The Death of Truth in Catholic Schools?

sinking_shipIf you think that 3 x 4 = 12, you might want to think again.  With the new Common Core Curriculum Math, 3 x 4 can = 11 or 7 or 235, as long as your child can “show the work to defend their answer.”

But, of course, this is so necessary in today’s dystopian world. You see, if 3 x 4 = 12, that is truth.  And to acknowledge objective truth in this relativistic world in which we live is so very dangerous.  Because if there is truth, then that opens the incredibly dangerous thought that there just might be Truth.  And, of course, Christians know that Truth is not a word. Truth is the Word. Truth is a Person.  Truth is our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  And, certainly, we can’t have any young, impressionable young mind encountering Him in their educational pursuits.

I cannot help but be reminded of Shakespeare’s Macbeth (“Fair is foul and foul is fair”) or George Orwell’s 1984 (“2 + 2 = 5”). Oh, but don’t worry.  With the Common Core curriculum, the only form of Shakespeare your kids will be reading will be “annotated excerpts” and “condensed versions”.  You see, as we work our way (more quickly every day now) towards Bill and Melinda Gates’ idyllic “iPads for every child” and “textbook-free schools,” all in the name of “technological advancement,” it becomes ever so easy to manipulate words, data and, thus, ultimately, truth.  Step by step, words and data are manipulated, revised, edited and deleted until, one day, we wake up and our kids are being fed an education based on “truths” like 3 x 4 = 11.

Oh wait, that day is here.

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Karol Henseler Orsborn M.D., OCDS is a pediatrician of 20 years, as well as a member of the Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites. Her husband, Dave, works for St. Gabriel Catholic Radio and they are the parents of three daughters. In December 2012, she felt called to leave the field of Pediatrics, in order to fight attacks upon the family and the parent/child bond becoming especially prevalent in Pediatrics. Additionally, she has a desire to work towards maintaining and restoring Purity and Innocence in Youth, and exposing them to Virtue, Beauty and Truth in their homes, schools and communities.

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