Just how bad are things in the public schools. Well, in some places the public schools are not so good, and some think they are pretty bad.

It is a good thing to look around the country and see what others think. In My Father’s House | “…that where I am you may be also.” Jn.14:3 (wordpress.com) is a blog written by a pastor. Pastor Mel Wild leads Cornerstone Church – Home (thatchurchonthehill.com). Pastor Wild’s blog generally focuses on preaching the Gospel, but he has written posts that address critical political issues. Here are two that talk about the state of our public schools.

I took some time to read and look up some of the claims in these posts. For example in the second post, Alex Newman observed that 50 percent of Americans are functionally illiterate. I thought that a bit exaggerated. So, I looked it up, The Average American Reader Needs You to Write (Even More) Clearly – Digital.gov.

Really don’t want to believe the worst, but given what has been going on here of late …..

God requires parents to instruct their children in the Christian faith. We need them to learn how to read the Bible for their sakes. In the public schools there is a good chance they won’t even learn how to read properly.

Ephesians 6:4 New American Standard Bible

4 Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

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  1. Mel Wild says:

    Thanks for the link, Tom. It is pretty appalling. Now, with CRT and The 1619 Project, it’s absolutely dangerous. School choice is the only thing that’s going to get these activists fired and public schools to change. School choice did help Sweden, forcing their public schools to be better.

    Good news is, there’s at least seven states in the legislative process of banning CRT in schools and universities (some states are banning it in the workplace, too). There’s also five states that have legislation banning The 1619 Project.

    This kind of pushback is the only hope our public schools have.

  2. boudicaus says:

    Reblogged this on boudica.us and commented:

    H/T Citizen Tom

  3. dolphinwrite says:

    A friend, who has started a business, and I were talking. Her daughter, who is home schooled, and helps with the business when school work is done, showed me her history text. After a little talk, I realized she didn’t understand what she was reading. I gave her a Louis LaMoure book, telling her, if she reads that, with a couple more, she’ll understand more about our history than the entire time she’s been in school.

    • Tom Salmon says:


      That was a good suggestion.

      When I was growing up, I didn’t really get into reading until I started reading Zang Grey. My guess is that a young lady might enjoy Zang Grey more. Grey’s books were filled with vivid and gorgeous scenes.

      Eventually my father introduced me to Louis L’Amour. I understand L’Amour wrote some historical fiction as well as westerns, but I never read any of his historical novels. Did read plenty of other works by authors more noted for that genre.

      Westerns and historical novels can make the past more understandable. They can help us to understand why people did what they did. Historical novels can be misleading, of course, but well-educated readers will exercise more discernment and gain more understanding than not. Even when a writer is honestly mistaken, if he makes us think, that can be good.

      One thing I encourage is reading works from the period of history we are studying. It is worth remembering that when we teach history to students we are teaching recorded history. Therefore, when history is taught, if we want them to have confidence that what that have been taught is the truth as best we know it, we should emphasize primary sources over textbooks.

    • Tom Salmon says:


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