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In 1782, the United States Congress passed the following resolution: "The Congress of the United States recommends and approves the Holy Bible for use in all schools."
In 1962, the US Supreme Court ruled that it was unlawful to promote prayer in public schools.
The next year, 1963, that same court handed down another ruling: reading the Bible or saying the Lord’s Prayer as a class was ruled unlawful.
Now, it is true that it was not made unlawful for students to read the Bible or pray on their own while at school. However, as the saying goes, “Out of sight, out of mind.” Children who, up until this point, had received at least a minimal exposure to the Holy Scriptures through readings at school were now shipped out of the home for six hours a day into an environment where God was to be kept quiet and to yourself, if thought about at all, thank you very much. Children from non-Christian homes now had no exposure to godly morals or values.
Some interesting facts from www.pechurch.net:
The banning of prayer in assemblies affected students:
• Premarital sexual activity increased over 200 percent (for girls alone, premarital sexual activity increased over 500 percent);
• Pregnancies to unwed mothers went up almost 400 percent;
• Gonorrhea (Sexually Transmitted Disease) went up over 200 percent;
• Number of suicides increased over 400 percent.
These give rise to secondary consequences, such as:
• Only half of those who give birth before age 18 complete high school (as compared with 96 percent of those who postpone childbearing);
• On average they earn half as much money and are far more likely to be dependent on welfare. A negative cycle is created, with daughters falling pregnant during teenage years, thus leading to generations of unskilled peoples being dependent and trapped on welfare;
• Of those families headed by a mother age 14-25, two-thirds live below the poverty level.
• The cost to the public of teenage pregnancies in 1985 alone was 16.65 billion.
The banning of prayer in assemblies affected academic achievement:
The Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) is an academic test measuring the developed verbal and mathematical reasoning skills of a student preparing to enter college. The three areas of SAT testing with individual documentation are SAT mathematics scores, SAT verbal scores, and SAT total scores (the combination of the mathematics and verbal scores).
SAT Total Scores have declined steadily, dropping over 90 points from 1963 to 1980, to the lowest in the industrialized world. Although actual grades have risen, their SATS were decreasing. Hence academic standards have dropped to accommodate mediocrity.
In 1950, 84 percent of college students knew that Manila was the capital of the Philippines. In 1984 it had dropped to only 27 percent. We cannot expect to be a world leader if our populace doesn't even know who the rest of the world is.
SAT scores only began to improve after 1980 (after 17 years of continual decline). However this increase was attributed to the increase in private Christian schooling and homeschooling. Although in 1986, private schooling only made up 12.4% of the school going population, their academic performance was 3 to 5 times greater than their size (i.e. the number of top academic achievers came disproportionately from these private Christian schools). Some have argued that their greater academic performance is due to greater family affluence. However, studies confirm that parents who send their children to private schools have an income only marginally greater than the national average.
Furthermore, in 1986 the average private school spent $1,100 per student annually as compared to the average public school's annual expenditure of $3,752 per student. Yet private Christian schools produce three times more academic achievers at a third of the price. A very plausible answer is that prayer is not banned in private Christian schools.
The banning of prayer in assemblies affected moral standards:
Before prayer was removed from schools, polls among educators listed the top offences in public schools as:
• Talking; Chewing gum; Making noise; Running in the halls; Getting out of turn in line; Wearing improper clothing; Not putting paper in wastebaskets.
After prayer was removed from schools, polls among educators listed the top offences in public schools as:
• Rape; Robbery; Assault; Burglary; Arson; Bombings; Murder; Suicide; Absenteeism; Vandalism; Extortion; Drug abuse; Alcohol abuse; Gang warfare; Pregnancies; Abortions; Venereal disease;
(None of the previous top seven problems even make the list).
The banning of prayer in assemblies affected families:
Stability existed in the family during the years that students prayed daily for their families, however, since praying for families was banned:
• Divorce went up almost 120 percent;
• Single parent families went up 140 percent;
• Unmarried couples living together increased over 350 percent;
• Adultery increased nearly 300 percent.
These give rise to secondary consequences, such as:
• A dramatic increase in youth running away from home. All research points to basic family instability, such as divorce, single parent families, unmarried couples living together and adultery, as being the primary cause.
• Family breakdown is also associated with increase in physical and sexual abuse.
The banning of prayer in assemblies affected school violence:
In 1985, on average, 24 teachers and 215 students were assaulted every day in California schools.
Furthermore a 1978 study revealed:
• Risk of violence to teenagers is greater in public schools than anywhere else.
• Nearly 2.5 million of the nation's secondary school students had something worth more than a dollar stolen from them in a month.
• An estimated 282,000 secondary school students reported that they were attacked at school in a typical one-month period.
The high levels of violence in public schools equally affect teachers:
• 5,200 were physically attacked in the period of one month.
• Nearly one-fifth of the attacks required medical treatment.
• Attacks on teachers were almost five times as likely to result in serious injury as attacks on students.
The banning of prayer in assemblies affected the state of the nation:
• The rate of violent crime has risen over 500 percent;
• National productivity has dropped over 80 percent;
• The per capita alcohol consumption has increased by 35 percent.
How can the simple eradication of prayer lead to so much damage?
It removes God's blessing. "Whoever honours Me, I will honour. And whoever disregards Me, I will disregard" (1 Samuel 2:30). Prior to the expulsion of God from American public schools, America was elevated among the nations of the world in achievement, morality, productivity, stability, and reputation.
Post 1962-63, America leads the western world in teenage pregnancies and highest illiteracy rates and are world leaders in violent crime, divorce, and illegal drug use.
And by removing any reference to God, you remove references to respect for authority (including teachers); absolute values used to condemn disrespect, adultery, covetousness, theft, murder, etc., replacing them with relativism and secular humanism - hence the resultant moral mess of removing prayer from school assemblies.
"In all your ways, acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths" (Proverbs 3:6).
"Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports - And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion - reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle." George Washington.
And so I give you:
Education Mistake #2 – Removing God from Schools
In the early- to late-1800s, most children were taught at home. All day long they were with their parents, helping out around the home and farm, interacting with and learning from their parents.
With the start of compulsory public schooling, children were now spending 6 hours – nearly half of their waking hours in a day – away from parents.
With the feminist movement of the 1960s, many women joined the workforce, leaving children in childcare centers or before- and after-school programs for up to 4 hours beyond the time they spent in school.
So, over a time span covering about 200 years, children went from spending around 14 waking hours of the day with their parents to spending an average of 4 hours at home.
Factor in the modern habit of enrolling children in various and numerous sports, music, art, and other extracurricular activities and children are lucky to have a couple of hours at home with Mom and Dad.
Studies now say that parents spend an average of 3.5 minutes per week in meaningful conversation with their child. 3.5 minutes – per week! Can you imagine? Yet when you think of all the activities outside the home – away from Mom and Dad – that consume the majority of kids’ time today, it really isn’t so amazing.
Numerous studies have been done to show the effects of parental involvement on a child’s education. Parents need to be involved with their child’s school. Too many parents today are either so self-centered or so utterly oblivious that they are happy to ship their child off to another practice or lesson rather than sit at home and talk with their child. They are too busy or careless to take the time to help their child learn, and to help them develop responsibility.
Over the years, parents have handed over more and more of their rights to the government through the public schools. Our schools now teach our kids about sex, drugs, and anti-biblical science. Parents send their kids to schools where “character education” and “tolerance” are taught without ever questioning just exactly what their kids are being taught to tolerate or which characteristics are being developed.
It has been a slow and gradual shift, and because of that, most parents don’t even realize that there is anything wrong going on. They have slowly but surely handed over the running of their child’s life and the shaping of their child’s character and spirit to the government schools.
“Parents give up their rights when they drop the children off at public school.” -- Melinda Harmon, Federal Judge, 1996
And so we come to…
Education Mistake #3 – Parents Abdicate Responsibility
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