I am opposed to free education as much as I am opposed to taking property from one man and giving it to another
We had to pay our own schoolteachers, raise our own bread and earn our own clothing, or go without; there was no other choice. We did it then, and we are able to do the same
David O. McKay
The Supreme Court of the United States has made it unpatriotic for public schools to teach your children to pray. By making that unconstitutional, the Supreme Court severs the connecting cord between the public schools of the United States and the source of divine intelligence, the Creator himself. Evidently the Supreme Court misinterprets the true meaning of the First Amendment, and are now leading this Christian nation down the road to atheism. 3
Education for citizenship requires more emphasis upon the advantages and blessings of the American Way of Life.
Communism is antagonistic to the American Way of Life. Its avowed purpose is to destroy belief in God and free enterprise. In education for citizenship, therefore, why should we not see to it that every child in America is taught the superiority of our way of life, of our Constitution and the sacredness of the freedom of the individual. . . .
Education for citizenship demands more emphasis upon moral and spiritual values. Our government was founded on faith in a Supreme Being as evidenced by the
God and individual freedom are
. . . I have faith in the Constitution of the United States. I believe that only through a truly educated citizenry can the ideals that inspired the Founding Fathers of our Nation
I believe that four fundamental elements in such
- the basic essentials of oral and written composition—arithmetic, social studies and science.
- Loyal leadership as found in men who “cannot be bought or sold, men who will scorn to violate truth, genuine gold.”
- Open and forcible teaching of facts regarding communism as an enemy to God and to individual freedom.
- More emphasis on moral and spiritual values. 4
Ezra Taft Benson
The tenth plank of Karl Marx’s Manifesto for destroying our kind of civilization advocated the establishment of ‘free education for all children in public schools.’ There were several reasons why Marx wanted
There is absolutely nothing in the Constitution which authorizes the federal government to enter into the field of education. Furthermore, the Tenth Amendment says: “The powers not delegated to the United States Government are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” Nothing could be more clear. It is unconstitutional for the federal government to exercise any powers over education.6
Should the educational system ever fall into the hands of the in-power political faction or into the hands of an obscure but tightly knit group of professional social reformers, it could be used, not to educate, but to indoctrinate. 7
We must guard against federal control of education, remembering that the Supreme Court said: “It is hardly lack of due process for the government to regulate that which it subsidizes.” Federal control of education, the impairment of free inquiry, and the extinction of many independent and church-related colleges—these can be the consequence of an injudicious increase in federal aid to education.8
Obviiously the best way to prevent a political faction or any small group of people from capturing control of the nation’s educational system is to keep it decentralized into small local units, each with its own board of education and superintendent. This may not be as efficient as one giant super educational system (although bigness is not necessarily efficient, either) but it is far more safe. There are other factors, too, in favor of local and independent school systems. First, they are more responsive to the needs and wishes of the parents and the community. The door to the school superintendent’s office is usually open to any parent who wishes to make his views known. But the average citizen would be hard pressed to obtain more than a form letter reply from the national Commissioner of Education in Washington, D.C. 9
- Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses 18:357
- Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, vol. 16, p. 19–20.
- David O. McKay, “Parental Responsibility,” Relief Society Magazine, Dec. 1962, p. 878. Also printed in the Church News, June 22, 1963.
- President David O. McKay, Church News, March 13, 1954
- Ezra Taft Benson, Improvement Era, December, 1970. p. 49.
- Ezra Taft Benson, The Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson, p. 298; An Enemy Hath Done This, p. 230-31.
- Ezra Taft Benson, An Enemy Hath Done This, p. 229.
- Ezra Taft Benson, Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson, p. 299; The Red Carpet, p. 178-79.
- Ezra Taft Benson, An Enemy Hath Done This, p. 230.