Our Forefathers' Education

"Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him.”  Colossians 3:10

The New England Primer was the first reading primer designed for the American colonists, and it became the foundation for most American schooling prior to the 1790s.

The primer was first published between 1687 and 1690 by Benjamin Harris in Boston, Massachusetts. Its text consisted of 90 pages, much of which was theology.

There were original works in the primer, such as the prayer we have all come to know as Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep. And, there were many passages drawn directly from the King James Bible.

The primer reflected strongly the Puritans concern for the uncontrolled speech of children which they felt led to depravity. The New England Primer instructed children in the loving and protective authority found in abiding under the authority of Christ and their parents.

They were being taught to know their Creator and be like Him.

I think they had it right.

What about you?

Do you know your Creator?

Are you becoming more like Him each day?

May you dig deeply into His Word that you might be more like Him each day.


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