My wife and I have only been married for two years, so it is going to be weird if we don’t have any kids soon. However, we don’t, so all of these speculations are from a standpoint of ignorance.
We had an evening with a couple of friends over and somehow got on the topic of homeschooling. I am sure you are aware of the stereotypes. Homeschoolers are weird and not adjusted to society. I don’t know, I’m not homeschooled, though I have noticed that they tend to marry other homeschooled children in their 20s.
My wife and I have considered it, so did our friends, mostly because we are so afraid of what is considered “normal” these days. For one, I wouldn’t want schools teaching my kids anything about epistemology, as I think materialism should not be treated as the default. Further, I am not sure I like drug education. The D.A.R.E. program left an impression on me that drugs were more cool than anything else. Lastly, sex education to me is a big problem. People know how to do it, so that’s not the issue. Further, people know condoms prevent pregnancy and STDs. So, why is there a whole class? Well, it’s all about indoctrination.
When I was in High School, sex ed was a bunch of pictures showing genitalia marred with STDs and the teacher rolling her eyes saying, “We know you’re going to be like a bunch of animals and bang each other, so you might as well use a condom.”
Back in 2003, believe it or not, we didn’t talk about homosexuality, other than that anal sex was even more dangerous from a health perspective than vaginal. As an adult and having done some study, at least this fact is true and perhaps not emphasized enough for political reasons.
Fast forward a few years. It’s the year 2007 or 8. I am a substitute teacher, no longer a high school student. In Carmel High School, I am waiting for a health class teacher to end her class before I teach the next one (can’t remember the subject.) Then I hear the teacher teach that homosexuals are “born gay” and because that it is the case, it is natural and not a moral deficiency.
I’m not quite sure what this had to do with health, but from an intellectual perspective, I disagreed. After class, I told the teacher that the American Psychological Association and mainstream science has backtracked from the innate homosexuality theory, instead finding the matter quite inconclusive. The teacher said I did not know what I was talking about. Just so that you know that I do, I’ll quote the APA’s latest position paper:
There is no consensus among scientists about the exact reasons that an individual develops a heterosexual, bisexual, gay, or lesbian orientation. Although much research has examined the possible genetic, hormonal, developmental, social, and cultural influences on sexual orientation, no findings have emerged that permit scientists to conclude that sexual orientation is determined by any particular factor or factors.
I also noticed something new about the LGB community I knew from college (the link is a letter I wrote in college before I was a believer). It became the LGBT community when I substitute taught in 2008 during a day of silence. Now, I hear of “LBGTQA.” I remember when the “T” letter came along I had to think for a second what it even was. Then, when I figured it out, I was disgusted. I actually felt sorrow more than anything. Those poor mentally ill people, they are being encouraged to mutilate themselves.
There was a time when I wouldn’t mind learning a conflicting opinion in its entirety, consider it, and then if I disagree tear it down. I will still do that for certain things (Arminianism, Eastern Orthodoxy, anti-headcovering, etcetera), but not for everything. Mentally, I don’t have the energy for it anymore, I’m not the hot-headed 20 year old I once was. So, when people try to argue that men that think they’re women really are women, I can’t even entertain the notion. A boy is a boy and a girl is a girl. If I am a man, but think I’m a woman, I am still a man just as much as a rat is still a rat, even if an Italian is convinced it’s really a puppy.
To sum up my rambling thoughts, I hope you understand my apprehensions about the education of my theoretical future children. They will be taught morals and concepts, such as LBGTQA, that to me philosophically don’t even make sense. I am not sure how to even address someone who is convinced the sky is green, the rats are dogs, or men are women. Even pointing out simple genetics does not make sense. They have a worldview so foreign to what westerners have believed for about 2500 years that we literally speak right past each other. I don’t want my kids indoctrinated with such nonsense, not only as a Christian, but simply because I want them to be able to think in general. You must have some grasp of what truth is or how does anything in the universe even make sense?
I guess I’ll stop complaining before God pokes my eyes out.
What’s the solution. I don’t know. Just tell my kid the truth about sex, drugs, and religion. The truth can’t hurt, unless it’s your wife asking you how you think another woman looks. Then it hurts, but we should do the right thing even if it does, right?