Signs of the Times

Topic: Progress

[Vierling Kersey, California State Superintendent of Public Instruction, in California Schools. San Francisco]

In this struggle to advance the cause of social justice, to extend the frontier of scientific knowledge, and to develop a broader understanding of social and economic processes, democracy in government must be joined with the spirituality gripping the consciences of men. ... There has yet developed no replacement for that homely, homespun religious and spiritual instruction which the sanctity of the home provided for most of us during our childhood years. The core of the new progress in education in the home is certain to include teachings which develop, present, and emphasize basic religious learning and spiritual lessons. The gropings of the American people for deeper satisfactions and more lasting values than the current materialism of the day has provided are the basis of the obvious yearnings of our people for spiritual motivation. ... We must definitely turn to the home. The home must be bold enough to respect and make place for basic fundamental religious teaching. No country or society has risen higher at any time or made lasting progress other than when worship of the Supreme Being was at its height in activating the life and people of the country. A generation of children reared without a knowledge and a sense of what religious worship means as it grips the lives of men would do more to endanger democracy than any other failure in teaching.

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October 17, 1936

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