Word for Today
For what great nation is there that has God so near to it, as the LORD our God is to us, for whatever reason we may call upon Him? And what great nation is there that has such statutes and righteous judgments as are in all this law which I set before you this day? Only take heed to yourself, and diligently keep yourself, lest you forget the things your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. And teach them to your children and your grandchildren…that they may learn to fear Me all the days they live on the earth, and that they may teach their children.’ Deuteronomy 4:7-10
Israel is unique. The nation of Israel is founded by descendants of the Hebrew people whose history is given in the Bible. The United States is also unique in that we are founded upon Judeo-Christian principles. Both nations may have gotten away from their founding principles at times, but we remain strong only as long as we remain faithful.
The web-site has one glaring error, but otherwise seems to be authentic. The statement in error:
Free public schools were developed in America for the express purpose of raising up good citizenship. This purpose has been abandoned and must be regained.
While this was a later goal of public education, it wasn’t the first reason for public schools in America. The original purpose of public schools in the USA was to teach students to read and to specifically read the Bible. Later, John Dewey, who was a progressive socialist changed the direction of public education with an idea called self-realization. The ideal of self-realization, as Dewey conceived it, held that “freedom was the opportunity to actualize oneself as a social being.”
Regardless of how we began, Dreyfuss idea is:
To teach our kids how to run our country, before they are called upon to run the country…if we don’t, someone else will run the country.
This is definitely a need that we have and it sounds similar to what David Barton at Wallbuilders has been saying for sometime. Barton goes a step further, however, and says that for students to understand how to run this country, they must understand our true history. Students not only need to know how our nation began, but what the constitution allows and what is meant by ‘rule of law’.
It seems to me that both Dreyfuss and Barton understand a need we have in our schools today.
For this idea to work, parents will need to stay closely involved to see that those who are given the charge of teaching will teach without political bias and self-interest. Guidelines should be made available that require reading material to be balanced, fair, and accurate. Students must be given the tools they need to conduct in-depth research and the skills to detect bias and propaganda. Reading list should be approved by a panel of parents and teachers, not political organizers.
The next step in evaluating the intentions of the Dreyfuss Initiative would probably be to look at the Board of Directors. This will be for a later post. I hope the initiative proves to be a genuine effort to improve our system.