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Values clarification classes deliberately teach children to be nonjudgmental about moral values. Values-clarification debates often turn into "bull" sessions where each student gives their opinion about a moral issue but conclusions are never reached. In these classes, teacher-facilitator often acts like a talk-show host who gets students to debate such topics as merits or bad consequences of stealing, lying, pre-marital sex, or taking drugs.
In sex-education classes, sexual behavior is often described in purely mechanical terms and sexual choices are presented as morally neutral options or simply personal preferences each student has to decide for themselves. Similarly, in many drug-education programs same non-judgemental attitude often prevails -- students are encouraged to talk about good and bad consequences of taking drugs without reaching a clear moral conclusion.
Many public schools teach children that only self gratification and their feelings of moment matter, that there are no moral absolutes. Admittedly, some parents are to blame for not teaching their children good ethical values, but values clarification programs are an assault on time-tested values most parents teach their children.
Since ancient times, all societies have known that certain acts are inherently wrong and immoral. This knowledge became embedded in a cultural or religious moral code, which recognized that human beings must respect each other’s person and property. Judaism and Christianity, for example, teach that lying, stealing, or murdering another human being is wrong, not only because they’re prohibited by Ten Commandments, but because they are inherently unjust to other human beings.
With rare exceptions, such as killing in self-defense, morality of these basic values seldom depends on situation or individual. All of us are born with same rights to life, liberty, and property. Respect for each other's rights and person simply reflects this fact of life.
Because values clarification programs teach children that all values are subjective, they destroy real values and corrupt children at deepest level. If all values are subjective, there is no moral difference between mercy and murder, honesty and theft, sexual consent and rape, loyalty and treachery, or fidelity and adultery.
In a world where anything goes, children are turned into amoral creatures who will do anything to satisfy their momentary desires. Yet these are insidious moral anti-values that public schools now promote with values-clarification classes.
Joel Turtel is an education policy analyst. He is also the author of "The Welfare State: No Mercy For The Middle Class." Contact Information: Website: http://www.mykidsdeservebetter.com, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Phone: 718-447-7348, Article Copyrighted © 2005 by Joel Turtel.