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J. Gresham Machen on the Unique Nature of Education

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MachenTestifying in 1926 before the Senate Committee on Education and Labor, and the House Committee on Education, the great Reformed theologian, J. Gresham Machen, had this to say while addressing his opinion about the role of the federal government in education:

I think that when it comes to the training of human beings, you have to be a great deal more careful than you do in other spheres about preservation of the right of individual liberty and the principle of individual responsibility; and I think we ought to be plain about this — that unless we preserve the principles of liberty in this department there is no use in trying to preserve them anywhere else. If you give the bureaucrats the children, you might as well give them everything else as well.

Amen! Oh, and the bureaucrats know all this, which is why they guard the public schools with venom and jealousy.



Written by Michael Duenes

May 30, 2013 at 7:18 pm

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