Unspoken Truth

During the NC Senate budget debate, the minority party criticized cuts to education.  They praised NC’s public educational institutions, and reacted in pain to budget cuts.  The majority party had the votes, and cautiously declined to say more than was necessary to pass the budget.  This truth was left unspoken:  North Carolina’s educational system is a bloated disgrace.  We have poured millions of taxpayer dollars into our public educational system, with diminishing returns.  With an army of administrators, counselors, and highly trained teachers, high schools produce “graduates” who cannot read, fill out a job application, or balance a checkbook.  Advocates demand money, but offer no retreat from failed policies.  Did you know Christian missionaries ran the first schools in North Carolina?  In colonial times, people learned to read using the Bible.  North Carolina’s first public schools opened in 1840, and taught reading, writing, and arithmetic.  North Carolina’s Constitution states in Article IX:  “Religion, morality, and knowledge being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools, libraries, and the means of education shall forever be encouraged.”  Fifty years ago, we separated religion and morality from knowledge.  Children have paid a terrible price for our mistake.  After a couple of generations of degradation, where are we?  Many children are unwilling to obey instructions or submit to the discipline required for learning.  Juveniles lash out against a culture that has failed to give them what they need: religion, morality, and knowledge.  The failure of our educational system cannot be resolved apart from a change in direction.  We have created social welfare programs, juvenile justice programs, and countless other patches to handle the symptoms of our moral failure.  We persist in treating only the symptoms.  The truth is, we need “religion, morality, and knowledge”.  Where do we start?  “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, but fools despise wisdom and instruction” (Proverbs 1:7).   We start with God.   We can meet Him in the Bible.  “Train up a child in the way in which he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6). We have not trained up our children in the way they should go.  Fifty years ago, we decided we knew better than God how to educate our children.  The truth is we were wrong.  One definition of “repent” is to turn around and change direction.  Repent, North Carolina.

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