Karl Marx attacked the family. He appealed to academia and others for the “abolition of the family.” “The bourgeois clap-trap about the family and education, about the hallowed correlation of parent and child” is “disgusting” (Karl Marx and Frederick Engels, Manifesto of the Communist Party, 1848).
Dr. John Dewey, a proponent of teacher employment guarantees at taxpayer expense, is the acknowledged father of modern-day public education. He was an admirer of Margaret Sanger, Humanist of the Year in 1967 and the founder of Planned Parenthood. Sanger also founded the publication The Woman Rebel, whose slogan was “No Gods! No Masters!” Her first edition denounced marriage as a “degenerate institution” and sexual modesty as “obscene prudery” (George Grant, Legacy of Planned Parenthood, Wolgemuth & Hyatt Publishers, Inc).
Judith Stacey, a highly regarded member of the public school primary and secondary education faculty at the University of California (Davis campus), declared: “The ‘family’ is not here to stay. All democratic people, whatever their kinship preferences, should work to hasten its demise” (“Rights and Rites,” The Washington Times, March 29, 1993). Since the Supreme Court decision Everson v. Board of Education in 1947, tenured radical teachers have sought to take God out of education and ultimately turn the tide of education against the family.
It is the collective political power granted to monopoly teacher unions and the establishment of tenure laws that empower the enemies of the family, human dignity, and self-government. Tenured secular authoritarians have achieved control of curriculum used in the soft sciences and the study of law taught in government schools. The weapons they use to enforce what must be taught include the ridicule and denigration of the reputation of anyone who dares to challenge leftist political correctness. The use of the word “science” is code for their atheistic human origins, meaning and purpose; “diversity” is code for demanding the approval of evil life practices; and “social justice” is code for using government power to force the transfer of wealth from the thrifty to their own block of voters.
“These [atheist] teachers must embody the same selfless dedication as the most rabid fundamentalist preachers, for they will be ministers of another sort, utilizing a classroom instead of a pulpit to convey humanist [atheistic] values in whatever subject they teach, regardless of the education level–preschool, daycare or large state university. The classroom must and will become an area of conflict between the old and the new–the rotting corpse of Christianity” (The Humanist, January/February, 1983).
“Every thinking man, when he thinks, realizes that the teachings of the Bible are so interwoven and intertwined with our whole civic and social life that it would be literally, I do not mean figuratively, but literally impossible for us to figure what the loss would be if these teachings were removed. We would lose all the standards by which we now judge both public and private morals; all the standards toward which we, with more or less resolution, strive to raise ourselves” (Theodore Roosevelt).
~ David Norris