Monday, May 05, 2008

The Oppressive Government and Education

"I apprehend no danger to our country from a foreign foe....Our destruction, should it come at all, will be from another quarter. From the inattention of the people to the concerns of government, from their carelessness and negligence. I fear that they may place too implicit a confidence in their public servants....Make them (their children) intelligent, and they will be vigilant; give them the means of detecting wrong, and they will apply the remedy." - Daniel Webster

One of the most important tools for the masters of the socialist state is government-run education (public education). For, it is fundamental that the minds of youth be conditioned to trust and follow government edicts (because, after all, these regulations are "for the public good"). So, the question, "who should shape the minds of our youth?", is extremely important for any society. God expects parents to train their children in the way they should go. Math, History, Philosophy, and Science can not be divorced from truth and God is central to these truths. For example, math and science show God's ordained order. In addition, what subjects and topics we teach our children will differ based on worldview. Socialists like to trust the state, and state alone, to answer these questions. They assume the government bureaucrats are right, or at least, more right than the rogue parent. Freedom is too risky for the socialist. However, the right to freely educate one's children is assumed in the Bible, and actually required of the parents. Thankfully, our Founders separated church from state and school from state at the national level (see first and tenth amendments). If only our government followed the Constitution and applied that wisdom to state governments as well.

"God demands that we submit to authority. In America, the people have retained the sovereignty of the king, and they have a Law by which to rule: the Bible-based common law and the written Constitution. These are the Law of the land, these are the God-appointed authority- not a man or a group of men. To submit to the lawless and unconstitutional acts of rebellious leaders is to become accessories to their crimes against the Law of the land, and thus against God. Yet many Christians comfort themselves that acquiescence is proper because it is submission to authority. In fact, it is ignorance and cowardice masquerading as submission. Too many Christian men today are ignorant: they don't know our nation's heritage or understand its system of law. They are cowards, unwilling to make the personal sacrifice required to stand up against legal lawlessness. They are rebels against God and the authority he has established in this republic." Editors of Patriarch Magazine (Jan. 1997)

We desperately need the government out of education. I publicly declare that I favor ending government involvement in education.