Will the government train up your children in the way they should go?

It is interesting how thoroughly we have been duped into believing that big government is the only government that works.

I was recently surprised at how completely, unquestionably, good people believe that a federal public school system is part of what made America a great country, and that the answer to any problem we face, in order to remain great, needs to be to have a federal program to solve it.

We have learned that turning to the federal or state government is how we fix things. We don’t believe in local communities solving their own problems. We don’t believe in self dependence. We don’t believe in self government anymore.

A crucial aspect of self government that was intended as part of the foundation is that people determine the laws that affect them most at the most local level. It is only those things that must be determined at a federal level that are run by the federal government. Schooling used to be run in homes and in small, local communities. That meant that each person had enormous say over their children’s schooling. In fact, schooling in the home meant that the parent had complete control of his childs schooling.

Was it federal public or state schools that made our country great?

Absolutely not. It was the results of a virtuous society. Such a society values freedom and independence. It was not the results of a dependent society.

But where did we learn that it was public schools that made us great. I learned that too when I was younger. I believed it for a long time.

And where did I learn it?

I learned it in my elementary school.

Of course I trusted my elementary school teacher.

We have forgotten how much we have lost. I remember my parents being frustrated with how frequently their children believed something they learned in school beyond believing their own parents.

But why? Because my parents had given over the teaching of their children to someone else. When our children spend 30 hours a week learning from their school teacher, that teacher becomes the “wise elder” they look to.

That should have been the parents instead.

At worst, it should have been someone in close collusion with the parents, who the parents knew cared about and valued the same things. Most importantly, it needs to be someone who the parent believes can give inspired counsel and follows the spirit of inspiration.

We have placed the raising of our children largely into the hands of the government. We should not be surprised when they learn how important the government is to solve all their problems from that source.

It doesn’t even matter whether schools teach that the government as right, as long as it taught that government is the source of learning and the source by which their problems are solved.

That alone will raise a generation of socialists.

How can we train up a child in the way they should go? They are mostly trained up by the government.

But it is us that will be held responsible, for we are the ones that have elected that.

We are losing so many youth, and we wander about bemused, while at the same time, our children spend most of a full time jobs effort each day being trained by someone other than their parents who have the divine mandate, who have the right for inspiration, who even have the inclination and ability to receive inspiration.

Oh what we have lost in surrendering the training of our children up in the way they should go to a leviathon who measures them only by their potential to earn money.

How is that going to save any of them?

Indeed, we laugh at the idea of requiring the following verse of our children’s teachers, but if we were those teachers it would certainly be the case:

Mosiah 23:14 And also trust no one to be your teacher nor your minister, except he be a man of God, walking in his ways and keeping his commandments.

Can we fail to follow that scripture and believe we are training up a child in the way they should go?

No. We cannot. We may luck out with some children. But can we say our children would not have been much better had we followed the counsel? We can laugh at the scripture, but the scripture is right, and when we laugh at it, it is our own wisdom that is brought into ridicule.


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John Robertson

I am nothing more than a regular member of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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