I'm sorry for the long post, but this is a
real area of concern for me too.
I would like to share the influences the school
system in the late fifties had on my class of twenty three students, from
grades one through seven, our class graduating in 1965.
Mrs. Dial, our third grade teacher gave us Bible verses to memorize
and recite before the other students for extra points. Mrs. Key followed the
same rule in the fourth grade as did Mrs. Caton and Mrs. William's in the
seventh grade. Never mandatory, but always a challenge plus for those of us
needed the extra points, always welcomed. Some of the assignments, "The
Prayer", another, John 1:1-12, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word
God and the Word was God........."; on and on.
We also said the Pledge of Allegiance each morning. From the third grade we
scripture from the Bible each morning. Each of us taking turns that raised
our hands to
show our reading skills off to the classmates. Not a clue what we were
What meat those teaches were feeding us. The scriptures we memorized are
those pertaining to our salvation and serving Jesus, the only begotten Son
We were taught to be patriotic as we placed our hands over our hearts and
allegiance to the flag of the United States of America. We sang our school
and learned songs like, "My Country Tis of The, Sweet Land of our Liberty,
of the I
We were threatened to be sent to COACH DUDE HENDSLEY, for punishment, for
miss-behaving, having no memory of anyone ever having endured that merciless
task! We respected our elders. Some of the students went to Sunday School
Church, without parents attending. They wanted to go!!
Through those precious teachers, we were taught morals, God and respect.
God was made a very real part of our learning, without our knowledge.
We were taught to be respectful. What precious teachers God had raised up
Children are taught how to act. Taught to be respectful. Taught manners.
Taught right from wrong. Children will do whatever they think they can get
At graduation, fifteen of the original twenty-three students that started
in the first grade, graduated together. A "big deal" to us was smoking a
cigarette, having to
swear on our life dare not tell. Halloween, we really showed out. Yelp, we
put catsup on
our math teacher's car. That still haunts me, as he knew the group who did
It did stain his pretty white car! He started parking it outside the window
the class he taught us with the stain in clear view. No words had to be
any of us could have taken that back, we would have. " We were really bad,
When God was taken out of the schools, so went the morals and standards.
NO prayer, No Pledge of Allegiance to the flag, no patriotism. AAAhhhh, but
we do have
metal detectors for gun control, that accounts for something, I guess, but
for not being taught correctly. How can a teacher teach correctly if the
removed from them?
Why do we Americans stand by each election and see our schools ripped of
everything good that this great country was founded on? We don't, but we do
people who do. School board should garner control within the system. We need
up to our public officials and government responsibilities, as well as our
and asked the hard questions before we vote. For starters, do you believe in
Will you put God back in school if I vote for you?