Lời khai của ông. Jason Adkins cho hội đồng hỗ trợ kỹ thuật an toàn trường học

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Lời khai của ông. Jason Adkins, Giám đốc điều hành

School Safety Technical Assistance Council, Tháng bảy 19, 2017

Nhiều người ngày nay sẽ lên tiếng phản đối thận trọng đối với nội dung của Bộ công cụ chuyển giới SSTAC. I hope to use my brief time to highlight its impact on the enterprise of education.

Trong ngắn hạn, the toolkit is another example of the ongoing evisceration of the purpose of education, đó là hình thức học sinh để theo đuổi sự thật, not merely to instruct or indoctrinate them.

In Plato’s Republic, those whom Socrates calls the “lovers of the sight of the truth” detest falsehoods; they seek only that which is truth, having “no taste for falsehood; Đó là, they are completely unwilling to admit what’s false but hate it, while cherishing the truth.”[1]

Yet the denial of reality is precisely what this toolkit is encouraging schools to ask of faculty, sinh viên, and parents. “They must accommodate themselves to lies knowing that truthful words will be punished.”[2]

Plato uses the allegory of the cave to describe those who have not been tutored to seek the deeper reality of things, and instead are held captive to puppeteers projecting shadows on the wall. Content to live in a world of appearances, untethered to the light of truth, they are merely pawns who can be instructed and manipulated, but not truly free to seek the true, tốt, and the beautiful.

Hôm nay, our education system keeps students in chains, content to let them live well in the cave, so long as they don’t bother anyone else’s assertion of their subjective will.

The truth is that this toolkit fits neatly into a world of alternative facts, giả mạo tin tức, climate change denial, and trigger warnings. Science matters only when it serves an ideology. Kết quả là, our public-school system and its leaders have contributed greatly to the decline in civil discourse and a denuded public culture, nơi những loudest, most powerful voices—not the truth—win; this toolkit is just its most recent and radical exaltation of a dictatorship of the subjective self.

When all that is left is the assertion of the subjective will untethered to what is objectively good or true, politics and education are merely instruments of power. Is it any surprise that this is where we find ourselves as a society today? Our students[3] who refuse to bend their knee to the new orthodoxies and deny some of the most basic facts of human existence will face the brunt of the penalties imposed by the so-called anti-bullying bill. Good thoughts will be rewarded; bad thoughts will be punished.

We said in 2013 that the anti-bullying legislation was less about protecting all students than ruthlessly imposing a plastic view of human beings on everyone, and punishing those who don’t conform. The truth of that characterization is made all the clearer by this toolkit.

We all agree that our schools should be places that are welcoming and compassionate towards all people, regardless of personal struggles or the challenges that they bring to the classroom. Every person has inherent dignity and is entitled to respect and kindness.

But to enlist the schools, gia đình, and students in a modern version of the tale of “The Emperor’s New Clothes” is to attack the very foundation of education as an enterprise rooted in the pursuit of truth. Và, as others have noted, it is harmful to those children struggling with gender dysphoria. Not every subjective feeling should be affirmed by everyone else—especially when it is inconsistent with objective reality.

Cảm ơn bạn.

[1] Quoted in Gerard T. Mundy, “Hiding from the Sun: Gender Ideology’s Attack on Truth,” The Public Discourse, Tháng bảy 17, 2017.

[2] R.R. Reno, “While We’re at It,” Những điều đầu tiên, Aug/Sept. 2017, p. 67.

[3] Qua 80 percent of Catholic children attend public schools.