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Religion in Early Textbooks

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  Religion in Textbooks

 

 

A study of the historical record reveals that religion played a major role in the development of public school curriculum. “Textbooks referred to God without embarrassment, and public schools considered one of their major tasks to be the development of character through the teaching of religion. The New England Primer opened with religious admonitions followed by the Lord’s Prayer, the Apostles’ Creed, the Ten Commandments, and the names of the books of the Bible.” William Holmes McGuffey’s Eclectic Readers was the most widely used textbook series in public schools from 1836 to 1920. The Readers stressed religion and its relationship to morality without the courts protesting that the use of religion in schools was somehow constitutionally objectionable. The world back then was a world where no one questioned the truths of the Bible or their relevance to everyday contact. Competing textbooks contained varying amounts of biblical material as well.

 

Since the 19th century, secularists have been gradually chipping away at the historical record, denying the impact Christianity has had on the development of the moral character of the United States. Publishers fear special interest groups that scrutinize material for any infraction of political correctness. Instead of trying to placate every group, it is simply easier to delete questionable material. Sadly, children today are not receiving the same education as students of a hundred years ago.

 

American Vision P.O. Box 220, Powder Springs, GA 30127, 800-628-9460, www.americanvision.org . History Unwrapped by Gary DeMar.

 

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