Saturday 27th November 2021

Home » Featured Today » Currently Reading:

The Real Crisis Of Education… Virtue And Love Or Cynicism And Hate

October 12, 2021 Featured Today No Comments

By PAUL KRAUSE

The battles over schools and education are back in public attention. Not since the 1960s has the American public been so concerned over what is going on in America’s classrooms. As a graduate of Yale, I can say from experience that what you read in the news is worse on campus. Amid the battles over Critical Race Theory and anti-Americanism proliferating through schools, the real crisis of education is between the ideal of education as a training in virtue and love versus the spirit of cynicism and hate which aims at destruction.
CRT is just the face of the manifestation of the spirit of cynicism and hate that now governs American education from kindergarten to university. Education was once seen as a place for virtuous learning and soulful ascent and transformation. The creation of modern universities, dating back to the Middle Ages of medieval Christendom, aimed at shaping intellects to the highest good: God, primarily through the study of philosophy and theology.
During the Renaissance, education subsequently aimed at excellence in the arts and language which served the basis for humanist education which was formalized in England at Cambridge and Oxford. Thus began the study of the classics and languages.
When the Puritans heroically sailed to the New World and brought this tradition of intellectual and spiritual excellence to America, founding once proud Christian institutions like Harvard and Yale, virtue and love through education was the mantra. Still adorning buildings at Yale reads the old motto: “For God, For Country, and For Yale.” (We’ll see how much longer they remain part of the campus fabric.)
An educational culture that values love and virtue as its aim, to achieve excellence in the human spirit through work and improvement, passes on all that is good in the past to the present to build forward into the future. The unbroken thread of goodness, truth, and beauty from our ancestors stays with us and inspires us to loftier heights. It is precisely this spirit of education that is targeted for destruction by the new vandals and philistines who run our schools, teach our children, and proclaim themselves guardians of culture (they are really desecrators of culture).
The assault against excellence and love in education comes from two different forces. First is the pragmatic (or progressive) education of John Dewey. This force is, admittedly, somewhat banal. Dewey’s educational outlook was that humans are machines to be built for what the state needs. Pragmatic education valued the basic and technical skills citizens would need in the modern world. Readings in metaphysics and theology, consideration of the good life, and excellence in language need not apply. Social relevance is the ultimate governing spirit of Dewey’s ideas.
The more vicious assault against excellence and love in education comes from the disciples of Antonio Gramsci. Gramsci, an Italian post-Marxist thinker who influenced the origins of postmodernism, argued in his “Prison Notebooks” that the proletariat revolution failed in bourgeois Christian societies (England and America especially, given that they were the most industrialized nations and the prime candidates for revolution according to Marxist doctrine) because the proletariat didn’t have control of the institutions of culture which shaped cultural attitudes and consciousness.
According to Gramsci, for the revolution to be successful it was not economic conditions that would lead to revolution but intellectual and cultural conditions that would cause the great conflagration to manifest. Gramsci advocated a seizure of the institutions of cultural authority and capital: schools and the media most especially. In the late 1960s, student radicals influenced by Gramsci’s theories in Europe spread to America.
Gramsci’s theory of cultural hegemony asserts that cultural institutions propagate values to benefit a particular group of people through their influence in education (and the media). Destroying this cultural hegemony is necessary for the remaking of society. The 1960s postmodernists like Michel Foucault, building on Gramsci, asserted that institutions acted like a prison, trapping people inside and oppressing them with their cultural values disseminated through ideals of education. Foucault argued that it wasn’t virtue or love that education instilled but class oppression and elitism.
This is the real intellectual origin of CRT and other cynical hate theories that now dominate our educational institutions. Their goals are to deconstruct, or expose, curricula for being white supremacy, sexist, and bourgeois (in the tradition of Foucault and other postmodernists). Upon achieving this destructive blow, the next goal is to form the minds of students to revolution: outlining the blueprint for changing the system (in the tradition of Gramsci and Lenin). The goal of education is the destruction of the culture of love and excellence through cynicism and hate which will spur the revolution and the remaking of the society along whatever leftwing fad is currently in vogue.
What Gramsci got right, however, is the role cultural institutions play in shaping attitudes and values. This is why it is imperative for Christians, conservatives, and any patriotic American to defend their institutions from corruption and to use their institutions to inculcate that spirit of love and excellence to the current generation who should be stewards of culture and to the next generation which represents the future of the Western tradition of love and excellence in culture.
The battle over education is more than about critical race theory, anti-racism, and desire for greater inclusivity and diversity. These are merely the surface battles. The real battle is between critical hate theory and cynicism which seeks a complete destruction of the existing social order and the defense of all that is good, true, and beautiful in two and half millennia of Western culture and civilization which inspire love and excellence to the next generation. This is a battle we can ill afford to lose.

Share Button

2019 The Wanderer Printing Co.

Twitter Feed

Pro-Life Group Calls for Removing Fauci After He's Caught Funding Aborted Baby Parts - https://t.co/kqxQXGgoG8

LifeNews.com - The Pro-Life News Source

.

LifeNews.com

Load More...

Biden says Pope Francis told him to continue receiving communion, amid scrutiny over pro-abortion policies

President Biden said that Pope Francis, during their meeting Friday in Vatican City, told him that he should continue to receive communion, amid heightened scrutiny of the Catholic president’s pro-abortion policies.  The president, following the approximately 90-minute-long meeting, a key…Continue Reading

Federal judge rules in favor of Gov. DeSantis’ mask mandate ban

MIAMI (LifeSiteNews) – A federal judge this week handed Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis another legal victory on his mask mandate ban for schools. On Wednesday, Judge K. Michael Moore of the Southern District of Florida denied a petition from…Continue Reading

The Eucharist should not be received unworthily, says Nigerian cardinal

Priests have a duty to remind Catholics not to receive the Eucharist in a state of serious sin and to make confession easily available, a Nigerian cardinal said at the International Eucharistic Congress on Thursday. “It is still the doctrine…Continue Reading

Donald Trump takes a swipe at Catholics and Jews who did not vote for him

Donald Trump complained about Catholics and Jews who did not vote for him in 2020. The former president made the comments in a conference call featuring religious leaders. The move could be seen to shore up his religious conservative base…Continue Reading

Y Gov. Kathy Hochul Admits Andrew Cuomo Covered Up COVID Deaths, 12,000 More Died Than Reported

When it comes to protecting people from COVID, Andrew Cuomo is already the worst governor in America. New York has the second highest death rate per capita, in part because he signed an executive order putting COVID patients in nursing…Continue Reading

Prayers For Cardinal Burke . . . U.S. Cardinal Burke says he has tested positive for COVID-19

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — U.S. Cardinal Raymond L. Burke said he has tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19. In an Aug. 10 tweet, he wrote: “Praised be Jesus Christ! I wish to inform you that I have recently…Continue Reading

Democrats Block Amendment Banning Late-Term Abortions, Stopping Abortions Up to Birth

Senate Democrats have blocked an amendment that would ban abortions on babies older than 20 weeks. During consideration of the multi-trillion spending package, pro-life Louisiana Senator John Kennedy filed an amendment to ban late-term abortions, but Democrats steadfastly support killing…Continue Reading

Transgender student wins as U.S. Supreme Court rebuffs bathroom appeal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday handed a victory to a transgender former public high school student who waged a six-year legal battle against a Virginia county school board that had barred him from using the bathroom corresponding…Continue Reading

New York priest accused by security guard of assault confirms charges have now been dropped

NEW YORK, June 17, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — A New York priest has made his first public statement regarding the dismissal of charges against him.  Today Father George W. Rutler reached out to LifeSiteNews and other media today with the following…Continue Reading

21,000 sign petition protesting US Catholic bishops vote on Biden, abortion

More than 21,000 people have signed a letter calling for U.S. Catholic bishops to cancel a planned vote on whether President Biden should receive communion.  Biden, a Catholic, supports abortion rights and has long come under attack from some Catholics over that…Continue Reading

Bishop Gorman seeks candidates to fill two full time AP level teaching positions for the 2021-2022 school year in the subject areas of Calculus/Statistics and Physics

Bishop Thomas K. Gorman Regional Catholic School is a college preparatory school located in Tyler, Texas. It is an educational ministry of the Catholic Diocese of Tyler led by Bishop Joseph Strickland. The sixth through twelfth grade school provides a…Continue Reading

Vatican observes ‘Earth Hour’

On Saturday, along with the Vatican, symbolic monuments of cities all across the globe turn off their lights, to demonstrate the serious global climate crisis. By Vatican News staff writer Vatican City State took part in the traditional international initiative Earth…Continue Reading

Untitled 5 Untitled 2

Attention Readers:

  Welcome to our website. Readers who are familiar with The Wanderer know we have been providing Catholic news and orthodox commentary for 150 years in our weekly print edition.


  Our daily version offers only some of what we publish weekly in print. To take advantage of everything The Wanderer publishes, we encourage you to su
bscribe to our flagship weekly print edition, which is mailed every Friday or, if you want to view it in its entirety online, you can subscribe to the E-edition, which is a replica of the print edition.
 
  Our daily edition includes: a selection of material from recent issues of our print edition, news stories updated daily from renowned news sources, access to archives from The Wanderer from the past 10 years, available at a minimum charge (this will be expanded as time goes on). Also: regularly updated features where we go back in time and highlight various columns and news items covered in The Wanderer over the past 150 years. And: a comments section in which your remarks are encouraged, both good and bad, including suggestions.
 
  We encourage you to become a daily visitor to our site. If you appreciate our site, tell your friends. As Catholics we must band together to rediscover our faith and share it with the world if we are to effectively counter a society whose moral culture seems to have no boundaries and a government whose rapidly extending reach threatens to extinguish the rights of people of faith to practice their religion (witness the HHS mandate). Now more than ever, vehicles like The Wanderer are needed for clarification and guidance on the issues of the day.

Catholic, conservative, orthodox, and loyal to the Magisterium have been this journal’s hallmarks for five generations. God willing, our message will continue well into this century and beyond.

Joseph Matt
President, The Wanderer Printing Co.

Untitled 1

Catechism

Adopt A Center

Today . . .

Fr. Altman torches bishops

BALTIMORE (ChurchMilitant.com) – A fiery persecuted priest is calling U.S. bishops to account for corruption and abuse within the Catholic Church. Wisconsin priest Fr. James Altman sent a scorching message to Catholic prelates today at Church Militant’s “Bishops: Enough Is Enough” prayer rally in Baltimore. The rally is within throwing distance of the location of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ annual fall meeting.

Is It Impossible?

Cindy Paslawski      The media pundits were off and running at the mouth and pen about the US Bishops who are holding their annual fall meeting. In all their theological expertise, writers from Savannah to Los Angeles were proclaiming that Joe Biden should not be forbidden to receive the Holy Eucharist.      I do not recall a Bishop telling members of the secular media what to write, so where do these media theological “experts” get…Continue Reading

Catholic Bishop Slams Biden for Supporting Abortion: “63 Million Babies Have Been Murdered. It’s a Bloodbath”

Catholic Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone called out President Joe Biden this week for supporting the abortion “bloodbath” that has destroyed nearly 63 million unborn babies’ lives in the United States. The San Francisco archbishop has been outspoken in his criticism of political leaders like Biden who profess to be Catholic while openly advocating for the killing of unborn babies in abortions. In a new interview with America Magazine, Cordileone pointed out that Biden no longer even claims…Continue Reading

Barrett and Kavanaugh Supply Majority to Deny Religious-Liberty Claim on Vaccine Mandate

Late Friday, Justices Amy Coney Barrett and Brett Kavanaugh joined Chief Justice John Roberts and the Supreme Court’s three progressives in denying a preliminary injunction to a group of medical professionals who sought to be exempted from Maine’s vaccine mandate because of their religious convictions. Justice Neil Gorsuch filed a compelling dissent in the case, John Does 1-3 v. Mills, joined by his fellow conservative justices, Clarence Thomas and Sa

Catholic Politicians and Non-Admittance to Holy Communion

Praised be Jesus Christ! Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, For the past several months, the intention of the Church in the United States of America has been very much in my prayers. At their coming November meeting, the Bishops of the United States will be considering the application of Canon 915 of the Code of Canon Law: “Those who have been excommunicated or interdicted after the imposition or declaration of the penalty and others…Continue Reading

Wisconsin Parents Sue School District… For Shutting Them Out Of Children’s Name, Pronoun Changes

MILWAUKEE — The Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty (WILL) and Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys representing two sets of Wisconsin parents have filed a lawsuit against the Kettle Moraine School District to challenge its policy that allows minor students to change their name and gender pronouns at school without parental consent.One of the Wisconsin couples…Continue Reading

The End Of The Liturgical Year… Remembering That All Faith Is Local, In Our Hearts

By MOST REV. JOSEPH STRICKLAND (Editor’s Note: Bishop Joseph Strickland of Tyler, Texas, delivered this homily on November 14, 2021, the Sunday before the USCCB Fall General Assembly. The text first appeared on the website of the St. Philip Institute on Catechesis and Evangelization.) + + The end is near. You might be thinking, “Oh,…Continue Reading

Kyle Rittenhouse, Both Right And Righteous

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN In judging the actions of Kyle Rittenhouse, set aside for the moment Wisconsin law under which he is being tried, and consider the natural law, the moral law, the higher law written on the human heart.In terms of values demonstrated and the deeds done that night that Rittenhouse shot the three…Continue Reading

Adorned Like A Bride For Her Husband… The Cartuja Monastery Of Granada

By JAMES MONTI When we think of the Carthusian Order, the imagery that comes most readily to mind is that of a life of profound and utter austerity — a demanding life of self-denial lived in stark surroundings and in much silence. Yet within the Carthusian tradition, there developed over the centuries a recognition of…Continue Reading

A Book Review . . . Debunking A Plethora Of Myths About Michelangelo

By JAMES BARESEL Michelangelo, God’s Architect: The Story of His Final Years and Greatest Masterpiece by William E. Wallace, Princeton University Press, 2021. Popular memory treats Michelangelo simply as a man of the late fifteenth and early sixteenth century Tuscan High Renaissance that was centered on Florence and Rome. That was the time that he…Continue Reading

Advertisement

Our Catholic Faith (Section B of print edition)

Catholic Replies

Editor’s Note: Kudos to Catholic League President Bill Donohue on his new book The Truth About Clergy Sexual Abuse (available at Ignatius.com). In a statement, Donohue says that his book demonstrates that “the sexual abuse scandal effectively ended decades ago.” This is confirmed, he said, “by the 2020 Annual Report on clergy sexual abuse published by the National Review Board…Continue Reading

Our Bishops Can Learn From Kyle Rittenhouse

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK Some things are worth defending.Kyle Rittenhouse, a young man at 17 years of age, knows this fact quite well. He was forced to defend his own life because others threatened to take it away. Kyle is now, as of November 18, awaiting the verdict from his trial but, as is so often the case today,…Continue Reading

Multitudes In The Valley Of Decision! A Meditation On The Dramatic Battle In Which We Live

By MSGR. CHARLES POPE (Editor’s Note: Msgr. Charles Pope posted this column on November 15 and it is reprinted here with permission.) + + A grave deficiency of modern times is the loss of the sense that our lives are caught up in a tremendous, epic battle. Yet here we are living in the midst of a great drama —…Continue Reading

Be Vigilant And Pray For Strength

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER First Sunday Of Advent (YR C) Readings: Jer. 33:14-161 Thess. 3:12-4:2Luke 21:25-28, 34-36 In the first reading, the Prophet Jeremiah tells us the days are coming when the Lord will fulfill the promise He made to Israel and Judah — that is, He will raise up a righteous shoot to David. That Shoot, of course, is…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

Q. I am an avid reader of your column. A few years ago, you published an excellent piece on how to gain indulgences for the souls in Purgatory during November. I had used that column for years, but now can’t seem to find my copy. Would you be able to run it again? It’s the best article on that subject…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Margaret Of Castello

By DEB PIROCH “Again the kingdom of heaven is like to a merchant seeking good pearls. Who when he had found one pearl of great price, went his way, and sold all that he had, and bought it” (Matt. 13:44-45).The other famous biblical reference to pearls is in The Gospel According to St. Matthew. Christ says: “Give not that which…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Hildegard von Bingen

By DEB PIROCH O leafy branch,standing in your nobilityas the dawn breaks forth:now rejoice and be gladand deign to set us frail onesfree from evil habitsand stretch forth your handand lift us up — St. Hildegard. She was a German saint, a mystic, an abbess, a poet and composer. Her writings included the first morality play, illustrated medieval manuscripts of…Continue Reading

Advertisement(2)