Thoughts Upon The Mode Of Education Proper In A Republic
The tragedy in Las Vegas is more easily assessed by admitting that we have degenerated in our educational system; because of a lack of knowledge, we see the results in our intentional move away from Founders Original Intent. As I began last week to talk about Witherspoon as a Founder and educator, this week I begin to discuss the treatise written by the gent that got Witherspoon to come to Princeton.
I’m not going to be long in the promo. Simply the key words are ‘inculcate’, ‘Liberty’, ‘Patriotism’, ‘Christianity’, ‘constitutionalism’ and ‘Republic’. I’m not going to get into the depth of it this week but… the battle of education in truth is not new; it was a battle even in 1786. Hmmm, maybe that is why we saw constitutionalism degenerate by the early 1800’s! I’m inclined to go with what Benjamin Rush has to say for our Republic.
This is one of my favorite programs to have done. It goes through the education of the youth in the Colonies up to and slightly through 1765. Education for those that attended Harvard during these early colonial times, most were around 15 in age, learned how to discover, develop critical thinking, learned the historical classics and could read and write greed and latin as well as their native language.
The brilliance of the Founders is due to the way they learned as much as what they learned. I experienced some of that “Classical Education” in my you and it has set the foundation as to how I learn, think and problem solve. Education, particularly government/public education, is incompetent at best. One of the best written books on the education system in the US is called: “In the Presence of Our Enemies” by Ellen McClay. It’s long but worth the read!
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