Knowledge and Wisdom are two very different animals, maybe cousins, but really different.
Where does wisdom have its origins, where is its birthplace, who can find knowledge? Have you ever asked yourself, just how does one acquire intelligence? Does knowledge accompany wealth? Or does wealth pre-suppose knowledge? All really deep and thoughtful questions, very philosophical. I believe the quest for knowledge begins with our very first steps toward our own self-awareness. Our own cognisance. Once we begin to understand the world around us. But lets skip ahead a bit. Lets skip to school age, say kindergarten through college graduation, we will focus mainly on these formative years. Over the years our nation has been slowly transformed from a society that has taught its students solid christian fundamentals, morals and the 3 r’s, reading, ‘righting and ‘rithmetic. Now students are coddled and disciplined with “kid gloves”. School administrators won’t discipline in some cases just so they don’t “hurt” students feelings. Teachers are grading papers with purple pens as not to hurt the children’s egos, I got red F’s in school if I didn’t make the standard, you probably did also. Did it hurt you? I was not hurt by it. It made me strive harder for a better grade, maybe one I could get written in black pen.
Many people associate our education system forming around our founding or the middle of the nineteenth century. In doing this, they discount the 156 years between the landing of the Mayflower at Cape Cod in 1620 to 1776. In fact, from AD 1620 – AD 1690 the King James Holy Bible was the text-book used to teach children. That is to say, reading, writing and arithmetic were taught from a holy text, however you will not hear this in today’s “politically correct” classroom. Then from AD 1690 through the middle of the eighteenth century students were taught using the New England Primer. This publication was steeped in Biblical texts also. Students learned the alphabet using Bible verses. After the New England Primer, came the McGuffy Reader. Yes; you guessed it, it was also full of moral lessons, from the Holy Bible. It was used through the middle 1800’s up until roughly the Civil War. The university system in our country that’s made up of a number of colleges, was also founded on Christian principles. In fact 98% of colleges in early colonial and pre colonial America were founded so the nation would have sound, educated men leading the church’s in the country, and not laity.
So where does this bring us? Lets run up to the early 1960’s. This was the period where school systems really deviated and turned against religious principles and morality. This change revolved around two Supreme Court cases brought by the ACLU and others, including a famous atheist named Madeline Murray O’Hare. One case removed the reading of the Bible at the beginning of the school day. The law up until this ruling by the Supreme Court was that 10 verses of the Holy Bible were to be read upon the start of the day by a student, without commentary. The other case removed prayer from schools. The claim was that Madeline’s son was made to feel uncomfortable by these actions in school, this was the premise for the lawsuits. What is really ironic, is the very same kid that was at the center of his atheist mothers lawsuit against the school he attended is now a devout Christian author, he wrote a book named “Let us pray”. William J. O’Hare was used as a pawn; much like the Pro-Death abortion crowd used Jane Row to manipulate abortion laws through the Supreme Court, Now “Jane Row” is also a devout Christian, and her renouncement of how she was used and her Christian testimony can be viewed on YouTube. This is how progressives work. Anything they know they could never get congress to pass, is taken to court, sometimes over and over, until victory of the minority. Our Constitutional Republic was never designed to be ruled by minority rule. Our nation was founded on the principles of majority rule.
Lets look at something else that has been distorted in the media and in colleges for about the last 100 years, “Wall of separation between church and state” No, this is not a quote from the U.S. Constitution, as some would have you believe. This is a quote from the author of The Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson. Quite often, this quote is taken out of context so it can be maliciously used to subvert and usurp the meaning of the first amendment. The quote appeared in a letter written to the members of the Danbury Connecticut association of Baptists, from Washington D.C. by Jefferson’s own hand. The letter was written as a response to reassure the gentlemen of the Danbury Baptists that the State (Federal Government) was not going to meddle in Church affairs. In fact, Jefferson even reciprocates the prayers of the Baptists. The letter is dated January 1, 1802.
So it must be a money problem. Ask yourself this, how did our founders become so smart that they wrote the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution among other legal documents when compared to today’s economic indicators, most of these men were poor. Here’s an even better question. How did Abraham Lincoln grow up absolutely poor, and yet he still became a lawyer, and eventually President. Arguably these are some of the greatest minds that ever walked the face of the earth. So how did they do it? Some had apprentices. Some just buried themselves in books and read, however one common thread connects these men. They all had a zeal for learning, and a great understanding and reverence of their Creator. All you have to do is read their own words.
Lets look at a just a few facts that can’t be denied when contrasting our current education system to the older models. You can actually contrast just the last 40 years and see a huge difference. In the 1960’s the extent of teacher complaints about students were: chewing gum in class, talking in class, missing the waste basket, and not turning homework in. In our more expensive and “ultra-modern” classrooms teacher complaints have now progressed to: extortion, rape, assault, murder, drugs, and students carrying weapons. Todays schools are run like prisons with their state of the art metal detectors and school lockdown programs. We as a nation should be asking ourselves just where did we go wrong? I contend we run God and his moral codes out of school. I have heard some old country preachers say “We run God out of our homes and our family’s, long before the Supreme Court run him out of the schools!” how right that is. If we do not honor God in our schools, why should He honor our schools? The schools are cursed. I don’t mean a Gypsy put a hex on them. I mean when you try to do things without God he has no business blessing our endeavors. And He won’t! As you have read this, I want you now to remember the series of questions that I posed in the first paragraph. Just where does Wisdom come from? What is Knowledge? Do you have to be rich to acquire these things? Or if you acquire these things, will you be rich?
We as a nation are lacking students and adults that can think critically. We have become a nation of zombies. We need a return to basics, a return to our foundation!
Robert E Stage Jr.