Sunday, October 11, 2009

Dabney, On Education ... and a Question

This isn't a long read, though the sentences have the density of fruitcake. :)

WORLD Magazine: Dabney's Day
It's a long, interesting quote about the inability of a state-run, public school system to educate in a true sense of the word, as long as that state-run system cannot offer a Christian perspective as the foundation of the education.

Here is his final paragraph (of the quoted passage):

"But farther: Why do people wish the State to interfere in educating? Because she has the power, the revenues to do it better. Then, unless her intervention is to be a cheat, her secularized teaching must be some very impressive thing. Then its impression, which is to be non-Christian, according to the theory, will be too preponderant in the youth's soul, to be counterpoised by the feebler inculcation of the seventh day. The natural heart is carnal, and leans to the secular and away from the gospel truths.... In a word, to the successful pupil under an efficient teacher, the school is his world. Make that godless, and his life is made godless."

Agree? Disagree?

Does Dabney's argument actually support the mission of Christian teachers to "redeem" the public system one classroom at a time?