This was posted on a GaryNorth.com forum.
Our local Christian school proudly boasted that the junior high received a Blue Ribbon.I always wondered, what is all this hoopla about Blue Ribbon as it seemed to me almost every govt school got some kind of award (like Calif Distinguished School) and many more. So, what a hoax???
I was suspicious (to myself) and said, what is this thing? Blue Ribbon School?
I found out it is sponsored by the United States Dept of Education.
Why would a Christian school need this thing?
When I worked in govt school, our school was trying to get one of these things or something like it. The whole staff went crazy and had to work overtime to please the masters of this organization. This took a ton of time and energy wasted on this. Tons of angst and planning and going nuts.
Why would a Christian school, in an upscale area, even worry about this? And how are the parents so taken in?
Why is the staff taken in? Parents are paying $11,000 per year to go to junior high here. The athletes win everything, it is a calm campus with no problems, what more does anyone want?
What is the appeal?
There is a very simple answer to this question. The parents are desperate for prestige through their children. Understand, they are Christians. This means they are fundamentalist Christians. They suffer from a debilitating intellectual inferiority complex. They have been told, decade after decade, that they are Neanderthals. Who tells them this? The media and the academic establishment. This is what liberal elites must do in a country in which Christians are in the majority. The elites are very much like lion tamers. Their whip is academic certification. “Through the hoop!” Snap! “Through the hoop!” Snap! But they know what can happen to them at any time, without warning. They are locked in a cage, and they are edible. In the back of their minds, they keep thinking this: “Siegfried and Roy.”
Christian humiliation begins early. It begins with four words: “Is this school accredited?”
These are the words of parents. These are the words by which everything else in a school is judged. It does not matter the slightest how good the academic program is, once a parent has uttered these four words.
ACCREDITED BY WHOM?
Here is my response, which I wrote as a FAQ for the Ron Paul Curriculum.
Accreditation: Should We Seek It from the State?
This was sent by a reader.
Hello. I just visited your site and read through the info. but did not see an answer to this important question: Is your curriculum accredited so that students will receive a valid high school diploma upon completion of required classes in all US states?
The question of accreditation has come up, especially in Christian circles, for about seventy years.
One of the most important marks of the complete surrender of Christians and libertarians to the state is the desire for academic accreditation.
Ask these questions:
1. Accredited by whom?
2. By whose authority?
3. By what standard?
4. Enforced by what sanctions?
5. Gaining what advantage?
Let us consider the assumptions and implications of accreditation.
First, the state has both the moral authority and the legal right to determine what constitutes a valid education. In other words, the moment that somebody accepts the idea of accreditation, he has accepted the legitimacy of the power of the state to determine the truth. He has also accepted the legitimacy of the state to determine the correct methodology of teaching.
(For the rest of my article, click the link.)