Diane, (Jim, John and all Doves)
Carol, you wrote:
“… in the late 1920’s and 1930’s, Russia encouraged liberal teaching methods. … Stalin then exercised rigid control over textbooks, curricula, and teaching methods. …. Stalin used the schools effectively to shape "the new Soviet man," who thought and acted as instructed by the Party.”
You are so right about the inestimable loss of so many of our young people...and largely due to the liberal school curriculum!
In our small congregation every parent of small children has chosen to homeschool----the best option, I believe--- if at all possible...
I had the opportunity to join a YWAM (Youth with a Mission) group (open to all ages--I was 47) serving on a short-term mission trip to Romania, in 1991.
(BTW, YWAM has a saying...after a mission trip you're "forever ruined for the ordinary", and I was! :))
We were invited to Romania to help teach Christianity in their schools! How ironic that these same teachers in the USA had had their hands tied, their very job threatened by even having a Bible on their desks....but in Romania, freedom to teach about our Lord!
They admitted that Communism had destroyed their country, and that faith was needed in order to rebuild. The 10-40 window was opened, at last!
The teachers among us brought flannel graphs, taught easy-to-learn songs ("I've Got the Joy, Joy, Joy, Joy Down in my Heart", "Jesus Loves Me" and others, as well) The hunger of those little ones--many of them in the orphanages--was life-changing, for us all.
Lord, keep us all burning--until the break of day! Come quickly, Lord Jesus!
Praying I'll see you all, face-to-face, SOON! :)
YSIC, Jan in AZ