America’s Founding, Christian Thought, Education and Western Civilization are Intertwined

The original thirteen American colonies were predominantly Protestant Christian. Our law is based on biblical concepts and from the English law. which is the product of Christian thought. The Protestant Revolution created an educated people in Europe who learned to read for themselves from the bibles made possible by the reformers including Martin Luther and John Calvin. These are the people through out Europe who are the forefathers of the majority of early American colonists. The fight and victories for freedom are inseparable from Western civilization which is a Christian culture.

In 1800 Thomas Jefferson requested the following book be written to document a survey: National Education in the United States of America by Pierre Samuel Du Pont de Nemours.  It states: “The United States are more advanced in their educational facilities than most countries. They have a large number of primary schools; and as their paternal affection protects young children from working in the fields, it is possible to send them to the school-master—a condition which does not prevail in Europe.

Most young Americans, therefore, can read, write and cipher. . . .England, Holland, the Protestant Cantons of Switzerland, more nearly approach the standard of the United States, because in those countries the Bible is read; and in that form of religion the sermons and liturgy in the language of the people tend to increase and formulate ideas of responsibility…. In America, a great number of people read the Bible….”

For many years now, the Bible has been officially removed from curriculum where it once was prominent in public schools and as the foundation of sound guidance. Some public schools remain, usually in rural areas and in states with a majority of conservative Christians, where teachers are allowed to teach traditionally but that is threatened by legislation which mandates what is taught and centralizes control of education.

Speaking to the bi-partisan National Governor’s Association led by Governor Bill Clinton in 1989, Dr. Shirley McCune, Director of the Federal Department of Education’s Mid-Contintent Regional Education Laboratory, said “The revolution..is that we no longer are teaching facts to children.”  Governor Lamar Alexander, now Senator and Chairman of the Education Committee spoke and said   ” I would go down to the maternity ward of the local hospital, or whatever you call the part of the hospital where the nurses are who are there when the babies are born. Find out how many babies are born out of wedlock, how many babies are born with single parents. Just so you know that!  I would think the Brand New American School would be year-round, open from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Today a high school in Wisconsin has an “American Diversity Class” where students are taught that people of the “white” race are oppressors and other races are victims.  Students in some schools are being taught Alinsky’s “social justice” instead of historical truth about events that shaped America. Students’ attitudes, values, and beliefs are changed to accept and approve- abortion, homosexuality, evolution instead of creation and the equality of all religions. A new report from my friend Robert Holland at the Lexington Institute “Radicalization of Teacher Education” describes how widespread this is.

The “Father of progressive education”, John Dewey, is praised in teacher education programs nationwide.  He co-authored the Humanist Manifesto in 1933, calling for a “synthesizing of all religions” and “a socialized and cooperative economic order”.   He was also “honorary President” of the National Education Association.

But… he was opposed by many educators and in 1942 traditional educator, Dr. Almack, Stanford University, wrote: “Even under favorable conditions, it will take us a quarter of a century to restore American education to the level it held before the Progressive onslaught. The policy of deprecating our history and of putting it on the scrap heap has materially weakened national unity and broken the continuity of the social process.  All the hordes of ignorant and uneducated who have trod the earth stand forth in mute testimony to the fallacy that experience is enough to develop civilized and ethical men.” Dr. Almack’s words echo today. Students are being expected to “learn” through their own experience and become “well educated” without direct instruction from teachers.

While traditional education is being destroyed again with the education reform “experiments” and mandates, academic failure is also rising.  Two examples are in Chicago where 79% of 8th graders can’t read on grade level and in Tulsa, Oklahoma 62% of all elementary students are below grade in reading. What a growing number of Americans think, “know” and believe has been shifting from truth based on the bible, facts proven by research and knowledge gained by experience to relying on their own opinion.  Their opinions are too often based on emotions, feelings, ideologies and social change agendas.

We must work to return education to local control where parents and teachers educate with solid academics where facts, knowledge, information and individualism are valued. Students can form their own opinions and decide on their own beliefs while schools focus on providing a comprehensive education which will enrich every part of their lives.  Our  Western civilization depends on it.

–Excerpts taken from an article “What’s Wrong With Education in America” by Linda Murphy published in “Truth in History”  January 2013.

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