The Churches and the Schools: American Protestantism and Popular Elementary Education

The Churches and the Schools: American Protestantism and Popular Elementary Education

The Churches and the Schools: American Protestantism and Popular Elementary Education

The Churches and the Schools: American Protestantism and Popular Elementary Education

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The relations of the church and the date to education is now, and promises to remain, a much agitated question among Americans. Even while the present study was in preparation, a number of books and magazine and newspaper articles discussed the topic. Overlooked in these publication--as, indeed, in the general histories of American education--was a revolutionary development in the history of education and in the history of Christianity: the surrender by American Protestantism during the past century of the control of popular elementary education to the state.

This fact is unique in the history of Christendom. Traditionally, the Christian Church has claimed the right to exercise at least a measure of formal control over the education of its children. The Catholic Church still seeks to implement this claim. So, apart from American Protestantism, do the Protestant churches. Only in the United States has Protestantism relinquished the traditional claim of the Christian Church to exercise control over the formal education of its children in the elementary schools.

The fact of that unique development is too enormous to be completely ignored. But when educational historians have been perceptive enough to discern the fact, they have shown a massive unconcern in the investigation of its causes. The object of the present volume is to explore those causes.

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