by Denyse O'Leary
Journalists tend to be big supporters of public education. They are quite sincere and do not mean anyone any harm. They are seldom well informed about why it works as poorly as it does. Because they tend to be materialists, they see nothing wrong with schools inculcating materialism and bottom up theory. Life is unfolding as it should, and anyone who dissents is a fundie nutjob.
Another skew that develops is a curious obsession with the motives and intentions of those who promote top down ideas accompanied by a complete disinterest in the motives and intentions of those who promote bottom up ideas.
It is hardly surprising that the materialists would fight very hard to protect their privileged status in the education system. It is intriguing that so few in the popular media ever question it.
Toronto-based Canadian journalist Denyse O'Leary (www.designorchance.com) is the author of the multiple award-winning By Design or by Chance? (Augsburg Fortress 2004), an overview of the intelligent design controversy. She was named CBA Canada's Recommended Author of the Year in 2005 and is co-author, with Montreal neuroscientist Mario Beauregard, of the forthcoming The Spiritual Brain (Harper 2007).
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