Mann was a Unitarian, and hostile to the Christian education system. It was no “system”. If you wanted your children educated, go ahead and educate them. Build your own schools, hire your teachers, design your curriculum. It was your business. Freemarket education. Little or no government control.
When we did it that way, America had the best educated populace in the world. People marveled that the tradesman and the farmer could read newspapers—published at a higher level than today’s papers (read de’Toqueville’s Democracy in America, written about the same time as Horace Mann). The Federalist Papers were newspaper fare, and read by nearly everyone. College students of today’s education often have trouble reading them.
Since government has gotten control of education, beginning in earnest about the 1850’s, the literacy level has steadily and progressively descended, until 1962 when it took an 18-year plunge.
Mann was linked with the New England industrialists who did not want a free and educated people, they wanted a population fit for factory work, and thought enforced public education (which is neither public nor education) would produce such a population. The so-called “progressive” educators, such as John Dewey, were quite clear that they favored an elitist system in which less than 20% of students would be allowed to go on to higher education. That could happen only if enforced by government. No parent would willingly do that to their child.
Everything government does it does at gunpoint. We seldom see the gun because we agree with the laws. But if you do not send your child to an approved school, you will see the gun at your doorstep in the guise of a truant officer. There are some things which government should never, never, never regulate: Such as religion and education. Both form the minds and hearts of the people. And both are thus the target of tyrants. They want to educate us to vote them back into power. Government controlled education will always (as in ALWAYS) sooner or later, become a mind-control system.
The January/February issue of Education Advocate is warning America that before Congress are two bills to submit our nationalized education system to the UN, to put it under the control of the thugs and criminals who manipulate the UN for their own power and glory.
Dear reader, control of education is the most dangerous side of the globalist movement, their strategy to control the thinking of America (and everyone else), worse than UN military control. Globalists have successfully sidelined religion (Church and State, you know…), and have a lock on education. They are effectively in control of the thinking of most Americans. And Americans are either are oblivious, too cowardly to stand against it, or on the side of tyranny.
The one thing tyrants fear most is a Biblical spiritual renewal. They know that if that happens, their days are numbered. The ONLY way we will turn this back is through a spiritual renewal in the West, and to do what we should have been doing for several centuries—developing the Biblical view of politics, economics, education, etc. It might just begin in America. We seem to be the only even slightly “religious” nation in the West.
But our spiritual leaders (and followers) are, so far, incapable of mounting an offensive to recover the West for Jesus Christ. Most of them, stoutly apathetic, resist any suggestion that they get involved in a reasonable discourse of public policy issues (they do not know how), or that there is a Biblical form of politics and government. Very few Christians know how to say out loud that “Jesus is Lord”.
A part of the offensive that might turn things around is learning to reason in public again. Christians once led Western Civilization in public reasoning. No longer. We must learn what the Biblical worldview is, and how to promote it in public. We must learn how to use the Bible in public with reason and grace. All that should be a major part of Christian education, the education of Christians from cradle on up. But we have given our children over to atheists and others hostile to Biblical faith. And, as a result, Christians are losing their children at the rate of about 85%. Their children trust the spiritual, moral, and intellectual judgement of their atheist and pagan teachers over that of their parents.
85%. That is a prescription for spiritual suicide.
We MUST get our children out of government-controlled education —home school, rebuild our church schools, hire tutors, whatever we can do to rescue our children from the mind-control program of the globalists.