Public education in our nation made a dramatic shift about fifty years ago. America’s education system was originally designed to teach children how to think, but has shifted toward teaching children what to think. By every measurable standard, not the least of which are standards of morality, maturity, and character, our education system is failing.
But it is not just the government education system that has placed our children at risk–the church itself seems to be abandoning the classical education system of teaching youth how to think, leading to a large number of them abandoning their Christian faith as they become adults. At our current rate of decline, Christianity may become a minority religion in our nation within 30 years.
Dave Wager joins us to discuss the challenges we face in educating our children in the ways of God which should first happen in our homes. How are today’s children prepared to stand firm in their faith in a world that wants to destroy their ability to think rationally and express their faith.
“Hear, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord is one! 5 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 6 These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. Deuteronomy 6:4-7
13 You shall fear only the Lord your God; and you shall worship Him and swear by His name. 14 You shall not follow other gods, any of the gods of the peoples who surround you, Deuteronomy 6:13-14
Train up a child in the way he should go,
And when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6
“I am convinced that the battle for humankind’s future must be waged and won in the public school classroom by teachers that correctly perceive their role as proselytizers of a new faith: a religion of humanity that recognizes and respects the spark of what theologians call divinity in every human being…The classroom must and will become an arena of conflict between the old and new — the rotting corpse of Christianity, together with all its adjacent evils and misery, and the new faith of humanism, resplendent with the promise of a world in which the never-realized Christian ideal of ‘love thy neighbor’ will finally be achieved.” — excerpt from an article by John Dunphy titled “A Religion for a New Age,” appearing in the January/February 1983 issue of The Humanist Magazine.
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