At a press conference in Turkey, Obama stated, “We do not consider ourselves a Christian, a Jewish, or a Muslim nation. We consider ourselves a nation of citizens who are bound by ideals and a set of values.”
For those who may have forgotten or those who were never taught, the type of education shaped by our Founders was thoroughly Christian.
It imparted Christian character and a biblical world view. It produced industrious, compassionate, and law-abiding men who were principled thinkers. Education in Religion was central to our Founders.
The Bible was truly the first textbook. The New Haven Code of 1655 required that children be made “able duly to read the Scriptures…and in some competent measure to understand the main grounds and principles of Christian Religion necessary to salvation.” “The New England Primer, Webster’s Blue-Backed Speller based on ‘God’s Word,’ and The McGuffey Reader represent the most significant forces in the framing of our national morals and tastes” other than the Bible.
106 of the first 108 colleges were started on the Christian faith. These included Harvard College, 1636 “and therefore to lay Christ in the bottom, as the only foundation of all sound knowledge and learning.”; William and Mary, 1691, Rev. James Blair ... “that the Church of Virginia may be furnished with a seminary of ministers of the gospel...”; Yale University, 1701, Congregational ministers, “for the liberal and religious education of suitable youth”; Princeton, 1746, Presbyterians declaring, “cursed be all that learning that is contrary to the cross of Christ.”; Columbia, 1754 (founded by the Church of England); Dartmouth, 1770, Eleazar Wheelock, Congregational minister; Brown, 1764, Baptists; Rutgers, 1766, Dutch Reformed Church.
Today’s public schools are becoming nothing more than liberal indoctrination factories. We’ve gone from teaching Latin in high school to teaching remedial English in college.
If you hope your child will be able to think freely for themselves one day and use facts to guide them (versus feelings), now might be the time to consider alternatives to public school! Additionally, alternatives to higher education should be investigated, such as apprenticeships, vocational schools, etc.