On Nov. 7, 2017, the “News Journal” published an article titled: In Delaware, 1 in 6 Adults Struggle to Read. That’s about 13% of Delaware’s population—an astounding number but not too off from the rest of the US. The article piqued my interest since I recently conducted a prayer conference call with intercessors across the United States. One of the women on the call from Delaware, requested prayer because Delaware is joining the ranks of California, Washington State, and Oregon in integrating gender identity and sexual orientation into their school curriculum beginning at the kindergarten level. There is a connection between the “extra” material and illiteracy.
First—educational priorities are skewed. Where is the Common Sense in sex education? Where are our priorities as a society when 24% of the nation’s students graduate from high school functionally illiterate? Should we not teach the children the basic fundamentals of reading, writing and math with maybe basic American history and civics thrown in for good measure? It will cost millions of dollars for new text books and supplemental material that includes gender identity and sexual orientation.
Second—a larger political agenda is revealed. When common sense goes out the window with education, there is a larger and darker agenda at play—a different social structure is attempting a gradual takeover. Remember God’s words to Able in Gen. 4:7, “If you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door, it desires to have you, but you must master it”
Third—future test scores will decline. Besides the fact that the students’ attention will be diverted from learning what they need in order to function in society—teaching “extra” material takes valuable time. Almost any teacher will tell you that there is not enough time in the day to assure that each student fully comprehends the basic material that needs to be covered for academic success. The article also said that one-third of the state’s third graders can’t read. It is a fact that reading levels are good indicators to project future poverty levels of the students once they are adults. If a student can’t read and do basic math by the time he/she reaches adulthood, they are most likely doomed to a life of poverty. So it stands to reason that if we want a prosperous nation, we absolutely must have students that can read, and read well.
The solution—prayer! It is important that we pray strategically for education—not just “throw a thought” toward the problem. The more we realize that any effort to change education will require prayer, the faster we will see the problem eradicated. Would you take a moment and pray for the Mountain of Education in America.
Here are a couple of points to pray:
Much of our curricula that promotes sex education and a global agenda comes from the United Nations. Pray that the source of the material that tears down our society will be revealed and destroyed at its roots. Pray Matthew 3:10 that every tree in our schools that does not bear good fruit will be cut down.
Pray that God would raise up people to rebuild the ruins of our educational system and would raise up to ancient foundations. Pray Isaiah 58:32