“What is the truth?”
This was a question that Pontius Pilate often asked Jesus of Nazareth about 2000 years ago. Pilate was very uncomfortable with the objective claims of truth made by Jesus and wanted to dismiss them.
At some level, it’s easy to answer Pilate’s questions. Truth is any statement that corresponds to reality.
For example, it is true that the Canadian Federation was held in 1867. The claim that the coalition was held in another year is false. This is due to the abundance of evidence that the coalition actually took place in 1867.
This is known as the correspondence theory of truth. Simply put, this theory emphasizes that truth can be evaluated to the extent that it is consistent with or corresponds to objective reality. Therefore, the truth is objective rather than subjective.
However, not everyone accepts the existence of objective truth. Post-modernists, who usually live on the political left, claim that the truth is relative and that everyone has their own reality. This is where you get the notion that it is true for some, but not for others.
It is also the reason why we often hear “my truth” and “your truth” and explain different perspectives. For many, the truth is very personal and no one has the right to impose “their truth” on anyone else. At first glance, this sounds like a tolerant and acceptable philosophy, but it lacks logical coherence.
For example, anyone who wants to fight online “wrong information” has already embraced the theory of true correspondence, whether or not they admit it. That’s because the only way to label something as false information is when the facts indicate that it’s objectively wrong. Truth is not just a matter of opinion.
It is impressive to see some leftist thinkers suddenly get into the tide of objective truth. As a good example, former NDP leader Tom Mulcair recently wrote: Good needs to win. “
More left-wing politicians and thinkers have rediscovered the similarly objective reality of truth. This is an encouraging development, as postmodernism as a philosophy ultimately leads to an intellectual impasse.
A society where truth is a matter of opinion is not long-lasting. Without generally accepted facts, principles, or values, society cannot function. In postmodernism, that’s where we were heading.
Therefore, it is imperative that schools have a content-rich curriculum so that all students can learn something in common. History courses need to teach the history of our country, including important dates, events and people, and science courses need to ensure that students learn important scientific facts, concepts and theories.
Sadly, this doesn’t happen as often as needed.
The degree to which factual knowledge is not emphasized and despised in the educational world is usually surprising to most parents and taxpayers. After all, schools are generally assumed to be places where students learn specific knowledge and skills.
Unfortunately, progressive educators are obsessed with the idea that students need to create their own knowledge rather than learning the knowledge developed by experts in their field. This is where failed innovations such as discovery mathematics, whole language, and open area classrooms found their roots.
At the heart of many of these fads is the strange notion that students rarely need to be informed about a particular fact.
The solution is not to require more lessons on “critical thinking skills” or so-called media literacy courses. Instead, students need to immerse themselves in a content-rich learning environment from the beginning of kindergarten to the final day of grade 12. This means ensuring that students learn a lot of facts and remember a lot.
If you want students to really understand how government works, you need to learn the basics of parliamentary democracy and the level of government. There are real facts in our country and we need to make sure that our students know them. The truth is the reality we can discover, not the personal opinion we stick to, even if all the evidence contradicts it.
The objective truth is finally coming back. Make sure you help your students learn the difference between truth and fiction.
The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Epoch Times.