Sam Blumenfeld

While this writer's reading program, Alpha-Phonics, has been used by thousands of homeschoolers to produce highly literate children, when it comes to writing, I have to explain to a very skeptical audience why cursive writing should be taught first and print later.

By now we’ve had about 40 years of death education in the public schools, and the subject has metastasized throughout the entire curriculum as the National Education Association has played an active role in promoting it.

Death educators are quite aware that they are dealing with a highly charged, taboo subject that many students can’t handle. But they are more concerned with making death education more “effective” than investigating the possibility that death education — effective or ineffective — is a contributing cause of teen suicide. The statistics alone should elicit some curiosity and interest, if not alarm. In 1960 there were about 1,000 teenage suicides; in 1984 about 5,000.

And now death education has even been introduced into kindergarten classes. It's well known that children are highly suggestible. Several years ago in Canton, Michigan, an 8-year-old boy was shown a suicide film in his second-grade class, in which a depressed child tries to hang himself. Less than 24 hours later, the 8-year-old, mimicking the boy in the movie, hanged himself in his own bedroom. (When parents later sued the school, the second-grade teachers destroyed their lesson plans.)

 

Monday, 04 June 2012 07:25

Teen Suicide: Is Death Ed a Cause?

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) reports that 60 percent of high school students claim that they have thought about committing suicide, and around nine percent of them say that they have tried killing themselves at least once. Indeed, the CDC reports that suicide is the third leading cause of death for Americans aged 15 to 24. The only two phenomena that cause more death among teenagers are car accidents and homicide.

A recent survey of high-school students found that almost 1 in 5 had seriously considered suicide; more than 1 in 6 had made plans to attempt suicide; and more than 1 in 12 had made a suicide attempt in the past year.

The Secular Humanists are committed to world government, which means ending the United States as a free and sovereign nation. To my mind that is an act of treason. There is no other word for it. 

Although the U.S. Constitution forbids the creation of a national establishment of religion, the closest we have come to the creation of such an establishment is that of secular humanism, the worldview philosophy which now governs the curriculum of our tax-funded public schools. Some humanists claim that secular humanism is a religion; other humanists claim that it isn’t.

With the publication in 2007 of Antony Flew’s momentous book,There is a God: How the World’s Most Notorious Atheist Changed His Mind, the debate among scientists on the issue of the existence or nonexistence of God reached a new level of excitement. The fact that Flew became a theist has added a great deal of support to the belief that the universe is governed by an Intelligent Design, and that with such design there must be a designer: God.

Why is atheism the privileged philosophy worthy of taxpayer support in America's schools? Why must Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish schools pay their own way, but atheist public schools are supported by billions of taxpayer dollars? The truth is that the atheist schools not only produce 30 percent academic failure but are also responsible for the moral chaos that now plagues America's youth.

One of the skeletons in the Progressive Education closet is Scientific Racism, otherwise known as Eugenics, which the leaders of the Progressive movement enthusiastically espoused until the Nazis in Germany gave it a bad name.  

The idea of a government education system was foisted on the American people by a coalition of Owenite communists, Harvard Unitarians, and misguided evangelical Protestants.