Dr. Phil Fernandes
Pastor of Trinity Bible Fellowship
President of the Institute of Biblical Defense
On October 31, 1935, more than twenty-five years before prayer was taken out of the public schools, the late Christian thinker Gordon Clark gave a speech stressing the need for Christian education. Clark warned that public education, in its attempt to be non-Christian, would become anti-Christian. Clark stated that “education is . . . the responsibility of the family,” and that “it is primarily to parents . . . that God has entrusted the children and their upbringing.” He added that “there are powerful forces at work in the world and in these United States to destroy the family and to make children, yes and adults too, the creatures of the State.”1
Clark saw the centralization of authority in the public school system leading America down the path towards a dictatorship that would use its power “to destroy the family and to exalt the state.” He argued that public education was fast becoming a “means of political propaganda.”2
Clark knew that the Church and the world have different ideas as to what constitutes a good education. The Church believes that education must include moral and spiritual preparation essential to godly living. The world rejects the authority of the God of the Bible and encourages children to accept the “new morality” (i.e., a sinful lifestyle). Clark also recognized that the state would abuse its power and indoctrinate children, molding them into adults who would gladly and mindlessly accept their servitude before the presence of a totalitarian regime.3
Obviously, Clark was a man before his time, a thinker who could foresee, decades in advance, the future consequences of the anti-Christian ideas that began to permeate the American public school system of his day. He was also a patriotic American who agreed with the founding fathers of this nation and the constitution they authored. Clark saw that the federal government had no right to control public education, and that, if it did, the schools would become centers of indoctrination in political correctness, rather than centers of genuine learning. It was Karl Marx who believed that the government should educate the children rather than their parents; it was also Karl Marx who called for the abolition of the family.4
Today, we see that Gordon Clark was right. Currently, Goals 2000 and Outcome Based Education are being taught to America’s children, training them to be global citizens and to reject the moral values of their parents. Multiculturalism (curriculum designed to slander western culture, Christianity, and our founding fathers) and sex education (pro-homosexual indoctrination) work to tear children from the values taught them by their parents.5
In 1972, thirty-seven years after Clark’s speech, Harvard University Professor Chester M. Pierce gave the keynote address to the Association for Childhood Education International. He stated that “every child in America entering school . . . is insane because he comes to school with certain allegiances toward our founding fathers, toward his parents, toward a belief in a supernatural being . . . It’s up to you, teachers, to make all of these sick children well—by creating the international children of the future.”
In 1935, Gordon Clark pleaded with the Church to recognize the threat of public education, and called upon Christian parents to build Christian schools for the purpose of bringing up their children “in the discipline and instruction of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4). If we do not heed the warning of Gordon Clark—if we turn our children over to the anti-Christian state to be educated—then our children will suffer the consequences. For our Savior said, “A blind man cannot guide a blind man, can he? Will they not both fall into a pit? A pupil is not above his teacher; but everyone, after he has been fully trained, will be like his teacher.” (Luke 6:39-40).
1 Gordon Clark, A Christian Philosophy of Education (Jefferson: The Trinity Foundation, 1988), 205.
3 Ibid., 200-201.
4 Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, The Communist Manifesto.
5 William Norman Grigg, Freedom on the Altar (Appleton: American Opinion Publishing, 1995), 50-54.