In the days of the Soviet Union, children in schools learned that Russians invented the airplane and the refrigerator. They learned there was no God and that the glorious days of the union began and ended with Marxism. History texts were rewritten to eliminate any mention of Holy Mother Russia, the Orthodox Church, the Czars or Peter the Great. The new understanding of the world included “equality,” “fairness” with no differences in gender.
Women worked the same as men. Children were raised in government day care and educated by the state. Loyalty to the Communist Party was demanded above family. Children were encouraged to report parents, neighbor to spy on neighbor, and evolution the foundation for it all. Schools taught that through Darwinian evolution we evolved randomly so therefore there was no God but central government. All music and performance praised it … clothing symbolized it. The Soviet world was monolithic, monochromatic and atheistic—and propaganda filled public school textbooks from the censoring of history to the eradication of the acknowledgement of God to the unwavering embrace of evolution. For 50 years it was so. Dissenters were sent to the Gulag or to reeducation camps … declared “mentally ill,” shunned and punished severely.
What children are taught in public school matters. Whole societies have been altered by indoctrinating them. And that’s why a battle has been fought for decades on what should be included in American school texts. In the ’90s a bill proposed in the Illinois legislature called simply “The American Heritage Act” declared that references to God in historical documents should not be censored. It failed. And so, without the knowledge of most parents, any mention of God by George Washington or Abraham Lincoln, the Mayflower Compact, the Supreme Court, were censored in school textbooks profoundly altering our national story and building into our children a secularism the Founding Fathers never intended.