Kansas Teachers' Union - 1892

Here is a quote by the Kansas Teachers Union in 1892 in commemoration of the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus. The title of the book is "Columbian History of Education in Kansas. An account of the public school system, an explanation of its practical operations, a review of its auxiliary teachers associations, sketches of the several public educational institutions, local histories of the schools by counties and cities, and a brief outline of the work accomplished in private and denominational schools. Compiled by Kansas Educators and published under the auspices of the Kansas State Historical Society, for the Columbian Exposition, 1893, commemorating the four hundredth anniversary of the discovery of America."...

"The free public schools of America are outgrowths of the parochial or pastoral schools of puritan New England, which were established by our forefathers to prepare their children for becoming useful members of society and the church. Nurtured in the lap of the church, these schools soon became so necessary to society at large that the church reluctantly relinquished her claim upon the elementary schools, and turned them over to the care of the commonwealths, retaining for herself the higher institutions of learning--the academies and colleges.

Whether this was wise or not it is not our purpose to discuss, further than to remark that, if the study of the Bible is to be excluded from all State schools, if the inculcation of the principles of Christianity is to have no place in the daily programme, if the worship of God is to form no part of the general exercises of these public elementary schools, then the good of the State would be better served by restoring all schools to church control."

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Charles Francis Potter, a leading Humanist, in his book, Humanism: A New Religion: "Education is the most powerful ally of Humanism, and every American public school is a school of Humanism. What can the theistic Sunday Schools, meeting for an hour once a week, and teaching only a fraction of the children, do to stem the tide of a five-day program of humanistic teaching?"

[NOTE: The Humanist Manifesto #1 says that humanism is a "religion".  That is also said by the Supreme Court in a footnote to one of its judgements.  That means that the government school system is the Church of Secular Humanism, and therefore in violation of the Constitution.  E. Fox]

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