This assistant principal’s behavior is disturbing on many levels, most of which are too obvious to require comment. He’s rude and his language is offensive, even as he complains about the pro-life pair “harassing” students. You can add your own descriptions.
But what I really want you to see is the collapse of American education, displayed here in microcosm.
He’s an administrator at an elite high school in Chester County, Pennsylvania, yet he thinks he can say of those who are aborted, “They’re not children, they’re cells!” (around 2:00). “They are cells! You are at a science-based school! Those are cells!”
Science says they’re cells. Right. And science says that you and I as adult humans are cells. So far we’re all on the same page. I’ve never met a pro-life person who disagreed that humans are made of cells. Maybe we haven’t heard it yelled quite as loudly as this assistant principal said it. If we had, then we’d know they’re cells. Maybe if someone reminded us just as emphatically as he did that it was science, we’d agree they’re cells.
Except we already do agree with that.
Irrational Argument, Poor Education
So let’s talk about education failing here.
An educated person would know there ought to be some connection between his premises and the point he wants to make. There’s no such connection here. We all agree the unborn are made of cells, as are also those of us who have made it as far as being born. Cells are not some special class of creature that deserve death just for being cells. Some of them make up living human persons — and plants and animals, too — whose death is not justified merely because they’re composed of cells.
By the way, though we didn’t see the picture he was pointing at when he yelled, “Those are cells!” an accompanying report hints that the picture displayed a fetus, which would have been well beyond the blastocyst stage where the young human looks like mere cells, and long into the stage when tissues, organs, and systems have begun to develop. So even his science was incomplete at best.
Educational Leadership In Action!
But that’s not even the point. His argument was irrational. Totally vacuous. Inane. He didn’t know how to connect a premise to a conclusion through a valid line of thinking. And he’s an assistant principal at an elite high school. What are the students going to learn under that kind of leadership?
His not-so-gentle reminder that they were at a SCIENCE school was no help — though it does illustrate more of the failure of education. Science knows what cells are made of, and it’s gaining an increasing understand of how they work on the inside, but as science it knows nothing whatsoever of cells’ moral worth — much less human persons’ moral worth. That’s not a scientific question; labs have no scales or measuring sticks to compute moral worth.
Too much of the American public has been hoodwinked into thinking that what science tells us about the unborn — that they’re made of cells — is the whole truth of the matter. It isn’t. Every educated person knows it can’t be.
This is a picture of the collapse of American education.
P.S. He doesn’t represent education very well, either, when he tells them later, “This is a public school, we don’t believe in that here” — meaning, “we don’t believe in Jesus.” That’s a twisted version of constitutional law even under today’s strange judicial church-state interpretations. He was quite wrong to say anything like that. Do you suppose they train administrators in these things? What do you suppose they tell them?
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