In 1838 Noah Webster, the father of American education, expressed the purpose of schools was the advancement of the Christian faith:
In my view, the Christian religion is the most important and one of the first things in which all children under a free government ought to be instructed … No truth is more evident to my mind than that the Christian religion must be the basis of any government intended to secure the rights and privileges of a free people.
Whether you believe in Jesus Christ or not, until he was given the old kick to the curb in 1963, when prayer was tossed out of American government schools, education was at or near the highest quality on earth.
But since the official dismissal of God and godly principles from U.S. Government school education, the overall quality of education in America now pales in comparison to that of most nations throughout the world. Education in America was supposed to reflect the good values of local communities, with a heavy emphasis on a rigorous curriculum meant to educate the mind, invigorate the soul, and encourage the spirit.
Originally, teachers in the United States understood that no two people are exactly alike. That is why until recent years, generations of Americans were encouraged to learn as much as possible and develop their God-given talents to the best of their ability.
Thus, “We The People” of prior generations of Americans were the most inventive on earth. Another primary goal of past generation teachers was to encourage and stimulate the imagination of young students, while at the same time giving them a sense of optimism about their future, their ability to achieve, and their country.
Unfortunately, in time a philosophical shift took place in America and the biblical principles for education were slowly eroded and abandoned. As a result, there have been sad and tragic consequences that continue to unfold.
John Dewey, known as “the architect of modern education,” said “there is no God and there is no soul. Hence, there are no needs for the props of traditional religion.” Those so-called props have been obliterated. Thus, the loss of moral standards has opened the door to untold numbers of unwanted teen pregnancies, abortions, high suicide rates, less reliance on one’s God-given abilities, and more dependency on government, stupid violence, etc.
If we believe the founders were correct in asserting that America would fail if she lost her religious, or Judeo-Christian foundation, it is incumbent upon Christian believers to reaffirm and reclaim our Christian educational heritage. There are many ways to instigate change, but it begins with a willingness to become engaged in the battle.
Now please don’t freak out! I am not saying that we suddenly turn schools into theology centers. But a return to the inclusion of Godly or biblical standards would help reestablish an atmosphere of caring, excellence, and a sense of pride in the vocation of truly educating students. That is a departure from the current prevailing attitude of loyalty to the union and obedience to the one-size-fits-all Department of Education.
It is my opinion that the federal government has no moral, ethical, or logical grounds on which to continue dominating the education of our Republic’s young ones. Our students should, and must, be better prepared via parents, real education, and the church to perpetuate our exceptional way of life.
Unfortunately, the Department of Education has only helped to foster the decline in the quality of education that was already in a bad way when it was brought to fruition during the 1970s. The Department of Education (or indoctrination) is simply a bureaucratic beehive of centralized control over education that dictates to local school boards the politically correct indoctrination they want for American students.
Of course, local parents are not considered important unless they willingly go along with the status quo of the indoctrination industry headquartered inside the beltway. The result? Another recipe for disaster currently unfolding throughout our republic turned mob-rule democracy. The Department of Education hierarchy has systematically replaced family values with its own version of “the government is there to take care of you.”
The results of this travesty are self-evident. Hopefully, before it is too late, real local based education will soon replace the dangerous, centralized government den of indoctrination that has done more to stupefy America than almost any other known entity.