EXODUS 2000--THE TIME HAS COME FOR CHRISTIANS TO REMOVE THEIR CHILDREN FROM PUBLIC SCHOOLS.
The Exodus 2000 Project claims to have an answer to the crisis in education that today faces the Christian church in America. Led by E. Ray Moore, Jr.,Th. M., this grassroots movement is gaining widespread support for the proposition that this crisis has reached gargantuan proportions. Moore, an Army Reserve Chaplin and veteran of the Gulf War, is a graduate of Grace Theological Seminary and is currently President of Frontline Ministries, Columbia, SC. Moore and the others supporting the project believe the government should have no responsibility in the education of Christian children, and to commit Christian children to the care of agents of the state is akin to committing lambs to the care of wolves. The "Exodus 2000 Project" is dedicated to the proposition that Bible-based Christian education is the only alternative for the Christian community. Those administering the project also believe the time has come for a coordinated commitment by the national Christian leadership, pastors, and the larger Christian community to support an effort to withdraw Christian children from the government school system and place them in existing Christian schools and Christian home schools.
The war for the minds of children has been raging between government educators and Christian parents for almost 30 years. The strategy of the educational bureaucracy has been to concoct one scheme after another to better prepare students to become more competitive in the "emerging global economy". This in turn has led to bitterly fought battles on many fronts, and hotly contested issues to determine the direction of public education. The most obvious of these battles is over campus security. This battle is waged daily over arrests stemming from possession of weapons, drugs, and general acts of violence. There are then the academic battles over "whole language", "cooperative learning", "ebonics", and declining SAT scores. Moral decay and social issues on the school campus have led to sex education, condom distribution, and the latest panaceas of government educators. "character education" and "school to work". While many of these have religious implications, there exist direct frontal assaults of religious issues. These include pantheism taught through "confluent education" and other new age-based pedagogies, the surging paganism of environmental and Native American Studies, and (lest we forget) the atheistic notion that evolution is a fact. When "Outcome Education" (OBE) is added into the mix, it becomes readily apparent the war is not fought over true educational issues, but the war is fought for the very heart and soul of the next generation.
While these issues are the manifestation of the of the battles Christians must fight, the roots of the problem go much deeper. To trace these roots, one must begin with the "Father of Progressive Education", John Dewey. He and his "progressive educators" envisioned a school system of social engineering, changing attitudes, and changing values. In the May 1949 issue of Progressive Educator magazine, Kenneth Benne declared:
Could Ray Moore be right? Should a Christian entrust his children to an institution that admits to this? But wait& ..this gets worse.
An often overlooked and forgotten pedagogy within the governmental educational system is the one that has and is doing more damage than any other. Its influence can potentially far outweigh that of any previously mentioned. It has been and is currently being funded and promoted in state education budgets. This methodology was established in the early 1950s by educational psychologist Benjamin Bloom in his book, Bloom. s Taxonomy. This serious threat to the future generation of Christians is "
Critical Thinking" (also known as "Thinking Skills" or "Higher Order Thinking Skills")."Critical Thinking" involves the establishment of discernment or wisdom based on one. s worldview. The methodology of Bloom. s Taxonomy is simply the evaluating of a situation based on one. s acquired knowledge base. The problem develops for Christian parents when a child is taught to evaluate situations based on a world view other than that of the Judeo-Christian worldview. Since government educators have readily admitted the US Public School System is a secular humanist institution (not to mention the intrusion of pantheism in the 80s and paganism in the 90s), the students are obviously taught to critically analyze everything based on a secular humanistic, pantheistic, or paganistic world view. By making critical analysis based on these worldviews, the Christian student will soon find himself at odds with the beliefs and values taught by his parents. As he embraces the "Wisdom of this World" he will turn his back on the God of his parents. Could this be the reason that a 1991 Gallop Poll indicated that 70% of professing Christian public school students no longer attend church two short years after graduating ? (4) Are you willing to take this chance with your child? Could it be time to remove your child from the government brainwash?
Therefore, the primary goal of the governmental education system is now to develop GLOBAL CITIZENS. Are you still not convinced? The John Goodlad School of Teacher Training is located at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC. Dr. Goodlad has gained notoriety in educational circles as an authority in many areas. He is best known for his complaint in 1970:
"Most youth still hold the same values as their parents, and if we don't resocialize, our system will decay." (6)
More recently, in the Preface to SCHOOLING FOR A GLOBAL AGE, 1980, he made this recommendation:
If you are still skeptical, please examine the photograph. This banner was photographed while attached to a building on the campus of South Carolina State University. When inquiries were made to the administration, they responded that this was the official slogan of the Class of . 98, and the class members alone developed the slogan. Where did they come up with this nonsense? Could the remote possibility exist that these ideas came from the ideas communicated to them in the government public school system?
Bible-believing Christians should be very aware of the implications of the coming world government. We know from the study of God. s Word that the next world government (The New World Order) will be ruled by Satan possessing a man. the Antichrist. Do you want your children prepared for citizenship under such a government? Do you want your children developing the attitudes and values conducive to citizenship in such a regime? Do you believe God will hold you accountable for the education of your children in such a manner?
Evidently, Christians are not yet convinced these issues are a major cause for concern. Over 80% of Christians still send their children to the government schools. Yet, the Bible is very clear that the parents are responsible to "train up a child in the way he should go" (Prov.22:6). Nowhere does the Bible tell us to have our children indoctrinated in the wisdom of this world. the Bible teaches the opposite. Are we fulfilling the requirements of the "Great Commission" to teach all nations if we allow our own children to be indoctrinated in secular humanism, pantheism, and paganism? Yet, many of us have our very good reasons (or excuses):
In conclusion, the lessons must be learned from the Word of God. Recorded in Judges 2:10-11 are these words:
Why did this happen? This happened because the previous generation disobeyed God. s command in Deuteronomy 6:6-7:
THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE EDUCATION OF OUR CHILDREN BELONGS TO THE CHURCH---NOT THE STATE.
Yes, Ray Moore is correct. It is too late to reform the system. New government methods and strategies dictate that action must be taken now. ALL Christians should immediately remove their children from the government schools. If this warning is ignored, will the next generation become as the one in Judges 2? Who will answer to God for a lost generation? Who will answer to God for your children?
It is simply a matter of obedience.
If you would like more information on the " Exodus 2000 Project", please contact Ray Moore at (803) 787-6978 .
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