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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Public Schools Turning Teens Into Relativists

By Nancy Pearcey • August 7, 2012, 04:01 PM

A high school philosophy teacher opens an ethics class by displaying an unsettling photo of Bibi Aisha, an "Afghani teenager who was forced into an abusive marriage with a Taliban ��?ghter, who abused her and kept her with his animals. When she attempted to flee, her family caught her, hacked off her nose and ears, and left her for dead in the mountains."

To teacher Stephen Anderson, this seemed like an obvious attention-getter, an easy case to jump-start moral reasoning.

But instead, he writes, the students "spoke timorously, afraid to make any moral judgment at all. They were unwilling to criticize any situation originating in a different culture."

Anderson recalls that students said, "Well, we might not like it, but maybe over there it's okay."

One said, "I don’t feel anything at all; I see lots of this kind of stuff."

And "with no consciousness of self-contradiction," observes Anderson, another said, "It's just wrong to judge other cultures."

Read the rest of the article for an insightful critique of "moral education" in public schools.

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Hat Tip: Denyse O'Leary