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Monday, March 29, 2010

Pop Culture's War on Children

Christian parents are usually aware of the torrent of crass language, sexuality and secular humanism coming at their kids from the media and from pop culture. But most parents are in the dark about the daily indoctrination occurring in their local schools.

Drawing on 17 years of teaching and teacher training experience, Dr. Karen Gushta has written a book called The War on Children: How Pop Culture and Public Schools Put Our Kids at Risk. This book exposes the dangers that modern American public education pose to children's moral, intellectual and spiritual development. She takes the reader on a tour from the earliest days of colonization, to 20th century court cases and social changes, to programs adopted by the Bush, Clinton and Obama administrations. As Dr. Gushta explains, the earliest American schools were formed to teach children to read the Bible and to learn about the Christian faith. In the 1840s, Horace Mann, a secularist and Unitarian, started a movement that eventually remade America's schools into the compulsory, government-funded institutions we have today, where they teach students to be global citizens and secularists whose highest virtue is tolerance.

This book enables parents to understand and fight against the further damage that will be done if national standards, universal pre-school, United Nations curricula, and mandatory youth service are enacted. Yet, those are the explicit goals of politicians and administrators currently in office. Dr. Gushta hopes to sound the alarm so parents and churches will rise up and defend their children from these attacks on their hearts and minds. She calls on parents and the Church to join together to take their responsibility to shield kids from a "predatory culture." "This is not the time to ... [assume] that things will somehow work out okay," she says. "If ever there were a time for concerted action and continued effort . . . now is that time."

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