Monday, September 7, 2009

The Reformation and education

I see that the common people are dismissive to maintaining the schools and that they withdraw their children from instruction altogether and turn solely to the care for food and bellies, and besides they either will not or cannot consider what a horrible and un-Christian thing they are doing and what great and murderous harm they are doing everywhere in so serving the devil.
--Martin Luther, 1530, Sermon on Keeping Children in School. Another factoid: in his preaching, Luther demanded that every town have both a boys' school AND a girls' school.

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