I read the book Left Behind a few months ago, and was quite taken by it. I’m intrigued by how other people view their own faiths, and theological texts are often not the best way to do so; I much prefer things like literature or autobiography, things that give me a greater sense of the lived tradition.
I was doing some research on the No Child Left Behind Act, and something occurred to me. According the Left Behind series children will experience the Rapture for two reasons, they have not consciously sinned and they are ignorant of the world. The entire work, while not anti-learning, is quite adamant about appropriate forms of learning. After reading the criticisms of the act, most importantly that the funding has to come from the local level, limiting other educational endeavors, something occurred to me.
What if this book is President Bush’s vision of the future? Make sure no child is Left Behind by ensuring their ignorance. Gut education at all levels and hope that this will save everybody. If you read what this administration is doing and what the signs of the end times are according to the series, you will notice some disturbing similarities. I’m beginning to get afeared.
Of course, purposefully causing all schools to fail could just be a ploy to get school vouchers to seem more attractive, irrespective of whether or not Bush-Cheney 2004 (notice the acronym is BC, before [the coming] of Christ) wins or not.