Submitted by frlarry on Sat, 11/19/2005 - 16:36
As Jesus said, "Then every scribe who has been instructed in the kingdom of heaven is like the head of a household who brings from his storeroom both the new and the old." [Matt 13:52] In our secularized society, those who are embarrassed by the vision of the bible, and much of ancient classical literature that focused so heavily on virtue, seem to want to remove every trace of the influence of history and remake things according to their own image. We call that deconstructing history. Radical feminists are by no means alone in this destructive enthusiasm. The roots go much deeper than a simple desire to "right the balance of power" and "root out the evil weed of male chauvinism." [Cf. the parable of the weeds and the wheat, Matt 13:24-30] One challenge for us is to try to understand the real reason for bolting down the storehouse. Oswald Sobrino, in his blog, Catholic Analysis, recently reflected on the absence of Latin and Greek in early education. Instead of getting a foundation for studying the classics, young people today are getting a "foundation" for understanding "post-modern" secularism. In his piece, Catholic AnalysisCatholic Analysis: "Dumbing" Down Education, Oswald offers the following explanation for why society is bolting down the door to the storehouse:
Let's look for some answers. First, our culture views challenge and discipline as evils. The baby boomer generation has established the notion of selfish hedonism as the norm. The problem is that selfish hedonism stunts and destroys humans. Now, to speak against hedonism is not to speak against pleasure in general. To love to learn is, in many ways, to love passionately the pleasure of learning. The hedonism that is culturally prevalent, on the other hand, is one that severs pleasure from character. Yet, once pleasure is severed and isolated from human character, we get deformity and ugliness. Under the template of selfish hedonism, we can't imagine molding the character of students with the old languages. The Christian view, on the other hand, is that challenge and discipline make you more human, unleash and tap into more and more of every individual's astounding potential to flourish in this world, and fortify your character.
He goes on to describe the cultural excision of moral absolutes, the girders that hold up society, much like the Word of God is its foundation and cornerstone. He praises home schooling as the last opportunity to retain the benefits of classical liturature. If the professionals refuse to open the storehouse for the rest of us, perhaps faithful parents can do so. Home schoolers unite! Your children have nothing to lose but their ignorance.