Faith and reliance on God was the “sacred fire” that motivated the American colonists. And in the midst of the struggle they prayed for the Education of future generations.
Pray that God would take all of the Classical Conversations groups, all homeschool families, and all “schools and seminaries of education, so necessary for cultivating the principles of true liberty, virtue and piety, under his nurturing hand” so that students might know God and live to make Him known.
“[Samuel] Adams’ faith-filled and prophetic encouragement was followed by the announcement that British General John Burgoyne had surrendered 5,800 British troops to American General Horatio Gates at Saratoga, New York on October 17, just two weeks after Adams’ impassioned plea to look to God for deliverance. It was a turning point in the war. Motivated by the victory, Congress adopted a proclamation on November 1st to declare Thursday, December 18th,  ‘a day of thanksgiving to God…’ Many refer to it as ‘The First Thanksgiving Proclamation in the United States’. The Proclamation closes by requesting prayer for God to:”
take schools and seminaries of education, so necessary for cultivating the principles of true liberty, virtue and piety, under his nurturing hand, and to prosper the means of religion for the promotion and enlargement of that kingdom which consisteth “in righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost.”
Education, to educate, is neither good nor bad. No virtue can be assigned to a verb, but who is teaching and what is being taught is where virtue can be measured.
“That depends on who keeps the school and what is taught there. The schoolhouse May become a place for polishing fiends and graduating outlaws.”
“‘What you sow in the school you reap in the nation.’ Correct principles sown in the soil of the young mind… and ripened by the sun of gracious Providence… will sacredly preserve the past and guarantee the glory of the future.”
“Christianity and the American Commonwealth” by Bishop Charles B. Galloway, 1898, American Vision, inc. https://americanvision.org
Excerpt from wall Builders 2019 Fathers Day email…
“John Adams, signer of the Declaration of Independence and America’s second President, was the father of six children. During the War for Independence he spentmuch timein public service and away from his family. Not wanting to neglect his children, he and Abigail Adams wrote letters to each other about how the children’s education should proceed, including these suggestions: