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What are the educational implications of holding on to objective truth in a culture that values relativistic truth?

Besides conflict, of course! This question is deliberately broad, not focused on teachers, students, curriculum, or institutions specifically, so that the soil of it may be tilled as completely as possible through discussion.

Let's start here: if one holds that objective truth exists, then the interactions with culture, peers, professors, course content, and even the disciplines themselves must be flavored and shaped by that assertion. In a postmodern, relativist culture, this questions is somewhat pressing: there are movements in education that favor both types of truth, and that can make plugging into education, for a student, disciple, or apprentice of an opposing view, feel something like a 120V appliance being plugged into a 220V outlet. Without a transformer, step-down or step-up, these learners seemingly would not be able to approach, apprehend, or socialize around the learning because the premises behind its whole gestalt are out of phase. Or could they? What are the transformers necessary to do so? And the greater question: what are the implications for our culture? Can folks who have these two views, and therefore different educations, inherently, create a functional society together?


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  • Jul 1 2013: oh,I think truth is just the truth,is there objective or relativistic ?
    • Jul 1 2013: There could be. I'm speaking of truth in origin, and therefore in understanding of the big picture (and also the pedagogy involved in teaching or learning about a subject). Consider the example of history. An objective (I'll hold on to the Christian model for now, since it provides a good framework for argumentation) truther would say that history is the unfurling of God's revelation. A relativist would have a hard time pinpointing history as telic or not. Historical facts may not change (what really happened, not what various parties would say happened), but what is history itself? This would have a profound impact on the way the subject is taught.
      • Jul 2 2013: The truth means no matter how long and how you observe it,it is true.in my conception of truth,I would like to use' 0 and 1' to present.it.it means ture or not ture alternative.

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