Devotion: August 20

The Dumbing Down of Our Schools

Scripture: Ecclesiastes 12:11
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One scholar pointed out that in our public school system in America, we have been dropping one month per year academically ever since around the time they threw prayer out of the schools. It is interesting to look at tests that were given to students fifty or eighty years ago and see that many of today’s college graduates couldn’t pass a high school entrance examination given in 1900. Many college graduates today could not read McGuffey’s Reader [6th grade level], because they wouldn’t understand many of the words.

For example, when John Adams entered Kings College one of the entrance requirements was to translate the first ten chapters of the Gospel of John from Greek into Latin.

We live in a time when there are powerful forces engaged in an effort to see that that Christian education is nullified and, instead, children receive a godless education. This has, of course, been a cause of great concern to many. We might ask ourselves, “How did it come about that so many of our children today are brainwashed in godless secularism in so-called ‘Christian America’?”

 

Question to ponder: How can we impart wisdom to the next generation?