continued here)
When we are properly educated, what is it that we learn? Don’t we each have our own opinion? That is one reason that insisting we have a “right” to an education is idiotic. What exactly is this “right”? Ask ten different people, and we will get ten differing views.
What is the other reason the “right” to an education is idiotic? If the government is suppose to give us this “right,” how is the government suppose to give us this “right” without first depriving someone else of their property rights? We are the government. We can give this “right” to ourselves. Why involve the government? What does our government have to give us that it does not first have to take from us?
In fact, government constitutes the greatest threat to our right to an education. Ironically, even those who advocate big government (in their quest to stir up racial strife) provide evidence of this. For example, to keep black slaves ignorant and dependent, the legislatures in Virginia and South Carolina pass Acts against the education of slaves.
What Is The Ultimate Point Of An Education?
What is the traditional notion of an elite education? That’s an education in the Liberal Arts. Hence, we have several references that describe what that means.
- Liberal arts education (en.wikipedia.org)
- The Seven Liberal Arts (www.newadvent.org)
- The Seven Liberal Arts And Sciences (www.sacred-texts.com)
Unfortunately, with the passage of time, what we call a Liberal arts education has become more and more secular. Secular instructors teach their students what to think about this life, but they give no thought to the next. Secularized institutions define success in material terms. Secularized people don’t take the time to contemplate that the treasures we store here will remain here.
Matthew 6:19-21 English Standard Version (ESV)
19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Hence too many of us no longer learn that until we know how to lay up treasures in heaven, we know too little of what is worth knowing.
Why Do Politicians Pander To Us?
Why do politicians pander to us? Why do they try to flatter us with their words and their “gifts”? Do they intend any good for us? No.
Proverbs 29:5 English Standard Version (ESV)
5 A man who flatters his neighbor
spreads a net for his feet.
What happens when we believe flattery? We can gulled into believing and doing stupid things. That is the point of a child’s fairytale, The Emperor’s New Clothes. The Emperor so much wanted to believe in himself that he allowed two weavers to fool him. They tricked him into believing that they could weave clothes that were invisible to anyone who was unfit for their office. Therefore, when the emperor could not see or even touch the clothes the two scoundrels pretended to weave, he pretended that he could, and, except for a child, all his people followed his lead.
What follows are some real world examples of political pandering and flattery.
Social Security and Medicare
Social Security and Medicare make up the biggest expenses in the Federal Budget. Supposedly, by paying Social Security and Medicare taxes we each set aside part of our paycheck for retirement. Then when we get old, we expect politicians to take care of us because we deserve it.
What is the reality? Politicians spend all the money we pay in taxes. The Social Security Trust Fund is a fraud. So it is, using the excuse that “we deserve it,” successive generations have already ripped off their children and grandchildren.
Racial And Minority Preferences
What is slavery? Slavery is what results when we flatter ourselves into believing we are better than someone else. Slavery is what happens when one group of people believes they are better than another group of people. When they have the power to put their inferiors into subjection, “superiority” gives “superior” people an excuse to make subject people their slaves.
Do we still have groups who flatter themselves as being superior? Yes, and we also have something twisted. We have victim classes who use their victim status to justify themselves as being more deserving. Hence, our society now wars against white males. Because some white males once abused blacks, women, religious minorities, Indians, the disabled, and so forth, politicians (most of whom are white males) now self righteously design laws to prevent and punish “discrimination” of all sorts. In fact, using the evil of “discrimination” as an excuse, they interfere in the conduct of private businesses and work assiduously to give special interests (blacks, feminists, Muslims, and so forth) special advantages with respect to laudatory propaganda, government programs, and the market place. The politically correct phrase for this is affirmative action. What affirmative action means in practice is making certain that justice is not blind.
Homosexual Rights and Same-Sex Marriage
The homosexual rights movement is probably the most absurd of the minority rights movements. Consider the phrase “Gay Pride.” Stick that in Google and you will get almost ten million hits.
Gay pride or LGBT pride is the positive stance against discrimination and violence toward lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people to promote their self-affirmation, dignity, equality rights, increase their visibility as a social group, build community, and celebrate sexual diversity and gender variance. (continued here)
Homosexual rights activists stridently demand the silence of any who would condemn their behavior, and they openly demand the flattery of “straights.” In fact, in a clear effort to violate the First Amendment, Obama wants to ban conversion therapy for minors (The Washington Post approves, of course => Obama’s move to ban gay conversion therapy, explained), but who is trying to outlaw surgically transgendering children (Sex-change treatment for kids on the rise)?
When will we stop to think? Is it the job of government — of our leaders — to make people feel good about themselves? Is government suppose to make some people violate their religious beliefs just so other people can sin and still feel good about themselves?
You say homosexuality is not a sin? Then why do homosexuals care so much about what others think of their behavior? Is it not because they don’t want to be reminded that what they are doing is a sin?
Science is suppose to represent the apex of man’s ability to reason. In practice, science is many other things.
- With many degrees, a man can make himself appear highly intelligent and capable. If he is foolish enough, he can believe he has all the answers.
- The less knowledgeable can worship science and scientists as the font of knowledge. If an “expert” says it, it must be true.
- Those more humble may regard science as act of worship. For these science is the study of God’s Creation. By studying what our Maker has created, we can strive to appreciate His infinite majesty and wisdom.
Is Global Warming real? Are we experiencing Climate Change? In THE CARBON CYCLE AND LeChatelier’s Principle, we considered the matter, and the debate over Global Warming looks a lot like the debate over homosexual rights. If we don’t agree that Global Warming or Climate Change is real, we get called names. That’s scientific reasoning?
We have the Constitution. That document represents the covenant we have made with each other. We have the Bible. That book represents the covenant God has made with us.
Daniel 11:32-35 English Standard Version (ESV)
32 He shall seduce with flattery those who violate the covenant, but the people who know their God shall stand firm and take action. 33 And the wise among the people shall make many understand, though for some days they shall stumble by sword and flame, by captivity and plunder. 34 When they stumble, they shall receive a little help. And many shall join themselves to them with flattery, 35 and some of the wise shall stumble, so that they may be refined, purified, and made white, until the time of the end, for it still awaits the appointed time.
Have we arrived at the end times? Are we living in those grim days? Has the anti-Christ arrived? No, but John said (1 John 1:18-27) we already have anti-Christs among us. In any event, we have no shortage of people willing to pander to our lusts and flatter our egos. We have men and women all too eager to induce us to violate both our nation’s Constitution and God’s Holy Bible.
The Lesson From The Last Supper
Before Jesus died upon on cross, He taught His apostles a lesson in humility. He washed each of their feet (John 13:1-20), even the feet of the man He knew was about to betray Him.
Why was such an act of humility necessary? Even at that last supper, after three years with Jesus, the apostles had not learned the need for humility.
Luke 22:24-27 English Standard Version (ESV)
24 A dispute also arose among them, as to which of them was to be regarded as the greatest. 25 And he said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them, and those in authority over them are called benefactors. 26 But not so with you. Rather, let the greatest among you become as the youngest, and the leader as one who serves. 27 For who is the greater, one who reclines at table or one who serves? Is it not the one who reclines at table? But I am among you as the one who serves.
When we are full of pride, we insist upon seeing what we see from only our own point-of-view. Except to the extent it affect us, we don’t care what others think. We don’t even care about the Truth. Except to get what we want from Him, we have no need for God. We just do whatever it takes to get what we want for our self.
When we lack humility, other people become objects, objects useful only in so far as they satisfy our needs. When we lack humility, we become savages.
Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free. — Ronald Reagan (from here)
What Is The Solution?
If putting politicians in charge of the education of children works, then it works poorly. Is that just because politicians suffer too readily from the temptation to pander to and flatter their constituents? No. However, it is a big part of the problem. With the passage of time and the snowballing degeneration of our society, we now see the proof of that truth coming to fruition. We now have too many people who think “it” is all about what makes them happy.
What is the solution? The solution is love. Because they love their children, parents, those people the Bible charges with the care of children, must reassert their responsibility for the education of their children. Otherwise, with each passing generation our children and our children’s children will grow up learning they have the right to call the Truth whatever they most want the Truth to be.
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