A few years ago, we conducted a Freedom Quiz survey and discovered that there is woeful lack of knowledge regarding the basic principles of American Government. And a population that does not know how government is supposed to work doesn’t have the power to hold politicians to proper standards. As a result our Constitution is often ignored and abused. But Thomas Jefferson gave us a solution for this problem. He said…
“I know of no safe depositor of the ultimate powers of society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power.” - Thomas Jefferson
In short, for a government of the people, for the people, and by the people to work, the people must be informed on how that government is supposed to work.
Noah Webster, a brilliant scholar and master of 28 languages, is known as the Father of American Education. One of his most popular text books was known as “The Blue Backed Speller.” Webster added an addendum at the end of this book called A Federal Catechism, which briefly explained how our government was supposed to work. Since this was the primary spelling in schools and with millions in print, nearly every child in early America learned the basics of American Government at the same time they learned to spell! There are elements of his catechism that don’t fit today’s world, but the point is that this type of basic wide-spread knowledge in needed today.
Learning Over Lunch is one of the ways we can begin restoring this foundational knowledge to our present population. We will be presenting An American Catechism and other materials. Will you help us spread this knowledge far and wide? As we learn biblical principles and pray together, God will help us.