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A Special Word to Parents of Faith

The end result of all education is a worldview.... That worldview is either man-centered or God-centered.  - Glen Shultz [The Harsh Truth About Public Schools, p. 10]

Parents of faith have concerns beyond liberty, safety and academic standards when it comes to the schools their children attend. Important as these things are, most people who hold to serious religious principles long to see their children embrace those principles as the foundation of their lives.


Rev. Max Victor Belz, PCA pastor, founder of Cono Christian School, and father of eight children, said,


I don't want my children fed or clothed by the state, but if I had to choose, I would prefer that to their being educated by the state.

Rev. Belz was one of many men of faith who recognized the damaging effects of state schooling on children. Consider these thoughts from others. You'll see that this is not a new concern. People have long recognized that government-controlled education erodes faith. While these quotes are from Christians, the concern is the same for all parents committed unequivocally to raising faithful children.


I am as sure as I am of Christ's reign that a comprehensive and centralized system of national education, separated from religion, as is now commonly proposed, will prove the most appalling enginery for the propagation of anti-Christian and atheistic unbelief, and of anti-social nihilistic ethics, individual, social and political, which this sin-rent world has ever seen. - A. A. Hodge, 19th century Princeton theologian


When the Pharisee admitted the coin was made in the image of Caesar, Jesus told him to render unto Caesar what is Caesar's and unto God what is God's. I ask my fellow Christians, 'Are your children made in the image of Caesar? If not, why do you render these innocents to Caesar for six hours per day, 180 days per year, for 13 years? - Marshall Fritz [Plano Star Courier, February 21, 1999] 


The formation of a child into a responsible adult is a full time activity. - Marshall Fritz

I would say to you, dear friends, it may require some sacrifice, but I urge you to send your children to godly schools... to Christian schools that they might receive a godly Christian education. If you send them off to some public school, keep in mind that you are shooting dice with your children's eternal souls. It is a gamble that no Christian should be willing to make. Don't send an eight-year-old out to take on a forty-year-old humanist. ... I have never seen any more unhappy people than fathers or mothers who have come to me and said, "Where did we go wrong? We gave him everything, and now he's turned his back completely on everything we believe." Yes, you gave him everything but a Christian education. - Dr. D. James Kennedy, Training Your Children

God does not give Christian parents the right to a free education for their children. Instead, he gives them the solemn responsibility to raise their children in the fear and admonition of the Lord, to keep before them his commandments day and night, to saturate them in his word and way that they may be holy even as he is holy. - Anonymous

Still, many may feel the case is overstated, that these men are over-reacting. Consider the other side of the coin. These are statements from public school leaders and advocates — and a very small sampling of many similar statements.


Let our pupil be taught that he does not belong to himself, but that he is public property. He must be taught to amass wealth, but it must be only to increase his power of contributing to the wants and demands of the state. [This education] can be done effectually only by the interference and aid of the Legislature. - Benjamin Rush, Thoughts Upon the Mode of Education Proper in a Republic (1700s) [Separating School & State, p. 37.]


[T]he 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 Public School System (1860s)

Our schools have been scientifically designed to prevent over-education from happening. The average American [should be] content with their humble role in life, because they're not tempted to think about any other role. – William T. Harris, U.S. Commissioner of Education, 1889


We who are engaged in the sacred cause of education are entitled to look upon all parents as having given hostages to our cause. - Horace Mann, first secretary of education in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, "Father" of public schooling [Separating School & State, p. 48]

The children who know how to think for themselves spoil the harmony of the collective society which is coming, where everyone would be interdependent. – John Dewey, educator and philosopher


Only a system of state-controlled schools can be free to teach whatever the welfare of the State may demand. – Ellwood P. Cubberley, former Dean of the Stanford University School of Education


In our dreams...people yield themselves with perfect docility to our molding hands. The present educational conventions [intellectual and character education] fade from their minds, and unhampered by tradition we work our own good will upon a grateful and responsive folk.  – John D. Rockefeller, General Education board (1906) [The Underground History of American Education, p. 45]

We shall not try to make these people or any of their chldren into philosophers or men of learning or men of science... The task we set before ourselves is very simple...we will organize children...and teach them to do in a perfect way the things their fathers and mothers are doing in an imperfect way... – John D. Rockefeller, General Education board (1906) [The Underground History of American Education, p. 45]


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... The classroom must and will become an arena of conflict between the old and new -- the rotting corpse of Christianity, together with all its adjacent evils and misery, and the new faith of humanism, resplendent with the promise of a world in which the never-realized Christian ideal of "love thy neighbor" will finally be achieved. - John J. Dunphy [The Humanist magazine, Jan/Feb 1983]


If you still have doubts about the intent of those who control public schooling, consider this November 2, 2005 statement by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appearls.

The Ninth Circuit case was specifically addressing interviews conducted with children in a California school in which students in first, third, and fifth grades were asked explicit sexual questions as well as other disturbing and intrusive questions. The parents who sued lost their case.


Excerpt: [O]nce parents make the choice as to which school their children will attend, ...their fundamental right to control the education of their children is, at the least, substantially diminished. The constitution does not vest parents with the authority to interfere with a public school’s decision as to how it will provide information to its students or what information it will provide, in its classrooms or otherwise. See Yoder, 406 U.S. at 205. Perhaps the Sixth Circuit said it best when it explained,


“While parents may have a fundamental right to decide whether to send their child to a public school, they do not have a fundamental right generally to direct how a public school teaches their child. Whether it is the school curriculum, the hours of the school day, school discipline, the timing and content of examinations, the individuals hired to teach at the school, the extracurricular activities offered at the school or, as here, a dress code, these issues of public education are generally ‘committed to the control of state and local authorities.’ ”




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Call to Dunkirk
Ministry Issues Call to Exit Public Schooling
by Rev. Chuck Huckaby, Associate Editor
The Christian Observer
Posted December 29, 2008

Excerpt: The Call is to take whatever steps are necessary to deliver our children from the public school system as quickly as possible and make sure they are receiving a Christian education instead of the continual humanist indoctrination that has passed for education for over a generation.


Includes "The Call to Dunkirk," YouTube video with Rev. E. Ray Moore, Bruce Shortt, and Rev. Voddie Baucham.

Is it a sin to send our kids to public school?
by David d'Escoto
Posted June 27, 2009

Excerpt:  A slew of research shows that America is losing the conservative Christian youth in massive droves. These studies show a generation being increasingly won over to a socialistic/secular-humanistic worldview in spite of the American church increasing their apologetic courses, children's programs, youth rallies and books and sermon series on child training. What is happening? . . . 

Christian Ministries Weak on K-12 Christian Education in Exodus Mandate Report Card
Christian NewsWire
Posted February 11, 2009
Excerpt: Chaplain E. Ray Moore issued a Report Card at the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) in Nashville, Tennessee, on Feb 10, 2009, at a news conference, on how effectively major Christian ministries and organizations suppport K-12 Christian education or home schooling. . .


Further Reading:

How Dr. Dobson (And YOU) Can Take a Risk for True Greatness
Exodus Mandate Project
Posted January 23, 2009
Excerpt: But, I’m also praying for another good man, Dr. Dobson, to halt FOTF silence regarding the only solution to the offense of the public schools that there is—removal of the children. I’m also praying he’ll use the biblical knowledge he knows to be true to move and inspire parents to the position a patient but demanding God requires of them. And, I pray that many of you will join with him in making this commitment your own.


On Being Salt and Light
Excerpt:  Our understanding of the Bible on this point suggests that quite the opposite conclusion may be true. If we really want our children to be salt and light in this world, the public school classroom may be the last place they should be.


We Are Losing Our Children

Remarks to the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee by T. C. Pinckney, Nashville, TN, September 18, 2001.

Dear Sisters: Give to Caesar What is Caesar's

A plea from BONNIE J. HORN

Excerpt: ...greed took hold in my heart. I had discovered that "Caesar" (the state government) would fund our home school efforts via an independent study charter school. We were promised funding... as long as... We could teach doctrine "on your own time"... I was choosing to pull out of the private sector and place over our schooling efforts an authority that required me to separate God within our home. I would have been teaching our children a double standard: God is O.K. for home but not for our school. 

Can Darkness Teach Light?

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Excerpt:  There is not one subject area left untouched by the Spirit of our Lord Jesus Christ. Everything is seen through His mind and Spirit -- from the Biblical worldview, if you will.


Why Muslims Need Separation of School & State
Knowledge cannot be acquired from any single source but must come from a combination of three sources: reason, experience, and transmission from reliable sources.


Catholics and School Liberation


The principles implied in the shibboleth, "Free Education for all," which have been gaining ground in modern times, under the influence of Liberalism and Socialism, are full of danger to the interests of family life, especially where the free education is to be given at the public expense in State schools. The danger becomes greater when the State or the municipal authority supplies books, stationery, and medical attendance, and sometimes even free meals, to the children.

This system, suggesting as it does that the children belong to the State rather than to the parents, tends to withdraw both teachers and children from the parents' control. Besides, parents do not, under a system of the kind, take the same interest in the child's education as they do when they themselves defray at least some portion of the expenses. Hence it seems most desirable, in the best interests of both child and parent, that the latter should in all cases pay directly [italics in original] at least a small portion, and, where possible, even a considerable portion of the educational expenses.


E. Cahill, S.J.
Parents and Children--
Education | "Free Education for All"
Chapter XX in The Framework of a Christian State
Republished by Roman Catholic Books, Fort Collins, CO
Originally published in 1932


Cyberschools - the rest of the story
by Robin Bernhoft, MD

Education and charity begin at home
by Thomas A. Droleskey
Griffin Internet Syndicate

Killing off the Catholic Church
by Father Vincent Fitzpatrick

Satan has no brakes
Marshall Fritz and E. Ray Moore, Jr.

We Parents Must Wake Up and Take Action
by Max Waldstein

Homeschooling comes of age in U.S.

Calvinism lite: Fresno man seeks separation of school and government 
by Christopher Zehnder
Los Angeles Lay Catholic Mission



A special endorsement


"As C. S. Lewis remarked, the modern world keeps trying to make religion a purely private matter while constantly reducing the areas of privacy that are left to us. If we treasure our liberty, we must keep the minds of our children free of the power of the state.


Nobody is fighting for this cause more thoughtfully or vigorously than the Alliance for the Separation of School & State, whose goal is to make education completely and inviolably private.


Its founder and leader is Marshall Fritz, one of the most amazing men you'll ever meet — a huge man who combines the mind of a philosopher, the humor of a comedian, the piety of a monk, and the energy of my grandchildren. I don't mean to heap hyperbolic praise on Marshall; the most important thing about him is that he simply understands what the battle is all about. It's not just about imparting computer skills and raising test scores; it's finally about making sure that children learn about Christ. That's exactly what public education is now designed to prevent."


Joseph Sobran in "Washington Watch,"
The Wanderer,
February 13, 1997


Protestant and Catholic leaders who have endorsed liberating schools from political influence are listed on our Proclamation page.

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A Special Word to Catholic Parents

Some of the more
well-known signers of our proclamation:

Ed Crane
President, Cato Institute

John Taylor Gatto
1991 New York State Teacher of the Year

Fr. John A Hardon
The Catholic Catechism

Don Hodel
Former Secretary of Interior

D. James Kennedy
Coral Ridge Ministries

Rev. Tim LaHaye
Left Behind

Rabbi Daniel Lapin
President, Toward Tradition

Tom Monaghan
Founder, Domino’s Pizza

Ron Paul
US Congressman, Texas

John K Rosemond
Parenting Author, Columnist, Speaker

They and thousands of others have signed Our Proclamation:

"I favor ending government involvement in education."