Letter: Original role of schools
There has been a lot of discussion and an election recently over what education is supposed to be in our schools. Benjamin Rush, signer of the Declaration of Independence, founder of American medicine, wrote, “… for laying the foundations for nurseries of wise and good men … the only foundation for useful education in a republic is to be laid in religion. Without this there can be no virtue, without virtue, no liberty, the object and life of all republican governments.”
Whoa! Is that what American schools are supposed to be about? What about the law of separation of church and state? Hate to say it, but that is in the Constitution of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, not ours. Our law states “Religion, Morality and Knowledge, being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of instruction shall forever be encouraged. “ (Ordinance of 1787, Article 3, Sentence 1 for the organization of states to equal freedom and liberty).
But what about the courts? They have been banning Christian religion and morals education. SCOTUS ruled time and again up to 1963 that the legal purpose of schools is as you see it here.
Our founders and their descendants knew personal internal controls were necessary for freedom and liberty to exist at all. But governments and teachers unions do not get massive power under that worldview.
Nuf said? We have a right to schools as originally legally established, and we can hold accountable those who have subverted them. Question is, will we?
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