Virtue By Force No Virtue At All
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Virtue By Force No Virtue At
"The Character Education Programme of New Zealand (CEPNZ) sounds like a good
initiative but its promoters must remain mindful of their own
responsibilities in taking on such a task." This from Peter Osborne,
Libertarianz Spokesman For Education Deregulation, in response to a press
release issued promoting the programme.
Mr Osborne clarifies. "Firstly the CEPNZ's promoters say that they
approached the Ministry of Education on numerous occasions to find ways to
install character education in all schools. They also used four catch
phrases to describe their principles, these being: honesty, responsibility,
integrity and respect. The promoters themselves seem to be very selective
about adhering to these principles, however."
"Why have the CEPNZ promoters been lobbying the Ministry of Education to
push their ideas?" he asked. "After all, the Ministry only operates by
force. Their very survival is due to an extortion racket commonly known as
tax. Whether parents like it or not their children are forced to attend
school under threat of imprisonment. It is hypocritical, to say the least,
that a group who wish to promote high moral standards in society would side
with such moral bankrupts as the government. How can they hope to succeed
in teaching morals when extortion is the method of delivery?"
Osborne continues, "If the CEPNZ promoters wish to promote their virtues
they must lead by example and behave as if they truly believe in their
convictions. This can only be done by reason and persuasion. They seem to
have gained a bit of success by this method with many schools choosing to
follow their recommendations. But they must stop asking the government to
force it upon New Zealand children."
Mr Osborne concludes, "Libertarianz understand that a State that controls
education will always see a continuous decrease in standards, both morally
and intellectually. The New Zealand model is no exception. While the CEPNZ
promoters try to patch over this problem, they will be a losing battle. The
cause must be well and truly dealt with - the State must be excluded from
education altogether. Anyone who wishes to encourage their children to
think for themselves and to formulate their own moral standards must work
towards this goal. The problem will not improve until this is achieved."
Libertarianz: More Freedom - Less Government
For more information contact:
LIBERTARIANZ SPOKESMAN TO DEREGULATE EDUCATION
Phone: 0274 326 005, e-mail: ospar@...