Colonial Education Continued

Best to all of you.  I would like to continue on the topic of Christian influence in early America and in particular education in early America.

The  subject of this entry is Noah Webster.  Noah Webster was known as “America’s Schoolmaster” and “The Schoolmaster of the Republic.”   He was also called “Father of American Scholarship and Education.”   He was born in Connecticut in 1758 and attended Yale University.   He helped found Amherst College in Massachusetts.

Webster wrote scores of books.  He is credited with writing the first American “speller.”  It was called “A Grammatical Institute Of The English Language.”  It was nicknamed the “Blue-Backed Speller” because it had a blue cover.  It sold close to one hundred million copies.  Noah Webster’s most famous work was his “American Dictionary of the English Language” which was finished in 1828.  It used Bible verses to define words and instruct in correct usage.  Webster thought that “education was useless without the Bible.”

Webster is quoted as stating, “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 Christian religion must be the basis of any government intended to secure the rights and privileges of a free people.”  In 1834 he published “Value of the Bible and Excellence of the Christian Religion.”  This was an apologetic work written to defend the Bible and Christianity.

 

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