By Dr. Alex McFarland
Throughout history, courageous men and women have inspired, motivated and moved succeeding generations to pursue honor, integrity and ingenuity. People like Mother Teresa, Albert Einstein and NASA astronauts – and people who, incidentally, are no longer found in one Michigan elementary school’s “Heroes Hall.”
The South Arbor Charter Academy in Ypsilanti, Mich. is under heavy scrutiny for scrapping historical figures including Einstein, Mother Teresa, Betsy Ross, the Space Shuttle Columbia astronauts and Gandhi from its “Heroes Hall” and replacing them with images honoring Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey, “Harry Potter” Author J.K. Rowling and others.
Religion and culture expert Dr. Alex McFarland (www.alexmcfarland.com) warns that this shift in who is honored speaks to a bigger danger: attempts to eradicate knowledge of history from America’s consciousness while redefining the basis by which society defines morality.
“Our culture is at great risk of being destroyed not by external forces but by concerted attempts to eradicate knowledge of history,” McFarland said. “In place of those who have helped shape and better our nation and our world through lives of courage, sacrifice and perseverance, we now have modern-day celebrities who have achieved some material definition of ‘success’. When a society exchanges the principles of sacrifice and service for the principles of fame and success, that society is in trouble.”