Public school-fueled worldview?

by Tammy Drennan 

I flipped on the radio in my car this morning and heard this interesting discussion…

Could you, the three morning show hosts asked women, forgive your husband or boyfriend if he had a one-night stand?

The consensus of the four women who called in, all in their early twenties, as well as the one female host, was that as long as the affair was with a celebrity, they would understand and forgive. One young lady went to so far as to say she would consider it a compliment if her boyfriend could score a night with his dream celebrity and come back to her.

I couldn’t help but ask myself where such an attitude comes from. Would we as a society be producing this sort of worldview if schooling had never been taken over by the state? Would the world of entertainment, which contributes so much to this type of attitude, be what it is if not for state schooling?

Please give this some serious thought and share your conclusions with us.

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7 Responses to Public school-fueled worldview?

  1. tdbwd says:

    It seems to me that an education that avoids helping children learn how to think and behave, what relationships should look like, what standards to expect of themselves and others, leaves a big void in the lives of its subjects. That void will be filled by someone or something. Since today’s adults have largely dropped out of raising children in any significant way, Hollywood all too often fills the gap.

  2. Carissa says:

    I think there is much more behind the degeneration of our society than just state schooling. Having said that, I believe that allowing “society” to take over the job of educating our children has facilitated the spread (and increase) of many problems. Families are much less connected because they are forced to spend so many hours apart rather than together. Peer attitudes and entertainment icons have become the primary influence for children rather than their parents’ examples and beliefs because that is what they are exposed to all day. I don’t believe these problems would be so widespread were it not for the state’s involvement with schooling.

  3. Janet Bell says:

    To start with, I think this is an excellent blog. I have enjoyed reading it.

    It is not just that Hollywood gives this idea. In most public institutions (schools) today, there is no, and I mean NO, standard of behavior. The girls and boys are not taught to dress modestly, or to think of anyone but themselves. Therefore, they don’t expect such ideals as faithfulness. There is no respect of others, including teachers, taught, so they do not respect themselves, nor do they expect others to respect them. It is a sad thing, and a far cry from the real meaning of education.
    Noah Webster, in his American Dictionary of the English Language (1828) defines education:
    “The bringing up, as of a child; instruction; formation of manners. Education comprehends all that series of instruction and discipline which is intended to enlighten the understanding, correct the temper, and form the manners and habits of youth, and fit them for usefulness in their future stations. To give children a good education in manners, arts and science, is important; to give them a religious education is indispensible, and an immense responsibility rests on parents and guardians who neglect these duties.”

    Not only is it no longer parents and guardians doing the educating, but the government sees no need to teach them the important things of manners and correct temper.
    Where else could the morals go?

  4. Dana says:

    Perhaps. I don’t think it is directly education, but parents take public education for granted and busy themselves with other tasks. Children are largely left to raise themselves as parents returning from work just want passified children and time to relax before the television.

    I don’t think children are being directly prepared for this by the system, but I think parents have completely abdicated their role in education as opposed to merely delegating a portion of it to another.

  5. Sopater says:

    Ultimately, parents are responsible for this attitude. Parents have given in to the children to let them decide for themselves what thier worldview should be. Worldviews are established by experiences, and the most influential experiences on children today are their peer group (school, usually) and the media. Gov’t schools are responsible for a large part of this due to their age-segregation. This typically causes children to set their roll models as someone in their peer group, or celebrities. They want to be like the “cool” and “popular” kids, and the “cool” kids tend to resemble celebrities in their appearance and behavior. Look at Paris Hilton, Britney Spears, and Lindsay Lohan. These and the girls who look like them in school are the roll models for teen age girls today.

  6. Tim Larkin says:

    Why is the definition of marriage being altered by the mainstream media? Public education.

    Public education teaches that there is no truth. Anything goes!

  7. Al says:

    The public schools are becoming more and more political. In many schools, the first priority is to make good liberal humanists of the children; the second priority is teaching the Three R’s.

    There is a moral code being promoted in the public schools (and universities), but it is a perverse moral code, in which virtue and vice are things that all of “society” share in equally. Thus a mere individual can not be guilty if he cheats on his wife, but all of us are collectively guilty because America once had legal slavery.

    In my own website ( http://www.historyhalf.com )I address some of the worst examples of dishonest teaching in history classes. The distorted view of the past that is being promoted in school helps support a distorted view of the issues of today.

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