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November 4, 2013

Letter: Bible should be at root of schools' teachings

To the editor:

I am writing regarding the My View column by Superintendent of Schools Richard Safier (the Times, Monday, Nov. 4).

Mr. Safier, here is my response to your essay about children’s education and civic mindedness.

Noah Webster (1758-1843), who is “the Father of American scholarship and education,” said the following things.

“All the miseries and evils which men suffer from — vice, crime, ambition, injustice, oppression, slavery and war — proceed from their despising or neglecting the precepts contained in the Bible.”

“The Bible must be considered as the great source of all the truth by which men are to be guided in government as well as in all social interactions.”

“In my view, the Christian religion is the most important and one of the first things in which all children, under a free government ought to be instructed.”

“The virtues of men are of more consequence to society than their abilities; and for this reason, the heart should be cultivated with more assiduity than the head.”

“The Bible was America’s basic textbook in all fields.”

“Education is useless without the Bible.”

Mr. Safier, are you among those unwise individuals who keep God and the Bible out of Gloucester’s school system?

If so, then perhaps you yourself are not properly educated, for it is written: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.”

STUART DIAMOND

Rockport

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