Dave’s article below, presents early declarations and statements connected with the beginnings of six of our ivy league colleges. The article explains, among other things, that the purpose of education in America was to train students to follow God’s instruction in the Bible — “the only foundation of all sound knowledge and learning,” — in order to live right, and to maintain our “republican form of government.” See near the end of Blog 0126 for a discussion of what is meant by “republican form of government.” “Republican” in this context, and in this article, DOES NOT refer to a political party!
This article was first published by Apologetics press. _________________________________
THE PURPOSE OF EDUCATION
by Dave Miller, Ph. D
The present period of American history surely will be shown to be a tragic time for education. Sinister forces essentially have hijacked American schools in order to make converts to their immoral, anti-Christian ideologies. They wish to convince young minds to accept their agenda and embrace their values. For example, homosexual activists wish to persuade young people that homosexuality ought to be accepted as legitimate sexual behavior—and even something that the student ought to try (e.g., Kertscher, 2006). The atheistic evolutionists seek to promote the theory of evolution as the correct view of origins, thereby dispelling belief in God and the Creation account of the Bible (Lyons and Butt, 2007). A host of additional advocates are working actively to articulate their own reasons for education.
In contrast to this subversion, most parents see education simply as part of the process that will prepare their children for adulthood. Typically, that preparation consists primarily of a “good education.” But why do parents want their children to go to school and get a “good” education? Most would answer: “so my child will be able to make a good living.” In other words, parents want their children to be able to secure a suitable job that will, in turn, secure their financial future. They want their children to be able to support themselves and their families. No doubt you have seen the commercials that correlate number of years of education with annual income.
But what about the intentions of those who founded the schools of America? Continue reading →
Monday through Friday last week I was watching three of our grandchildren and then went to a church camp out over the weekend. Great experiences! So I’m late on this blog. Sorry.
[You can easily return to this post, or any other post on this site, through this website’s Table of Contents, that links to all the blogs.]
FOUNDING DECLARATIONS/PURPOSES OF AMERICAN COLLEGES (Yale, etc.)
“The Purpose of Education,” linked here, and which you can read in blog 0127, presents some history of America that students in our public schools never hear (or if ever, possibly in some classical education schools).
Below you will read declarations and purposes published from the beginnings of Harvard, William and Mary, Yale, Princeton, and Dartmouth. The author of the article states that “this listing could be significantly expanded.”
Education in this country did not begin as secular/humanist. It did not begin without any regard for God, or denial of His existence. Did you have a knee-jerk reaction reading those statements? Have you been thoroughly “conditioned” in school?
Schooling today in our country, and in recent history, has increasingly taught that America was never founded on Christian principles, and that those people who recognized God were very few in number, if they existed at all. Continue reading →
LAST EVENING’S SHOWING OF AGENDA 2 (in Colorado — see other states where Curtis Bowers will be appearing through July 2016)
Last evening Curtis Bowers and four of his nine children were at the Evergreen, Colorado showing of Agenda 2.
Other blogs (with links to his site) that speak of the summer 2016 Curtis Bowers Colorado tour: Blogs 0110 and 0111.
Up until around Thanksgiving, the Bowers family plans to continue their United States tour promoting the documentary Agenda 2 — revealing the truth about the deliberately-designed and executed plan to destroy our country.
You have two more chances (July 15 and 17) to meet Curtis Bowers in Colorado, listen to him speak, ask questions, and visit with him before and after the showing of his second documentary, Agenda 2.
Last week I read an article written by Phyllis Schlafly about the influx of Chinese students from Socialist Communist China, who are being accepted into colleges and universities, while in many cases at the same time, the applications of better-qualified American students are being turned down. Repeat: This is accepting non-citizens OVER better-qualified American students.
I’d like to add that we are paying for these colleges and universities with our tax dollars. Even if American students are not as highly qualified, they should have an advantage of entrance over students from other countries.
The absence of free speech on most campuses is also discussed in this article. She has some important information for people to be aware of. Maybe it helps explain why so many Moms and Dads no longer recognize their own sons and daughters after they graduate from college!
“High school seniors are eagerly watching their mail this month, hoping for the “fat envelope” indicating acceptance by the college of their choice. Unfortunately, more American students are receiving the “thin envelope” because college acceptance rates are continuing their decade-long decline.
“The most selective public colleges, such as UCLA and Michigan, now take one out of six applicants, compared to one out of three a decade ago. Top private colleges, such as Stanford and Harvard, admit one out of 20 applicants, compared to one out of 10 a decade ago. Continue reading →
It is with tremendous gratitude that I thank Geri Zahner-Heasley for designing this site and giving it to me, setting it up, and spending countless hours struggling with me so I could begin to use the site. The work began last July.
There are, as of today, 86 blog posts, including this one. As the number of blogs increased, it became increasingly difficult to maneuver through the blogs, making it seem as if most of them had never been written. So finally, today there is an index that lists every blog, starting with the most recent, and going all the way back to the first one last July. It is so easy to use, and can be copied, pasted and printed out or saved!
This blog post was begun in July 2015, put away, partly re-written, and published now. I decided this background needed to be recorded, so that people can understand what imaginary excuse the unions concocted. They used this made-up excuse of censorship to recall 3 conservative (non-union supported) people who were the majority board members on the Colorado Jefferson County School board at the time. These three school board members were John Newkirk, Julie Williams and Ken Witt. The unions were mad that they had lost control that they had held over the school district for decades!
This article briefly explains the APUSH ( Advanced Placement U.S. History) Frameworks from 2010, 2014 and 2015, the later two of which are totally prescribed censored US history curriculum. They are Type #2 education. At the possible threat of their Type #2 curriculum being revealed to the public, the unions falsely accused the majority on the school board of censorship (while they themselves were the censors of US History). The people making these false accusations were the Jeffco unions, paid agitators, the two democrat women on the school board (Lesley Dahlkemper and Jill Fellman) and misinformed parents and students, who had been told lies, and then parroted those lies, reacting with hatred toward the majority on the board.
This is a 55-minute video interview with Roger Kimball, an art critic and political commentator. In the interview Kimball shares some of his background; talks about his book Tenured Radicals; speaks about the condition of our higher education which affects all of society; defines terms connected with “the academy” (higher education; and defines terms like: deconstruction, humanist and nihilism.
He says we should care about philosophies of Rome and Greece to understand where we come from.
He considers himself to be a neoconservative as defined by Irving Crystal as “a liberal who has been bugged by reality.”
An excerpt from the YouTube summary:
“The book critiques the ways in which humanities are currently taught and studied in American universities. The book takes the stance that modern humanities have become politicized while seeking to subvert ‘the tradition of high culture embodied in the classics of Western art and thought’. Kimball claims that yesterday’s radical thinker has become today’s tenured professor carrying out ‘ideologically motivated assaults on the intellectual and moral substance of our culture.'”