Brief History of Education
For the first 200 years of education in North America,
the primary goal of schooling was to foster religious
devotion. The original Puritan and Separatist
colonists, inheriting the Reformation's concern that
everyone be able to read the Bible, opened schools
for the purpose of teaching children how to study
the Scriptures. A biblically literate population was
seen as the best insurance for a successful society.
Our founding fathers recognized that education
should primarily serve to encourage faith in Christ.
They acknowledged that civilization's health and very
existence depended on people who understood and
lived Christian principles.
George Washington said, "True religion affords
government its surest support. The future of this
nation depends on the Christian training of the
youth. It is impossible to govern without the
Noah Webster wrote, "The education of Youth is an
employment of more consequence than making laws
and preaching the gospel, because it lays the
foundation on which both law and gospel rest for