Much alarm has been expressed in response to the Wynne Government’s newly released sex-education curriculum, particularly within the Christian/conservative community. Those of us who have lived much of our lives within the education sector, however, have not been taken by surprise. We
saw it coming.
Ever since early in the 20th century, when John Dewey and his contemporaries began to adopt humanistic ideals as the underpinnings of educational philosophy, the downhill slide morally and ethically has been continuous. In fact, the mid-century Christian school movement in Canada was given impetus by a recognition among Christian leaders that “progressive” educational philosophy was seriously at odds with a biblical worldview.
So, we have known for some time that the educational community was rife with anti-God ideology and sentiment. Yet, sadly, through a process of gradualism, today’s Christian leaders have been largely indoctrinated to believe that our children and youth are not really at risk in such an environment. Even in response to this latest perverse curriculum, many are poised to take a laissez-faire approach.
The apostle, James, asks a pointed question, taken a little out of context here, but relating to the present discussion: Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? My brothers, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water. (James 3: 11, 12)
To those who choose to be misled by the rhetoric of the government and popular media, don’t be surprised when things go terribly bad. (Example…We just received an application from a Grade 11 student whose school just introduced gender-neutral washrooms!) Looks like we're already there! As things worsen--and don't be surprised if they do--if you need to talk, we welcome you into the conversation.
Thankfully, the Christian school is still a place where we make no apologies for warning students about the toxicity of the currents of popular culture, and where the purity of the Living Water is given priority.