Noah Webster – December 23, 1828

Experience the American dream with today’s Patriot of the Past interview. I’m your host, John Gillespie.

It’s December 23, 1828. I’m with Noah Webster, considered by many as the Father of American Education, and publisher of America’s first dictionary.

JG: “Mr. Webster, what do you believe to be the key to an American child’s education?”

NW: “In my view, 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. No truth is more evident to my mind than that the Christian religion must be the basis of any government intended to secure the rights and privileges of a free people.”

Read more about Noah Webster’s philosophy of American education.

John and Jan Gillespie are the founders of the Rawhide Boys’ Ranch; they have fostered 351 teenagers and wrote the book Our 351 Sons; they have also assisted numerous churches in developing youth programs and expanding their total church ministries. After running for U.S. Senate, John founded 1776 American Dream, which exists to demonstrate the vision of our founding fathers and help our generation of youth passionately embrace those values.

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