American Education: Maintaining the Character of American Liberty

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. 

2 Timothy 3:16-17 ESV

One of the modern myths, due to our ignorance of history, is that the educational level of our pre-Constitutional period was very low. However, our pre-Revolutionary population was considerably more advanced educationally than our national level of education today. How did American education produce such a remarkable people—even before we became a nation? 

The answer begins with the predominance of the Bible in American life and learning.

The colonial schools taught a classical education built upon the Bible. The primary purpose of the early colleges was to turn out Christian men and women who knew God’s Word thoroughly and could reason from its principles to civil government, economics and all national concerns.

The principles and practices of progressive education—the education of socialism—have taken over government schools and to a great extent private education. The dire consequences are evident in the downward spiral of our nation’s character.

It is essential that we restore the fundamentals of a Biblical education and Christian character in order to be inspired defenders of Liberty.

Teach the Children:

  1. “The Bible is the chief moral cause of all that is good, and the best corrector of all that is evil in our society.” Noah Webster, Father of American Education
  2. Literature is the evidence of the character of our nation and reveals what is governing the hearts and minds of Americans. “The chief glory of a nation arises from its authors.” Noah Webster
  3. People with a responsibility for self-government must be able to read and write effectively (including: grammar, spelling, phonics and composition) to intelligently participate in representative government.

Hall, Verna M. and Slater, Rosalie J., The Bible and the Constitution of the United States of America, The Foundation for American Christian Education, September 2012, pp. 44-49.

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