To the Editor: Value judgments no longer in force

Modern man hasn’t so much technologically as philosophically engineered himself into a corner. That’s the thrust of a 1954 essay I’ve just read by Joseph Wood Krutch, “The Loss of Confidence.”

All the while, I was thinking about these figures, as reported in the Jan. 5-11 Rock River Times: Rockford Public Schools’ “Fresh Start/Fresh View” program, with 75 pupils, sucks up $4 million a year.

After a person picks himself up off the floor, he has to wonder HOW the price tag can be SIX times that for regular students. And also, WHY?

Consider that these behavior problems may be the worst of the worst, but they’re also, therefore, on the thinnest of ice. Teaching them should be a cake walk.

Krutch argues that with mankind’s power to do ourselves in has also come the pessimistic malaise of materialistic rationalism, which holds that everyone is merely the product of the forces that shaped him.

Hence, because there’s no such thing anymore as objective value judgments, based on any such thing anymore as objective good, or God, we’re each left to our own relative truths about everything, while science concludes we’re more like dogs than gods.

So, then, the twin societal dictums our young people are learning and personifying are: (1) “I answer to no one”; and (2) “Certainly not to God—who does not exist!”

Anyway, I believe taxpayers shouldn’t continually be on the hook for what amounts to double jeopardy: a student who is both not trying and not behaving should be GONE—not kicked upstairs to some penthouse.

Norman Bleed


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