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For four centuries, religion, morality, and knowledge formed the core elements of American education, but in recent decades, a secularized approach to education has gained prominence. This title discusses the effects of both religious and secular philosophies and presents stories of early American heroes in the field of education.


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For four centuries, religion, morality, and knowledge formed the core elements of American education, but in recent decades, a secularized approach to education has gained prominence. This title discusses the effects of both religious and secular philosophies and presents stories of early American heroes in the field of education.

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Teri

    This is a brief 50-page book with an overview of America's educational history, in particular its Christian educational history. Most Americans today would be surprised to what extent Christian teachings were once an integral part of American education, and for four centuries no less! In 1647 America's first public education law was called The Old Deluder Satan Act, "it being one chief project of that old deluder, Satan, to keep men from the knowledge of the Scriptures, as in former time...", pr This is a brief 50-page book with an overview of America's educational history, in particular its Christian educational history. Most Americans today would be surprised to what extent Christian teachings were once an integral part of American education, and for four centuries no less! In 1647 America's first public education law was called The Old Deluder Satan Act, "it being one chief project of that old deluder, Satan, to keep men from the knowledge of the Scriptures, as in former time...", proclaiming that God would remain in the classroom. This was later followed by American's first federal education law in 1789, whereby "Religion, morality, and knowledge, being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education shall forever be encouraged." Again, religion had a stronghold in the classroom. The Founders knew that if the people were strong morally and spiritually, they would naturally weed out leaders bent towards tyranny. An educated citizenry was yet another natural check and balance. Many would be surprised to learn that Harvard and Yale were originally institutions to train ministers in the gospel. Compare Harvard's original student directive to their fruits today: "Let every student be plainly instructed and... consider well, the main end of his life and studies is to know God and Jesus, which is eternal life (John 17:3), and therefore to lay Christ in the bottom as the only foundation of all sound knowledge and learning." Or Yale's original student directive: "Above all, have an eye to the great end of all your studies, which is to obtain the clearest conceptions of Divine things and to lead you to a saving knowledge of God in his Son Jesus Christ." My, how times have changed! There are a lot of great quotes in this little book, many from the Founders. Dr. Benjamin Rush said, "There is the most knowledge in those countries where there is the most Christianity... [and] those... parents or school-masters who neglect the religious instruction of their children and pupils, reject and neglect the most effectual means of promoting knowledge in our country." Barton points out that ever since the court case in 1962 that kicked God out of the classrooms, it was the beginning of our national decline in education, and the result of that has been lowered test scores compared with the rest of the world. The evidence is pretty clear that without God, we won't succeed as a nation. We have weakened as a world power in many respects. (By the way, as always, Barton has a ton of references in this book.)

  2. 5 out of 5

    Diane Francis

    The details of how and why our democracy started our educational system. I was amazed at how it has changed, why it changed and why it has deteriorated as much as it has. This is a book I would highly recommend to all educators and parents, so that we can work together to better our system for our children!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Christine Wilson

    A important read for Moms, Homeschoolers, and Public Educators.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Veronica

    This book gives historical perspective to our education system. Much of the information contained within was available at selected university libraries when I was attending college, but since that time books have been removed from collections and the omission of historical information is astounding. Get a copy and hear what you have been missing!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jack Hansen

    Excellent, informative and entertaining. With the Bible in our teachings from America's inception because it teaches Religion, Morals, and Knowledge, America was #1 in the world in academics. Without the Bible, America is last in the world in academics. Understand why by reading this book or viewing the DVD. You won't regret it.

  6. 4 out of 5

    SJ Barakony

    A superlative pamphlet style ( = equivalent to the length of many e-book downloads ) publication!!! Super well researched : 9, count them again, nine (!) pages of end notes ! Undoubtedly recommend investing in this book.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Blair

    Being a teacher, I greatly appreciated this presentation on the educational system. The dvd was professionally done and very informative. The viewpoint is moral/religious and constitutional in nature.

  8. 4 out of 5

    William

    Great little book that gives a quick and basic overview of the Christian education in the public school at the start of the country.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Martha

    I would like this in the Kindle Edition when it becomes available.

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