Religious humanism maintains that all associations and institutions exist for for the fulfillment of human life. The intelligent evaluation, TRANSFORMATION, CONTROL, and DIRECTION of such associations and institutions with a view to the enhancement of human life IS THE PURPOSE and program of humanism. (Humanist Manifesto 1933)
The conditions of work, EDUCATION, devotion, and play should be humanized. Alienating forces should be modified or ERADICATED...(Humanist Manifesto 2 1973)
I believe that education is the fundamental method of social progress and reform. (Pedagogic Creed, by John Dewey, 1897)...He signed the Humanist Manifesto of 1933
The American people is conscious that its schools serve best the cause of religion in serving the cause of social unification; and that under certain conditions schools are more religious...(Religion and Our Schools, by John Dewey, 1908)
Education is thus a most powerful ally of Humanism, and EVERY American public school is a school of Humanism. (Humanism A New Religion, by Charles Francis Potter, 1930)...he also signed the Humanist Manifesto 1933.
So very humanistic is modern education that no religion has a future unless it be Humanism. (Humanism A New Religion, by Charles Francis Potter, 1930)
...it has been said “No God, no religion.” But Humanism thinks of religion as something very different and far deeper than any belief in God...Therefore, progress in this direction will naturally, be slow...Although thought moves faster today, it will take many years to work out the REVOLUTION in religious thought which Humanism involves (Humanism, by John H. Dietrich, 1933)...also signed Humanist Manifesto 1933
The large proportion of university professors among the signers of the manifesto reveals that there exists among the educated classes of this country a widespread attitude of protest amounting practically to rebellion against organized Christianity...(Humanizing Religion, by Charles Francis Potter, 1933)
Destroy the family and society will collapse...Vladimir Lenin
Give me you four year olds, and in a generation I will build a socialist state...Vladimir Lenin
“Fundamentalist parents have no right to indoctrinate their children in their beliefs. We are preparing their children for the year 2000 and life in a global one-world society and those children will not fit in.” Senator Paul Hoagland as reported by Everette Siliven’s attorney, 1984.
The warnings have been there for a long time and helps explain the fight against home schooling even when home schoolers have been shown to do very well as compared to public school students. The goal of education today is not to educate but to produce “citizens” that will listen to their masters. This also helps explain why we have seen in the last couple of generations the decline of the family and the decline of what used to be good churches. Humanism has been chipping away at our culture for a while and most did not see it.
I believe that this is also part of the surprise of the “Tea Party Movement”. The liberals thought they had “educated” the masses long enough to be able to control them but did not expect this much resistance...but remember from the Humanist Manifesto 2...”Alienating forces should be modified or ERADICATED” there will be a battle...hopefully at the ballet box.
How this has been manifested in the academic professions is the elevation of the title of “professor” to academic sainthood and with that elevation those in the positions of “teachers” now aspire to BE professors, in practice if not in title.
But, a “professor” is NOT a teacher and a teacher is not a professor.
A professor has something to profess; they already have some conclusions, values and opinions within a special area of study; conclusions, values and opinions they seek to “profess”.
They are unable to TEACH; they can only profess. When they pretend to teach they omit, short-change or denigrate material, conclusions, values and opinions not their own.
A true teacher does not pretend to deliver the answers to the most fundamental questions - conclusions, values and opinions - of a subject they are attempting to teach.
A true teacher seeks out the most robust proponents of any major academic specialty, without concern for the teacher’s own opinions. A true teacher seeks to represent, on equal and unbiased terms, the academic work from many others, from a diverse set of many others. A true teachers job is not to persuade the student which of the many works he has presented is “right”, but only to assist the student in how the student navigates the process of making their own conclusions and opinions about them.
The higher up in academia you go, the more you see the absence of teachers - everyone is a professor and as a professor they already know the answers and conclusions they believe it is their obligation to be sure their student obtains.
It is no longer the object of American education to teach the student how to think; it is 100$ about indoctrinating them as to WHAT to think.