More on the Common Core

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From Michael Avramovich, who regularly blogs at Mere Comments and sometimes blogs for Salvo. It’s from a while back, but it’s still good information on what is going on with the education system…

Once Seized, Fits All
The Hegemony of the Common Core Educational Standards

Albert Einstein once observed, “It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.” As more people learn about the Common Core educational standards being introduced into American schools, they are likely to echo his sentiment.

What are these standards, and why do they pose such a dire outlook for our children’s education?

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Regular Salvo writer Robin Phillips has written much on this topic. School Deform How Common Core Promotes Cultural Engineering by Killing the Imagination.

We also came up with a good fake ad to go along with it.

 

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From the issue: The (Not So) Great Divide Why the Tensions Between Science & Faith Are Misunderstood & Overblown by William A. Dembski & Denyse O’Leary

. . . some science historians—Templeton prize winner Stanley Jaki (1924–2009), for one—have stressed the ways in which the Bible’s worldview encourages science. Many religions, past and present, do not. These teach that the whole world is God, or that God is a being (or beings) within the world, or that the world is just an illusion that we ought to see through. The Bible, by contrast, makes it clear that God created a real world that is separate from himself. Creation is a divine invention that follows fixed laws, not a divine being—a work of art, if you like, not a person. Therefore, scientists can, as Kepler put it, worship God by studying the creation (“reading God’s thoughts after him”). . . .

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Wilberforce for Good

Wilberforce seeks John Newton's advice, from the movie "Amazing Grace" (also highly recommended).

Wilberforce seeks John Newton’s advice, from the movie “Amazing Grace” (also highly recommended).

Salvo‘s own Regis Nicoll has written a very good piece for Touchstone magazine. It’s about how there are no shortcuts on the long road to cultural renewal and he uses the story of William Wilberforce’s England (early 1800s) as an illustration. I’ve pulled out the part about Wilberforce and placed it below, but I recommend the complete article to you as well.

Wilberforce for Good
Regis Nicoll on Marriage, Moral Corruption & the Christian Duty of Witness

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    In the eighteenth century, Great Britain was the great world power, as is the United States today. But it was also a country marred by rampant alcoholism, prostitution, political corruption, and the social injustices of hazardous factories, sixteen-hour workdays, and child labor. Crime, vice, and corruption were so bad in London that the city earned the epithet, “the devil’s drawing room.” On top of that, Britain was the world leader in the slave trade, a moral failing that Wilberforce sought to correct.

As a young parliamentarian, Wilberforce realized that while politicians and their policies bore responsibility for the execrable conditions of the day, they were not the cause of those conditions. The cause was the moral decline of society, which was owed, in large part, to the failure of the Church.

At the time, the Church of England was in full retreat from historical Christianity. Pew and pulpit were marked by nominal-to-heterodox beliefs. Lay non-attendance was widespread, as was clerical neglect of congregational care.

Particularly telling is what a pastor of the day, Joseph Milner, had to say about church leadership: “It is an affecting consideration to reflect what a number of clergymen there are whose lives demonstrate them to be wholly devoid of any religious sensibility whatever . . . [and without] any concern for their own salvation or that of the flocks committed to their charge.”

Wilberforce knew that without a “reformation of manners,” or what we might call the restoration of moral norms, ending slavery would be a lost cause. So he and a group of likeminded Christians pursued a dual track: they pushed for abolition while also establishing dozens of volunteer organizations devoted to raising the moral pitch of the culture.

Although it took nearly fifty years, Wilberforce witnessed the end of the British slave trade and the beginning of the Victorian era—a period marked by an uncommon commitment to personal moral formation.

Our current situation holds some remarkable parallels. Yet, to the modern mind, a 50-year struggle is unthinkable. Raised in the media era, where the thorniest problems are solved in a 30-minute program if not a 30-second commercial, we’ve come to expect quick fixes for everything from bad breath to the War on Terror. Any problem older than last week’s news strains our patience. We are a people who trust that there is no challenge a little technology and political will can’t solve.

And yet, we didn’t get here overnight, or over the last six years. The condition of our national soul took decades to degenerate, and it will take decades to restore it—not one, two, or three election cycles, or until the “right” people dominate all three branches of government. Decades.

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A Debate March 19: What’s Behind It All? God, Science, and the Universe

From evolutionnews.org:

Watch Meyer Take on Krauss and Lamoureux, Streaming Live at Evolution News on March 19
Those on the Darwinist, materialist, atheist side of the debate that we follow here aren’t normally very good at listening and responding to scientific perspectives at variance from their own. They are much more interested in condemning and ridiculing — which has got to be a poor strategy for them if they want to persuade anyone.

With that as the background, as we noted already, it’s refreshing that arch-atheist cosmologist Lawrence Krauss has agreed to participate in a public conversation with Discovery Institute’s Stephen Meyer, joined by theistic evolutionist Denis Lamoureux. That will be March 19 at the University of Toronto’s Convocation Hall. We’re looking forward to it — and here’s the even better news. You won’t have to be in Toronto to enjoy the discussion. The event will stream live here at Evolution News.

The subject is “What’s Behind It All? God, Science, and the Universe.” Simply check back here at 7 pm Eastern/4 pm Pacific for a front row seat, wherever you are. It’s just ten days away! Don’t miss a moment of it.

We will certainly be listening in, and encourage you to do so as well. Dr. Krauss is discussed in the latest issue of Salvo, in an article you can read online (excerpt below).

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Militant Science & Apostle Krauss by Regis Nicoll

. . . The claim that science is intrinsically atheistic is but one of the many fictions Krauss must produce to hold his overarching myth together. Take his paradoxical statement, “The more we learn about the workings of the universe, the more purposeless it seems.”

Our ability to learn about the universe derives from the fact that it is governed by laws and exhibits a rational order and functional design that reflect purpose. Given our knowledge of the integrated complexity of nature, it would seem that the purpose of the quantum field is the formation and stability of matter; that the purpose of matter is to shape space; that the purpose of space is to accommodate matter; that the purpose of gravity is to form stars and planets; and that the purpose of stars and planets is to support life, particularly human life. As theoretical physicist Freeman Dyson was drawn to conclude, “The more I examine the universe and the details of its architecture, the more evidence I find that the universe in some sense must have known we were coming.” . . .

He’s also talked about in Salvo before in this amusing piece by Patrick Henry Reardon–Can Science Explain “Origins”?

A review of Dr. Meyer’s book, The Signature In the Cell, can be found here.