1.“I advise no one to place his child where the scriptures do not reign paramount …every institution in which men are not unceasingly occupied with the Word of God must become corrupt.” Martin Luther
2. “The education of children for God is the most important business done on earth. It is the one business for which the earth exists. To it all politics, all war, all literature, all money-making, ought to be subordinated; and every parent especially ought to feel every hour of the day, that, next to making his own calling and election sure, this is the end for which he is kept alive by God-this is his task on earth.” Robert Dabney (circa 1890), quoted in Shortt, “The Harsh Truth about Government Schools,” 2004, p.356.
3. “It is the teaching of the Bible and of sound political ethics that the education of children belongs to the sphere of the family and is the duty of parents. The theory that the children of the Commonwealth are the charge of the Commonwealth is a pagan one, derived from heathen Sparta and Plato’s heathen republic, and connected by regular, logical sequence with legalized prostitution and the dissolution of the conjugal tie.” Robert Dabney (circa.1890), “Discussions” 4:194, quoted in Gary Demar, “God and Government,” 2001, Vol.3, p.272.
4.”If liberty is not maintained with regard to education, there is no use trying to maintain it in any other sphere. If you give the bureaucrats the children, you might as well give them everything else.” Gresham Machan, in “Shall We Have a Federal Department of Education?” (1926), p. 98. quoted in Gary North, “Theonomy,” 1991, p.94.
5. “I am convinced that the battle for humankind’s future must be waged and won in the public school classroom by teachers that correctly perceive their role as proselytizers of a new faith: a religion of humanity…” John Dunphy, (“The Humanist,” Jan/Feb 1983).
6. “Education without the Bible is useless.” Noah Webster, early 19th century.
7. “It is of critical importance that we equip our children to be Christian before we demand of them that they change the world. It is a violation of both Deuteronomy 6:1-6 and Ephesians 6:4 to commit children to an ungodly structure.” Leon Oswalt, in Gary North, (Ed). “The Theory of Resistance,” 1983, p.339.
8. “Don’t let schooling interfere with your education.” Mark Twain
9. “This new Reich will give its youth to no one, but will itself take youth and give to youth its own education and its own upbringing.” Hitler, 1937, (quoted in William Shirer, “The Rise & Fall of the Third Reich,” 1968, p.343.)
10. “Parental control of child rearing, especially education, is one of the bulwarks of liberty. No nation can remain free when the state has greater influence over the knowledge and values transmitted to children than the family…The best way to improve education is to return control to the parents who know best what their children need.” US Senator Ron Paul, 2007.
11. “One of the most useful tools in the quest for power is the educational system.” Herbert Schlossberg, “Idols for Destruction,” 1983, p.209.
12. “Children are a God-given inheritance for our conquest of the world for Christ. They are a means of subduing the earth and exercising dominion under the Lord. If we give our children to state or private schools which are not systematically Christian in their curriculum, we are then giving the future to God’s enemies, and He will hold us accountable for laying waste our heritage.” Rousas Rushdoony, “In His Service,” 2009, p.20.
13. “An education that can’t tell a child where he came from or why he’s here or where he’s going doesn’t deserve to be called ‘education.’ ” Dr Donald Howard, in “Philosophy for Educational Reform,” Part 1, 1997, p.14.
14. “All great societies have a great book; if you are not Biblically literate, you cannot understand yourself…no culture in the history of the world has denied its children the text, which is the key to their understanding.” Dr. John Patrick, at a Festival of Light dinner in Brisbane, 18/7/2006.
15. “There will always be people who doubt you or try to stand in your way. But if you’ve considered the pros and cons and made a plan you believe in -whether it’s for launching a new career, trying out for a play, or homeschooling your kids – then don’t let those people stop you. Just give them a polite smile and go on with what you’re doing.” George Foreman, former heavyweight boxing champion.
16. “Schooling is a form of adoption…you give your kid away at his most plastic years to a group of strangers. You accept a promise…that the State (through its agents) knows better how to raise your children and educate them than you, your neighbours, your grandparents, [and] your local traditions do, and that your kid will be better off…in the key hours of growing up, strangers have reared the kid.” John Taylor Gatto, “State Controlled Consciousness,” 1990 (?).
17. “With the transfer of the means of production into common ownership, [communism] the single family ceases to be the economic unit of society…The care and education of the children becomes a public affair; society looks after all children alike, whether they are legitimate or not.” Marx and Engels, “Selected Works,” 1976.
18. “The child should be taught to consider his instructor…superior to the parent in point of authority… the vulgar impression that parents have a legal right to dictate to teachers is entirely erroneous…parents have no remedy as against the teacher.” John Swett, Superintendent of California State schools, Biennial Report, 1864. Quoted in Rousas Rushdoony, “The Messianic Character of American Education,” 1995, p.80-81.
19. “Teach the child to teach themselves. The child that can teach himself, is prepared for life.” Victoria Botkin.
20. “The modern State seeks to steal the legacy of the faithful: the hearts and minds of children. The educational bureaucrats today have imposed a massive system of ideological kidnapping on the voters. This is the inherent nature of all compulsory education, regulated education, and tax-funded education. Education is not neutral. The bureaucrats have built a gigantic system of humanist indoctrination with funds extracted from all local residents in the name of common-ground education. This justification has always been a lie, from Horace Mann’s public schools in Massachusetts in the 1830’s until today.(10)
From the late nineteenth century until today, leading American educators have been forthright in their public pronouncements of their agenda. This agenda is deeply religious. John Dewey, the “father” of progressive education, dedicated humanist, and philosopher stated his position plainly: “Our schools, in bringing together those of different nationalities, languages, traditions, and creeds, in assimilating them together upon the basis of what is common and public in endeavour and achievement, are performing an infinitely significant religious work.”(11) More than this: “In such a dim, blind, but effective way the American people is conscious that its schools serve best the cause of religion in serving the cause of social unification. . . .”(12) Gary North, “Inheritance and Dominion,” 1999. Ch.28.