Tuesday, July 12, 2011

What Should Government Schools Teach?

You hear a lot of complaining about government-run public schools and what they teach and don't teach.  I want to pose the question: "What should government schools teach?"  To answer the question, being informed of its beginnings and current history will help.

You might be surprised to learn that parents educated their children in the beginning, yes they were homeschooled before this entitlement program, public school, came along.  Somehow, homeschooled children were able to establish this country and even be President of our country as our first President, George Washington and many others after that.  Then grammar schools began, schooling only boys and parents paid for their child to attend.  For those that were too poor to pay or orphans, the local church took care of them.  Several grammar schools and colleges were run by ministers in the beginning.  Then there were girls schools and then came John Dewey.

John Dewey was skilled in knowing the mind.  He knew that if you could get the mind of children and form it, you could have the nation.  He didn't view schools as just a place to learn education but rather a place to learn how to live.  He was a humanist and a signer of the Humanist Manifesto.   A man who knew if you could have the mind of a child when they are most alert in the day to form and mold them, you could mold public opinion.

Notice that a man often called the "Father of Public Education," Horace Mann was another skilled in the mind and helped shape our nation's education system.  Notice his goal in his quote below:

"We who are engaged in the sacred cause of education are entitled to look upon all parents as having given hostages to our cause."

He must have been laughing inside or grinning widely when he said that.  Parents so gullible that they won't see the true purpose of the government in training their children.  Today, we have a generation of "socialized" public school graduates who vote in Presidents like Obama and are government-dependent.  A generation formed by secularism, humanism and godlessness has produced a new America - one that is dumb-downed, godless and utterly dependent on government.

So, tell me, what should a government-run public school teach other than atheism, diversity, homosexualism, and a socialistic dependency?  That is what they are teaching and will continue teach and we shouldn't expect any different.  After all, they aren't schools run by God, so why would Christians get upset that they are teaching the things they are?

John Dewey was intelligent and we can see that what he said would happen HAS happened, he wanted to make this nation no longer a Faith-based nation but rather one that is hostile against it:
"Here are all the elements for a religious faith that shall not be confined to sect, class, or race......
"Such a faith has always been the common faith of mankind. It remains for us to make it explicit and militant."
You can read more on John Dewey's hate for God and now-accomplished control over the nation's children here:

Thank God we have a choice and we can homeschool our children or put them in private schools that teach morality and count God as relevant to the molding of children's minds.  We don't have to succumb to letting our children's mind be formed in their most-alert hours of the day with everything but God.  We can train them up in the way they should go and form their minds in God's Word and His history and His science and His family order and gender.  Thank God for freedom!

Even though we are forced to pay for these contrary things with our taxes, rest assured you don't have to worry when you hear news of what is being taught.  Praise God we aren't forced to sit our children under false teaching but we have free choice!

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2 comments:

Alicia said...

Yes indeed praise God that we can teach and train our children. I pray that we (and generations after us) will continue to have this freedom.

In college my major was education. It wasn't until my senior year that I realized the evils of the education system. I finished my degree and even worked in government run preschools for a few years, before I couldn't take it anymore. Thankfully, my husband was understanding, listened to my concerns, and agreed that I should not be in this field. I'm so happy to be at home teaching and training my little boy in ways of our Lord.

Thank you for your sharing your insight. I couldn't agree more; what can we expect our government run schools to teach our children? My prayer is that someday our country will get on our knees, repent, and get back to our Christian roots.

Christian Homekeeper said...

Thanks for sharing that Alicia! Yes, my prayer would be the same.

Bev

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