Friday, August 21, 2009

Noah Webster on education

Is the separation of church and state that the government and the Supreme court have accepted truthful or is it a lie?

Here is information by one of our founding fathers to help make you decide.

Noah Webster defined education in this manner, "EDUCA'TION, n. [L. educatio.] The bringing up, as of a child, instruction; formation of manners. Education comprehends all that series of instruction and discipline, which is intended to enlighten the understanding, correct the temper, and form the manners and habits of youth, and fit them for usefulness in their future stations.

(So do you suppose from this definition our children in today's schools have been educated?)

To give children a good education in manners, arts and science, is important; to give them a religious education is indispensable; and an immense responsibility rests on parents and guardians who neglect these duties." Notice Mr. Webster's first emphasis when it comes to the important subject of education is the training of children's character.

Education must build into our children the foundation of a godly character in order to prepare them for their future stations in this life. The Scriptures teach the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge and wisdom (Proverbs 1:7). The fear of the Lord inspires us to depart from evil (Proverbs 16:6). It establishes integrity, where a person's word is their bond.

Without the fear of the Lord impressed upon children's souls, there is no sound basis for true education. Remove God and His Word from the education of our young and not only will there be no basis for true knowledge, wisdom, and understanding, but the time-honored principles that fashion godly character will be missing as well.

In fact, remove the knowledge of God as the foundation of education and it is not education at all but humanistic indoctrination and pagan socialization. Secondly, Mr. Webster mentions that academics have a place in education, but is secondary to religious training. Not only is Christian training the source of godly character, it forms in children the discipline of a Biblical worldview.

Every academic subject needs to be filtered through the grid of God's revelation. Children must discover the leading idea of every topic and trace it back to God and His Word. To accomplish this noble goal in education, I highly recommend The Noah Plan, the Principle Approach. Their website is

There you will discover the four Rs that forged the minds of our founding fathers and the free nation they bequeathed to us. They are research, reason, relate, and record. This educational process is not packed with multiple choice, fill in the blank, or marking true or false.

Education should not be a guessing game, but produce Christian character. It should not just teach children what to think, but how to think critically. This important discipline is missing from most educational systems today. Lastly, Mr. Webster stated, "An immense responsibility rests on parents and guardians who neglect these duties." What is missing from this statement? Notice Mr. Webster does not mention the Church or the State as the responsible parties for the education of the young.

Mr. Webster, as opposed to his modern Christian counterparts, was Biblical in his orientation. He knew this was a jurisdictional issue, not an educational one. Nowhere in the Bible does God ordain the State to teach children. Although, the Church can help supplement our children's education, the primary responsible party, according to God's Word, are the parents.

The Bible clearly teaches that the principal government responsible for training children is family government. He does not recognize nor endorse any other. Unfortunately, this revelation, for the most part, does not even appear as a glitch on the American Church's screen. This Biblical ignorance accounts for most of the causalities suffered by our Christian young today.

Thanks to my friend Rusty Thomas for this article, well done, my friend!

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