“Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force; like fire, a troublesome servant and a fearful master.
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moment should it
be left to
action.” George Washington
Here are a few notable home school individuals: Martha Washington, George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Leonardo da Vinci, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Booker T. Washington, Thomas Paine, Albert Einstein, C.S. Lewis, Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain), Sandra Day O'Connor, George Patton, and the Jonas Brothers
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How was Education Established in America?
The media and scholars would have you believe that America has always been largely secular, practicing “separation of church and state.” However, what does the evidence show? In 1777, Congress ordered 20,000 Bibles to be distributed among the states, because “unless timely care be used to prevent it, we shall not have Bibles for our schools and families and for the public worship of God in our churches” . In 1789, Congress approved the printing of the first English Bible for schools and citizens . The Capital was used for religious services from 1795 to the late 1800s for numerous denominations . The 1787 Northwest Ordinance was the first law that addressed education. The law stated, “Religion, morality, and knowledge, being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education shall forever be encouraged” .
David Barton from WallBuiders produced Four Centuries of American Education (2004) on the influence of Christianity in public education. Here are some important facts revealed on the subject. Abraham Lincoln stated, “The philosophy of the schoolroom in one generation will be the philosophy of the government of the next.” Benjamin Rush signed the Declaration and served under three presidents including Jefferson, Adams, and Madison. He founded five colleges, was a professor, wrote textbooks, and was known as the “Father of Public Schools Under the Constitution.” He defended the use of the Bible in public schools and how it would reduce crime. Benjamin Franklin reprinted The New England Primer for students in Pennsylvania. He supported Christian principles in public education and founded schools for African-Americans. Franklin cofounded the University of Pennsylvania with the purpose of instructing in the Bible. He stated, “History will afford frequent opportunities of showing the necessity of a public religion from its usefulness to the public and the advantage of a religious character among private persons… and the excellency of the Christian religion above all others, ancient or modern.” William H. McGuffy wrote the McGuffy Readers in the 1830’s and 40’s with over 122 million copies sold for education. He was a university president and professor and is known as “the Schoolmaster of the Nation.” The books included scriptures. Emma Willard was women’s education pioneer, championed academic education, and started women’s schools. She authored several textbooks with religious and moral lessons. Booker T. Washington was the most significant of black educators. He headed the Tuskegee Institute, started a Bible college, and incorporated the Bible in academics. Daniel Webster served three decades in the U.S. Congress, was Secretary of State for three presidents, and argued many cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. He defended the right for the Bible to be taught in schools. The U.S. Supreme Court stated, “Why may not the Bible, and especially the New Testament, without note or comment, be read and taught as a Divine revelation in the school its general precepts expounded… and its glorious principles of morality inculcated?... Where can the purest principles of morality be learned so clearly or so perfectly as from the New Testament?” .
Proverbs 22:6 “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.” This statement is for parents, not for government, community, or pastors. For “we ought to obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29). Parents must take responsibility for raising God fearing, upstanding individuals. Parents should be faithful to raise their children utilizing the biblical Scripture “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Honor your father and mother [this is the first commandment with a promise], that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land. Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:1-4). Unfortunately, government and elitists in society think it is their job to raise children according to their own heart’s desire.
Today’s environment makes educating children difficult for parents. There are many single-parent homes where the parent works. In many two-parent homes, both parents work. The government taxes families to pay for public schools that restrict or eliminate faith and scripture teaching. Many households can’t afford to send their children to private religious schools. The roadblocks are numerous. The solution may be Sovereign Learning Institute, Inc. SLI would like to provide a Christian environment to educate your children, where parents are in control of educating their children.
Support from Churches
Although churches are not responsible for raising children, they have a special function for advancing the gospel of Christ. “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations… and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:19-20). Pastors have equipped the body of believers to share their faith with the world and provide children’s ministries to draw children to salvation. Here is an opportunity for churches to support this program. Rather than have churches closed and idle during the week, churches can open up their facilities to educate children at a low cost alternative. It would be wonderful to see churches work together to provide classroom space and recreational facilities. The Sovereign Learning Institute, Inc. can provide funding from the tuition gathered to assist in utilities and maintenance, while churches can assist parents and church members with supplemental assistance to attend the institute.
Proven Curriculum Strategies
First, the Bible is a proven strategy to educate our children. The Bible leads to a strong moral character, respect and love for others, an upstanding work ethic, and salvation. Second, research about home schooling shows many positive results. Home school students generally score higher on SAT and ACT assessments than public and private school students 6. They generally have similar self-esteem and significantly lower depression than traditional students do. The achievement for home schoolers is greater in college and they feel more positively about their college experience than traditional students 7.
1. Barton, D. (2012). The Aitken Bible and Congress. Retrieved from http://www.wallbuilders.com/libissuesarticles.asp?id=112866 2. Wall Builders (1782). Aitken Bible. Retrieved from http://www.wallbuilders.com/LIBissuesArticles.asp?id=46 3. Barton, D. (2005). Church in the U.S. Capital. Retrieved from http://www.wallbuilders.com/LIBissuesArticles.asp?id=90 4. Northwest Ordinance (1787). An Ordinance for the government of the territory of the United States northwest of the river Ohio. Retrieved from http://www.ourdocuments.gov/doc.php?doc=8&page=transcript 5. Barton, D. (2004). Four centuries of American education [DVD]. Aledo, TX: Wallbuilders. ISBN: Item # DVD 07
6. Wilhelm, G. M., & Firmin, M. W. (2009). Historical and contemporary developments in home school education. Journal Of Research On Christian Education, 18(3), 303-315. doi:10.1080/10656210903333442 7. Drenovsky, C. K., & Cohen, I. (2012). The impact of homeschooling on the adjustment of college students. International Social Science Review, 87(1/2), 19-34.