I remember being a teenager sitting in an eight grade classroom in 1968. It was an atmosphere of rebellion in full swing. In Severna Park, Maryland there was no junior high in those days. So, we were bussed over to Northeast JH where teachers were referees or wardens or something that roughly resembled educators. Not that they weren’t able to teach. They just didn’t have any students, the kids had other things on their minds.
What happens when you stick a few thousand kids together in a close social environment and cut them off from parental supervision and instruction? They will forge out a social structure based on their peers. So called, “peer pressure” is not so much peer pressure as it is a desire to overcome low self-worth with popularity and the ability to wield power and be able to hang with the top dogs.
This is the place that the society that calls itself, “science” is at today. It’s a system that is, by its own admission, based on a “peer review” social management concept. This “peer review” systen cuts the society off from its parents influences on particular subjects and teaches this form of elitism to students in the science classroom. Today, more than ever, students are taught that parents and adults in general a ignorant, superstitious and beneath them. They are taught to “believe in themselves” and other nonsense like, “you can do anything if you just believe”. So when they do, we ship them off to reform schools, or they find ways to quiet their roaring consciences with drugs.
“Science” also wants us to throw off our Creator and His guidance and look to them instead as our heros and the pathway to enlightenment or some such thing. It’s just a more structured and controlled form of teenage “rebellion”. Only where teenagers don’t like to see it as a “peer pressure” system dominating their lives, in science, there is overt pride in their “peer pressure” cooker.