A godly school need not be a religious school. But it must be a school that deeply respects the God of creation and the child’s inborn belief in the supernatural. At the New York City public elementary school I attended in the 1930s, the principal read the 23rd Psalm at our assemblies. It was a great moment of spiritual uplifting. We were Catholics, Protestants, and Jews, yet we all responded to this eloquent and poetic description of our relationship with the God of the Bible.
Virtually all children are born believers whether they or their parents know it or not. According to Dr. Justin L. Barrett, author of Born Believers, The Science of Children’s Religious Belief, published in 2012, children are born with an innate belief in the supernatural. Dr. Barrett writes:
I have conducted numerous additional studies on religious belief, and colleagues in my field, the cognitive science of religion, have discovered more evidence that children have a natural affinity for thinking about and believing in gods.... People may practically be born believers....
Regardless of culture and without need for coercive indoctrination, children develop with a propensity to seek meaning and understanding of their environments. Given the way their minds naturally develop, this search leads to beliefs in a purposeful and designed world, an intelligent designer behind the design, an assumption that the intentional designer is super powerful, super knowing, super perceiving, and immortal.
In other words, children come to school with a set of beliefs in the supernatural, which provides them with a knowledge of God and their own sense of purpose. "Life has meaning" is the message that has been conveyed to them by this innate supernatural force. But when they enter an atheist public school they are told that their beliefs are nonsensical superstitions, that there is no God, that life has no spiritual dimension, and that their lives have no transcendent meaning. In essence, they are no better than their pet cats and dogs.
One can imagine the negative effects this rejection of God and the supernatural has on the child. The most egregious effect is childhood depression, a condition that rarely existed when schools were godly. In an 818-page tome, Treating and Preventing Adolescent Mental Health Disorders, published in 2005, we read in the Introduction:
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