May 16, 2013

Machen on State-controlled Education

By In C.Jay Engel


“Place the lives of children in their formative years, despite the convictions of their parents, under the intimate control of experts appointed by the state, force them to attend schools where the higher aspirations of humanity are crushed out, and where the mind is filled with the materialism of the day, and it is difficult to see how even the remnants of liberty can subsist.”

Written in the early years of the trend toward nationalized public schooling, Machen foresaw the devastating effects of  State-controlled education.  His words have proven to be more true than perhaps he could have ever known.

Written by C.Jay Engel

Editor and creator of The Reformed Libertarian. Living in Northern California with his wife, he writes on everything from politics to theology and from culture to economic theory. You can send an email to
  • RA Jameson

    The Body of Christ could use more clarity in the mold of Machen. Nice post.