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Chris Perrin, November 22, 2017 in
The Abolition of Man (Steve Turley)
In his short course on The Abolition of Man by C. S. Lewis, Steve Turley notes Lewis' powerful critique of relativism in modern education. Lewis describes relativism as a rejection of the "doctrine of objective value." How have you seen objective value rejected in modern education?
Fairy tales being adapted. Old tales or fables are adapted so that the heroes may not be heroic at all and villains may actually be the heroes or are rehabilitated.
Less time in actual, real nature. For example, many children know more facts about the Amazon rainforest than they know their backyard. They may be able to identify a rare tree frog from South America but they have no idea what the trees are in their yard.
Everything is “me” centered. When we’re asked to consider classes, a major or a future career our mentors often ask us what we want to do, what we like to do, and are less interested in what would make a difference in the world.
These are just a few things that came to mind as I read chapter one and listed to Dr Turley’s first lesson.
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