What should we do when we have come a long way – in the wrong direction?


Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the USA:

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

  • What does the Constitution say about Education?? – NOTHING
  • What government should be in charge of the schools your child attends? – The state government where you reside if there is a public school.~

I think we are headed in the wrong direction in our educational institutions in this country. I believe this is one reason we are having so many young people who are committing acts of violence.

Looking back, we see a very different type of education in earlier times. The quotes below are taken from The McGuffey Reader and The New England Primer.

Never forget before you leave  your room, to thank God for His kindness. He is indeed kinder to us than an earthly

parent.  The McGuffey Reader, Eclectic Second Reader, Lesson II, Time to Get Up

But why strive to recount the mortal pain of my recovery, the soul -humbling gratitude that took possession of my being?…The hand of God was there. The McGuffey Reader, Eclectic Fourth Reader, Lesson 1, Page 6

Had we been educated in public or government schools in the USA in the period from 1836-1879, we would have been taught lessons that included such sentences as those above.  McGuffey readers were intended to shape children:

The child modeled in this book is prompt, good, kind, honest and truthful. This first book contained fifty-five lessons.

Prior to the McGuffey, The New England Primer was used. Take a look at a bit of what we find on the pages of this book:

How glorious is our heavenly King, Who reigns above that

The New England Primer

The New England Primer (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sky! How shall a Child presume to sing His dreadful Majesty! How great his Power is none can tell, Nor think how large his grace: Nor men below, nor Saints that dwell, On high before his Face.

None of this should surprise anyone today because we know that public education was begun in our country in order to teach children to read the Bible.

Around 1938, public education began to get away from teaching children only Biblical lessons as John Dewey’s ideas began to take hold:

In Experience and Education (1938), he argued that education should be based on the child’s psychological and physical development, as well as the world outside the schoolroom.

Even so, the Bible continued to influence students and to be a source of inspiration for most teachers in public classrooms. Schools held vesper programs or chapel assemblies and students were taught to honor God and country. Literature was uplifting and included Psalms and Proverbs.

By 1960, our culture was beginning to head down a secular pathway. Rulings in court cases Engel v. Vitale (1962) and Murray v. Curlett (1963),  ended up in the Supreme Court. Because of these cases, the freedom of states to control education was taken away. The SCOTUS ruled that prayer and Bible reading violated the “Establishment Clause” and the ruling has been used to remove all traces of Biblical literature and references to God or creation from our classrooms. No one considered that the Supreme Court was violating the rights of states with this ruling. Neither the state nor citizenry considered what would be best for society. The result is that we have gone a long way away from Biblical or even moral teaching. Many today believe the purpose of public education is to indoctrinate students to a certain political persuasion.

Have you read any of the books on your high school student’s reading list lately?

I think we are headed in the wrong direction. I believe that during most of the first two centuries of our country’s history students who came from homes where values and morals were not taught benefited from being taught these things in school. Today, children have ample opportunity to learn violence and destruction. What happens to a person whose childhood days are spent learning to kill and maim on a video game, who sees senseless violence in movies, who doesn’t fully comprehend the finality of death because it is trivialized in media, if that child is taught nothing remotely similar to the *Golden Rule or how we should love one another?

And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them… Luke 6:31

Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another…Romans 12:10

Parents, grandparents and those who are concerned about the well-being of our children and society; we have an obligation to turn from this wrong direction that we are traveling. The number of violent acts have skyrocketed since the Supreme Court rulings in the sixties. Our children are not safe. Some parents recognize the threats and home-school their children or send them to private schools. Some cannot do this. Is it too late to turn around? Step one should be to repent and ask God to forgive us and have mercy on our nation. Step two might be to return control of schools to each state where it belongs.

For further reading:

http://eph6-13.blogspot.com/2010/04/american-public-education.html

http://www.freedomforum.org/publications/first/teachersguide/teachersguide.pdf

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About jlue

I am a grandmother of seven and I like to garden, read, study the Bible, and spend time with family. I am not very politically active, but very interested in who is elected to lead our country.
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