The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge…. Proverbs 1:7
What is truly detestable about the state of public schools in this country is how far they have strayed from their historical roots. We have been beat over the head repeatedly by the media manta that there must be a constitutional separation of church and state, to the point where this myth is taken by the public as fact. And the activist Supreme Courts of the 50’s and 60’s haven’t helped matters either, twisting the First Amendment into incoherence, making legal reconciliation by subsequent Courts difficult. So how’d all that “separation of church and state” business work out for us? The truth is, since school prayer was banned in 1962, there has been a meteoric rise in the rates of violent crime, drug abuse, pre-marital sex, teen pregnancy, and sexually transmitted diseases in our schools and society. If you look at the statistics for these categories and plot them on a graph, during the years prior to 1962 the line was flat or declining. After 1962, the rates increased exponentially - 400-600% for each of these categories for the next 25 years with no signs of slowing down, even after factoring out population growth.
During this time period, our country chose to officially reject the authority of God in matters of public discourse. No living, breathing, red-blooded American can objectively conclude that our country has been better off since. In fact, every survey continues to show that the American people overwhelmingly feel we are going in the wrong direction.
We now have an entire generation of educators that have a predisposed hostility towards anything religious. This is all the more incredible considering our roots as a nation, and the avowed purposes for which most of our nation’s schools and universities were founded. Noah Webster, one of our nation’s leading educators, said, "In my view, the Christian religion is the most important and one of the first things in which all children, under a free government ought to be instructed...No truth is more evident to my mind than that the Christian religion must be the basis of any government intended to secure the rights and privileges of a free people." Benjamin Rush, a physician, and signer of the Declaration of Independence said, “The only foundation for a useful education in a republic is to be laid in religion. Without this there can be no virtue, and without virtue there can be no liberty.” I could go on and quote many of the other Founders, who have said similar things about the relationship between religion, morality, and government. Even William O. Douglas, the most famous liberal Supreme Court Justice in history, said “We are a religious people whose institutions presuppose a Supreme Being.” Failure to acknowledge God in the public arena because of the Supreme Court- invented myth of “wall of separation of church and state,” is not only an incorrect interpretation and application of law and history, it has had grave consequences for our nation. Incidentally, the phrase “wall of separation of church and state,” is not found in the Constitution as so many people have been led to believe - a point made clear by the dissenting Justice in the Supreme Court’s 1962 case, Engel v. Vitalewhich struck down school prayer. In fact he called the phrase a “metaphor” and its use by the Court irresponsible. What the Constitution does prohibit is the government’s establishment of a state-sponsored religion as well as their interference in one’s free exercise of religion. Many of the Founders have made it abundantly clear that religion and morality are indispensable to the maintenance of a free republic. If the First Amendment truly intended to ban all religious expression from government, including public schools, then why did the Founders’ own well-documented actions and words show that they believed just the opposite? And despite this, we have had open, repeated hostility toward any religious expression in our schools in the form of banning certain student attire, to equal access to school facilities, to censorship of student’s written and oral classroom work, to censorship of valedictorian speeches –events that have become too commonplace to even list them all.
All laws have their roots in moral principles, and our laws are no different. Despite what secularists would have us believe, much of the moral code that existed in this country came from the Bible, which eventually became incorporated into English common law, thus forming the basis of all of our laws. Most of the schools in this country, as well as many of the prestigious Ivy League universities were founded for the sole purpose of educating the populace in the Scriptures. That’s our history folks, like it or not, and it was never considered unconstitutional. In fact, the moral code taught in the Scriptures was considered essential to the preservation of a free society, and I might add, it still is essential for that purpose. We don’t have a political problem in this country, we have a moral problem. Until we officially rejected the authority of God, our kids could walk to
school safely, and while they were there, learn respect for our flag, our heritage, our institutions, and our country. When they came home, they could watch any TV program without their parents fearing what they would see or hear. In just one generation, we have turned into an American that most middle aged citizens don’t recognize.
When you read the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, you will find that its principles of personal responsibility, self government, and liberty cannot be separated from the moral and spiritual principles of the Bible. During the latter half of the 20th century, a prosperous America abandoned those principles in their personal lives, and we have been paying the price ever since. This decline in morality was precipitated not so coincidently with the advent of activist judges and a discarding of our Constitutional principles. The fruits of those disastrous rulings by unelected judges, have been irresponsible behavior and lack of personal responsibility and accountability, leading to sexual promiscuity, fatherless children, divorce, poverty, and crime. It has dramatically changed our society within one generation, and by default, changed our schools. So now instead of teaching academics, we are re-educating a new generation to accept this “new norm” in the name of tolerance and compassion. And instead of teaching the value of national unity, the Pledge of Allegiance, and one nation under God indivisible, we are celebrating diversity and group identity. Instead of school prayers each morning reverencing “Our Father in heaven,” students view An Inconvenient Truth reverencing our Mother Earth.
In truth, the decline in American education started long before the sixties. There was a long line of educational “gurus” dating back nearly 100 years that have helped shape America’s education policy, most notably John Dewey, a self-described socialist and father of “progressive” education. It was Dewey, in fact, who was the chief proponent of mandatory public education as a means of undermining traditional values and using the schools as an agent of social change. Much of the philosophy espoused by these educators had its roots in Marxism. Lest we forget, compulsory public education is one of the ten planks of the Communist Manifesto. If you read these ten planks, you would be hard pressed to find the differences between the policies of our own government, and one purposely built from the ground up as a communist government. Purposeful or not, our schools have become brainwashing centers for the political left, at every level.
Concepts like liberty, self-government, personal responsibility, and free enterprise are missing in action in today’s curriculum, even though they are the principles that are supposed to form the foundation of our society. An entire generation has been educated to be comfortable with egalitarianism, globalism, feminism, and environmentalism. The struggle for power between this generation of public school students, and other freedom loving individuals in our country will be the defining cultural war of our time.