Was Public Education Really Necessary?

by Al Benson Jr.
Member, Board of Directors, Confederate Society of America

One of those who receives my blog articles is a good friend in Illinois, Tom Parent, who has been a political observer and writer over the years.

He recently commented on one of my article on public education in this country. Tom wrote: “The Socialists and Communists peddle the lie that, before public education, only the rich could afford a proper education for their children. Hence the need for public education. Christians have fallen for this lie hook, line and sinker. Thus believing this, they’re erroneously led to believe that they have to reform the public schools instead of seeing the real need for Bible-based Christian education. Until this illusion regarding public education is revealed for the lie it really is,we will gullibly continue to support the idea for the need of public schools.”

I have to admit that Tom has a valid point. Christians have been sold a bill of goods when it comes to public education and, unfortunately, the vast majority of them have just not bothered to do any homework on the subject at all. Someone peddles to them the old line about the crying need for public schools and it never occurs to them to ask any questions. They blindly accept what they’re told or what they have always seen and the thought of asking “why” never enters their minds. Harmless as doves they are–wise as serpents they ain’t! As Tom says, most of what they have been told in this area is a bald-faced lie.

Back in the early 1980s author Sam Blumenfeld (now deceased) wrote an informative book called Is Public Education Necessary? Mr. Blumenfeld contended it wasn’t. Lest you wonder who Sam Blumenfeld was, he was an education expert and author of several books on education, among which were How To Start Your Own Private School–And Why You Need One and Alpha-Phonics: A Primer for Beginning Readers.

In the preface for Is Public Education Necessary? Blumenfeld noted: “Out of this labor came some fascinating discoveries: that American intellectual history is inseparable from its religious history; that public education was never needed, and that literacy in America was higher before compulsory public education than it is today; that socialists, who were very active in the public school movement, began operating covertly in secret cells in America as early as 1829, before the word socialism was even invented.”

Blumenfeld also went into the influence of Unitarianism on public education. Observing the Unitarian push for government schools he noted, on page 57: “The distance between subsidized common schools locally controlled by those who voluntarily established them and a national compulsory system of education run by a hierarchal elite as practiced in Prussia was considerable. It would take at least thirty years to bridge the gap, and the Harvard-Unitarian elite would be the principal builders of that bridge…Clearly, by 1823, the American people had about as much public education as they needed. In Massachusetts they had had too much, and the trend outside of Boston was away from the public school on the secondary level to the private academy. However, the Harvard-Unitarian elite, moved by their exalted vision of human perfectibility, had only begun to do their work.” In other words, the people of Massachusetts (and by extension, other states as well) were going to get public schools–whether they wanted them or not!

The Unitarians were undeterred and Blumenfeld noted: “The perfect man had yet to be created, but the Unitarians would not get the chance to create him if the people of Massachusetts kept whittling away at public education. It is interesting that the only thing the Unitarians liked about the Calvinist commonwealth was its education laws, which compelled communities to establish public schools. Time and again, in their drive to revive and expand public education, the Unitarians would piously quote these laws and bemoan their erosion and disuse.”

A survey done in 1817 in Boston showed the shocking lack of need for any public schools. At that time, there was a Latin school, an African school for black children, and “a school in the Almshouse for the children of paupers.” The city had eight public schools, 154 private schools and eight “charity free schools” The survey noted that “there were 283 children aged seven and under who attended no schools. Thus, an astonishing 96 percent of the town’s children were attending school, and the 4 percent who did not, had charity schools to attend if their parents wanted them to. Thus there was no justification at all for the creation of a system of public primary schools,…”

Of course the Massachusetts Unitarians kept rather quiet about the fact that they had gotten some of their ideas about early childhood education from socialist Robert Owen, who advocated that children be removed from the influence of their parents as early as possible so their “educators” could mold their thinking free of any parental involvement.

So today, when you hear all these educators’ plead for having the kiddies start school as early as three years old, you will know where those ideas originated. It was and is a socialist concept, and the idea of kindergartens is right along those same lines.

Christians need desperately to be aware of all this and most are not. Your children are being stolen from you in a broad daylight child highway robbery scenario guaranteed to let the educrats cleanse their brains of anything you parents have taught them about their place in history, their heritage and their culture. By the time the “educators” get through with your kids you will have little left of them but a rowdy batch of “social justice warriors” under the control of their teachers and professors. As Christians, you need to ask yourselves if that’s what you really want. If it isn’t, then you better get the kids out of the public school system.

4 thoughts on “Was Public Education Really Necessary?

  1. Al,
    It’s a minor point, but I don’t think of children as being”stolen” when parents willing hand them over to “indoctrination centers” for “educating”. It’s amazing that Christian parents seem to have no discernment regarding these places!

    • Larry,
      Technically you are correct. The Christian kids nor any of the others were “stolen” in that sense. All the more horrendous that Christian kids are willingly placed in such institutions for their “education.” Until you get a significant number of kids out of these schools nothing will change.

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