I am writing you and your colleagues this open letter in order to help you achieve your stated goal of improving American public education so that Americans can face the future with confidence and creativity. I have written ten books and hundreds of articles on this subject, and know why our failing public schools are not producing the well-educated young Americans who are needed to sustain our nation in the highly competitive 21st century. All of which obviously means that my concern is as great as yours.
I am 86 years old and attended public schools in New York City where true learning took place. In those days there were no school shootings or massacres, no widespread reading failure, no drug addiction among young Americans, no need for Ritalin to control student behavior, and no teen suicide problem. So why are things so different today?
The answer, believe it or not, is quite simple. The educators have removed from public education the one component that gives children the incentive to excel: a belief in God and that their life has a divine purpose. Through the teaching of evolution, children are taught that they are animals no different from a cat or a dog and that life has no purpose or godly meaning. This destruction of the spiritual basis of education has had its negative consequences in the self-destructive behavior of children and the decline in academic skills.
This does not mean that the public schools I attended in New York were Protestant parochial schools. It merely meant that biblical religion was respected and that the principal could recite the 23rd Psalm at assemblies, thus giving children the knowledge that there is a God who loves and protects them. That’s all that was needed to give all of the children, regardless of their family religions, the sense that life had meaning, and that we were all put here on earth for a purpose.
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