Basic Education


Basic Education

By Rev. R.J. Rushdoony – bio

Category: Articles
Topic: Education

Education must be in the basics of life, or else it is miseducation and impoverishment. The three fundamental areas are, first, religious education. Since the triune God is the Creator, and the most important fact of life, because He is Life (John 14:6), to neglect Him in our schools is to educate for ignorance.

Second, the family is the central and basic institution on earth. It is our first school, church, vocation, government, and much, much more. To be ignorant of the importance of the family is to be educated as a fool. Our fundamental human relationship is all-important to our personal and national well-being. Its neglect is criminal.

Third, education must emphasize the basic learning skills. Those skills and knowledge are the tools of everyday life. To educate a child poorly is like sending a soldier into battle without a gun.

This is why the Scriptures stress so strongly the importance of education. In Deuteronomy, we have Moses’ summary of God’s law for families. In Proverbs, we have instruction for a young man. Throughout Scripture, the instruction of the whole man is stressed.

If we want to perish as a nation, we can do so easily, by neglecting basic education. This is, in fact, what many are doing. We are producing an unfit generation of drugged youth who are stumbling through life towards death. This must be what we want, because too many of us work for it, and pay for it.



Rev. R.J. Rushdoony  (1916-2001) was the founder of Chalcedon and a leading theologian, church/state expert, and author of numerous works on the application of Biblical Law to society.

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