It was on this date, February 13, 1635, that a headmaster (Philemon Pormont) was selected to administer the first U.S. public school, Boston Latin School. It is useful to note that, although the first public school in the U.S. was founded by a clergyman, throughout the history of Christianity the churches have been either indifferent to, or hostile to, public education. Yes, Christian communities opened a few schools as Rome was decaying – but only after Christians had succeeded in destroying what even Augustine of Hippo had judged a fine system of free public education under pagan Rome.
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Originally published February 2003 by Ronald Bruce Meyer.
“The establishment of a new religion, whose ministers superceded the exercise of reason,” Gibbon wrote, supplanted Athenian wisdom and, “resolved every question by an article of faith, and condemned the infidel or skeptic to eternal flames."