“If an unfriendly foreign power had attempted to impose on America the educational performance that exists today, we might well have viewed it as an act of war.” The report laments, “the de-construct of the moral and spiritual strengths which knit together the very fabric of our society” (A Nation At Risk, the National Commission on Excellence in Education, April 26, 1983).
The current climate of support for radical teacher privilege can be traced to changes in what many law students are being taught. In the 1870s, Christopher C. Langdell, Dean of the Harvard Law School, tragically discarded the foundational basis for law upon which greatness has been achieved in America: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…”
Langdell’s fellow travelers are themselves victims of bad education. According to them, no lasting absolutes upon which laws can be framed exist. Instruction that fortifies the enemies of William Blackstone’s Commentaries on Common Law is BAD education. Blackstone’s Commentaries were used by law students up through Abraham Lincoln’s time. It took several decades for the secularized instruction in law schools to compromise American jurisprudence.
“Human history records the ongoing effort by men to substitute man-made law for the [unrelenting] laws of God and creation’s nature.” Laws contrived by men end in disaster because they reject the existence of moral absolutes. The consequences of this are clearly apparent today in America. Quoting Alexander Solzhenitsyn, who documented the extermination of tens of millions of innocent victims in order to create a socialistic utopia in his homeland, “man has forgotten God” (quotes in this paragraph are from Understanding the Times, an exceptional resource, by David A. Noebel, Harvest House Publishers).
Enslavement by authoritarians’ regulations and excessive taxation could not occur if Americans were being taught American history. Renewed exposure to the God-honoring principles of the American Declaration of Independence is our most powerful weapon. The light of truth fortifies the minds of men and women, boys and girls. We believe these principles because they reflect the unrelenting power of creation’s God.
We serve God. The most significant change that came from the American war for independence is that the people were recognized by law to be sovereigns under God, over government. Citizen self-rule replaced self-anointed authoritarians. Government officials were recognized for what they are–servants of the people.
~ D. Norris