Saturday, June 29, 2024

D.L. Gardner: Public Education in America

The usual suspects have been moaning and bemoaning Louisiana legislation that requires a poster-size display of the Ten Commandments with “large, easily readable font” to be displayed in every classroom at any school receiving state funding from kindergarten through university-level. Before Governor Landry signed the bill he reportedly said, “If you want to respect the rule of law, you gotta start from the original law giver, which was Moses. He got his commandments from God.”

In another news story Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick said, “I will pass the 10 Commandments Bill again out of the Senate next session.” And so the battle begins … again. As usual Americans will deal with this controversial law in courts with dueling law-slingers.

Communist nations decry religion as the opium of the people and outlaw any religion except communism. After communism fell in Russia the government asked a group of exceptional professors to develop a system and curricula to teach moral values in Russian schools. The group studied a variety of resources and finally identified the Bible as the foundational resource to develop a morals and values curriculum. The Russian Ministry of Education approved the group’s recommendation.

During the years of communism the government had destroyed all Bibles. After approving this new educational program the government began looking for ways to meet the needs for Bibles and other resources. One of the professors became a Christian while researching the Bible and subsequently formed an organization to begin meeting the needs for Russian students.

The organization bloomed and sprouted many efforts to spread the Bible and curricula across Russia. During the early years the professor’s life was threatened a number of times and she eventually left Russia with her husband. Nevertheless both have returned several times every year to oversee the widespread successes of the organization in schools and families across the country.

What a contrast between Russia and America! After Russia overthrew communism the government was free to improve morals and values education in their schools. After removing God and the Bible from our public schools, Americans have seen failures in discipline and academic performance.

America has become radically divided along political lines. Marxism or communism anchors the far left of the political line. We’ve seen the dark side of communism around the world. It has never worked economically or politically. The Democrats and Biden administration have moved so far left that they’re trying to remove candidates from ballots. Marxism is built on a strong central government that controls everything. The people have to do whatever the government tells them they have to do.

During the COVID-19 pandemic government at every level overrode citizens’ guaranteed rights to assemble, to speak freely without persecution, and imposed unlawful mandates they justified as emergency measures. In most cases a complicit media censored anything that contradicted the government narrative. Only political correctness under the guise of “follow the science” was approved. What effect did that have on our school children?

The battles we face as a nation are questions of truth or lies. What are our children being taught in schools? Are we teaching them lies about our history? Our founders undeniably fashioned the governance of America on biblical morals and values. Communists in America have undermined those morals and values. What are our morals and values based on today?

Daniel L. Gardner is a columnist who lives in Starkville, MS. You may contact him at


Anonymous said...

Louisiana politics: If you see a fight you can't lose start it. Those who oppose this can be isolated as communists or atheists. Who opposes the ten commandments? Louisiana politics coming to a statehouse near you.

Anonymous said...

That story about Russia and the Bible is hogwash.

Anonymous said...

Many oppose this new law in Louiana , much like the recent internet lawsuit filed by Landry when he was AG this will only serve to waste Taxpayer money . The courts will drag this out and I doubt that you will ever see a version on the commandments displayed anywhere. Including in the Louiana state capitol.

Anonymous said...

I just want to hear the state guidelines on explaining , Thou shalt not commit adultery and thou shalt not covet thy neighbors wife!
My grandchild would want an explanation . His 2nd grade teacher can get ready.

Anonymous said...

It is amazing how many people insist on the government being a part of their children's religious upbringing, as long as it's their religion. How many of these people attend church regularly? How many have daily Bible reading in their homes with the children? How many pray with or at least for their children each day as they leave for school? How many live their faith on a daily basis instead of being a "Sunday Christian"?

Living a Christian example for their kids is much more effective than a poster on the wall.

Anonymous said...

“During the years of communism the government had destroyed all Bibles.”

No, no, no. D.L., “the government” didn’t destroy bibles. Some*bodies* destroyed bibles, and you need to educate yourself just who the somebodies were.

Anonymous said...

Some of us understand the importance of not establishing one religion as written in our Constitution.

And, some of you seem to think the Commandment about " bearing false witness" isn't about telling all kinds of lies,but testifying to a ruler.

And, perhaps, you don't know that the New Testament was written after Jesus while the Old Testament (which seems some preachers only read) came before. Christians need to spend more time with the New Testament.

Not all of our citizens are Christians nor were they ever. Not all of our Founding Fathers were either. You can look that up. Indeed, Thomas Jefferson re-wrote the Bible and removed everything he found " unenlightened". The Puritanical influence in the northeast was a problem to our Founders and they were also already aware of Quakers.

DL and many of you want all children educated in a religious doctrine not even all Catholics agree upon. You want a doctrine Anglicans might tolerate but not Episcopalians. You have already caused schisms again in the Methodists and Presbyterian churches.

You don't believe women are worthy of preaching the gospel and your knowledge of female biology and reproduction is just barely basic and often so woefully wrong as to be mythically and ridiculous.

You wish women to die needlessly while pregnant because you see us as expendable and replaceable and unable to make decisions based on the best available medical advice and our faith and with our spouse. I am appalled how many women don't know that a DNC is an abortion. And, when you got "scraped", there was no way to know an egg had not just attached.

God will not forgive your deliberate ignorance that you added to your sin by forcing your ignorance on others.

Anonymous said...

…it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves…

Anonymous said...

Supreme Court resolved this issue years ago.

Anonymous said...

@4:47pm Ahem let's fix that for ya....

"American politics coming to a statehouse near you."

If you don't like it - please, PLEASE just leave.

Anonymous said...

I dont distinguish between commie factions. And I dont consider commies to be humans. No they are all demonic groomers and they have no right to anything in this country.

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