AMERICAN EDUCATIONALISTS' OPINION OF THE BIBLE IN THE PUBLIC SCHOOL.
TO THE EDITOR,
Sir, —The following opinions by leading educationaliata of America on the Bible and the Pdblio School are of interest just now. Dr Nicholas Murray Butler, L.L D , Ph. D, President Columblia University, New York, at the National ITducaiion Association of the United States, 1902, said: "I contend that we are not only impoverishing life arid litera ture by the negleot of the English Bible, but that we have already impoverished life and literature. Knowledge of tha English Bible is passing out of the tne rising genera , tion, and with this knowledge of the Bible there is fast disappearing any acquaintance with the religious element which has shaped our civilisation from the beginning." Columbia University has 907 instructors and 9840 Rtudents.
Clifford Webster Barne?, Executive Chairman of the International Committeee on Moral Training, Chicago, Illinois, in a paper |on "Moral Training through the Agency of the FubliO Schools," at the National Edusa ,
-i tit 83, which met at Denver, Colorado, 1U ■laid; "Lick of parental authority . • •
dettmJU made by our cotnmeioial and aocia' •Mα upon the beads of the family, or of the passing eway of those good old Puritan oustoon, euoh a? morning and evening prayer . the school is beaming moro and mora in becoming mor« and more in locoparentis, bjth as retarda the soul and the mind of its pupils. Thus, from far and nea\ a cry gjes up ti make the s hool a greater safpgumd of the nation's virtues . . increase its efji i lenoy ac an agency for moral tra'pmg And de yelopmen', and the development of charno'er .Speaking from personal investigation, carried on in many schoo's throughout grunt, Britain, I cm say that no teiolipr. in in., lenring, ever spoke slightingly of B r b!e les sons, but, on the contrary th u y were unani mom in praising, their eth ea value. , . Secularisation of the schools would be a tnenaiia to the national life."
The la c Wilbur H. ./ackrann, in an artid in the "EleimtHary t-chnol rancher, ,, April, 1906. advoc-i es emphatically for school children le eons on Ui». life and obaracter of Christ TtiP demand for rwiijribu-! education >n the schools Inn received nnp a tu3 from phiiojiphy, from tbe study of thu trstory of mankinl, nnd is n n-oessary part of ohiln ifp, etp u ciall.v dnrirg ndolp-e-nen The f illowing U ih« «<-h wl rnlp f >r BibJreading in tho eiry ol Ne# Yuk, ÜB.A., n custom which hn p-phabU he«" observed foi '-hree cfntiirie-i: -• All the schools of thifc city (New York) . ~ shall be opened 'with a reading of the Holy Scripture", with out note or comment." And tot 278 yeart the Bible has been read in the schools of Massachusetts', USA The State law Rays _ "A portion of the Bible must be reid daily. , without note or oral comment" Many schools repeat the Lorj'a Prayer,— Yonritruly,
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