Faith-Based Schools

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The title of this post should probably serve as a warning.

I have a great deal of sympathy for children sent to the faith-based schools.

Yes, that sounds patronizing, and, I suppose, to a large extent it is. But, in the vast majority of cases, those children are being cheated of anything resembling a real education or a legitimate, functional worldview. If school is supposed to, at least in part, help prepare you to join the real world, a faith-based school only does so if you stay with in that same faith-based bubble after you graduate. Try to move beyond that bubble, and you will be confronted by a harsh reality that not only do most people not share your particular bubble, but some significant portion of them will actively push back against you, and if you’ve never been exposed to anything that disagrees with you, it seems unlikely that you will have any significant defense against it.

I think, if that happens, there are only a couple of possible choices for you. Question your beliefs and worldview, and either adapt to the world as it is and merge your views with reality or watch your worldview and beliefs crumble under the pressure. Alternately, you can choose to deny or reject anything that doesn’t match up with your comfortable beliefs, and either become a crusader against the infidels and those you will see as oppressors or retreat back into the bubble your parents carved for you.

I don’t feel like there’s a lot of in between.

Either way, the parents of those children in those faith-based schools have deliberately set out to make their children’s lives far more difficult than they need to be. The modern world is a difficult enough place as it is. Why would you want to make it harder for your successors, biological or otherwise?

I’m not adverse to the concept of faith, whatever higher power you might like to attach to it, at least until you decide that the rules governing your faith also apply to people who don’t share it, but a lot of people who are so secure in their faith they pity those of us who don’t share it (or try to demand that we share it anyway) don’t seem to understand that they also live in the modern world. That’s a choice, and one any adult is free to make, but don’t parents usually want better for their children?

At least, I thought that was the idea.

Be well, everyone.

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Lance
Lance Schonberg is an eclectic genre fiction author with more than 20 stories published or on the way, and two e-books coming soon: "Thorvald's Wyrd", and "Turn the World Around". And he needs a more exciting short bio.

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