Culture and Communication
Culture and Communication
The first thing to understand the debate that unfolds between these cultural groups and the content that should be communicated to their children in public schools is the belief system that best fits the facts. For instance, there are cultural groups in the United States where members are Christian fundamentalist and as a result, they despise the theories of evolution and intelligent design. They purport that teaching children in schools about natural selection and survival for the fittest, makes them believe that life is an accident and this creates turmoil in their life and which, was not part of their conscious actions. In addition, they claim that evolution is a belief that coverts the children to be part of its demeanor and thoughts (Samovar et al., 2012). However, these cultural groups have rejected such disciplines in schools since they do not bring harmony, peace and life of comfort in children’s life. As such, the opinions of these cultural groups should be accepted and such disciplines should not be introduced to kids in high schools; however, the influence of the cultural groups should be accommodated to a certain degree (Masci, 2014).
One of the reasons in favor of the Christian fundamentalist’s cultures is that after 200 years of Darwinism, evolution has brought forth unbelievable beliefs about humans and nature. However, there have been numerous unproven facts about the theories of evolution which have been published in the media and promoted by the government, making unsuspecting individuals and children to accept them as the truth. Same in high schools, the biased beliefs of evolution have been the cause of the unsolicited turmoil in most children whereby, children are developing subconscious feelings of despair and futility. Te cause of the despair and the futility is as a result of the conflict between other creatures and humans desire and continuous battle to survive. Opponents of evolution have argued that evolution makes students to be afraid that they will one day cease to exist and will suffer eternally in hell. Contrary to that, they have proposed that believing in creation will make the students to live in the conscious feeling that there will be an eternal life and that they will be free from discord, pain and suffering (Seegert, 2014).
However, there have been limitations as to the extent the Christian fundamentalists should be accommodated. Despite their claims, it is important that educationalists draw a line of what fits the best of facts. For instance, both Christianity and evolution are based on assumptions and presuppositions where they use the same facts (carbon 14 dating) but they draw different conclusions. As such, introducing the intelligent design and theories of evolution may be unsuitable for children who have not established their conscious reason, but, the discipline should be allowed in higher learning since where students have better knowledge for developing judgment (Seegert, 2014).
Nevertheless, the modern American lifestyle is more of a liberal culture where the norms the values are based on rationalized thinking. As such, the liberalized society has emerged to be the dominant culture over these cultural groups. Many people in the liberalized society advocate teachers in schools to teach both Christianity and evolution as a fact finding mission for discovering the origin of man. However, the liberalized society is failing to address the problem of the increasing secular society. As a result of the rationalized and liberal mindset of people in the modern American lifestyle, there have been no standard norms and values to guide people about what is right and wrong which, has resulted to the moral decadence in the society (Samovar et al., 2012).
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