My father immigrated with his family to America from Denmark when he was twelve years old. Growing up, we enjoyed the traditions of a Danish home. We even used many Danish words, including those for grandparents, which are “Farmor” and “Farfar,” meaning, “father’s mother” and “father’s father.” My own children call my father, “Morfar” (mother’s father). So, I was very excited last fall when I signed up for one of the required college courses I have to take, “Cross-Cultural Management,” to fulfill the degree requirements to obtain my Bachelor’s degree.
What a terrific course I thought it would be! Due to experiencing a different culture in my own home, and then being surrounded by different cultures growing up in Southern California, I thought the course would give me the foundation to bring people together of different ethics background to work efficiently in the workplace. Many large companies are moving to the use of teams or groups to complete projects, which create the necessity for projects leaders to understand the cultures and backgrounds of the team members. Understanding how a person’s culture affects their thinking allows people to better utilize their skills and work more efficiently with others. I was wrong about the course, though. It wasn’t geared toward teaching about different cultures, or how a person’s culture affects how they integrate themselves into the workplace environment. The entire class was focused on teaching students how to see “discrimination” in the workplace, television programs, movies, music, and much more. In the first week, the class had to read a paper about “white male power.” I often wondered during the eight-week course, “How is learning to see discrimination through the lenses of negatively going to make me a better leader?” The answer was, “It won’t.” It will cause me to become a person who only looks for problems that don’t exist, so I have something to complain about, rather than a person who looks for solutions to problems arising naturally throughout the workweek. I don’t want to be a person who is always looking for the ulterior motives in others.
I had happily moved on from that course and had forced it to the recesses of my mind, until I saw an article written by Greg Lukianoff this week on Forbes.com titled, “FAU College Student Who Didn’t Want to Stomp on ‘Jesus’ Runs Afoul of Speech Code.” In the article, Lukianoff shares how students were given the following exercise:
Have the students write the name JESUS in big letters on a piece of paper…Ask the students to stand up and put the paper on the floor in front of them with the name facing up. Ask the students to think about it for a moment. After a brief period of silence instruct them to step on the paper. Most will hesitate. Ask why they can’t step on the paper. Discuss the importance of symbols in culture.
One student, Ryan Rotela, refused to do the exercise and filed a complaint with the school administrators, after which, he was suspended. In the business world, they call that retaliation for complaining about bosses or asserting one’s rights, which is now protected by law. However, the school stated the suspension was because Rotela, in supposed threatening manner, told the teacher to not ever do the lesson again and that he was going to file a complaint. In the end, the school apologized to Rotela and lifted the suspension.
My main concern with this story, and my own experience of attending a mislabeled class intent on brainwashing students to find discrimination in everything, is the apparent shift of colleges and universities away from true academia and toward pushing a social agenda hidden within the layers of required courses. Isn’t college a time for students to acquire the knowledge and skills to become productive citizens in society? It use to be and should continue to be. I fear, though, liberals have found a place to stealthily desensitize the impressionable young minds that are still being developed, which is through the educational system.
In the marketplace of ideas, liberals cannot succeed on their own. Overall, they are unable to figure out how to push through their ideals and liberal agenda in the workplace, so they have cleverly entered the educational system in order to seduce the minds of our youth before our youth have a chance to learn how to critically think for themselves. They accomplish this in an environment where parents cannot protect and oversee all that is being taught to their receptive children. By the time children enter college, they have been so desensitized to believe in a set of moral absolutes, that it isn’t surprising that only one student, Rotela, in who knows how many semesters, has taken a stand against such atrocious behavior toward Christians.
Schools, especially colleges and universities, should be teaching students self-reliance, the meaning of working toward achieving goals, responsibility for one’s behavior, and respect for ALL individuals. Instead, we have educators with liberal ideologies teaching students to find every opportunity to have others support them; goals are unnecessary when others meet all of their needs; there is no need for being responsible for one’s behavior, because there are no moral absolutes; and, respect is only shown to those who agree with these ideals. College is suppose to be a time where we let our little birds take all we have taught them and then begin to fly into the world to make a place for themselves. A place where they are productive and become a voice in the marketplace of ideas to improve upon the groundwork others have laid down before them to better our society, our country.
Conservatives are productive citizens who want to make it own their own. They don’t want others in society paying their way. They want to experience the taste of victory when they achieve an accomplishment. Additionally, most are Christians want the freedom, as provided by our Founding Fathers in the Constitution, to live according to their Christians beliefs. They want to pass their beliefs onto their children. They want the freedom to pray and read their Bible anywhere and at any time. Why does our country seem to tolerate all religions except Christians and Jews? It’s because liberals have a stronghold on our educational system. Liberals who don’t like living by a set of morals absolutes, because in doing so, it would mean people would have to accept personal responsibility for themselves and no longer look to the government to take care of their needs. And, when people aren’t relying on the government to give them everything, the government no longer has control over those people.
It’s time to jump into the Culture War and fight for the minds of our kids in the places where they reside most of their day…the schools: elementary, senior high, colleges, and universities. Conservative Christians can take back our country’s educational system by infiltrating the schools as teachers, administrators, faculty, school board members, and those writing the curriculum.