Public Schools: A Memory?

   I have heard a lot of chatter during our most recent American election cycle and I must say, every public school in America should be shut down and torn to the ground. They have become useless. Public Schools have become the epitome of “the money pit.”

  Today, schools are nothing more than an excuse used by government to keep children off the streets. For parents, schools are babysitters for the community, funded by public tax dollars.

Public schools are a place where adults get paid a salary regardless of how many children fall through the cracks of education.

 What happed? How did public school end up as little more than a massive, bureaucratic, entity that exists for no other reason than to provide a wage to millions of adult Americans?

 It would be great if all those people who spend their time and energy stomping on and burning our American flag were to focus that energy on public schools, then I might feel some sympathy for them.

 Take note of how one website, (, provides the history of public education. Notice that the original and primary reason for the creation of public schools is buried in the last sentence of their paragraph. A telling tell perhaps of the eventual downfall of the system.

  According to Education Bug, “When the need for elementary and Latin schools was decreed in 1647 by the General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, the schools they had in mind were a cross between public and private schools. They were public, in that they were mandated by the governing body to serve all. But they were like our current private schools in that they were meant to teach Puritan values and reading the Bible.”*

  On the contrary, Public schools were created and mandated to teach children to write and to read; to read the Bible. It is absolutely appalling that the great institutions of education have endowed our children and youth with a hatred for that which was the founding of their very existence.

  The following is an excerpt from the website,, in their historical timeline of education in the United States. Make not again, how the purpose of public school is buried in the headline; “The General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony decrees that every town of fifty families should have an elementary school and that every town of 100 families should have a Latin school. The goal is to ensure that Puritan children learn to read the Bible and receive basic information about their Calvinist religion.”**

   Here’s a quote from; “Hundreds of years ago, most learning happened at home. Parents taught their children or, if their families could afford it, private tutors did the job. The Puritans were the first in this country to point out the need for some kind of public education. They established schools to teach not just the essentials—reading, writing, and math—but also to reinforce their core values.”T

   In 1787, the Northwest Ordinance decreed by Congress, called for a public university as part of the settlement and eventual statehood of the Ohio Territory, further stipulating “Religion, morality and knowledge being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education shall forever be encouraged.” A

   Private schools fare no better. They have turned their backs on their very foundations. They do all they can to wipe Christianity from their own histories.  Princeton Professor Archibald Hodge, principal of Princeton Seminary (1878-1886) once said, “I am as sure as I am of Christ’s reign that a comprehensive and centralized system of national education, separated from religion, as is now commonly proposed, will prove the most appalling enginery for the propagation of anti-Christian and atheistic unbelief, and of anti-social nihilistic ethics, individual, social, and political, which this sin-rent world has ever seen.” B

   Armed with the knowledge of the true history of education in America, it’s easy to see why public schooling is in need of destruction. For many years, people have called for an end to the Internal Revenue Service here in the United States. (Note that no one is demanding the abolition of taxes in and of themselves.) I indeed believe we should also be calling for the dismantling of our current public school system.

   Public schools have no business being run by people outside the walls of our faith; outside the fences of our communities. Our schools should not exist for the purpose of keeping our youth off the streets and out of our hair.  Public schools should do what they were meant to do.

   Princeton was founded by Christians. Reverend John Witherspoon, an early Princeton president, said, “Cursed be all learning that is contrary to the cross of Christ.”

   In an advertisement for Columbia University in 1754, one can find these words; “The chief thing that is aimed at in this college is to teach and engage children to know God in Jesus Christ.”

   The public-school system has failed the American people by disavowing their roots in Christianity. Because our Bible was removed from the public school house, it now suffers the loss of billions of dollars; because instead of putting that money towards education and the building up our children in the faith, it must be redirected toward building up prisons and those who walk their halls.

   While in part, founded by the reverend John Harvard, it’s original school charter included this statement; “Let every student be plainly instructed and earnestly pressed to consider well the main end of his life and studies is to know God and Jesus Christ which is eternal life, John 17:3, and therefore to lay Christ… as the only sound foundation of all knowledge and learning.” (Harvard’s Charter)

   We need not spur a revolution. What we need is to put an end to the status quo. We need to demand our schools back. We must demand that schools return to teaching what they were meant to teach, what they were created for the purpose of teaching. We must demand the return of our Bibles, not only to the libraries of our schools but to each and every classroom.

   We must demand that prayer be brought back to our schools. We must demand that our tax dollars goes to the building up of our children instead of the building up of those behind bars. We need to rip schools from the clutches of the indifferent and atheistic movement in government and return control back our communities, back to our churches.

   Nearly two hundred years of government-run public schools have proven disastrous to our nation; to our people, to our very core. When will we stop accepting this? When will we rise up and put an end to it? When will we once again teach our children to praise God and live in His righteousness?

   Update Note: Perhaps it would be more beneficial to our society today if we used these buildings and properties to created homes for the homeless.

©2017 Clayton Moore All Rights Reserved





One comment

  1. Well said. Those who need this lesson most are least likely to listen. That has most always been the way. Just as important are the base where religious education and moral values are taught first, in the home. It will take years to rebuild the moral character of this nation if it is even altogether possible.


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