The nineteenth century witnessed an explosion in educational activity and in the development of educational institutions in the United States at all levels. It saw the growth of public schools and private colleges, the formation of land-grant colleges and of teacher-training colleges (often called “normal schools”), and pioneering efforts to establish institutions devoted to the education of white girls and women and of African Americans. The belief in the power of education to mould individual character and improve human life ran deep in many sectors of American society in this era.
Historically it was the Church that was responsible for founding, housing, and funding schools worldwide. Prior to the 1900s most schooling in the United States took place inside the local Church, and the vast majority of university presidents were ministers. In fact, 106 of the first 108 schools in America were founded by Christians including Harvard, Princeton, and Yale universities. Twenty seven of the 56 founding fathers of the U.S. had Christian seminary degrees.
- Harvard University - was founded from the donation of property and the library of Reverend John Harvard. 10 of the first 12 presidents of Harvard were ministers, and over 50% of the 17th Century Harvard graduates became ministers.
- Princeton University - was founded by the Presbyterian Church. Until 1902, every president of Princeton was a minister.
- Yale University - was founded by 10 ministers. The primary goal was stated, "Every student shall consider the main end of his study to wit to know God in Jesus Christ and answerable to lead a Godly, sober life."
- Main Article: Public education
Public education or schools are those provided and regulated by governments. Today, government-funded schools in Western societies teach that life originated in an indescribable biological ooze untold millions of years ago, that all life on the planet is related via macroevolution, and specifically that men and apes share a common ancestor. In America, these ideas directly contradict the religious and historical beliefs of 48% of the population who believe that God created humans in their present form . Yet the general theory of evolution is taught as fact in schools funded by taxes taken from people who disagree with these views.
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- American Churches Have a Better Reputation Than Higher Ed or the Media Institutional trust continues to decline in surveys, but religious organizations still rank high. Christianity Today, July 11, 2017.
- Sorry, Old Testament: Most Theologians Don't Use You Should systematic theologies equally rely on Bible verses from the Old and New Testament? Experts weigh in. Christianity Today, June 13, 2017.
- Student sues school district after her forced 'confession' Not long after a student from Loomis Basin Charter School (LBCS) invited her two friends to a Creation seminar held off campus, school officials became livid, summonsing her to the principal's office four times in the same day in order to force her into writing a "confession" of what she had done. OneNewsNow December 10, 2014.
- Camp Teaches Kids How to Defend Evolution Against Creation ‘Bullying’ The First Unitarian Universalist “Church” of Springfield Missouri sponsored the evolution camp for about 30 children. Christian News Network, July 28, 2014.
- Lawsuit: CSUN Scientist Fired After Soft Tissue Found On Dinosaur Fossil Attorneys for a California State University, Northridge scientist who was terminated from his job after discovering soft tissue on a triceratops fossil have filed a lawsuit against the university. CBS News Los Angeles, July 24, 2014.
- ‘We Will Not Tolerate Your Religion!’ School Fires Scientist for Questioning Evolution A legal defense organization filed a lawsuit this week against California State University, alleging that the school fired a biologist for discovering scientific evidence that contradicted evolutionary theory. Christian News, July 24, 2014.
- In South Carolina, Students May Soon Critique Natural Selection Newly proposed science standard states that students should "Construct scientific arguments that seem to support and scientific arguments that seem to discredit Darwinian natural selection". Evolution News & Views, May 8, 2014.
- College Clashes over Adam and Eve Statement Bryan College takes a stand for Biblical history, and receives a backlash from some of its faculty, who apparently trust more in man's word. ICR News, May 23, 2014.
- Bryan College losing nearly 25% of faculty after 'Adam and Eve' controversy Conflict erupted when trustees clarified the school's statement of belief to state that Adam and Eve were historical people who were not created from previously existing life forms. Times News, May 4th, 2014.
- Legislators Demand Answers about Intelligent Design Ban at Ball State University Evolution News & Views, March 11, 2014.
- The attack on biblical creation in UK schools continues Creation Ministries International, March 9, 2014.
- Education The Nineteenth Century in Print: Books. by the U.S. Library of Congress
- Our Founding Institutions of Academia
- God's Numbers Newsweek. March 31, 2007.
- Is There a Future for Christian Education by Chris Ashcraft. Journal of Creation, 24(3) 2010
- Should Evolution be Immune from Critical Analysis in the Science Classroom? by David Buckna and Denis Laidlaw. ICR Impact 282.
- Texans for Better Science Education
- National Council on Bible Curriculum in Public Schools
- Science Education Essentials Practical resources for teaching creation-based science. by the Institute for Creation Research.