Government Schools Were A Bad Idea

There is much unrest in Cuba this week and I encourage you to pray for this important island nation just ninety miles off the coast of Florida. 

I have never been to Cuba, but have friends who have ministered there. Cuba is a sobering example of what the U.S. could become if we do not resist tyranny in our own nation.

The Cuban government-run schools indoctrinate youth in Marxism/socialism/communism. The same thing is now happening in America via our state-run schools.

Government schools were a bad idea.

Here’s why.

Government Schools Were a Bad Idea

Can you name the most thoughtful and literate generation in American history?  You’d think it would be a recent one due to the Information Age, computers, and “free” education for all from K-12 in the USA. 

Just the opposite. The founding generation in America–some 250 years ago–was far more literate, acquainted with classical literature, and thoughtful in their approach to life, liberty, civics, history, and the future. If you don’t believe me, just look at their writings and diaries. You may need a dictionary to comprehend the much-broader vocabulary.

Their common denominator? 

None of them went to a government school.

Yet, a culture war is currently exploding across the United States between parents who are concerned about what their kids are being taught in the state schools and board members and teacher’s unions opposing them. The issue that lit the flame was “Critical Race Theory” which teaches that whites are oppressors of minorities and that systemic racism is the heart and soul of America.

Parents disagree with these lies and are making their voices heard. The nation’s largest teachers union, the National Education Association (NEA) recently gave mom and dad this response:

“Stick it. You parents are just a bunch of racists.”

That’s my paraphrase of the recent NEA decision to defy the parent uprising and keep teaching Critical Race Theory. By-the-way, they’re also not teaching American history, reading, writing and arithmetic very well while promoting kid sex, free condoms, abortions without parental notification, gender confusion, evolution (we’re all an accident), relative morality, and the glories of Marxism.

Many parents learned of the secular indoctrination by sitting in on their kid’s ZOOM classes during the pandemic when teachers began to push “equity” while supporting violence in American cities via Antifa and Black Lives Matter.

But a backlash is forming.

It’s hard to believe that two-and-a-half centuries ago most children in America were educated at home. Parents engaged their own children, tutors were common, and a few one-room schools existed. Private, family-centered education produced a mostly literate and moral generation who created the most free and productive nation in world history (fueled by periodic spiritual awakenings).

But by the 1840s, some government schools sprang up around the country in communities that could afford them led by progressive education crusaders Horace Mann and Henry Barnard.  They began calling for free, compulsory schools (government-run) for every child in the country.

Note the word “compulsory.” Only the government domain has the power to force people to do things like going to jail for breaking the law and paying taxes. All other spheres of life are voluntary and hence subject to more personal control and choice.

Massachusetts passed the first compulsory school laws in 1852. New York followed the next year, and by 1918, all American children were required to attend at least an elementary school–public or private.

Next came the movement to create equal schooling for all American children–a good idea. At the turn of the 20th century, schools in the South, and many in the North, were segregated. In 1954, the Supreme Court did away with segregation with Brown v. Board of Education, and state-run schools became open to people of all races.

Desegregation was good. But over time, the State began to control what had worked best in the home or through a voluntary association of families (private education). 

State schools were never a good idea. They worked for a while in America because the dominant biblical cultural worldview treasures freedom. But others such as Marxism and Islam do not.

Governments operate by force as monopolies. That works well for government’s primary responsibility–protecting people’s God-given rights to life, liberty and property (the pursuit of happiness). But civil governments should not be running schools. When they do, they tend to drift toward atheism-secularism in the name of “neutrality.”


By force. Power. Control. In today’s world that means there’s no room in the government schools for God and the biblical worldview that made America great.

That’s why in 2021 the parents are revolting. The government schools have succeeded in expelling nearly all Judeo-Christian values from the premises and are producing dumb children and teenagers who are practical atheists who think socialism/communism is a good thing

Nothing could be further from the truth. 

Today, 90% of U.S. young people attend government schools, with 51 million children being forced-that’s what government does–to accept secular atheism and all its fruits. 5.7 million are educated in private or home settings.

Of course some students resist the propaganda in the state schools and others shine God’s light. But the vast majority of kids are being “discipled” to believe there is no God, government is the answer to our problems, white people are bad, and Marxism/socialism is our preferred future.

Government schools are progressively brainwashing our kids while, in the general culture, 70% of Americans believe in God, 50% are church members, and half the nation vote for biblical values and candidates.

But the devil knows that the philosophy of the schools will become the philosophy of government in next generation (Abraham Lincoln). And let’s be honest. His forces are currently winning.

We need a Cuban-like uprising against government-forced atheist education. We need to return to our fountain of success–personal educational liberty.

During America’s beginning, all education was private, including colleges and the first universities (starting with Harvard in 1636). But over the years, government schools and then universities began to dominate the landscape–with all the controls that government brings. State schools are just as stifling as State churches. They use the power of government to enforce compliance. That’s both un-American and destructive.

We must renew American education in the 2020’s.

Parents must stand up in school board meetings and resist the propaganda. Many should run for school board positions to oppose the atheist monopoly.

Concerned citizens must vote for a “freedom-loving” Congress in 2022 and then a strong president who loves liberty in 2024. Together, a renewed federal leadership can enact school choice legislation as a first priority for all K-12 students in America.

Government can be involved in supplying money for education. But it must go to parents to choose the best education for their own children, either at home, with the help of tutors, or at privately owned and operated institutions. 

Finally, we must allow local private associations to take over the government school facilities in the nation and provide quality education. Denying the government stranglehold and creating school choice will improve education–just like competition in commerce.

Privately run school choice is the key. 

Star Parker in School Choice Only Option in Divided Nation agrees:

Can we not all agree that our nation is about freedom? If we can agree on this, then it is time for parental choice in education across the nation. Let parents decide what their children will learn, and give parents the freedom to select a school for their child that teaches the worldview and the values that they want. Let parents take responsibility for their children’s future. It is the only way.

Parent-controlled private education is a great idea.

Our history agrees.


  1. Daniell Krueger on July 15, 2021 at 4:39 pm

    Amen Brother. I’ve been shouting this for years, but few have ears to hear – until now. Here’s a few personal examples of what was being done in MY kids classrooms. Not things I heard about. Actually experienced.
    1985 – One of my foster children came home excited about being selected to participate in a “special ” class, which took him out of English class once a week to participate in. I got suspicious after he told me a little bit about what they were doing and went to the school to see what was up. After getting really pushy they reluctantly showed me the curriculum. They were hypnotizing the kids and having them ask their spirit guides to help (enter) them. They had actual curriculum for this.

    1994 My oldest son was entering the 3rd grade. I had heard about a gruff teacher that I knew he would not have done well with so I requested a teacher for him after doing a little research. The school agreed to it. First day of school we walk in and, to my surprise, we were introduced to the teacher we didn’t want. Turns out she was on probation for child abuse in the class. Their response to this was to combine the classes so the good teacher was now supposed to monitor her. Still in separate rooms, just called “combined”. The union is too powerful if you can’t fire a teacher who clearly doesn’t belong with our children. Unless, this year of course, they inadvertently say a racist word no matter the context.

    1998 We moved to a small rural farm town. I had been homeschooling since the last episode. We thought we’d try the school hoping for a better result. One week into the year, I attended the meet and greet open house. I perused the curriculum and, while waiting for my turn to talk to the teacher, I found a book sitting off to the side. It was about a girl born from her dead mothers womb and was raised by her mystical grandmother (a witch). Trying to look calm when I met Mr. Black, my daughters new 5th grade teacher, I asked him if he would be reading this in class. He replied, “Yes, we’ve already started it. The kids are loving it and I plan on bringing a oijie board in on Monday.” Then leaned in and whispered as if they were crazy, “Some of the parents have a problem with that so their children will go to the library…”
    I responded, as calmly as I could, “I have a big problem with that and my child will not be just going to the library, but will not be attending this class ever.”
    Upon going home and asking my daughter about it, she (almost flippantly) told me about the SEANCE they had had in class.
    We took it to the principal and the school board. No response. In hind sight, we wish we had brought it to the attention of everyone in town. We were young and felt powerless in a new town and now regret that we didn’t.

    HOMESCHOOL HOMESCHOOL PEOPLE! If I can do it with a high-school education, 5 kids (including ADHD, Dylexia, advanced learners and remedial) and running two businesses, anyone can. There are so many tools to help. Reach out and at least see what you can find. Don’t just assume you don’t have time. You can educate your children better in two hours a day than the government can!!

    Unless, of course, you’re just looking for free babysitting…

    May God help us all.

  2. Sharon Gakin on July 15, 2021 at 3:30 am

    None, not one SK school board candidate stated their opinions about the teaching of the CSE, CRT or the BLM agenda. I emailed each one specially asking for their stances. None have replied. In the Constitution class I attend, Rick Green (Patriot Academy) said that only 1-2% of registered voters bother to vote for their local school boards. I sadly admit I have never attended a school board meeting. Teaching our children at home would require an overhaul of our society that seems impossible. There would be no time for 60 hr work weeks with overtime money, busyness and commitments that gobble up family time and stifle relationships. I don’t think Christians are willing to make those sacrifices, much less unbelievers.

    • Ron Boehme on July 15, 2021 at 4:34 pm

      I understand the dilemma, Sharon for today’s parents. Two things come to mind. First, for parents of the 18th century, life was much harder than it is today. It’s true that women stayed in the home, but money was tight, survival was difficult, and yet they made the sacrifices to educate their children. Great sacrifice will be required in this generation also. Second, the key to renewing education in our day is electing a good Congress and president who will pass a School Choice law–giving parents more money directly to make their educational choices. That’s the key that could transform everywhere. Let’s make it a matter of persevering prayer.

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