Samuel Blumenfeld: 1927-2015

Samuel Blumenfeld was a leading Christian writer and educator of parents, exposing the awful state of U.S. education, and encouraging parents to home school their children.

Google’s biography of Blumenfeld tells us that he

published ten books on education in America, and spent much of his career investigating the following problems: the decline in American literacy, the reasons for the high rate of learning disabilities in American children, the reasons behind the educational establishment in America’s support for sex and drug education, the reasons why so many children are labeled ADD, and why the school system refuses to use intensive phonics in reading instruction and memorization in mathematics instruction. His commentary on education issues and his following as a speaker brought him to lecture in every state in the United States as well as Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and England. He is internationally recognized as a leader in the intensive, systematic phonics movement.

Blumenfeld published prolifically, writing such books as “The Victims of Dick and Jane.”

Here are some excerpts from it:

1) God the Educator:

If we want to understand what God had in mind when He created man, all we have to do is read Genesis 1:26-28 in the King James version of the Bible:

And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth over the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it.

What does this mean? It means that God created man to be like Him, not to be another god, but to be like God, with creative powers and intelligence that no other creature possessed. The ability to have dominion meant that man would be superior to the animal kingdom and be separate and apart from it and be able to use it for his benefit. To replenish the earth and subdue it meant that man was to become a farmer, a horticulturalist, a gardener. He was to treat the earth as his possession, to nurture it, to care for it, to gain nourishment and wealth from it. He also gave man the power of language, which was not given to any animal. It was the power of language, the power of fine definition that permitted man to take dominion and convert God’s raw materials into food, clothing and shelter (p.133-134).

2) The War Against Christianity in America:

The origin of the war against Christianity in the United States can be traced back to the early days of the public school movement when Unitarians, Owenite socialists and atheists, and Hegelians pantheists vehemently rejected the mainly God-centered worldview of the founding fathers and sought to secularize education and substitute salvation through education for salvation through Christ (p.63).

…Thus the progressives declared war on Christianity. Why? Because it posed the most formidable obstacle to their entire revolutionary program. But their aim was not merely to destroy Christianity, but to replace it with a new secular religion (p.65).

3) A Thriving Movement:

Today, the home school movement is thriving in a manner which would have been inconceivable twenty years ago. State home school organisations now have to rent large convention centres in which to hold their annual conventions which draw thousands of interested parents. Apparently, there is more to homeschooling than merely removing one’s children from the morally corrupt public schools. There is now the sense that the new family lifestyle, which develops around homeschooling, is highly desirable because of the positive bonding it creates between parents and children. This is a particular blessing for the Christian family that seeks to live in conformity with Biblical truth, which is more easily imparted to their children… The home school movement as it exists today represents a triumph of parental independence and enterprise. Christians must do all in their power to support it (p.188-190).

Samuel Blumenfeld had a great impact on many Christian educators and parents. He left us with a wealth of material to benefit the Christian family and church, in relation to the proper  education of our children.