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Today we look at some of critical theory’s primary ideas and history. Critical theory has been around for several hundred years, but we’ll see its roots are far older. Today’s version is a fusion of the critical theory school of thought and post-modernism. Both pieces firmly rooted in politics. Unless otherwise noted, all quotes come from Stanford’s Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

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Critical theory. While mentioned a lot, we hear little about what it is. It is a tool creating material taught to our children, business and government employees, and even finding acceptance in some churches. It is also the basis for being ‘woke’. We see its ideas flowering within this summer’s violent actions by groups like Black Lives Matter.

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I recently heard someone speak at a church. The overall message was good, but in some places it felt a bit off. But I couldn’t put my finger on just what it was. Then they reached a point where they mentioned the American Dream, a dream they condemned because it meant pursuing stuff.

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Man must discern good from evil. It is part of how Man fulfills his purpose. Original sin occurred when Man turned from God by disobeying and eating from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Not taking a bite from the fruit, but choosing to take that bite. The action was only the end. Man's will and choice were the means. The means underlying our actions matter.

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America’s public education faces many problems. But how did we get here, and more importantly, how can we fix it? To understand how to fix anything, we must first understand the core problem. The core problem begins with today’s view of rights.

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What possible connection could there be between today’s society and a Star Trek episode? Amok was a period during the Vulcan mating process where all their logic was cast aside. Raw emotion ruled their actions to such an extent they were willing to do anything to achieve their goal—because the end had to be achieved whatever the cost. Is our society any different today?

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The previous article outlined differences in ideas and why they matter, using Virginia's proposed Equal Rights Amendment. I've written more generally in other articles about why ideas matter. They shape our decisions and influence our actions. Our actions form our character, and our character determines who we choose to become. But it all begins with ideas. You produce what you take in.

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Remember when talking about school safety meant cross-walks and crossing guards? Today’s talk on improving school safety centers on reducing the number of school campus shootings. The chart below displays the number of shootings, and resulting deaths and injuries, by decade from 1930 to March, 2018. A shooting in this data is defined as the discharge of a weapon on school grounds.

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I will present two arguments.  The first will be a logical one.  Its basis is that, at its core, collectivism believes that all people are not created equal – or more precisely that some are created more equal than others.  This is captured by both Plato’s and Aristotle’s thoughts on the relationship between the state, education, and citizenship.  Their relevant thoughts can be summarized as follows:

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Plato viewed society as being comprised of four levels, those who were either:  gold (those who governed, the guardians), silver (those who supported the guardians), brass (artisans and laborers), or iron (farmers).  The many slaves were not considered.  Aristotle had more divisions, but his approach was basically the same.  The structure of these societies resembled a pyramid.  The guardians were the smallest group, their assistants larger in number, and finally by far the largest segment of the population consisted of the remaining groups.  These views were not uncommon in state religion societies like Rome and Greece. 

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Dan WolfMy goal is that my writing will help you to get started on your own journey of discovery, or help you along the way on a journey you may have already begun. Our Founders considered education, religion, morality, and virtue to be the cornerstones for any successful society. Being successful requires understanding both the languages of reason and faith; reason alone is insufficient.